Lefties are insecure and stupid people who kind of know they’re stupid and therefore ape the opinions of the ‘intelligentsia’ because they want others to think they’re smart

Not all of them, of course. But bear in mind that a lot of people don’t really care about politics, so if they’re talking about them it’s worth wondering why. There is a certain “life hack” which I’ve found useful. Ask yourself: “is this person just not very bright? Even if they’re supposed to be?” It can be quite clarifying. (“Is this person crazy?” is another good one.)

Okay, probably not worth a post. If so, sorry. Quora is an interesting place to waste time, though. I considered signing into it myself just to tell the author that s/he is palpably an idiot angling in the most explicit (and hilarious) terms for affirmation as a non-idiot, but then I figured, meh.

‘How is that people who know they are not very bright are so convinced they are right about complicated issues?

Immigration is a good example. Many people are against it. They just “know” it’s bad. Actually, many of them who hold that view are of average intelligence, have a secondary-level education, rarely read anything other than tabloids or facebook updates and only watch what might be called “low-brow” TV. They are often the first to admit they are not very clever and did poorly in school. So, if they are aware of their limited intelligence, why do they not realise their opinions about issues much bigger than themselves are probably equally uninformed?’

  • But we already knew this.

    It’s ego, vapidity, poor parenting, leftist educators, rotten and insipid culture and idiot group-think.

    In a nutshell.

    • Alain

      I call the result “herd think” or “group think”.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I work with some pretty smart people.
      We’ve taken the same courses at college, gone through the same interview process and taken the same training courses that we had to pass on the first try or else we’d lose our jobs.
      When it comes to politics I am wildly divergent from them.
      On Trump, for instance, I have to argue with them constantly to correct their misperceptions.
      I’ll hear them talking, insert drive by media talking point here, and I am compelled to tell them all the time that what they’ve heard is in fact not what he said.
      And then I have to explain the nuances of the issue at hand.
      Granted, I am a political junkie who views elections as Super Bowl type events and I spend four hours a day immersed in the conversation.
      All they hear are the caricatures they get from the media on their coffee breaks.
      It’s maddening.

      • El Martyachi

        Well, it’s looking more and more like one of those times when the debate over whether ideas matter goes hot. Methinks that the postmodern viewpoint that everything is a matter of perspective is about to take a beating.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          I’ve had to argue that one, too.
          I won it by saying that if all cultures were equal then they wouldn’t mind if the cannibals moved in next door.

          • If all cultures are equal then there’s nothing wrong with slavery.

          • El Martyachi

            Likely a pyrrhic victory… buddy goes home, smokes a bowl, turns on Colbert, back to default settings. Have no fear though.. actual cannibals next door are just around the corner. #notallcannibals.

          • El Martyachi

            … and only half joking. “I know a guy”.. formerly in Asaad’s retinue. Not a big joker, him. Reminds me kinda of “Odo” from DS9. He explained how they have people who will eat people.Ya know.. the whole, civilization collapse, no food supply, “special forces deployed” yada yada…

        • WalterBannon

          If everything is a matter of perspective then the logical extension of that is that ethics and morals have no value.

          From my perspective murder is amoral but from a cannibal’s perspective murder is just how you make dinner.

          If societies do not CHOOSE one perspective then they fall apart and become chaotic, lawless anarchy where anything goes. Anything goes is indeed exactly where the cultural Marxists have been trying to take us and it certainly has not made society a better place.

          As a hypothesis in general, the idea that everything is a matter of perspective is provably wrong just by offering one example of how this theory fails to describe how the physical laws of the universe work. In science, there are many things which are known to be very black and white. You are either right or wrong – there is no nuance, grey ares or other perspective possible.

      • I’ve heard people complain that he really will build a wall.

        Just… wow…

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          And they try to argue the logistics with me.
          I ask them if they’ve heard about the Israeli security fence.
          They don’t know what it is.

        • WalterBannon

          I would build the wall and put those South Korean robot gun turrets on them…

      • WalterBannon

        I too am a political junkie but I find that spouting caricatures is the way to go since the vast majority of the public lack the patience and interest to properly investigate things themselves, are already in deficit due to their well formed cognitive biases and lack the critical thinking skills to evaluate and overcome this thinking deficit. This means its a waste of time to give them a nuanced argument so you might as well throw out easy to swallow soundbites and if enough people start agreeing with and repeating them then eventually the needle on public opinion moves. You just have to get the herd moving in the right direction.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          I think it depends on the audience.
          Mine is captive for ten hours a day so we have time to argue.
          So, when they talk about legalizing pot I can tell them about the UN treaties that have to be unilaterally broken for it to become reality.
          Then again I didn’t miss slipping in the decibels of pi in there when it happened.
          We are engineering technicians and decibels and pi are our bread and butter.

          • WalterBannon

            The “liberals” I encounter at work are more fascist than liberal in my view and they are not at all receptive to hearing anything that challenges their thinking. Even when presented with verifiable and publicly acknowledged facts they become strident, refuse to listen, and go into full blown personal attack mode. Even a topic like global warming, which should be about the science, is something that they will tolerate no dissent from the official dogma. It gets even worse if you point out any flaws in their cult icons Hillary or Trudeau.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Well, I guess that I am luckier than you.
            Some of the liberals I work with are intransigent but others get this look on their faces at times that makes me believe my blind faith in the truth is working.
            And it may not work today or tomorrow but one day they might see the light.
            I like to think that if I just plant one or two kernels of truth that they can’t deny over time then they might just see I wasn’t that crazy conservative bastard yammering away in the corner and start to consider everything else I said.
            It’s ironic that you mention global warming because I am transferring up north where I doubt I will have any arguments about it.
            In the shop I’m in now I always get the smirks when I say global warming is a crock.
            And when I point them to the facts and the blogs that support my claims they never follow up on them.
            Or they attack the methodology of the science that contradicts the science they believe is settled.

          • WalterBannon

            That look on their faces is probably constipation. An MRI would show no actual activity in their brains.

  • lolwut?

    Saw this on /r/Toronto on Reddit which is now a hotbed wringing their hands over BLM’s antics at Pride.


  • Daviddowntown

    Theres just something about basic decency that resonates in my head and it will not be dislodged.

  • lolwut?
    • Waffle

      The yearning for victimhood is scary and pathetic.

    • WalterBannon

      White woman of colour aka an idiot

  • fozzy

    The peasants are making angry noises but this educated fool has never taken a history lesson.

  • WalterBannon

    Well I left my answer and I hope the sad individual who posted the original rant/question reads my response and suffers from cognitive dissonance.