“Privilege is the greatest enemy of right”

“Our love of lockstep is our greatest curse, the source of all that bedevils us. It is the source of homophobia, xenophobia, racism, sexism, terrorism, bigotry of every variety and hue, because it tells us there is one right way to do things, to look, to behave, to feel, when the only right way is to feel your heart hammering inside you and to listen to what its timpani is saying.”
— Anna Quindlen

I don’t usually read Andrew Sullivan, but this hits the bulls-eye.

In contrast, today’s unconservative “conservatism” is a movement held together by cultural resentment and xenophobic panic. Until it wrests free of this trap, it deserves its Palinesque fate: an ideology wrapped in anachronism, and laced with venom.

A large part of the “xenophonic panic” is, of course, fear of the Black Socialist Boogeyman in the White House, together with the “cultural resentment” of women, people of color and gays–all those groups finally claiming their inalienable human rights. Conservatives think one step forward for anyone else is two steps back for them, which is patent nonsense. It’s a toxic, fear-mongering stew that seems immune to facts and even to reason.

I suppose the only good thing about it is that they’re getting old and dying out, but I don’t know if that’ll be enough to save the country.


One thought on ““Privilege is the greatest enemy of right”

  1. I don’t see Xenophobia dying out with “conservatives” being older. I see divisions and those of us “on the left” increasingly hearing allies and those we “oppose” doing similarly. Certainly there are younger folks who are more enlightened than some of us “codgers” (I’m 60), but plenty of radical right folks are fairly young.

    The tough economic times – make splintering apart more easy. I also think that many of us (myself included) don’t reach out enough and do enough to counter the actions of Some of the “right” – particularly forces that are monied and clever at how they convince much poorer folks of some of words and feelings that you discussed in your posting.

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