Saturday, August 22, 2015

What leftists believe

With all the hooha surrounding the apparent inconsistencies in Jeremy Corbyn's stance on racism (such as his 'commitment to fight antisemitism' while spending 25 years embracing fanatical antisemites) I thought I'd update my post on what leftists believe. In case anybody thought otherwise, the following chart makes it crystal clear that there is absolutely no inconsistency or hypocrisy in what leftists believe (especially with respect to Islam and Israel)


Subject
What Leftists believe
What Leftists believe
Academic freedom
Academic freedom is sacrosanct and universal
Boycott all Israeli academics (except for Arab Israelis of course)
Freedom of speech
Freedom of speech is sacrosanct and universal
No platform for Zionists, no platform for ‘Islamophobes’, in fact no platform for anybody we don't agree with.
Antisemitism
Antisemitism, like Islamophobia, must always be condemned
The Zionists control America. The Zionists control the media, The Zionists control the world banking system,  etc
The Holocaust
The Holocaust was a uniquely terrible event in history that must never be denied or downplayed
Holocaust deniers raise many legitimate points. Anyway, the Zionists continually use the Holocaust for their own benefit while committing a similar Holocaust on the Palestinians.
Peace partners and friends
Hamas, Hezbollah, Taliban, ISIS, the IRA – all legitimate freedom fighting resistance movements who we must negotiate with and befriend
Every Israeli politician must be arrested for war crimes. Tony Blair and George Bush must be arrested as war criminals.
Terrorism
(When Islamist groups like those above deliberately target and slaughter civilians). This is a robust and inevitable act of political resistance  against Imperialist oppression
(When children who Islamists deliberately use as human shields in areas from where they are firing rockets are accidentally killed). Israel (NATO, US, UK) guilty of state terrorism.
Nuclear energy
Must be banned in every country of the world
Iran has an absolute right to nuclear energy
Nuclear weapons
Must be banned in every country of the world
Iran has an absolute right to nuclear weapons
Immigration and freedom of movement
There should be no international borders – every person has a right to live wherever they want
Not a single Jew has a right to live in their historic homeland
Eviction
Evicting any person from their home – even if they have lived there for a matter of hours is a crime against humanity
Every Jew living in Israel, including those who are over a hundred and have never lived anywhere else, must be forcibly ‘returned’ to Poland or Germany
Ethnic cleansing
Attempts to resettle two Arab families illegally squatting in Jewish owned buildings in Jerusalem is ethnic cleansing and must be stopped.
All 600,000 Jews who live on the “West Bank” who paid for their land and houses must be forcibly removed.
Racism
Any oppression of people because of their race, colour, or religion is a crime against humanity and must be aggressively confronted wherever it occurs
Muslim oppression of Jews and Christians is a natural reaction to the crimes of the West; muslim oppression of blacks and other non-Muslims is just a natural cultural phenomenon
Gay rights
Any discrimination of people because of their sexual orientation is a crime against humanity and must be aggressively confronted
Opposing the death penalty for gays in Muslim countries is a colonialist attitude that shows a racist insensitivity to traditional Muslim culture.
Feminism
Any oppression of women is a crime against humanity and must be aggressively confronted
Any attempt to highlight oppression of women in Islamic countries is colonialist attitude that shows a racist insensitivity to traditional Muslim culture.
Colonialism
All colonialists are evil racists who must be destroyed
Islamic colonial conquests of the West are necessary for multicultural diversity
Nationalism
All forms of nationalism are racist
Arab nationalists are heroes
Capital Punishment
Must be universally banned. No government ever has the right to take a life no matter how serious the crime.
The fact that Muslim countries like Iran hang hundreds of people each day (mostly political prisoners) has nothing to with us – those criminals were probably really evil child murderers or even worse - Zionist collaborators
Forced Conformity
Forcing people to dress in a particular way is a crime against freedom and humanity
People who complain about women being forced to wear the burka are racist Islamophobes
War generally
The ultimate horror and always to be avoided at all costs
We are all Hezbollah, We are all Hamas. Bomb Israel!
Weapons
All weapons everywhere in the world should be made illegal and destroyed
We must arm Hamas, Hezbollah as they are freedom fighting heroes
Armed intervention in other countries
We must never intervene -  if we do they (the Muslims) will have every right to hate us and terrorise us
We must organize a UN force to stop any kind of violence against Muslims by non-Muslims.
The right to self defence
Israel and the West has no right to self-defence against acts of terrorism
Muslim acts of terrorism are always valid acts of self-defence
Religion
Religion is the opium of the masses. It should be ridiculed and banned
All aspects of Islam must be respected
Impact of Religion
Religion causes wars
Islam is the religion of peace

