That’s the one where you try to discredit an idea by going after the speaker. It’s the mainstay of Leftist “argument,” and has been since “the Left” has been a thing — “class enemies” can’t be right about anything, because they’re class enemies. We like to joke that you can cause a Leftist real bodily distress by asking her if she agrees with Adolf Hitler that 2+2 = 4, but the joke only works because so much of Leftism simply is the genetic fallacy. Magic Dirt Theory, Diversity is our Strength, pick your Liberal bromide — all of these are true only because the h8rs say otherwise. Asking Liberals to provide arguments and evidence for their assertions is like asking your dog to factor quadratics — at best they’ll just bark at you; at worst, start humping your leg.
This matters, because Leftism is a Manichean religion that sees everyone and everything as either totally good, or totally evil. Backing off from the apocalypse for a sec, here’s a humorous illustration of the genetically fallacious mindset:
Remember that? That’s what happens when you accustom yourself to “thinking” in genetic fallacies. Who wouldn’t want to wear pajamas, sip hot chocolate, and talk about health insurance? Nobody who’s not a H8R, that’s for sure!!
But fun as it is to ridicule Pajamaboy — and oh God is it ever! — mocking him misses the true horror of this ad campaign, which is this: Nobody ever even thought about putting the brakes on it, because nobody had the conceptual tools. Who, exactly, was the target audience of this ad? Laid-off factory workers out there in the flyover states? Assuming that’s the case leads you to a very scary conclusion: That with all the time, money, and resources poured into this campaign — and the must’ve been vast — nobody bothered to, you know, go out there and check how such a thing would be received. Assuming that’s not the case leads you to an even scarier conclusion: That the intended audience for this ad was, effectively, no one, because nobody who wasn’t fully on board with Obama’s “fundamental transformation” of American society would respond positively to an ad like this. It was all just a big circle jerk of virtue signalling.
Which is the natural endpoint of the Leftist worldview. If everyone who doesn’t agree with you 100%
- is, by definition, evil; and
- evil people, again by definition, can’t ever be right about anything; then
- how can one even function in a world that has evil people in it?
Your run-of-the-mill Leftist can hide out on campus forever, effectively banishing all the evil people from her presence, but lots of Leftists go into government, as I’m sure you’ve noticed. They flail and blunder about on the world stage because they have no idea that communication with evil people is even possible. Worse, those folks arbitrarily assigned to the “good person” bucket can do no wrong, so what’s the point of trying to persuade them to do, or not do, anything at all?
Thus our ongoing Iran adventure. Everyone who matters in our government, it seems, has assigned the mullahs to one of the buckets. Nothing Tehran says can ever be true, claim the folks who have assigned the mullahs to the “evil” bucket, so there’s no point in trying to figure out what their grievances are — just lob a few cruise missiles at ’em and call it a day. On the other hand, those who put the mullahs in the “good” bucket also can’t grok the mullahs’ griveances, because somewhere high on the list are things like “the existence of Jews in the world,” and no good person could ever mean something like that. Bismarck wept, but that’s 21st century diplomacy for you.
I sure hope it doesn’t get us all killed.Loading Likes...