ZenPundit, an intelligent, right-wing libertarian blog was asked the following by a liberal reader.
Hi. As an educated and articulate libertarian person, could you PLEASE point me to conservative points of view that aren’t espoused by retarded ranting weirdos? I know there must be some. Help.
They did so, splitting conservative points of view into four categories (paleocons, neocons, libertarians, and the religious right) and providing useful links.
They then said the current state of political debate seems composed mainly of screaming at each other, and that we see warped views of each other through the filter of the media.
If all I saw of conservatism were the bombthrowing personalities in 30 second MSM clips, I’d think the Right was composed of wingnuts too.
It isn’t, of course, any more than the Left is exclusively populated by Hugo Chavez worshipping, Cindy Sheehan clones. I think the problem in the mutual perception of respective Left-Right wingnuttery comes down to three factors:
3. The Infotainment Media Business Model
Number three is the most significant factor. Bombastic clowns draw an audience. Reasoned discourse puts viewers to sleep. The media is a business, not a charity organization or even a totally one-sided political machine. Basically liberal broadcast networks will air a few conservatives who bring in ad revenue. Period. This model is a driver to propagating corrosive, demonizing, political rhetoric in the public discourse and it garners attention far beyond the actual numbers of people who genuinely support such positions.
Agreed. There’s way too much demonizing going on. Some liberal blogs seem to delight in attacking any conservative simply because they are conservative. And vice versa, of course. Too few are listening. That’s dangerous. Someone can oppose health care reform because they favor small government and not because they are knuckle-dragging racists who think Obama is a CommuNazi. Really.
Here’s some of the main groupings on the left as I see them.
– Non-socialist radicals (as typified by Saul Alinsky)
– Anarchists (the G20 protesters in Pittsburgh)
– Socialists (the alphabet soup of Marxist parties, some of whom have considerable influence via front groups.)
The first three are mostly friendly with each other. Anarchists and Socialists are antagonistic, with anarchists seeing socialists as authoritarian buttheads and socialists seeing anarchists as undisciplined loose cannons – this split has been going on for, oh, 100 years or so.
BTW, the very first car bomb was set off on Wall Street by an anarchist in 1921.
Socialist groups of course split and re-split endlessly according to their perception that they and only they truly understand what Karl Marx meant. Monty Python’s skit on the Judean People’s Front is dead on target.
I hope we of various political views can listen and discuss issues and not just scream at each other. There’s way too much of that going on now. It’s not healthy.