Gary McGath <ga...@REMOVEmcgathREMOVE.com> wrote:
> Something about the culture of the left has become extremely toxic.
> It's more than just wanting to be on the "right side of history";
> they could affirm their positions energetically without needing to
> launch vicious attacks on their own members for deviance.
> It's like the purges of the Soviet Union, but there people were in
> danger of becoming unemployable or being imprisoned if they didn't
> join obligatory attacks. What drives them in the current case? I
> really don't know.
I agree. Unfortunately, it's not just the left. Many of my
Republican and conservative friends have been purged for daring
to criticize the former president, or even for saying that he is
the *former* (not current) president. Or for daring to wear a mask
or admit to receiving the vaccine.
There's always been disagreement on what policies should be, often
accompanied by intolerance of those who disagree. (Leftists think
anyone who opposes "common sense gun control" wants to see innocent
people massacred by thugs. Rightists think anyone who favors it
wants only crooks and cops to be armed, causing every law-abiding
person to be absolutely dependent on the state for protection.)
What's new is the profound disagreement on basic facts, such as who
won the election, whether the virus is real, whether there's a child
sex dungeon in a specific pizza restaurant in DC, and whether, when
a SWAT team once again gets the wrong address and massacres a whole
family at midnight, they did anything wrong or whether that family
deserved its fate because one of them tried to cover her nakedness,
which any reasonable cop would interpret as a deadly threat.
(There could have been a *gun* hidden in the blanket she grabbed.
It could happen.)
I must be doing something right, since I'm hated equally by both
sides. The left is pleased that I'm anti-police, but strongly opposed
to my claim that *I'm* a victim of the police, given my skin color,
which is "oppressor," not "oppressed," and for my claim that all lives
matter. (I wish they would spell out which lives don't matter.) The
right is pleased that I oppose "gun control" laws, but opposed to the
idea that *I* should ever be allowed to own a gun, given that I was
convicted of a non-violent crime, never mind that that was closer to
the time of Bonnie and Clyde than the present, or that the victim
hired me right out of prison, as they had proof of my innocence.
> The worst thing is that anyone could be a target. Offenses can be
> minor or imaginary. The person targeted doesn't have to be anyone
In the US, people can't (easily) be jailed for their beliefs, but they
certainly can be rendered unemployable. Indeed, if I weren't retired
I would keep my employer secret, so they couldn't be contacted by
haters. There's one woman who admits in her blog that her goal is
to get me expelled from fandom. I have no idea why she wants that.
I have no doubt she would also attempt to get me fired and get my
landlord to kick me out if she could. (There's a reason I never
publicly name my landlord/housemate or give my home address.)
> Calling such actions "witch hunts" is an overused cliche, but the
> psychology appears very much like the denunciation of people as
> witches in old Salem. Perhaps they think they're safer from
> denunciation if they denounce first.
Returning to the subject line, Balticon's code of conduct is somewhat
of a circular firing squad. Apparently when two people disagree on
something, whichever one complains to the con first automatically
prevails. (I haven't yet decided whether to attend Balticon next year.)
Perhaps part of it is that lawyers are increasingly unaffordable,
making any threat by a non-wealthy person to sue for slander or
libel not credible.