Opinions on the cheap

Left and right is more than just opinion about what ought to be done. There is something else about being on the left, which is the emotional rush it seems to give. In an article at Quadrant Online I list the odd reality that, so far as I can tell, even though the temperatures have not risen for fifteen years, there are no warmists who have become sceptics, and even with the disastrous outcomes of the Keynesian stimulus, there have been no economists I know of who have given up their Keynesian faith.

But that was the lead into what I thought was an interesting post from a Canadian blogger about the nature of those on the left, the kinds of people they are and the way they wish to experience the world through their emotions in ways that reason cannot touch.

The majority of people are weak-minded. They are also lazy. However, they are also egotistical . . . and so their mind reaches for something that will not only allow them to claim some kind of intellectual “superiority” or “achievement,” but also allow them to do so with no work.

Going green. Protesting. Claiming they’re a caring liberal. Joining a religion. Going vegan. Becoming a professor, etc.

This not only results in them living in a delusional, non-real world, but also makes them emotionally and egotistically invested in keeping up their ideological facade. Thus, when you make passionate, logical, stoic arguments of fact, math, and statistics you (consciously or not) pierce their ego, expose their charade, and therefore trigger a visceral, emotional, and often hate-laden response.

It’s the notion of having an opinion on the cheap that must be so pleasant, specially when you can use that opinion to go around blaming others for the woes of the world without actually having to do any work in finding out what’s going on. Left wing ranting is a species unto itself. His entire post was I thought quite insightful look at the nature of political argument.

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22 Responses to Opinions on the cheap

  1. Baldrick

    It’s especially handy to get that warm fuzzy feeling by just clicking the ‘like’ button or just ‘retweeting’ an opinion.
    It must be so tiring being a progressive … so many causes, so many clicks!

  2. Bruce of Newcastle

    Tribalism. You see it with politics too. ALP MP’s never cross the floor in votes. LNP MP’s do, and its always a struggle for the whips to keep them in the fold.

    The problem is that the Left have certain religious doctrines, and if you fail to uphold them you are cast out and made to infinitely suffer. In the climate space examples include Bjorn Lomborg who is a lefty and Patrick Moore, the former founder of Greenpeace, who cast doubt on CAGW and advocated nuclear energy. They were both anathemised, and Greenpeace has actually been airbrushing Moore from their history.

    Eventually the Left will have to come around on CAGW but it will take a while. Until they do they will be smashed in the polls because people are not stupid.

  3. Percy

    Professor Quiggin’s research shows electricity price rises were the highest in states with privatised power networks.

    Would be nice if they actually linked to the report so we could see whether the Prof included the amount of taxpayer funds provided to the public power co’s in his comparison.

  4. John Williams

    Not surprised this blogger got your attention, because you can now safely dispense with a whole library of analysis into the DNA of a Lefty.
    Absolutely nailed it.
    It is now permanently on my iPhone…the Lefty Genome (Unabridged)

  5. Arnost

    Great observation that… And that the field of science is corrupted by this type of emotional (non) investment is what Tommy Gold was talking about way back with his herd instinct in science piece. Always a good read:

    http://amasci.com/freenrg/newidea1.html

  6. Wozzup

    The fundamental principle of socialism is not to share what YOU have with other people. its contriving to make those other people share what they have with you! And hence most people on the left are rent seekers (as economists call them – people serving special interests and out for what they can get) personally – or are nothing more than “useful idiots” too blind to see that they are serving the interests of other rent seekers. Those rent seekers are many and varied. Unions for a start. They are the prime rent seekers. But of course in a broad sense it also includes people hopping on boats to bypass proper immigration controls and come here simply because they want to live in the west – or perhaps because they want to convert the west into whatever crappy country they just escaped (but this time with themselves or their type in charge, of course).

    This is socialism. This is the left. We all know how that worked out for the soviets of course. But our blind and stupid useful idiots are still too dopey to see the truth or to care.

  7. Aristogeiton

    I’ve stopped attempting to discuss people’s professed interests or areas of professed expertise for this reason. When I was younger I thought this an ideal avenue to build rapport. As I grew older I realised that people often express interest or expertise in areas they know nothing at all about. Their friends actively play along by deferring to them in these areas. They can readily grow to resent you when you ask their view on a matter which should be within their knowledge and they are forced to admit that have no idea what you are talking about.

  8. Bill

    Judith Curry is one climate scientist who has gone from believer to sceptic, (and there are probably a few other examples). Other climate scientists who would still be called believers have acknowledged that “the Pause” is a big challenge to the credibility of current models, and that another few years of Pause would decisively discredit the models.

  9. stackja

    Left wing ranting is a species unto itself.

    In Australia I understand it has been so since Federation.

  10. David

    last time I thought about it, becoming a professor or going vegan is much more work than writing a blog comment.

  11. .

    Professor Quiggin’s research shows electricity price rises were the highest in states with privatised power networks.

    They probably had the biggest increase in network capacity as well.

    Carry on rewardless…

  12. Rabz

    Regressives also make the assumption that their incessant melodramatic bloviating will lead to others ignoring their blatant hypocrisy.

