Two things bug me the most in discussion; undisclosed
loyalties, and poorly-defined terms. The
former makes for dishonest interactions because whereas one side is having a debate
with a peer, the other side might be seeking to win ground in a battle as part
of a larger war, and the latter makes for what-amounts-to an idiotic bought
between children. In this essay, I shall
seek to offer a way out of such frustrations.
I’m bothered when called-for concessions aren’t made, and
specifically at how religious the multicultural left is. Like a wife approaching her golden
anniversary, I find it terribly galling at how stubborn my mate can be. You can lead a lefty to a conclusion, but you
can’t make him stop emoting. I can’t
explain why, but I feel driven to carve out of thought narrow-bands of
hypotheticals and reasoning that might, given the most gracious loony-lefty
interlocutor (if such a creature exists), cause a moment of ideological
insecurity. I seem to be the only…
Max Fisher's December 15th article for The NYT is an interpretation of Trump's Order (read it here before proceeding) on Combating Anti-Semitism as seen through the liberalist lens. It's not all bad I suppose. I think the most I can say for the article is that Mr Fisher has given us another place from which not to reliably get one's history or a serious analysis of things, namely from Mr Fisher.
His piece is typical for the modern left. It's an opportunistic, uncharitable and rigid rant against the current enemy du jour, our president. The reality is that all Trump has done is to exploit the 1964 Civil Rights Act for a bit of political benefit. Time will tell if it pays off I suppose.
Fisher kicks things off with a claim that "such preoccupations with identity have animated not just the Trump administration but much of the global populist backlash." Fisher puts his myopia on full display with this claim when finding such things among his ilk on the left i…