Monday, October 03, 2016
No True Scotsman, redux
Over at Jihad Watch comments, many of the regulars are puzzling over or dismayed by why a non-Leftist Conservative, John Podhoretz, would call Robert Spencer "slime" and a "piece of shit" because Spencer dared to suspect a(n ex-)Muslim Reformer (i.e., another in a long line of "Better Cops"), Sohrab Ahmari.
One longtime regular (and unofficial member of the Rabbit Pack there), "Wellington", wrote:
What makes this all the more troubling is that he is not a leftist, in fact far from it. His conservative credentials have been know by all for a long time now (e.g., he was a speechwriter for President Reagan).
After years of encountering non-Leftists who are clueless about the problem of Islam, and who reflexively defend Muslims from "bigotry", you'd think the Jihad Watch regulars would be supremely jaded and unsurprised by Podhoretz. And then, you'd think they would have taken the time and trouble to think about why it is that Politically Correct Multi-Culturalism runs so broadly and deeply throughout the mainstream West, to include the vast majority of Conservatives, Centrists, and the Comfortably Apolitical. With one eye closed, and the other eye fixed on the Left, they tend to see only the True Scotsman.
If it wouldn't be too annoying and painful for them, they could expend a little time to read some of my essays I've written over the years pondering this phenomenon:
Neither Right nor Left, but Ambidextrous
Evidence demonstrating that mainstream conservative non-Elites are PC MC about Islam
Or to put the same thing another way...
With friends like these, who needs enemas...?
With faux pas like these, who needs foes...?
Spencer and Auster: It's more complicated
Knowing our Left from our Right
Robert Spencer's "Leftist" label-gun: Imprecision of terms on the problem of the problem
Lawrence Auster's political taxonomy
Left/Right polarity, convergence
A clarification of my rejection of the "Dastardly Leftists" explanation
And, more generally:
The psychology of PC MC
Leftist vs. Liberal
A partial list of my Hesperado articles on PC MC