Much of what I talk about in this blog concerns the disparity between the left’s perceptions of itself and reality. In the image below (which I made myself so please excuse its lack of sophistication), the circles on the left illustrate the former:
The outer circle represents potential issues of social injustice that leftists might concern themselves with and the inner circle represents its actual agenda. The two circles are nearly the same size because the left believes that it deals with almost every issue of social injustice, and in fact if you asked them if there were any issues they weren’t dealing with, many would say no (so maybe the two circles should be congruent).
The image on the right is a more accurate image of the situation. Again, the outer circle represents the potential issues, and the inner circle represents the left’s actual agenda. Here are five issues of social injustice that leftists ignore:
• All the tens of thousands of people who are currently slaves in North Africa
• The plight of women in the Muslim world
• The plight of gays in the Muslim world
• The plight of non-Muslims in the Muslim world
• People who are excluded from jobs because of their class background
A couple points should be noted here before getting to the main point. First, most of the items on the list concern the Muslim world, which is a cesspool of social injustice. Despite that situation, leftists resent it whenever anyone mentions that fact. Second, these two images ignore the instances of social injustice that the left has actually created, such as the tens of millions of people murdered by the communists.
Anyway, my main point is that the left is a deeply flawed movement, even on its own terms. This means that as a matter of rhetoric, anyone on the right can always answer a leftist who whines about this injustice or that injustice by pointing out to them the many injustices they ignore. Republican war on women? That ignores the Islamic war on women which is much worse. The terrible legacy of slavery in this country? That ignores those people in North Africa who are currently slaves. Conservatives who don’t think gays should be married? That ignores those gays whom ISIS is throwing off of buildings.
Why should anyone on the right ever bother arguing from their own principles when the left’s inaction offers so many opportunities to attack them? I myself underwent a transformation when I came to realize what was going on (and let me observe that no one pointed this out to me when I was young; I had to figure it out for myself). These were the stages:
1. I was solidly on the left
2. I began noticing examples of social injustice the left had no interest in dealing with.
3. I tried getting the other leftists to be concerned about these instances of social injustice, but I was always met with a wall of indifference and the cry that "that's not important."
4. I stopped criticizing conservatives and started criticizing leftists when I realized that leftists were no more interested in dealing with certain instances of social injustice than conservatives were in dealing with any of them.
Maybe I am atypical, and maybe if the average leftist were to be confronted with reality, he or she would not follow the route I did. But it is worth a try. Force them to see how much social injustice there really is in the world and how little of it can be blamed on America’s conservatives.