The PC left plays into the hands of the right

Posted: December 27, 2015 in Livin' in the USA, Politics
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Anarchist Cookbook front coverby Chaz Bufe, co-author The Anerchist Cookbook

If you’ve ever doubted that the PC left is more of a hindrance than a help to those trying to make the world a better place, consider this: Alternet, a prominent leftist news/opinion site, ran a piece on December 22nd (subsequently reposted by salon.com) titled “White men must be stopped: the very future of mankind depends on it,” by Frank Joyce, a frequent Alternet contributor.  (Interestingly, Alternet has apparently taken down the piece–I couldn’t find it there today with a cursory search; perhaps they were embarrassed by the blatant bigotry of the title, or perhaps they took it down for another reason.)

Subsequently, the extreme right-wing web site, Infowars, gleefully seized upon the Joyce article, with a piece that quoted the Alternet title in its headline and then added as a subhead, “The left declare open war on White Americans.”

This is the best example I’ve seen recently of the left’s stupidly playing into the hands of the right. If you wanted to drive one class of people, based purely on race and gender, into the arms of their oppressors, it’s difficult to think of a more effective tactic than attacking them and identifying them with their oppressors. (Believe it or not, corporate capitalism oppresses white men, too.)

You see this sort of crap all the time on leftist sites: white men, or men period, are the problem. Those making such reductionistic, counterproductive assertions seem never to think of the consequences. They seem not to realize that not only are they driving those they attack into the arms of the right, but they’re also diverting attention away from the real problems of economic inequality, militarism, erosion of civil liberties, mass surveillance, and racism-related problems such as police brutality . (It’s quite possible to talk about that problem without going out of your way to alienate people because of their race.)

If you think that the people who are attacked because of their race and gender will read on after a bigoted headline, think again. If you read a headline stating that you were the problem simply because of your race or gender, how would you react? My hunch is that you wouldn’t be receptive to anything the author had to say, if you even bothered to read another word, and you’d come away feeling that the author (and those allied with him or her) was your enemy.

So, why do PC leftists attack people because of their gender and/or race? They apparently do care about social justice issues, so why do they act so stupidly? Why do they engage in worse-than-useless bigotry based on gender and race? It’s a reasonable guess that some people acting in such a  way are guilt-ridden white liberals, and others are so angry that rather than attack all of the interlocking systems of oppression, they attack convenient scapegoats. It matters not a whit that these particular scapegoats are in some ways less oppressed than they are. The end result is that they drive their targets to the right, and that they divert attention away from the real problems.

The PC left is playing the game of its (and our) oppressors: Divide and Conquer.

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