Posted 1 year ago on May 7, 2012, 1:07 p.m. EST by francismjenkins
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They reject science, they are by definition the defenders of the status quo, throughout history people with liberal or what can be at least loosely defined as anarchist aspirations, have always had to fight against conservatives to win liberty. From our founding fathers, to enlightenment thinkers, civil rights leaders, our great scientists and inventors, our poets, philosophers, great writers, artists, legal scholars, etc., these people have always been the liberals, the radicals, the anarchists, etc.
The right wing has always been the party of authoritarianism, violence, slaughter, racism, tribalism, poverty, illiteracy, division, and suppression. This is what they do, and this is what we're up against.
So let's not be naive about the sort of people we're dealing with. We're dealing with sociopaths and narcissists, and worse, their supporters are completely brainwashed, they generally aren't very bright, yet they're deluded into believing that they're the most brilliant people on earth (by the, I guess you can call it, American mythology propaganda machine).
Conservatives are the religious fanatics, the racists ... like a giant barbarian tribe of crazy people. So I think the best we can do is appeal to liberals and independents, people who are genuinely concerned about finding solutions and better ways of doing things. Conservatives don't even have a good ability to distinguish right from wrong. Their aspirations are drawn according to impulses like tribalism and nationalism, race and religion, not things that can be objectively defined as good, or tangible solutions to real problems concerning human well being (so in a sense, conservativism is like a lower animal trait, the exact opposite of enlightened human critical thinking). In other words, they are the enemies of progress (and they always have been).