For a different spin on this article see Fiona Warburton's statement.

See also:

14 comments:

No1 said...

Basically.

Daphne Anson said...

Great post, Edgar! The hypocrisy of the Left never ceases to surprise and disgust, with of course special mention of the oh-so-silent feminists among them.

Edgar said...

Daphne

Thanks - and thanks also for the link to this

Edgar

Anonymous said...

Wrong. Not 'every leftist' Not this one, for a start. I am as 'leftist' atheist and secular as they come and, for that very reason, totally reject all the assertions in the right hand column, as do many other 'letists'. Unless, of course, one adopts the tautology that 'leftists' are to be defined by agreement with the same column. However it is certainly the case that many on the left (and the right) would like us to forget that Israel was created and fought for by 'leftists', against the forces of Arab/Islamic clerical fascism. A (Jewish) 'leftist' once famously described religion as 'the opium the people' Now we can add, 'and Islam is the poison'.

Edgar Davidson said...

To Anonymous who rejects all the assertions in the right hand column:

Sadly you in a small minority of leftists now (or at least of leftists who dominate the media and academia). Obviously there is some stuff there that is little 'artistic license' in how I phrased the statements, but in the main those views are all essentially held by main stream left wing people like Guardian writers and readers.

Anonymous said...

I laughed at this....yet sadly it is utterly true. Leftism is and always has been a creed of hypocrisy. Leftism is also a matter of fashion. Israel had (many decades ago) been a 'fashionable' leftist cause. Due to mass immigration of muslims to the West and their influence.....leftism as a movement is now a weapon against Israelis. In truth it is much worse...leftism is against Jewish people....and Christians too!

If the tide of immigration from islamic countries continues.....this is very very bad news for Israel.

Anonymous said...

What an absolutely hysterical, hyperbolic and ultimately plain wrong post. I've been around my fair share of leftists and absolutely none of them believe in 'Zionists control the media' or whatever other crap you've pinned up. It seems to me that what you've attempted to do is take typical extreme right wing, white nationalist views and try to portray them as silly, dumb liberal views. That's typical of a white-hating leftie such as this author.

You've also gone and pulled out of your ass the notion that wanting to leave Iran the f*ck alone is 'leftism', and not just common sense. Iran fear-mongering sounds like leftist whining to me. "Waaaah, Ahmedinejad is a NAZI HOLOCAUST DENIER!". I guess the author just wants to forget how leftists and Communists have a history of being Jew-lovers and the ones behind Holocaust propaganda.

You're also trying to portray Jews as some higher tier of being equatable to the European, that leftists love blackies and muzzies in spite of whitey and the Jew, when in reality leftists are the first at the defense of the poor, persecuted Jew. Jews are not white. Jews are not closely tied to Christians or Europeans. Jews do not form part of the blockade combating Islamic Jihad & multiculturalism. Jews don't have a history of conservatism, and no matter how loud you screech out 'LEFTIST' at everybody who disagrees with you, it won't change the fact that Israel has a massive, inherent leftist and socialist backing.

Anonymous said...

Pew Polls and other statistics show that in America there isn't much difference in belief in the left/right spectrum, only around 20-30%, and considering this is a country that still practices circumcision for non-therapeutic reasons, that's not a lot compared to Europe where it's around 50/50 left and right. Also, the Republicans care more about the conflict than Democrats.

From my personal experience, Israel has a very large leftist backing including the leftist PC media.