  13. Gab

    Regressives also make the assumption that their incessant melodramatic bloviating will lead to others ignoring their blatant hypocrisy.

    That’s a keeper.

  14. cynical1

    Regressives also make the assumption that their incessant melodramatic bloviating will lead to others ignoring their blatant hypocrisy.

    Cate, Sting, Leonardo, Bono etc.

    You did catch that, I hope…

  15. Mr Rusty

    The majority of people are weak-minded. They are also lazy. However, they are also egotistical . . . and so their mind reaches for something that will not only allow them to claim some kind of intellectual “superiority” or “achievement,” but also allow them to do so with no work.

    Leftism is undoubtedly intellectual laziness. It is intellectual fast-food, all the work is done for you; the poorly sourced ingredients, irradiated, diced, drowned in chemicals to make it look and taste appealing (but actually does really bad stuff to you inside) all neatly packaged up. Doesn’t matter where you go, the ingredients and taste are the same. A serve of ‘Gay Marriage’ is made up of exactly the same crap whether it is served in New York, London or Sydney. ‘Global Warming’? 97% sourced from ManBearPig, added UN IPCC and advertised daily on TV.
    It’s all there for the lazy and incompetent mind. The arguments are pre-prepared, the industry support and lobby groups well entrenched and well funded and there are millions of willing consumers. Getting them hooked as young as possible and saturating the market of ideas have been two of the most successful tactics employed, thanks to the original recipes of Marx, Lenin, Gramsci and Alinsky.
    The most successful product has been the ‘Happy Meal’, which gives consumers a walloping dose of fuzzy warm feelings each time they engorge on meals such as ‘Refugee Compassion’, ‘Elimination of Poverty’ and ‘Aboriginal Apology’. These meals often come with trinkets – coloured wristbands, ribbons, ‘Peace’ and rainbow badges, flags and banners. One of the greatest successes has been the combination of just about every ingredient into one super special meal known as ‘The Messiah’. No-one is sure where it came from, although the meat is almost certainly Halal, and the lashings of Keynesian sauce and smooth, suave appearance saw it awarded a top culinary prize before it was even released onto the market.
    Sadly, contrary to appearances, fast-food intellectualism does not fill the head, is devoid of any real nutrition for the brain and is detrimental to the health and wellbeing of an individual.

  16. LABCR-TV

    Rabz, well done for using the most appropriate word ‘regressives’.
    I too am a wake up to the leftists (Borg mentality, from Star Trek) deliberate misleading of the general population by using the word ‘progressive’. I refuse to use it.

    My Oxford dictionary cites progressive as:
    ‘moving forward, step by step, advancing social conditions, favouring reform, increasing tax with income’.
    Weird. Doesn’t that describe what our present democratic system of government combined with capitalist market economy has achieved for us over the past 200 years?

    Yet this is the very thing that the borg want to demolish and replace with something from old Russia, old China or current North Korea. Old Russia and China eventually realised that they were not moving forward, communism did not advance social conditions (it made them much worse), reform was only instigated when the whole borg illusion collapsed.
    The borg adoption of ‘progressive’ is similar to the islamists use of the phrase ‘religion of peace’, lol, used solely to deceive (just check out the ReligionofPeace website if you want to check this). In fact, a lot of parallels can be drawn between the borgs and islam, which I won’t go into now.
    One other thing about the borg (and islam) is their propensity for sacrifice. They love to see people die, but they won’t acknowledge it, nor do they care.
    1200 boat people dead, 4 young insulation workers killed, millions dead in Russia and China and N Korea, all under the borg fantasy. And they don’t care.
    They don’t care if workers lose their jobs as long as some are able to gouge the employer a bit more, just like Bill Shorten’s now famous SPC agreement may years ago. They don’t even care if the company goes to the wall, like Mitsubishi, Ford, Holden, and especially Toyota, who warned the workers what may happen. This willingness and necessity to sacrifice people is the reason why they will not admit responsibility for the sacrifice, just ask Bowen and Rudd and Gillard and all the rest of them.
    Progressive, indeed!

  17. LABCR-TV

    Mr Rusty,
    Great recipe, but one phrase you are looking for is ‘low information voters’.

  18. motherhubbard'sdog

    Most people think with their limbic system rather than their cerebral cortex.

  19. Aristogeiton

    motherhubbard’sdog
    #1196624, posted on February 20, 2014 at 2:53 pm
    Most people think with their limbic system rather than their cerebral cortex.

    I think you mean their Mr. Limpy-ic system.

  20. The Senator

    I think it was GK Chesterton who said “when men stop believing in God they don’t believe in nothing, they’ll believe in anything”.

    Religious or not we all need to believe we are good people who do the right thing and subscribe to the correct moral authority. But we’re also lazy, subjective and indulgent. The Left offers a quick-fix to this dilemma.

  21. blogstrop

    We have plenty of documented cases of former left-leaning people who have, with time and experience coupled to normal powers of observation and analysis, become more conservative.
    If there are no warmists who have seen the light they must indeed as a group be slow learners, if not totally impaired in that department.

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