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Purely Symbolic Actions: How to Alienate People 
30th-Jun-2010 02:40 pm
Many years ago, Lee Harris pointed out the dangers of "fantasy ideology" -- acting not to communicate, not to cure, but in pure adoration of your own beautiful soul. There is a less destructive example mentioned today in a "View from the Porch". Let's just hit the summary paragraphs:

In sum total, what you people did was drive someplace where there wasn't a problem, complain about something you don't fully understand, get in the way of people who may actually be performing a function, and then do nothing, en masse, except hope that someone else notices your little snit and makes it all better.

My god, if there's a more perfect metaphor for the modern progressive movement, I've never seen it.

The point is fairly simple: what they are doing adoring themselves, in utter, blissful ignorance of the ugliness that others perceive about them. If there was a more effective way to alienate people short of firing bullets at them, I can't call it to mind.

What do you think?
1st-Jul-2010 08:39 am (UTC)
Spot on.
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