Masters Of Hypocrisy: The Incredible Lightness Of Liberal Thinking

Tyler Durden's picture

Via Jesse's Cafe Americain blog,

 "Listening to the leading figures of the Democratic party establishment, however, you’d never know it. Cool contentment is the governing emotion in these circles. What they have in mind for 2016 is what we might call a campaign of militant complacency. They are dissociated from the mood of the nation, and they do not care... What our modernized liberal leaders offer is not confrontation [with corporate corruption] but a kind of therapy for those flattened by the free-market hurricane: they counsel us to accept the inevitability of the situation."

-Thomas Frank

 

"Too many of America's elites-among the super-rich, the CEOs, and many of my colleagues in academia-have abandoned a commitment to social responsibility.  They chase wealth and power, the rest of society be damned."

-Jeffrey Sachs

 

"This elite-generated social control maintains the status quo because the status quo benefits and validates those who created and sit atop it.  People rise to prominence when they parrot the orthodoxy rather than critically analyze it. Intellectual regurgitation is prized over independent thought. Real change in politics or society cannot occur under the orthodoxy because if it did, it would threaten the legitimacy of the professional class and all of the systems that helped them achieve their status.

-Kristine Mattis, The Cult of the Professional Class

The continuing reaction of the liberal elite to the repudiation of the Democratic establishment by their traditional constituencies of the young and working people is a wonder to behold.  They thrash back and forth between a denial of their failure, and disgust at everyone else they can blame for it. cf Paul Krugman, The Populism Perplex.

It could not possibly be because of anything they might have done or failed to do.   And so they are caught in a credibility trap.

It is frustrating because they do not know how to extract themselves from it, admit their errors and reform the system, without undermining the very assumptions that entitle them, in their own minds at least, to rule as the highly honored insiders, the elect of professional accomplishment.  

Mark Blyth, who accurately predicted Brexit and Trump, explains in clear language how globalization and capitalism are failing people throughout the world and why that means more Brexits and Trumps are on the way...

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balz's picture

Krugman's ego is getting so big it won't fit on Twitter soon.

Manthong's picture

“militant complacency”

Cool…

I have similar concepts…

.. Slightly pregnant

.. Zealous meditation

.. (classic) military intelligence

   Clearly confused

   Act naturally

.. peaceful islam

 

Liberal's picture

As a staunch liberal I'm just really strongly curious. Just curious really I swear.

If they do recount votes in those states, what are the chances - I'm just asking because I'm only curious really I swear - they discover that some people cast their ballots many many times and across those state lines? I'm just really curious. I'm also just really curious as a staunch liberal what would happen like, if they found that my, I mean, someone's dead ancestors voted over and over?

Since I'm here, just out of curiosity, like, could they take my, I mean, their free housing, food stamps and other subsidies away if found guilty?

I'm just really really curious so I'd appreciate if anyone has real expertise on these things?

Stuck on Zero's picture

Democrats are not liberals. They are statists. They are self-righteous, motivated, and empowered not by the people but by the monied interests of the elite.

Arnold's picture

You would be subject to Federal Election fraud.

If prosecuted, which is unlikely, you lose.

Christ, convicted Felons would have more rights than you would, on release.

They are evidently able to vote in Virginia.

Arnold's picture

And quit the caveats and whining.

Make a statement and digest what happens.

After two years here, you should know that.

Arnold's picture

There is little cross state checking, this was a big issue for about a week.

http://watchdog.org/156197/multiple-voters-crosscheck/

 

Any touting expertise should be suspect.

Knowledgeable, certainly, expertise.....

http://problogservice.com/2012/03/15/what-malcolm-gladwell-really-said-a...

Arnold's picture

I'm glad that you got a cross country bus ride and  a bit of coin from a Craig's list advertisement.

That is unique.

57-71's picture

Ha Ha, we got you beat on that one, the fuckers can vote in jail here in Canada.

xavi1951's picture

Liberalism is a disease!  Mental Illness!

