Ingredients of political evil

  1. The incapacity to reason from any perspective but my own is ideological narrowness.
  2. The need to explain the complexity of life by reducing them to simple concepts is intellectual stuntedness.
  3. To undermine beliefs, judgments, feelings or actions of others using theories which I do not accept when used to cast doubt on my own beliefs, judgments, feelings or actions is intellectual hypocrisy.
  4. To judge others by different standards than those by which I judge myself is moral hypocrisy.
  5. Indifference to pain except that which I and my kind feel is empathy failure.
  6. The desire to make myself feel better by making another person feel worse is sadism.
  7. To listen only to those who agree with me, and to revile anyone who disagrees with me is tribalism.
  8. To attribute concealed malevolent motives to others despite their claims to believe and intend the opposite is paranoia.
  9. To see myself as exceptional, endowed with exceptional abilities, and entitled to exceptional treatment is hubris.
  10. To believe my own faith is ultimate and that there is nothing I can learn from my enemies is spiritual blindness.

These are all the ingredients of political evil I can think of.

2 thoughts on “Ingredients of political evil

  1. Wow, your blog is fantastic. I’m glad I stumbled upon it. I’m no expert in politics so I’m trying to expand my information/reading I have on these pertinent topics. Of most interest to me has been the descent of madness I’ve seen on Twitter and other social media sites that primarily target straight white males (as the biggest evil) along with the acceptance of racial based judgment (on whites) that is pushed on social media. I am on the left myself but not a PC authoritarian and I don’t think justification for demonizing people based on being white should be acceptable. I have a friend who’s more on the left than me (trans as well) who brought up some points to me that I wanted to further study. She brought up that the right also engages in identity politics of their own form and that people should criticize the right as much as the left. I disagree with the latter since societal states can dictate which sides have prevailing ideology on the internet. Plus, context matters and there’s specific issues coming from the left that should be heavily dug into. Eventually I am going to do a write up on the fallacy of relative privation, identity politics from the left and right, the potential danger of bad ideas, the difference between supremacy and nationalism, cancel culture/speech codes, colonialism and how it isn’t just unique to Europe, and inner and outer group differences. I’m going to read more on your blog including re-reading “Leftist Identitarianism is an identity.” It is a breath of fresh air and much needed.

  2. This was the comment to me from the friend. It was their response to a article where Gad Saad discussed the dangers of identity politics.

    “People on the Right also participate in identity politics in which they do the same thing.

    They say, “Democrats are X, Y, Z”
    These people are X, Y, Z.

    They do the same thing but get away with it because they’re not theorizing ways in which identity are important. They’ll claim color doesn’t matter and then ignore the ways in which it does matter.

    They’re more likely to be racist and misogynistic.

    Identity is integral to culture and individuality. Saad seems to be pushing the idea that identity is tribal and therefore not necessary, kind of implying the idea that we should be a collective and ignore our roots and identities and selves.

    I guess what I’m trying to say is that people are tribal, and Saad seems to be a critic of the left while ignoring the same sins in the right.”

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