The fact that this whole rollercoaster 2016 year, and before, literally feels like Horseshoe Theory in action. In many ways, what are the alt-right and “sjw” left, but mirror images of each other? They’re finally meeting each other. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction :/
I couldn’t agree more. Over the past year, I’ve compared the Trumpkins with Black Lives Matter many times. They really are mirror images of one another–both living in irrational fear and racist hatred to the point that ethics and truth no longer matter to them. I also agree with the article that Женщина linked which argues that the Far Left created the alt-right. I read The Closing of the American Mind in college, and I knew even back then that someday there would have to be a backlash to extreme liberal closemindedness and intolerance. But I never imagined it would be this bad. You can read Женщина’s comment, but I wanted to create a separate blog post, since it’s one of the most problematic issues that we’ll have to confront for at least the next decade or two.
Alt-right types, from my experience, are usually raised with extreme conservative values. They are told from a young age that they are special, that people of their race, religion, or group did everything worth doing, and that they’ve lost control over their own civilization. Oftentimes hapas, coming from White fathers and Asian mothers, are taught similar values, that they are special because they’re half-Asian and half-Master Race, thereby setting the expectations high. These people, growing up with a fierce sense of entitlement, struggle when they realize that more often than not, they’re just like everyone else. They’re not any more special, more powerful, or more intelligent. Faced with this reality, they deny reality, insisting that they’re victims of discrimination. After all, if they came from such superior stock, why are they having problems getting recognized?
The Far Left is similar. Many Leftists don’t begin life as Leftists, but when they go to college, they fall under the sway of extreme liberal academics. They develop the habit of blaming everything on Whitey and Chang. They recite the mantra that everything White is evil, and everything Black or Muslim is good, and that Chang leeches off the people who matter. If they’re not getting what they want, it’s because of the Power Structure. The dynamic is similar to the alt-right: reality hits them, they realize that they’re just like everyone else, and they refuse to accept it. If they’re not getting ahead, it must be because Whitey robbed them or Immigrant Chang opened a dry cleaner in the poorer and blacker area of town (where they themselves would never dare to go, even though they can’t stop talking about poor black people).
In both cases, the main problem is inflexibility and the denial of reality. Those on the Far Right cling stubbornly to the past, or more accurately, they cling to an inaccurate mythology that things were really good in the past when Whites benefited from extreme racism. Not all of the Far Right are racist, but they seek to restore the past’s hierarchies. They blame their own failures on liberal policy. They can’t see that the world has changed. Technology has changed the world. Climate change is a reality, as is the knowledge-based economy, as is the world’s rapidly expanding economy. There’s no “going back” because the world is no longer the same. Math matters.
Those on the Far Left live in fear. They live in a world of tribal affinities where numbers and logic defer to emotion. In their world, numbers exist only to help them reach a certain end and were never objective in nature, which is why it’s okay to lie. They see how Immigrant Chang’s kids have really high SAT scores, so obviously the test must be racist. Since Whitey created the test, they all know who’s ultimately to blame. Bottom line, according to the extreme Leftist, is that merit has no meaning and so why bother taking any kind of responsibility for one’s life? It’s easier just to complain and demand a safe space and some affirmative action to keep Chang out of power.
If you’re a rational moderate, it’s very hard to talk to people on the extremes. It’s good to talk to people with differences in opinion, but when someone insists that two plus two equals five, it’s hard to really build a meaningful dialogue. Yes, it’s easy to have entertaining dialogue. The extremists are the ones who grab all the headlines because of the wacky things they say. But in the end, it’s dangerous for all of us. A world of fear and propaganda is not a world where people can become their best.