Also, around 80% of Jews in America are leftist democrat voters themselves. Oops, you've made yourself look rather silly there.

Anonymous said...

Support Israel: Barack Obama, George Bush, Joe Biden, Gordon Brown, Tony Blair, Julia Gillard, Pamela Geller, Bill Maher, Pat Condell

Oh look, they're all leftists!

Criticize Israel: David Duke, Pat Buchanan, Ron Paul, Scott McConnell, Peter Hitchens (to an extent), Nick Griffin, Ramz Paul, Theodore Dalrymple

Oh look, they're all conservative!

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Where did this false belief of Israel's opposition being 'leftists' come from? You could swear that less than a decade ago it was the leftists swooning in to defend the innocent, holocausted Jews from their neo-Nazi racist oppressors!

It's a tragic delusion and hilarious propaganda tactic to keep the true, inherent leftists that are pro-Israel with the belief that their opposition is just a bunch of whiny libtards, when the reality is the opposite.

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Next up from the author: Hitler and the Nazis were leftists, white nationalists are leftists, holocaust deniers are leftists, everybody who opposes my Communist world view is a leftist because I said so.

Connor Thomason said...

So this entire blog is basically just one wailing incoherent strawman, tu quoque, false equivalency, ad hominem, appeal to emotion and false dichotomy rolled into one. It doesn't even reflect reality - the 'Zionist' conspiracies are usually reserved for right wing, White Nationalist groups. I've never in my life seen a leftist who believes Jews control the media, or who supports Iran.

Edgar, you sound like a crying liberal yourself. You even have a MLK quote at the top. I hope you live in Israel because Marxist, anti-West immigrants like you should be deported.

Fugg said...

Hey, I made my own version based on real life as opposed to your Jewish-Marxist delusions. I hope you like it.

http://imgur.com/Kmmkva6


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Anonymous said...

Link didn't work. Last try.

Leftists

Mr. Cohen said...

**************************************************
Hypocrisy of the Anti-Israel BDS Movement
by Mr. Cohen, 2015 June 8
**************************************************


In year 2012 CE, the U.S. State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report revealed 17 countries that still practice or tolerate slavery: Algeria, Libya, Syria, Sudan, Kuwait, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Papua New Guinea, Yemen, Madagascar, Eritrea, Zimbabwe, DR Congo, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, and Cuba.

Notice that NONE of these 17 countries suffers the wrath of the BDS movement, no matter how guilty they are of practicing slavery.

Also notice that most of these countries are MUSLIM, which means that the Far-Left-dominated news media will NEVER give them the criticism they deserve, because the Far-Leftists are the loyal allies of the Muslims.

Last but not least, the Far-Left-dominated BDS movement will NEVER target these counties with boycotts, because the Far-Leftists are the loyal allies of the Muslims.

According to the year 2014 CE Freedom in the World Report, the ten most oppressive countries in the world are: Central African Republic, Somalia, Equatorial Guinea, Sudan, Eritrea, Syria, North Korea, Turkmenistan, Saudi Arabia, and Uzbekistan.

Notice that NONE of these ten countries is suffers the wrath of the BDS movement, no matter how much they oppress their own citizens.

Since year 1950 CE, China has occupied the land of Tibet and murdered around one million Tibetans. Does China suffer the wrath of the BDS movement? NO!

Russia invaded Georgia in year 2008 CE.
Russia invaded Ukraine in year 2014 CE.
Is Russian boycotted by the BDS movement?
NO! And it never will be.

PS: www.HonestReporting.com and www.camera.org

Mr. Cohen said...

Articles Refuting the BDS Movement from Aish HaTorah:

www.aish.com/jw/me/The-BDS-Smokescreen.html
www.aish.com/jw/me/BDS-The-Attempt-to-Strangle-Israel.html
www.aish.com/jw/me/BDS-and-Anti-Semitism.html
www.aish.com/jw/me/Fighting-BDS-in-the-Name-of-Human-Rights.html
www.aish.com/jw/s/Winning-the-BDS-Battle.html