The Denunciation Of Bukharin

Matt Yglesias, fighting in his own way for freedom (for him, but probably others as well), has found himself out-intersectioned:

Part of me thinks that if we just step back for a bit, the American left will just destroy itself and leave the rest of us alone.

I”m too optimistic, I know, especially on that last clause.

19 thoughts on “The Denunciation Of Bukharin

  1. Part of me thinks that if we just step back for a bit, the American left will just destroy itself and leave the rest of us alone.

    That is not how it works. The terror will only grow until a Napoleon, Stalin, Mao or Pol Pot consolidates enough power to stop it.

  2. It’s very interesting that VanDerWerff admits that Iglesias has been kind and encouraging to (?) while basically calling for his head. I think this is a classic sign of narcissistic personality disorder.

  3. “Part of me thinks that if we just step back for a bit, the American left will just destroy itself and leave the rest of us alone.”

    Yes, remove the warning labels from everything and let Stupid fix itself!
    Very tempting, but Greg is right.

  4. This is insane asylum level transmogrification of civil society. I wonder if this will result in any of the more intelligent leftists re-considering their allegiances. Oh, I don’t expect them to realize just how corrosive liberalism is, but perhaps they will see their fellow travelers are quite insane and question the path they took towards insanity.

    I had such an epiphany after Drumpf was elected, after GWB and the neo-con “conservatives” showed their true motivations had little to do with the “‘Merica; Right or Wrong” facade they had so carefully cultivated. I have voted for Light in the loafers Graham at every opportunity, and will continue to work to unseat every grifter in the GOP ranks.

  5. Price for freedom is blood. We obviously have not paid enough. The debt is about to come due.

  6. The terror will only grow until a Napoleon, Stalin, Mao or Pol Pot consolidates enough power to stop it.

    Or a Pinochet 😉

    Hope springs eternal…

  7. I have NOT voted for Light in the loafers Graham at every opportunity

  8. Why not help the destruction of the left along….just a little bit?

    Here is a good start: the elimination of all College of Liberal Arts graduate programs.

    Why would anyone do this?

    Other than the obvious?

    Why…to pay for the destruction of our cities that occurred in the wake of George Floyd’s death – of course.

    The way I look at it, white privileged middle-class CLA graduates burned down those neighborhoods, why shouldn’t they (or their class) pay to rebuild them?

  9. Why not help the destruction of the left along…

    “Accelerationist” talk like that will get you on a list, Greg.

    Say, you fond of Hawaiian Aloha shirts? 😉

  10. Naw, Swiftee, I look horrible in anything loud and as for the politics side of it, I’d rather people don’t know my affiliations until I am too close to do anything about it.

  11. If you were Yglesias, how would you defend yourself against this type of criticism?
    You can’t, not without taking up the now-conservative position that some truths transcend power, and that you can reason your way to what those truths are.

  12. Emily V has a well known psychiatric disorder. He can pretend he’s a girl but he’s not. Somebody—Lincoln maybe— once posed the question: if you call a dog’s tail a leg, how many legs does it have? Four. Because calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it one.

  13. In Nikita Khrushchev’s memoir, (yeah, I read it), he talks about the moment that he was most at risk. Keep in mind that this is a guy who worked jaw to jaw with Stalin and company.

    The moment came during a rural party meeting when a woman leaped to her feet and pointed at Khrushchev, “I don’t know who that man is, but I know for a fact that he is a counter-revolutionary.”

    Ever so quick with his words, Khrushchev shouted back, “I don’t know who that woman is, but I know for a fact she is a whore.”

    The crowd burst into the laughter of relief as Khrushchev wiped the sweat of panic from his brow.

    Maybe Yglesias should accuse her of being a hooker, uh, er, a sex-workers (not that there is anything wrong with that)

  14. You start out with the premise that all statements about truth are really an exercise of power. So homosexuality is not wrong, it is perceived as wrong because a group of people have had the power to make homosexuality accepted as wrong behavior. Any perceived inequality between people is likewise an exercise of power, not a recognition of reality.

  15. Ever since Matt got Steven Crowder (my new favorite conservative comedian) de-monitized from YouTube I have been rooting for this to happen. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

  16. You can’t, not without taking up the now-conservative position that some truths transcend power, and that you can reason your way to what those truths are.

    It is interesting to see Chomsky being ripped apart by the droogs for defending freedom of speech.

  17. The outcome of believing that truth is a statement about power, not reality, is eternal conflict.
    Today’s intellectual class is not very smart.

  18. the fact that if you believe freedom of speech is a absolute right and any infringement of that, be it from a government, corporation, or rage mob, is a dangerous step towards totalitarianism somehow ( and very ironically) makes you a right-wing, nazi, fascist who loves Hitler show the complete and utter failure of our education system un this country over th last 70 years. Pick up a history book people, the Nazis were the ones doing the book burnings. You know the things you guys are metaphorically (and possibly literally in some cases) support.

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