Living in the Hate of the Common People, continued

 

In late December, I posted Living in the Hate of the Common People, which was inspired by the comment of an anti-Brexit Brit who said “I think we need to find a way to stop the working class from voting altogether” and also “Idiots and racists shouldn’t be able to ruin the lives of people who do well in life by voting for things they don’t understand. The problem in this country boils down to low information morons having the ability to vote.” I cited other examples of the same kind of thinking.

Yesterday, it was reported (by Veritas) that a lawyer employed by PBS had resigned after being caught saying things like it was “great” that coronavirus cases were spiking in red states because they might infect Trump voters and suggested that Republican voters should have their children put in re-education camps.

The DC-based lawyer also said “Americans are so f–king dumb. You know, most people are dumb,” and “It’s good to live in a place where people are educated and know stuff. Could you imagine if you lived in one of these other towns or states where everybody’s just stupid?”

The PBS network, of course, attempted to distance itself from these comments, saying that “There is no place for hateful rhetoric at PBS, and this individual’s views in no way reflect our values or opinions.” I’m not so sure about that. Remember that NPR..an organization which seems quite similar to PBS in terms of its target audience and its general outlook on things…refused to cover the Hunter Biden laptop story, saying that “We don’t want to waste our time on stories that are not really stories, and we don’t want to waste the listeners’ and readers’ time on stories that are just pure distractions.” I expect that the political beliefs and corporate cultures are pretty similar across these two networks, and that opinions like that expressed by the lawyer mentioned above are quite commonplace in both, even if usually expressed a little more carefully and diplomatically.

Keep these attitudes in mind when Democrats talk incessantly about how much they deeply care for ‘working people.’

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  1. CarolJoy, Thread Hijacker Coolidge
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    I occasionally stumble on a Youtube video that seems to be worth watching, only to discover by comments made at its conclusion that it was posted by a “progressive.”

    But that progressive’s comments are nowhere near as revealing as the comments made by that individual’s subscribers, who go on to regale each other with their disregard for “white trailer trash.”

    All people are equal, except Black Lives Matter the most, and poor white people matter least of all.

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  2. Retail Lawyer Member
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    CarolJoy, Thread Hijacker (View Comment):

    All people are equal, except Black Lives Matter the most, and poor white people matter least of all.

    True! Certainly at the institutional and governmental level. Worst white supremacist society ever!

    And “Love Trumps Hate”. Which side is so full of hate it might be foundational?

     

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  3. David Foster Member
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    Retail Lawyer (View Comment):

    And “Love Trumps Hate”. Which side is so full of hate it might be foundational?

    The great blogger Neo said:

    When I was very young, I read a child’s version of The Iliad. I remember reading in it that after Achilles had killed Hector, he triumphantly and in rage defiled Hector’s corpse:

    Hector lies slaughter’d here

    Dragg’d at my chariot, and our dogs shall all in pieces tear

    His hated limbs…

    Even as a small child, I felt a horror so strong that I recoiled and had to put the book down for a while.

    She says the current hysteria of Trump-hating reminded her of that passage.

    Link

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  4. Ontheleftcoast Inactive
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    David Foster: Keep these attitudes in mind when Democrats talk incessantly about how much they deeply care for ‘working people.’

    In Damon Knight’s story and the Twilight Zone episode it inspired, To Serve Man was a cookbook. C. S. Lewis used a similar idea in one of the Narnia books. Swift’s A Modest Proposal, of course.

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  5. GlennAmurgis Coolidge
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    These were the same smart set that thought giving the CCP most favored trading status would make them more tolerant and open.

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  6. DrewInEastHillQuarantineZone Coolidge
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    I’m not sure Democrats even bother to try to reach the working class anymore. I certainly haven’t heard anything of that sort from them for the last 4 years.

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  7. Paul Stinchfield Member
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    David Foster: The PBS network, of course, attempted to distance itself from these comments, saying that “There is no place for hateful rhetoric at PBS, and this individual’s views in no way reflect our values or opinions.”

    There is, of course, virtually zero chance that the people at PBS were ignorant of this individual’s viciously hateful opinions. In fact, such opinions would be likely to make someone much more likely to be hired by PBS.

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  8. Paul Stinchfield Member
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    GlennAmurgis (View Comment):
    These were the same smart set that thought giving the CCP most favored trading status would make them more tolerant and open.

    Bill Kristol says Ahoy! to us all as he cashes another check from a company that offshored its manufacturing to China…and another company replacing its American employees with cheaper more compliant immigrants.

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  9. DrewInEastHillQuarantineZone Coolidge
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    Paul Stinchfield (View Comment):

    GlennAmurgis (View Comment):
    These were the same smart set that thought giving the CCP most favored trading status would make them more tolerant and open.

    Bill Kristol says Ahoy! to us all as he cashes another check from a company that offshored its manufacturing to China…and another company replacing its American employees with cheaper more compliant immigrants.

    Bill Kristol is going to love all the new wars that the Biden administration will start.

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