Quote of the day—Daniel Greenfield

The left did not mourn the mass destruction of the moderates. Instead it celebrated the growing purity of the Democrats as a movement of the hard left. It did not notice or care that it was no longer a political force outside a limited number of cities. It anticipated that voters would have no choice but to choose it over the “extremist” Republicans.

It proved to be very, very wrong.

Daniel Greenfield
May 2017
The War of Two Americas
[Via Robert J. Avrech and email from Paul Koning.

Delusions are often functional. In this case they cannot see the truth because it would destroy their entire system of belief. What we have here could be another chapter in the book When Prophecy Fails (my website about this amazing book it is here). As their prophecies fail instead of admitting they were wrong they proselytize more. Converting more people to believe as they do reduces the psychological stress of their discovery that they were wrong. That proselytization has a lower cost than admitting they were wrong.

Read Greenfield’s whole pamphlet. I alternated between seeing it as a nearly unbelievable conspiracy theory and brilliant insight. Perhaps it is both.—Joe]

6 thoughts on “Quote of the day—Daniel Greenfield

  1. And when truth, honesty, principles, logic, decency and the U.S. Constitution all become your enemies, you’ve built a freeway to hell on Earth, and you’ll see it as freedom and justice.

  2. any essay that claims the current Democratic Party is in any way, shape or form a “hard left movement” is risible conspiracy theory, at best. there is no “movement of the hard left” in the contemporary United States; i should know, because i’d most likely vote for it if there were one. if the Democratic Party has in any sense lost its moderates, it’s only because it has shifted too far to the right for them.

    and any essay that begins with the histrionic claim that the USA is currently in a state of civil war is laughably ignorant on the face of it. this is not what civil war looks like; that author would be well served by retaking the history classes he surely failed the first time around.

    • “any essay that claims the current Democratic Party is in any way, shape or form a “hard left movement” is risible conspiracy theory, at best. there is no “movement of the hard left” in the contemporary United States; i should know, because i’d most likely vote for it if there were one. if the Democratic Party has in any sense lost its moderates, it’s only because it has shifted too far to the right for them.”

      What.

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