 

SoDamnMad's picture

Yeah, I, an ex-pat, applied through the Embassy for an absentee ballot from NYS.   Nothing, zilch.  Hell yeah. Hey, you want a couple ballots in case you make a mistake. Here, let me stuff them through the bars but don't lick the upper right hand corner.  She thanks you for using your democratic privilege,  

adanata's picture

 

Labels like Democrat/Liberals/Republican/conservatives are illusions created by the globalist mind fuckers ...

Human herding into various pens before heading to the chutes.

BabaLooey's picture

What the FUCK are you "curious" about?

They DO vote many many times. They cheat. The LIE. They TELL LIES.

LIBERALS do.

Liberals EXPLOIT the blacks. They have for DECADES.

What part of the above video did you NOT GET?

Grow up, get real - and see that your "staunch liberalism" is a fucking disease of the mind.

You're part of the swamp that needs to be drained.

Flush yourself.

Miskondukt's picture

Liberal, keep coming here for context and do your best to ignore these emotionally reacted outbursts. 

We can probably be certain that if fraud was discovered in favor of Clinton it would not be reported. this is only about going after Trump. 

The recount is only based on a 7% variance from visual observations. it's a scam, much like all the shat tossed at Trump prior to his winning. notice how it's aaaaaaaall gone now.

Posturing politics.

Turn you, err awaken you we will as you have been "liberalized" in your education (look up "The Soctal and Political views of American Professors then look up Curly Effect).

insanelysane's picture

The recount in itself is a permissible action under the law.  However the Democrats were cajoling Trump leading up to the election to "accept the results."  As listed above, their credibility is taking a hit because they do not want to accept the results.  And instead of just coming out and saying it is idiotic for anyone to accept the results of an election before an election happens, and that they should not have been cajoling Trump to accept the results, they payoff Jill Stein to challenge the results.  Once again, the Dems buy some proxies to carry it out.  Next stop will be another group, probably the dope Gary Johnson, that will find himself flush with cash to pay Electors to change their vote.  The MSM will dutiful say it isn't the Democrats but Stein and Johnson, but the dopes Stein and Johnson will be carrying the water.  This also helps in the next election as the dopes Stein and Johnson will offend the few people that voted for them and kill the 3rd parties.

bagpiper's picture

Liberal,

"sweet words on the tongue, like honey, that grows bitter in the belly..."

hmm... epiphany strikes, again...

The most exact definition of political correctness I've ever read...

Where did I read that?

Revelation of John, ch 10.

Look it up.

I was the First to Predict, The Last TRUMP of God, has now blown His message, using a flawed messenger, with a simple message;

SLEEPERS AWAKEN...

Metaphor, coincidence, prophecy? Or foreshadowing? Who can know...

But, I do know, the Kabuki dancers in the theater of the damned, have seen a white knight come into the theater, and blow the place down...

How do I know, he is The White Knight? Simple... ALL the Kabukis, red and blue, were his enemy.... thus, the enemy of my enemy is my freind...

 

Alok's picture

Finally an analysis that does not use in the title the odious "leftist" liberal"

 

Liberal is enough...

quadraspleen's picture

Liberal means many things to many people. These scum aren't liberal. They're pathological psychopathic globalist crypto-communists. Liberals just whine about safe spaces, micro-aggressions and ever-decreasing spirals of special interest group rights. The latter have no nuclear weapons and can be safely ignored. The former not so much.

dr kill's picture

Exactly. Words do have meaning. I am a liberal, as in leave me alone and I'll return the favor. The statists on the left and right are pretty fucking far from liberal.

Arnold's picture

You used to be a Liberal.

Who knows what they call us now?

Grandfather, getting ready to die, probably.

 

A nice little ditty about being a Jeffersonian Liberal.

https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080430155353AAssaFx

yogibear's picture

Liberals/Marxist, snowflakes, guess you couldn't completely squash free-speech completely in the name of "Political Corrrectness" after all.

