The Royal Destiny & Spiritual Inheritance of Man…
And here is part of the article that sucked me in, of course for the truth that it speaks:
Here’s something interesting I’ve noticed about left-liberal political rhetoric of the past year or so: The increasing use of the word “nihilist” to describe opponents. Keith Olberman is the example I’ve seen most recently, but it’s been popping up more and more lately, in reference to people who oppose the Democrats and especially people who oppose the currently debated health care “reforms.”
I’m accustomed to liberals bombarding anyone who opposes them with accusations of racism, misogyny, greed, religious fanaticism, heartless indifference to human suffering, sadistic hatred of the disadvantaged, and a general sort of Saturday morning cartoon villainish love of wickedness. (This is why I’ve always found most of the liberal complaints about the increasingly ferocious turn right-wing rhetoric took after 9/11 to be laughably hypocritical, like a man who goes around attacking people with an ax becoming indignant when someone violates the Queensbury rules by kicking him in the shin.) This use of “nihilist is new to me, though.
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This use of “nihilist” seems less weird if you consider the implicit assumptions of many people. Liberals often take the attitude that only things done by the government really “count,” so that they consistently conflate “Nothing should be done” with “Nothing should be done by the government.” From that perspective, someone who persistently says “The government should not be used to address this problem” is indistinguishable from someone who says “This problem should not be addressed.” Since most liberals are so heavily invested in the myth that Republicans are die-hard free market advocates who don’t want the government doing much of anything, it would follow naturally that they don’t really think anything matters.
Further, as I’ve said before, liberals are often in the habit of taking all their assumptions for granted to such an extent that they have trouble remembering that other possible sets of assumptions even exist. Liberal responses to opposition often have a bewildered, hysterical edge absent in their conservative counterparts; conservatives usually just get mad at you for opposing them, but liberals often seem shocked and panicked to discover that something so alien and unnatural as someone who disagrees with them is possible.
From within a worldview influenced by these assumptions, accusations of “nihilism” make sense. Liberal ideas about what’s right and wrong are the only possible ideas about what’s right and wrong; if you reject them, it follows that you have no moral beliefs at all. Hence the endless claims that opponents of the Left must be motivated by greed, or hatred, or mindless fear of change, or whatever; people who claim to be motivated by a set of moral beliefs opposed to those of liberals must be lying (or perhaps crazy), because they’re claiming an impossibility . . . .
“You must be evil if you do not support well-intentioned policies. There can be no dissent about the means!”