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We’re evil, they’re just wrong

Not that we’re El Trumpos, but:

Supporters of Donald Trump may need to be “deprogrammed” as if they were cult members, Hillary Clinton said.

“Sadly, so many of those extremists … take their marching orders from Donald Trump, who has no credibility left by any measure,” the former first lady, senator, secretary of state and Democratic nominee for president told CNN.

“He’s only in it for himself. He’s now defending himself in civil actions and criminal actions. And when do they break with him? Because at some point maybe there needs to be a formal deprogramming of the cult members. But something needs to happen.”

It’s a very specific view of the people and democracy. It’s not exclusive to the progressive left but it is, at this time, most often found there. If the demos disaagrees with our ideas then it’s the demos that is wrong. Therefore the people have to be managed and vonverted into agreeing with us. Rather than us, the would be leaders, doin’ stuff that the people want us to do.

Really rather authoritarian, isn’t it.

15 thoughts on “We’re evil, they’re just wrong”

  1. The US always takes rhungs to extremes. We see it on this side of the Pond with the treatment of Tommy Robinson ( not his real name ) and now Laurence Fox and in Germany with threats to ban the AfD.
    It is an age old tactic and almost always backfires eventually.

  2. The demos are actually too stupid (as a whole) to weigh the choice before them at an election. The state of the UK and the politicians is testament to that. Plus the enthusiastic acceptance of lockdown without any consideration of the consequences.

  3. Research shows (what a weasel term, but I can’t be arsed to reference it) that people on the right generally understand what the other side believes, the left just do not have any idea of what we on the right think. They project their assessment of us as evil to end up with a totally inaccurate picture. They think we want a strong leader in an authoritarian society with a dash of racism and meanness toward vulnerable or minority groups. But that’s not what we want, is it? Is it? If you think about it there is nobody allowed to explain right-wing thinking or the lack of an ideology equivalent to the left’s.

  4. I’m increasingly reminded of Brecht’s Die Lösung:

    After the uprising of the 17th of June
    The Secretary of the Writers’ Union
    Had leaflets distributed on the Stalinallee
    Which stated that the people
    Had squandered the confidence of the government
    And could only win it back
    By redoubled work [quotas]. Would it not in that case
    Be simpler for the government
    To dissolve the people
    And elect another?

  5. Bloke in North Dorset


    Indeed and as demonstrated by the BBC’s Newsnight coverage of the GB News/Lawrence Fox story. Guido Fawkes reported yesterday that the BBC admitted that it was unbalanced (weasel words for biased) but that they couldn’t get anyone from GB News.

    My conclusion from that was that BBC journalists and their chosen favourites are incapable of building a Steelman argument and can only resort to projection.

  6. “Deprogrammed”, eh? Which immediately implies “Reprogramming”. No doubt with Suitable Ideas, favoured in the Eye of Nuggan.

    Amazing way to show your true colours, and shoot yourself in the foot at the same time.

  7. “Shaping opinion”, “changing behaviour”… there’s been something deeply sinister roaming the body politic for quite some time.

  8. there’s been something deeply sinister roaming the body politic for quite some time.

    Yes, but Hillary’s now too old to try for president again.

  9. The left believes in a centralized and stronger government controlling more aspects of society. It would be illogical to assume they aren’t more authoritarian.

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