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Friday wrote:Assholes have been calling the left "weak" for as long as I can remember. It's basic (cliche) villain talk.
You know, the whole insane over the top speech the bad guy gives at the end of the film to the hero.
"The strong prey on the weak! That is the natural order!"
It's literally just that shit. They want to reframe kindness as weakness to justify their cruelty. It really is that simple.
The mega-joke is, of course, that these same people who constantly make fun of how sensitive liberals are get maximum butthurt when you take them to town and cry victim at the first sign of "we won't let you lynch black people."
It's not a new observation to say that these fuckheads are thin-skinned as tissue paper, but it helps to remember it about them whenever you despair at their awfulness; they're not badass DARTH VADER villains, they're crybabies of the literal highest order.
François wrote:The prevailing notion here is that people who are happy and well-adjusted generally don't join the Nazis/KKK/4chan or any other sort of far-right reactionary movement. The rank-and-file is people who are hurting really bad ("I'm lonely and I can't find a decent job"), are lied to about the source of their pain ("you're lonely because of feminists and you can't find a decent job because of immigrants"), and don't have whatever flavor of intelligence is necessary to realize they've been lied to ("oh, I'm actually lonely because my atrophied sense of empathy drives social-type people away and I can't find a decent job because capitalists have been suppressing income growth since before I was born").
I'm not trying to make the point that we should feel sorry for them; they're shitheads, they make their own decisions, fuck 'em. But yeah, the average low-rank Nazi is going to be some type of huge loser because it's not hard to entice people who are in pain with quick explanations and base feel-good solutions, even though an outside observer possessed of the slightest insight would immediately realize that the explanations are wrong and that the solutions are both evil and ultimately ineffective.
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