Bugger this fucking malarkey

Liberals swear more on Twitter than rightwingers, says study

Twats: liberal is not the opposite to rightwinger any more than authoritarian is a synonym for leftie.

Yes, the more stupid of the colonials do make this mistake but let’s not follow the fools down that linguistic rabbit hole, shall we?

A liberal is one who believes that consenting adults should be free to get on with whatever they consent to, an authoritarian is one who thinks they should do what they’re told. There are liberals and authoritarians of both left and right. The authoritarians on the right often find themselves being called fascists and the authoritarians on the left are fascists.

For liberals, that consenting adult stuff extends from what one consents to do with one’s gonads to what one does in the economy. For the authoritarians the usual division is that the left authoritarians don’t care all that much about the gonads but do about the economy and for the right vice versa.

It’s all pretty simple really.

14 thoughts on “Bugger this fucking malarkey”

  1. Matthew L

    Not a good test! You can be fairly liberal / live and let live – but still privately think that most of those men / boys on the left don’t really qualify..:)

  2. Mathew L, you’ve (perhaps unwittingly) supported TW’s argument (which he should have entitled ‘Bugger this Fucking Bollocks’).
    Your collage conflates social sterotypes with political ones.
    To remove that confusion, the collage should use WW2 pictures of British and US people (Boy Scouts, RAF pilots, Rosie the Riveters, etc).

  3. Jeremy: I’m thoroughly in favour of TW’s argument.

    PF: The point is not what you think privately, but whether you’re willing to take any action to enforce either side.

  4. ” liberal is not the opposite to rightwinger any more than authoritarian is a synonym for leftie.”

    Hate to say this, but if that’s how lots of people use the word, that’s what it means (or at least it is a meaning). Just like “republican” means different things in America, England and Northern Ireland.

  5. “PF: The point is not what you think privately, but whether you’re willing to take any action to enforce either side.

    OK, fine… I think I simply misread what you meant by “reaction to this picture”.

  6. I use liberal/left to describe the non-socialist identarians and the soft labour left as they often occupy the same causes and positions.
    Perhaps we should try to popularise the use of liberal/right to clarify

  7. Liberals seem to feel bad about themselves when they experience the gut urge to ban something. This is to be human, a veritable paint box of emotional conflicts, of people who want to keep perfect marriages but feel they are missing out. Of people who like cute athletic foxes but who also like people who conserve the countryside which causes foxes to be both athletic and cute.
    Authoritarians have no internal dialogue – they just feel good when they get stuff banned. Imho of course.

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