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The Real Reason the Left Opposes the Safe Campus Act
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  • Jim__L

    These are not “amateur campus tribunals” — these are ecclesiastical courts.

    Leftism is not a mental disorder, but it IS a religion.

    • Dale Fayda

      Have to disagree with you there. A “religion”, be it one as theologically complex as Christianity or Judaism, or one as simple as that practiced by the Cro-Magnon requires a belief in a different, unseen plane of being, in the existence of creative/destructive forces beyond out ken, i.e. God(s) or to quote Joseph Campbell, in “listening to the music of the spheres”. On the other hand, the Left looks at the world and chooses to see only itself, like a snake in the desert who’s profoundly convinced that the universe consists of nothing but dry sand. The outer trappings of its slavish “leader worship” are but a perverse expression of the Left’s spiritual emptiness and complete moral bankruptcy, like Satanism in its aping of the Christian liturgy.

      This is why I repeatedly called leftism (liberalism) a mental disorder – I believe it to be a pathological manifestation of the worst aspects of the human psyche. Their maniacal insistence on their infallibility in the face of destruction and suffering they have caused and continue to cause only reinforces the case for their collective derangement, IMHO.

      • Andrew Allison

        How about a definition of religion as a fervent belief in something for which there is little, if any, evidence. I offer, in addition to the so-called “rape culture”, climate “science”. Given the conspicuous failure of leftism everywhere from the former USSR to deep blue, and bankrupt, cities in the US, it qualifies as a religion.

        • Dale Fayda

          Once again, have to disagree with that assertion. There is no evidence of ghosts, Bigfoot, power of crystals, Elvis being alive, the Illuminati, Protocols of Zion and a myriad other things, in which millions of people choose to believe fervently. Those are superstitions, not a religion.

          To paraphrase Joseph Campbell once again, religion is systematization of ritual. Ritual is an process by which a deity is invoked in an attempt to to enter a different plane of consciousness. As I stated earlier, the Left categorically denies the existence of God; it looks at the boundless wonder of the universe and sees only itself – definitely not characteristics of a religion. Honestly, can you comprehensively state in what exactly the Left (in its various versions) actually believes, with a big “B”? I can’t. The eventual triumph of Communist as a historical inevitability? Doubt it. In the “arc of history bending toward justice”, as Obama moronically put it? Ridiculous on its face. In gay “marriage”? Don’t think so.

          Finally, I’d like to quote Daniel Greenfield, whom I consider to be one of the best “explainers” of the Left in this country. I think this explanation, as much as anything else, sheds light on the Left’s underlying pathology:

          Leftists don’t value equality, they value disruption. If they
          can disrupt by promoting equality, they will do it. If they can disrupt by
          promoting inequality, they will do that. If they can disrupt by promoting gay
          marriage, promoting Islamists, promoting the environment, promoting unregulated
          industry, promoting freedom of speech or promoting hate speech laws, they will
          do those things in order of opportunism.

          Their underlying goal is to replace existing
          ideas and systems with their own. Anything that serves that purpose is good.
          Anything that maintains the existing order is bad.

          • Andrew Allison

            I was actually suggesting that religion is also superstition.

          • Dale Fayda

            Be that as it may (and I disagree), that doesn’t make Leftism a religion in any real sense for the reasons I’ve outlined above. Not to beat this analogy into the ground, but in my opinion Leftism is to religion is what Satanism is to Christianity.

          • Jim__L

            If evidence is what separates the two, it depends on what you consider evidence. Christians believe that the Bible (the New Testament in particular) is the honest testimony of intelligent and articulate people about epochal events 2000 years ago that are, by their nature, totally impossible to replicate today and therefore best knowable by (and to a certain degree unknowable except for) reading what is recorded in Scripture. Also, many Christians (myself included) have had inward experiences (including my continuing experience of having what is described as a soul) best explained (and maybe impossible to explain) by any means other than my religion.

            When I use the term “religion” I’m referring to a system of beliefs, morals, and worldview that are often accompanied by zealous and proselytizing faith. The sort of totalitarian Leftism evidenced on college campuses in the above article meets these criteria.

            Next up: TAI commenters argue about whether Pluto is a planet! =D

          • Andrew Allison

            Good arguments (other than the reliance upon testimony). I guess they make climate science a religion too [grin]

          • Jim__L

            I’m not sure we see quite eye-to-eye about religion (while I’m not a big fan of non-liturgical churches, I wouldn’t deny that they are religions), I definitely agree with you on the Disruption part as being an aspect I very much dislike about the Left.

            I wonder, would it improve the tenor of the debate here if, instead of making sweeping negative generalizations about half (or more) of the political spectrum (“Leftists are ______”) we could be more specific (“One thing I dislike about Leftist politics is it is often ______”)?

          • Dale Fayda

            I’ve never asserted that non-liturgical churches are religions, in fact the contrary. I think a fairly simple way stating the fundamental difference between a religion and Leftism is that language of religion is one of metaphor – it’s not what it says that really matters, it’s what the images it describe represent that important. Religion isn’t meant to be construed as neither history nor biography – I believe that actually detracts from its main purpose, which is a universal attempt on the part of human consciousness to reach out beyond our visible plane of existence and to achieve transcendence. The innate purpose of religion is to try to give answers about the “there and forever”

            Leftism, on the other hand, is only concerned with the “here and now”. It doesn’t attempt to articulate or systematize anything beyond the most base aspects of the human character. As I stated earlier, the Left looks at the universe and sees only itself.

  • Matt B

    “Some college campuses have… defined consent as not only positive but ‘enthusiastic’ agreement to have sex.”

    Married men beware: They’re coming for you next!

    • Jim__L

      G.K. Chesterton apparently had some experience with these sorts of dour, man-hating feminists…

      “If I had been a Heathen,
      I’d have crowned Neaera’s curls,
      And filled my life with love affairs,
      My house with dancing girls;
      But Higgins is a Heathen,
      And to lecture rooms is forced,
      Where his aunts, who are not married,
      Demand to be divorced.”

  • DiogenesDespairs

    I think there are two baleful tendencies at work here. One is accession to power on many campuses of the academic radical left, for whom no position is too insane to embrace if it fits their whims or narratives. The worse one is the extreme dependency academia now has on federal funding, which puts schools at the mercy of an administration that has an ideological or political axe to grind or is simply capricious. The current Administration wants to advance a narrative of “rape culture” and the like, and college administrations come to understand they want convictions on campus to justify their narrative, which can be done by making actionable words like “rape” mean anything one wants it to mean and “adjudicating” cases in on-campus kangaroo courts.

    Advice to undergrad men: Date townies.

    • Ryan O

      Or they could do like I did: marry the girl they met before college

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