Now we will 180 degree your sick world to fix what's wrong.

insanelysane's picture

Bernie's crew were liberals and the Democrats hate liberals almost as much as they hate conservatives.  They want "socialism" as in the French society where the "socialist" leaders all fly first class, stay in five star hotels, and sexually molest anyone and everyone they want to.

Rigger's picture

If it weren't for double standards, liberals would have none at all.

BabaLooey's picture

I know numerous liberals.

To a person - arrogant, bigoted, mean, condescending.

Some try to be benevolent. They quickly nullify that by being prissy and think that their charity makes them magnanimous.

While I love verbally tangling with some - the vast majority I have learned to avoid. 

Simply ignore them. They cannot be reached. Period. No form of intelligent discourse can dent their thick heads.

They are;

Caught up in the Matrix

Too brainwashed by liberal/progressive "teachings".

 

francis_the_wonder_hamster's picture

They are NOT liberals, nor do they understand liberal philosophy.  They are progressives, socialists, fascists, etc....but they are clearly not liberal.

As a staunch Libertarian, I'm sick of these statist morons co-oping a word that used to represent the most ethical of political philosophies and twisting it to mean just the opposite.

Gimme back my word!

Stan Smith's picture

It takes about 30 seconds or less to disassemble a Progressives argument.   It's not hard.    Cutting through to the core of a progressives bullshit really only requires honesty.    A well informed liberal might take closer to 3 minutes.    But thats it.    When you have no moral compass (or a broken one) it's hard to avoid the house of cards most their arguments are built on.  

 

BabaLooey's picture

True Stan.

Which is why I avoid most any discourse with an avowed liberal. ESPECIALLY a "Progressive" liberal.

Honesty is not in their weaponry. Lies, deceit, and obfuscation are. 

In September, I asked a liberal (gay man) my "5 Questions" I ask of every new person I encounter.

Surprisingly, he answered 4 of 5 correct. By the time we had finished our discussion, I had him scratching his head as to his own thought process. I've seen him several times since; at parties we were both invited to. He has now changed his mind on a lot of issues - which gives me some hope. 

But not much. In doing so, he;

"lost" some friends, when he got into arguments with them.

"was conflicted" over this recent Stein-shit-count - and NOW is supporting Trump.

One of the things he was "indoctrinated" to;

Trump: "He wants to lock us all away/get us into therapy".

I countered that with; "well, I guess Peter Theil never got that memo."

http://www.npr.org/2016/07/21/486966882/i-am-proud-to-be-gay-tech-invest...

"Openly gay - and Trump has him on his (now) transition team. KellyAnn Conway - a woman <gasp> - and she headed his campaign."

To his credit - he looked it up - and saw I was right. 

August's picture

>>> They are;  Caught up in the Matrix.

Exactly correct.  And for the greater good of the species, it IS perfectly acceptable to use machine guns on them.

Miskondukt's picture

It's hard to ignore, the urge to help correct them is so very strong...but then they respond and it's all "frak, this was another mistake. they just don't care"

DivisionBell's picture

A heavy black volume, amateurishly bound, with no name or title on the cover. The print also looked slightly irregular. The pages were worn at the edges, and fell apart easily, as though the book had passed through many hands. The inscription on the title-page ran:

 

THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF OLIGARCHICAL COLLECTIVISM 

by Emmanuel Goldstein

 

Flipping through the pages:

 

Crimestop means the faculty of stopping short, as though by instinct, at the threshold of any dangerous thought. It includes the power of not grasping analogies, of failing to perceive logical errors, of misunderstanding the simplest arguments if they are inimical to IngsocDNC, and of being bored or repelled by any train of thought which is capable of leading in a heretical direction. Crimestop, in short, means protective stupidity.

gimpboy's picture

How many fingers am I holding up?

 

Hint: IIII = 5

Uzda Farce's picture
Uzda Farce (not verified) DivisionBell Nov 27, 2016 5:06 PM

Full text of Orwell's 1984 online:

http://www.gutenberg.net.au/ebooks01/0100021.txt

beijing expat's picture

It's been said here many times; Orwell didn't write a warning, he wrote a guide.

