So, this morning the WSJ ran with an article by a writer who "reports on race and politics." I think you get the picture. Here's the title and subhead:
I think you can tell from the title that this is really just an exercise in tactics--the "self criticism" really only amounts to: if we want to win we have to somehow stop alienating normal people and make them think we're normal too. Kinda. Notice that he doesn't suggest changing anything fundamental about the Liberal worldview. It's about how to fool more people more of the time.
Here are the five points of his "self-criticism". He basically seeks to answer the question: Why is Trump winning so much and on course to win the Big Enchilada in 2020?
Part of the problem lies with the unpopular positions prominent Democrats have taken—from decriminalizing unauthorized border crossings to banning private health insurance. The main problem, though, has less to do with policy than with attitude. To many ordinary Americans we appear unhinged, haughty and out of touch. What can we do to change?
Um, I think I can handle that one. To convince people that we're not "out of touch" we could ... get IN touch? With reality? And, just for example, exactly what part of transgenderism is in touch with a reality based worldview?
First, stop obsessing over identity. ... our tendency to insert race, sex and sexual orientation into everything gives the impression that we are more committed to narrow groups than Americans as a whole.
Or maybe liberals are more committed to ideas rather than reality. Because the "groups" they're "committed to" aren't really groups of real people. The names assigned to the "groups" are simply markers, conceptual entities rather than real people, who are individuals with a human nature. None of that has anything to do with the use of "groups" as markers for virture signalling.
Second, change the Manichaean outlook. Liberals increasingly tend to shame and “cancel” anyone who doesn’t conform to our thinking on complex social issues. We wield political correctness like a club. It’s been well-documented that voters in 2016 saw Trump as an antidote to political correctness—and it isn’t only conservatives. Eighty percent of Americans—including three-quarters of blacks and more than 80% of Asian-Americans, Hispanics and American Indians—disapprove of political correctness.
In fact nothing has changed in liberalism over the years. The difference is that any concept of shared humanity with those who disagree has vanished and is unselfconsciously on display.
Third, cultivate a fuller understanding of justice. Our fanatical embrace of the oppressor-victim narrative finds us quick to assign guilt or innocence based on narrow identity markers like race and sex, ...
Fourth, progressives need to be progressive—pluralistic rather than tribal, compassionate rather than hateful, thoughtful rather than reactive. “Progressive” has become a dirty word to many Americans, more closely associated with intolerance and double standards than with free thought and due process.
Fifth, those who work in the media need to stop abusing their authority. ... there’s a reason so many Americans think much of the media is “fake news”: The left-of-center figures who populate it stop at nothing to demonize their political enemies.
But here's the problem--isn't the very reason that the "left-of-center figures who populate" the media get into media work in the first place precisely because they are driven by their visceral rejection of reality to demonize their political enemies? What else would be the point? And, of course, their "political enemies" are Normals. Anyone who disagrees with a liberal is by definition an "enemy of the people", but "people" is simply in progressive Newspeak is a marker for "progressive." And since liberalism is defined by its rejection of reality, that has to mean that anyone who's comfortable with or accepting of reality is an enemy to be demonized and destroyed. Control of the media is the way to accomplish that, which is why 1) for all the centuries of liberalism liberals have gravitated to punditry and 2) this is also why liberals rage against and seek to control the more distributed New Media that has empowered Normals.
A perfect example of the liberal attitude is on display elsewhere in the WSJ today. It's an article by Kyle Mann, editor in chief of the Babylon Bee:
It seems that the progressives at Snopes, when they're not supplying material for FBI reports that seek to demonize non-liberals as "domestic terrorists," are attempting to "fact check" a satire site! Writes Mann:
I run the Babylon Bee, a satirical website, and we’ve had to face that question a lot lately. The “fact checkers” at Snopes.com—once a reliable source for distinguishing reality from urban legends—have been smearing the Bee as “fake news.” They don’t seem to have a problem when we make fun of Trump-worship, conservatives, fundamentalism and megachurches. But when we target Democrats and the left, suddenly we’re branded liars.
Well, yes--part of the problem with rejecting reality is that you lose all sense of humor. We see it everywhere.
For an example of Babylon Bee's brand of humor ...
ISRAEL—There was a certain man who had two sons, and the younger son demanded his inheritance and then wasted it all in a distant country. When the son came crawling back, begging for forgiveness, the father made a huge celebration to mark the return of his prodigal son.
But that celebration was cut short when old tweets the younger son had written surfaced, some of which were characterized as racist.
Though the son apologized for those tweets as well, he was immediately kicked out of the house. “He was dead and is alive again,” the father said, “but is now dead again, because he is garbage." As he said this he clapped his hands in a real-life approximation of clapping emojis between in each word.
“You have to watch what you say, because the internet is forever,” said the older son, who had uncovered the tweets. “And sorry, if you say the wrong things, there’s just no coming back from that. Now, excuse me, we already slaughtered the fatted calf and need to eat that before it goes bad.”
The younger son headed back to the distant country to try to get his job back feeding swine, but his employer had heard of his tweets and informed him he was "canceled."
UPDATE: Think about it for a moment. If your whole life is dedicated to creating a new reality in your own image and likeness, what else could be motivating you except a deep resentment and even a hatred for--everything that's not you! Where would the humor in that be? The answer to that is everywhere on display these days.