The Nazis Were Leftists

The nazis called themselves socialists, hated capitalism, and have a party platform with 4 times as many ideas that would appeal to the modern left over the right.

nazi quote "accuse the other side of what you are

Nazi has become the new favorite smear of the left, and anyone who doesn’t agree with every plank of the progressive wing of the democrat party is rapidly getting the label. Surely, there are real nazis out there, but their numbers and influence are so insignificant that to fear them is simply laughable. No, we’re not talking about the few skinhead lunatics with swastikas tattoos and SS memorabilia who blame “the Jews” and minorities for all of their problems, but normal people who simply don’t subscribe to the madness that is the platform of the modern democratic party. And, as if giving everyone you disagree with a Nazi label isn’t bad enough, an ever-growing number of leftists find it acceptable to assault anyone they label a nazi.

The rationale seems to be that the left are obviously as far from the nazis as a political movement can be; therefore, the rest of us must be “literally nazis” who dream of stuffing Jews in ovens as we goose-step around our split-level houses in the suburbs.

Most of us blindly accept the idea that the nazis belong on the right side of the left-right political spectrum, because it is what we have been told Continue reading “The Nazis Were Leftists”

Winning Over Others

We have all become approval-junkies, always on the lookout for our next fix of external validation: for the next little rush of dopamine we get whenever we are patted on the head by others for being a “good boy” or a “good girl,” for exhibiting the right behavior, for giving the right answer, for expressing the right opinion.

This article from the Foundation for Economic Education discusses the idea that much of the political statements made online are not an attempt to actually persuade anyone, but are merely announcements to the world that you hold the proper positions on the issues of the day. More importantly, the article also talks about how to go about arguing for liberty in the midst of all of this signaling. It says that the best way to approach the argument is to talk about how Liberty can benefit each person individually, not by making statements that attack a general worldview.

Look at persuasion as a battle. Attacking the worldview is doomed to failure, because the other side is dug in, and has all of its defenses in place. When you appeal to the individual, you avoid Continue reading “Winning Over Others”