Bob's picture

The mislabeling of demonrats as "liberals" or anything remotely related to it is the usual hooey.

You're talking about sell-outs--who are legion across both parties of the duopoly--in this article, people who have never proven to have solid values of any kind prior to their relentless climp up the establishment ladders.   

You really should drop labels that invite misunderstanding. 

Glad you caught the Krugman column.  That was an appalling meditation upon the many ways Krugman loves the intriguing perfumes of his own ass. 

NotBuyingIt's picture

"Krugman loves the perfumes of his own ass" <<<< HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! You are so right about this, and I agree with the rest of your post, too. :-)

Bob's picture

Apparently, the genuine Leftist sites of counterpunch.org and nakedcapitalism.com are both direct links in the ZH web of Russian Fake News propaganda:

http://www.propornot.com/2016/10/zero-hedge.html

I see Jesse escaped that fate.   

"Liberal" has become impossible to use; its meaning varies in different places with different people. 

Of course, look at what has become of "Conservative."  Same shit.

A. Boaty's picture

Globalists want us to export everything we produce, and import everything we consume, so their parasitic middle-men can take a cut at every turn. Globalists want to end local involvement in all economic activity so they can control it all. To the extent we can preserve local economic activity, we can thwart the Globalist program. The fall off in international trade already reveals their weakness. Those who favor local control have an opportunity to implement their agenda as Globalism continues to fail.

StreetObserver's picture

"To the extent we can preserve local economic activity," or control it;

Here's a real simple and easy "extent"....Sit on your wallet for the rest of the Obmaconomy, except for food, gas and essentials. Then go out and buy everything you need, want and can afford in February, Trump's first full month of economic statistics.

August's picture

I'm proud to say that I've sat out the last six years of the vile O-shithead Presidency.  But come 2017, I'm moving back to the USSA, and I'm going to be spending like a drunken sailor!

Hookers and blow:  for Trump... and for the children!!

StreetObserver's picture

Don't forget to use and pay off credit cards wherever possible after February--no not in family owned businesses of course, they should get cash only.

The reason for the CC's is that the sales figures show up on a daily and much reported basis.

Rebel yell's picture

Instead of farm subsidies that subsidize behemoth corporations at the generosity of the US tax payer and then selling those tax payer subsidized crops over seas for profit that they do not share with the US tax payer, and subsidizing defense contractors at the generosity of the US tax payer, and selling weapons to other nations that may and do kill us with those WMDs, I hope that Trump will promote policies that inspire a new generation of entrepreneurs and small businesses and take a TR approach to the economic and creativity stifling cronyism that has destroyed our country.

VWAndy's picture

 That is a very good post. Spot on, clear and very concise.

  On that note start thinking about the basic building blocks of a free/non forced society. Hemp should not be overlooked.

hedgiex's picture

Be vigilant. The matrix will go on with a more sinister Technocracy that lure with meritocracy, diversity, etc. It is just the IYIs that will be culled. The progressive and liberal distortion when unmasked are cronyism, etc. These are too shallow to withstand the backlash and the abandonment of the Predators.

Rey dTutto's picture

"The more you tighten your grasp, the more star systems will slip through your fingers" -Leia Organa, Ep4

honestann's picture

predatory-capitalism == crony-capitalism...

neither of which is capitalism.

solution: local-sufficiency.

solution: self-sufficiency.

Last of the Middle Class's picture

Masters of the Universe did NOT get mom amd pop fly over  America to vote like their Social Media elders wanted. what a fucking shame!

wisehiney's picture

We're coming to get you, evil tyrants.

And your petty little snowflakes too.

Gonna burn you at the stake using bundles of fiat for fuel.

SquirrelCutter's picture

I'm betting if you pile those Snowflakes up and pour some gasoline in their ears they will go up in flames at the first spark.

 

IN!!!

WillyGroper's picture

emotionally driven ceo libtard now faces the consequences of his actions taking his family along for the ride.

hmmmm, not so funny when those threats are on the other foot.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_chOWWBusE