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Monday, January 17, 2005

The Real Reason Liberals are Soft on Terror, Part 2

The Real Reason Liberals are Soft on Terror, Part 2

Liberals are soft on terror because they believe that arguing from emotion is legitimate. Arguments from emotion require neither logic, nor common sense, nor an intuitive recognition, nor proofs, nor deduction, nor Induction Bombs- they require only that one party feels really strongly about something.

An example of an issue that exists only because liberals believe arguing from emotion is legitimate is slave reparations. (I’m not going to explain why slave reparations make no sense. Take some time and look into the details and you’ll know why quite quickly.) The fact that liberal controlled colleges restrict free speech if it hurts people’s feelings is a result of liberal respect for arguments from emotion. The libs fascination with Marxism is another result. The idea that charity can be coerced is yet another. Modern liberal thought is so rife with arguments from emotion and the results of arguing from emotion, direct (as in bilingual education) and indirect (as in losing the Federal government because their ideas make no sense) that modern libs CANNOT BE UNDERSTOOD without understanding how ingrained arguing from emotion is for them.

Given this, how can liberals be expected to combat Islamist terrorists? Who feels more strongly about anything than a woman who will strap her 14 year-old son up with dynamite so he can murder himself and other innocents? Nobody. Who whines, screeches, begs, and/or threatens more than Islamists? Nobody. The fact that this woman has been brainwashed into believing a bunch of crap does not matter. She feels strongly about it. The fact that her son is going to kill babies does not matter. She feels strongly about it.

Now I don’t think liberals support her for murdering her son, and a bunch of other people’s sons. But a liberal will bring up Israel’s retaliating to terrorist attacks as if that is relevant. Why? Because the wife of a murdering bastard cries, when she is widowed, just as much as the widow of a good man. To liberals their pain is equal- and their pain is equally legitimate, and therefore the retaliation was as despicable as the act that precipitated it. And if this widow murders her son and other’s sons to avenge her husband’s death… well, it was all a part of the cycle of violence.

What makes matters worse is the Islamists cynical manipulation of a liberal media which is all too willing to be used. Arafat the fascist, the terrorist, the embezzler, won a Nobel Peace Prize. Such a thing would be impossible without a media that is easily manipulated by Islamists. Nobody argues from emotion as well as Islamists, and nobody respects arguments from emotion as much as Western liberals. Liberals will always be soft on Islamists. They cannot be trusted to fight them.


  • At 3:55 PM, Blogger big_wannabe said…

    Good point. I'm always thinking about how libbies think that makes them so ready to embrace Dhimmidom.

  • At 7:28 PM, Blogger Beautiful Belgian Babe said…

    Thank you for posting on my blog. You raise some interesting points in this essay, and I think you're right on about the emotions overruling logic in certain people's minds. I look forward to reading more.

  • At 6:42 AM, Blogger Beautiful Belgian Babe said…

    Just wanted to let you know I posted a reply to the comment you posted on "The Powers That Blog." So feel free to stop by and take a look.
    In the mean time, I'm finding your essays to be well thought out and interesting to ponder. Take care.

  • At 9:31 AM, Blogger Crazy Diamond said…

    Is the difference really that liberals appeal to emotions vs. logic, or that they appeal to certain emotions and we to others? To the libs, "feeling bad" is so devastating that if they can get, say, Iran to realize how bad they'll feel if they obtain nukes (after all, the west has nukes and the libs feel mighty bad about that) maybe they'll stop. Whereas we tend to appeal to stronger emotions: would they rather feel good about pursuing nukes or feel good about still being alive?

  • At 9:33 AM, Blogger Crazy Diamond said…

    BTW, I'm jealous of your term "Induction Bomb". Would that make LGF a MOIB (Massive Online Induction Bomb)?

  • At 10:48 AM, Blogger Harkonnendog said…

    Diamond u can use "Induction Bomb" all u like. And yeah, LGF probably is the Islamists are Dangerous MOIBs, lol.

    Re: the emotion comment. Appealing to emotion is not what I mean. Let's say two grand-kids want Grandma's last apple. One kid gives, as his reason- "I should get the apple because I mow your lawn every weekend for free."
    The other kid says "I really want it! I want it! I'll cry if I don't get it!"

    The first argument employs reciprocation: the idea that people should return favors. The second argument is an argument from emotion. The second kid feels like the depth of his feeling is a legitimate argument. Of course it is obviously a ridiculous argument in the above example, but it is also ridiculous when it comes to the Palestinian 'right to return' or slave reparations, or any number of other things, only less obviously so...

    Thanks very much for posting you guys. I appreciate it!

  • At 9:59 AM, Blogger Sebastien Chasse said…

    As a former Leftist I can appreciate the confusion those folks sow when they try to explain their positions. Actually, they do have ideas behind all the appeal to emotions - they either do not want to expose the full extent of those ideas and their attendant logic or some of them are activist hangers-on who lack the brains to articulate any coherent ideas to begin with.

    Emotions always play a role in any vision of "what life ought to be." What is important to remember is the fact that solid arguments that appeal to truths higher than infantile lack of self-discipline must be anchored in principles which themselves are anchored in objective truth and reality. Utopians/totalitarians of any stripe (and Islam is a totalitarianism, just as communism is) have no such mooring, so they have to boost the emotional appeal of their visions in order to broaden their base.

    This is a topic worth more discussion and a broader focus, because it is an observable fact that the Left seems to have devolved into a morass of Nietschean nihilism - where adjudicating truth becomes all the more problematic.

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