I'm sorry I haven't been visible for the past three weeks, but I've been tied up editing a novel for my book publisher. I simply had to come up for air to voice my not-so-humble opinion on the political convention circus that's been playing all over TV while I've been working. In brief, the Republicans have been remarkably coherent, the Democrats both fakey and hysterical, and the Libertarians invisible as usual.
To start with the last, have the Libertarians even held their convention yet? Does anybody know? You have to search the internet to learn anything about them. The major, and even minor, news media try their damnedest to avoid mentioning the word "libertarian", even without capitalizing it. They're still hoping that if they ignore it long enough, the Libertarian Party will go away. Fat chance. Everywhere that the LP is on the ballot, it will collect the Disgruntled vote from citizens disgusted with the antics of the Big Two.
The Republicans, so far, have concentrated their attention on the economy: how good it was, especially for "minorities", before the Covid lockdown, how fast it's been recovering since, and how much faster it would recover if certain Democrat governors would stop trying to keep it locked down. So far, they've also soft-pedaled their strongest selling-point, which is how the Democrats have excused and encouraged AntifaBLM riots all over the country. Perhaps they're holding off until the latest police scandal dies down, a case in Wisconsin where some incredibly stupid and incompetent cops shot an unarmed Black man in the back -- seven times, point-blank, in front of cameras and witnesses -- and didn't even manage to kill him. At this point any candidate who recommends taking away the police's guns and clubs and arming them exclusively with stunners -- hand stun-guns for close work, stun-batons for medium range, and Tasers for long-distance -- would harvest a million votes easily.
Ah, but the Democrats have shown themselves as almost psychotically out of touch with the majority of voters by their convention-coverage. At this point it might be wise to look up the Wikipedia entry for the Chinese word "Baizuo". Here's the short version:
aizuo (//; Chinese: 白左; pinyin: báizuǒ, literally White Left) is a derogatory Chinese neologism and political epithet used to refer to Western leftist ideologies primarily espoused by white people. The term baizuo is related to the term shèngmǔ (圣母, 聖母, literally "Blessed Mother"), a sarcastic reference to those whose political opinions are perceived as being guided by emotions or a hypocritical show of selflessness and empathy.
initially used as a general critique of certain socialist values in the American left. the term evolved to criticize some people among the left who seemingly advocate for positive slogans like peace and equality to boast their sense of moral superiority, but are ignorant of real-world consequences, and utilize destructive behavior like political sacrifice and identity politics.
Substantial use in Chinese Internet culture began in early 2016, at first at MIT BBS, a bulletin board system used by many Chinese in the U.S., during the 2016 United States presidential election. Baizuo was used there to criticize the Democratic Party's emphasis on affirmative action policies perceived as discriminating against Asians.
After the United States presidential election of 2016, the term came to be more widely used in reference to perceived double standards of Western media, as well as in relation to the tolerance of left-wing activists for manifestations of Islamism (see regressive left).
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- Champagne socialist
- Liberal elite
- Political opportunism
- Red–green–brown alliance
- Regressive left
- Social fascism
- Social justice warrior