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June 14, 2020

The Left's Circular Firing Squad Finds Another Victim, And It Is An Unintended Consequence Of Their Political Advantage

The Left are masters at political organization, and a major reason is their brutal and uncompromising orthodoxy. Step out of line, and they will whip you back. Take a few steps, and they will kill you...metaphorically or in reality, depending on the location.

That is a tremendous advantage in the political arena, because it allows them to speak with essentially one voice, and the messages are amplified by the image of unity. But the obvious disadvantage is that like the Trojans and Cassandra, the truth, if inconvenient or contrary to the cant will be ignored.

The list of the Left's Cassandras is long, and it isn't confined to the political. Science, engineering, even basic biology must be subsumed by the Message.

Here's their latest victim, and one with an important point. Yeah, I know, it's "Reason," and they are mostly high as kites and profoundly ignorant of reality, but every once in a great while....

The 1793 Project Unmasked

Anyone who still doubts that woke progressives can pose a material threat to the pursuit of truth should consider the case of David Shor. A week ago, as protests over the unjust police killing of George Floyd took place in major cities across the country, Shor—a 28-year-old political scientist at the Democratic consulting firm Civic Analytics—tweeted some observations about the successes and failures of various movements. He shared research by Princeton University's Omar Wasow, who has found that violent protests often backfire whereas nonviolent protests are far more likely to succeed. The impulse behind Shor's tweet was a perfectly liberal one: He feels progressive reforms are more palatable to the public when protesters eschew violence.

But many progressive activists on social media didn't care whether the impulse was liberal, or even whether it reflected reality. They denounced Shor as a racist for daring to scrutinize the protesters, even if his aim was to make them more effective. One activist accused Shor of using his "anxiety and 'intellect' as a vehicle for anti-blackness." Then she tagged Civis Analytics, and invited the company to "come get your boy."

Get him, they did. Civis Analytics promptly fired Shor.

The article is worth a read, especially for some more examples of the Left's destruction of their own.

I have very little sympathy for those who suffer, because what has happened and will continue to happen to the willing fools who support the Left is not new. A quick visit to the library for a few histories of the French Revolution should disabuse anyone of the inherent goodness of the Left and its revolutionary movements. And if you have the stomach, move on to the Soviets and the Red Chinese...they were worse...much worse.


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