the angry left

Are left-wingers condemned to Sisyphian low-level rage? A shocking characteristic of modern leftists, which comes across loud and clear from […]

Are left-wingers condemned to Sisyphian low-level rage? A shocking characteristic of modern leftists, which comes across loud and clear from The Guardian comments, is a near total lack of human compassion. Being ideologically blinkered to the creeping autocracy that was 13 years of British NuLab is one thing, but having not a photon of empathetic insight for the tyrannically oppressed Libyans is nothing short of callous. But not unfathomable. Commenters rationalise their opposition to NATO military intervention through the diversionary argument that replacing a despot in the middle east will inevitably open the door to islamist fundamentalists. Despite being almost militantly pro-islam in a domestic context the Left presents this as of itself obviating Western intervention. A somewhat naive idea of self-preservation given the export component of Gadaffi’s own brand of state-sponsored terrorism to Lockerbie and elsewhere. While one does hope the Arab Spring is more than a desert mirage and that militant islam will not jump out of the box that the Left presumably believes Gadaffi has been sitting on, there is nothing progressive in condemning the West for helping to destroy despotism. At the very least the action presses the re-set button for establishment of the very societal system that the West espouses. The problem with leftists and their ‘distress’ over the West’s intervention in Libya is that the ‘progressives’ love of big government really – and horribly – reaches its apotheosis in Gaddafi. Absolute government is the socialist’s endgame. The default Western position of conservative moral consensus is rooted in a collective memory of the perennial failure of socialism. The Left is all about enforcing and is willfully blind to the enabling nature of Western intervention in Libya.

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