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Rightie politics attracts more evil support

Posted by Dave Bath on 2010-10-12


One problem with the right side of politics is that the average rightie is more evil than the average leftie.

Let’s consider motivations of Evil Bastards, those both selfish and predatory.

Unless convinced of the ability to personally climb the greasy pole of leftie politics to a height enabling undue influence and improper gain (key example Stalin), the evil bastard will get no advantage from mere promotion of the leftie agenda.

The rightie agenda, however, can be used, if only by twisting implementation, to enhance an existing ability to profiteer: the "rising tide lifts all boats" idea twisted into trickle down economics, the notion of liberty twisted to allow liberties to be taken, the notion of choice twisted to impose only asymmetric transactions on those with less power.

I’ll certainly admit to knowing and respecting quite a few righties who are motivated by utilitarian ideals, their own innocence blinding them to their nastier fellow travellers.  My guess is that lefties have a better record of recognizing and criticing (sadly with too little impact) the opportunistic climbers of the greasy pole on the left – consider how many on the left are prepared to accuse the Victorian Brumby ALP government of frank corruption.

It’s rare that gross simplifications can demonstrate a truth, but in this case it can – the caricatures of their typical antagonsists made by each side of politics.

The left points to the many influential suited rich bastards who support the right.

The right points to the typical politically-minded leftie as being teachers, public servants, or latte-sipping, tofu-eating tree-huggers.

Which of those caricatures points to a person more willing to take unfair advantage of others, more willing to turn a blind eye to suffering?

It is always fair to question the outcome of stances of the left and the right, but it’s more necessary to question the motives of those influencing the politics of the right.

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One Response to “Rightie politics attracts more evil support”

  1. Michael Sutcliffe said

    This deserves a short sharp rebuttal. You know that Dave, don’t you?

    I’ll certainly admit to knowing and respecting quite a few righties who are motivated by utilitarian ideals, their own innocence blinding them to their nastier fellow travellers.

    And I’ll certainly admit to knowing and respecting quite a few lefties who are (truly) motivated by a desire to help the poor and unfortunate, their own innocence blinding them to their nastier, (selfish, self-obsessed and authoritarian) fellow travellers.

    Both sides have losers, hangers-on and power seekers. It’s hardly unique to the right.

    The left points to the many influential suited rich bastards who support the right.

    The right points to the typical politically-minded leftie as being teachers, public servants, or latte-sipping, tofu-eating tree-huggers.

    Which of those caricatures points to a person more willing to take unfair advantage of others, more willing to turn a blind eye to suffering?

    Which of them will have a more meaningful impact on that suffering? Which of them will be more likely to engage others in a relationship that offers mutual benefit?

    A decade later and the tofu-eating tree-hugger will still be pointing at the suffering and screaming that someone else should do something about it. He’ll have sought out a way into some bureaucratic position and be pointing at the private sector with his union demanding the same pay increases as that private-sector guy, ignoring what that guy has done to achieve the extra productivity allowing him to have that pay increase.

    A decade later and the right-winger, whether he’s a ‘influential suited rich bastard’ – which I suppose is what you guys call anyone with an office job that’s not unionised or in the public sector – or not will only remember that situation as a problem that he’s overcome, because he put his shoulder to the wheel and did something about it.

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