I have been vaguely aware of the so-called culture war for some time now. My background is, of course, in film, on top of which I’m highly political, so you might have thought I would be into that sort of thing. Yet before today I’ve never given it much consideration, dismissing it as something trivial. However, I was watching the news earlier, and it occurred to me that the row between Harriet harman and the daily mail is in fact a battleground in that very war: it is a fight over what constitutes reality and truth, between right-wing gut reactionism and left-wing balanced wisdom. It is a fight over whose worldview is the more valid. How the Mail can publish such bull is beyond me, as it is seeking to rewrite history and smear it’s political enemies.
Frankly, I think the mail should apologise and take itself out of print. On the left we are too nice and tolerant, ad hold back from questioning other peoples views, but it’s time to end the right’s moronic bullshit. If it weren’t for liberal restraint forcing us to tolerate such intolerance, the culture wars would be a pretty one sided affair and conservatism would be seen as the childish, selfish ideology it is. That’s why, as I wrote here, it’s time to confront idiots like Katie Hopkins; its time to engage with the right and demonstrate how brainless their ideas are.
Time to take the gloves off: immigration is a good thing, and anyone with more than half a brain relishes living in a multicultural society. Without it we’d dwindle, so it is the St. George flag waving numpties who are betraying britain through their isolationism and xenophobia.
The EU is a good thing: it bring the peoples on this wonderful continent together. A fragmented europe leads back to the status quo of the beginning of the last century. Because of the EU such savagery can be stopped. It is inherently wise to remain a part of it, monumentally stupid not to.
Objecting to taxation amounts to greed. There is no curve, no point after which income from tax falls if it is too high: that is a myth perpetuated by those who care only for theirselves and who hate contributing to society. Such assholes need to grow up. As I wrote here, only when we outgrow such greed can w flourish as a race.
I could go on. I could take any conservative viewpoint and demonstrate its folly, intolerance and lack of logic. They are unscientific, unthought out and often oppressive. Just look at religion for example: look at how conservatives in america use religion to oppress gay rights and abortion, all based on a bunch of bronze age myths which no longer hold water. That is to say, believing in something is fair enough, but when that belief is used to validate discrimination against people with traits they have not chosen and have no control over, then that belief system is open to scrutiny: to oppose gay marriage or religious grounds, and then to cry foul when someone like Richard Dawkins examines that religion as one would any other phenomena, is pure hypocrisy. In short, it is time for the left to speak out to end this foolishness. Time to argue. You might ask what about the liberal tennets of freedom of speech and religion, but when those freedoms are being used to oppress, to slander, and to spread blatant misinformation, I’m beginning to think a line must be drawn. The Right is hurting people; it’s time for the left to question their right to do so. The former is more harmful than the latter.