Saturday, July 31, 2010

A bad name

Graham of H*rry's Pl*ace has us bang to rights. (He's talking about Socialist Unity, but we're in his sights too.)

What would John Cole do? Probably this. Sorry.


Anonymous organic cheeseboard said...

the edmund standing article is pretty funny.

By ‘liberal’, I do not mean simply someone who has a generally liberal outlook, in the sense of a ‘live and let live’ philosophy, nor do I mean liberals in the sense of the classical liberals of the conservative tradition. By ‘white liberal’, I mean a white Western individual who is likely to come from a middle class background and have a university education, considers him or herself to be both ‘left-wing’ and socially ‘liberal’, and almost certainly reads The Guardian or The Independent. White liberals espouse an artificial and pretentious form of ‘egalitarianism’, a patronising and hypocritical approach to ethnic minorities and non-Western cultures, and – in a re-hash of the notion of the ‘white man’s burden’ – devote themselves to a delusional Messianism in which they seek to ‘save the world’ through protesting against war (in real terms, protesting against non-white people having a chance at freedom and democracy), Israel (the one truly liberal society in the Middle East), globalisation (thereby opposing the one great vehicle by which poorer nations can develop), and so on, while making themselves feel and look ‘good’ by flaunting their pious support for campaigns to end poverty in the Third World (which will do no such thing, as Dambisa Moyo, Stephen Pollard, Marian L. Tupy, and others rightly point out ), and boasting about how ‘progressive’ they are by showing ‘solidarity’ with genocidal Islamists in Gaza.

not least for the length of its sentences and paragraphs.

i do find it odd how quickly people who wank on about their love of the englightnment end up blaming everything about people they dislike on some abstract idea of 'guilt' which they never manage to properly define without recourse to, er, Christianity.

7/31/2010 11:52:00 AM  
Blogger Chardonnay Chap said...

I started that Standing post. I was metaphorically scratching my head after he'd ruled out every possible meaning of liberal. When I got to "By ‘white liberal’, I mean a white", I gave up.

7/31/2010 01:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for pointing me at the Standing article. I must now go and lay a wreath on the tomb of the unknown straw man.

8/02/2010 05:28:00 PM  

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