Jon Ray @ Dissecting Leftism
Leftist writers usually seem quite reasonable and persuasive at first glance. The problem is not what they say but what they don't say. Leftist beliefs are so counterfactual ("all men are equal", "all men are brothers" etc.) that to be a leftist you have to have a talent for blotting out from your mind facts that don't suit you. And that is what you see in leftist writing: A very selective view of reality.
Facts that disrupt a leftist story are simply ignored. Leftist writing is cherrypicking on a grand scale.
So if ever you read something written by a leftist that sounds totally reasonable, you have an urgent need to find out what other people say on that topic. The leftist will almost certainly have told only half the story.
We conservatives have the facts on our side, which is why leftists never want to debate us and do their best to shut us up. It's very revealing the way they go to great lengths to suppress conservative speech at universities.
Universities should be where the best and brightest leftists are to be found but even they cannot stand the intellectual challenge that conservatism poses for them. It is clearly a great threat to them. If what we say were ridiculous or wrong, they would grab every opportunity to let us know it.
Leftism is fundamentally authoritarian. Whether by revolution or by legislation, leftists aim to change what people can and must do. When in 2008 Obama said that he wanted to "fundamentally transform" America, he was not talking about America's geography or topography but rather about American people. He wanted them to stop doing things that they wanted to do and make them do things that they did not want to do. Can you get a better definition of authoritarianism than that?
Hatred has long been a central pillar of leftist ideologies, premised as they are on trampling individual rights for the sake of a collectivist plan. Karl Marx boasted that he was “the greatest hater of the so-called positive.” In 1923, V.I. Lenin chillingly declared to the Soviet Commissars of Education, “We must teach our children to hate.
Hatred is the basis of communism.” In his tract “Left-Wing Communism,” Lenin went so far as to assert that hatred was “the basis of every socialist and Communist movement.”
If you understand that leftism is hate, everything falls into place.