Permit me to make a prediction young lieutenants.
My experience has told me that the left hates and loathes more than anything else the following things:
Being accused of lying
Being exposed as a hypocrite
Being accused of/shown to be stupid
They can dance in the boxing ring with you all day if you try to argue facts, statistics, and logic, because they will simply ignore what you say and call you a racist or a sexist. But if you stoop to their level and take them on in a personal way, shaming them and exposing them for the idiots they truly are, then they get mad. Because in going after them personally, you reframe the argument to be personal and about them. They (very much like conservatives frantically scramble to deny an accusation of racism) get livid, see red, and muster the entirety of their energies to protect the thing that means the most in their lives - their egos
Does it solve the debate?
Does it advance the national dialogue about the economy and government?
But it's the most progress I've ever had whilst engaging leftists.
However, an interesting little phenomenon is developing and I can see it happening a mile away. And that is the left is quickly drafting on its drafting board in academia the perfect weapon to deflect, deny, and even criminalize any mockery, ridicule, outing, shaming or any other form of one-upmanship. And that perfect weapon is to take all of the above, define it as "bullying" and make it an illegal act a la "harassment" or some other such act of intellectual dishonesty.
Whether they will be successful or not is another debate, but already you can see the word "bullying" being used in leftist parlance with the context that suggests when you
call a feminist on her bullshit
you're a bully
make fun of a socialist's inability to do basic 4th grade math
you're a bully
dare to hold minorities up to white standards, thereby treating them as genuine equals
you're a bully
laugh at middle aged women who think they can "have it all" as they divorce and find out no men want them,
you're a bully
The ultimate aim of this cowardice is to shut down debate. And like other words (racist, sexist, bigot, homophobe, close-minded, fascist, redneck, hick, privilege, etc.) once accused of the criminal act of "bullying" most spineless conservatives, libertarians, etc., will abandon their post, abandon the argument and rush to defend against the accusation out of fear of social ostracization, fear their career would be ruined, or fear of criminal charges being brought against them.
Of course, "bullying" ending up becoming a crime may sound a bit outlandish, but how far of a jump is an accusation of "bullying" from "harassment?" Also, have you seen just how thin-skinned, cowardly and pathetic the up-coming generation is? Just a quick perusal of our college culture with their obsession to find new forms of "privilege," their hyperbole of "rape culture," and their addiction to becoming some kind of a victim (ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, my sex, my color, my multigenderedness, depression, bipolar, the list is endless as it is pathetic) shows our "future" is a bunch of adult children professionally trained to look for and be insulted. Their inferiority in this regard almost guarantees the definition and illegality of "bullying" will be expanded.
But, as you know, I always like to point out the bright side or at least the solution.
These veritable Nazis, these haters of freedom, these whiny, snively parasites who constantly fake being a victim so they can rationalize living off of others just aren't terribly savvy about economics. And what they don't realize is that the economy is so poor and entire underclass (namely comprised of men) have no
And since the teeth of left's "victimization strategy" ultimately lies in the threat that if a conservative or libertarian speaks their mind they might lose their
for at least the future generation this tactic is ineffective. An entire generation of (again, primarily men) have nothing left to lose. And when it comes time to telling a
fat acceptance feminist she's fat
a minority to get off his ass and stop blaming his skin color for his failure, but rather his 5 illegitimate children
or a spoiled brat suburbanite that her degree in sociology is a waste of taxpayers resources and proof she can't do math
no amount of a legal threat of "bullying" is going to stop them. Because at least there's sanity in pointing out the truth, no matter how much and how many whinny, spineless, cry-baby victim leftists cry bloody murder.