I always get pissed off when people feel the need to distill every conflict, disagreement, or nasty look into two sides: Democrats vs. Republicans, 9/11 “sheeple” vs. nutjobs, black vs. white, male vs. female, terrorists vs. Americans. What they’re really distilling everything down to is good vs. evil, with whatever side they’re most like being the good one. Suddenly if I’m against welfare or affirmative action I hate minorities, if I’m against the war in Iraq I support terrorism, if I don’t think Building Seven was imploded, I might as well be fellating George Bush.
People then exacerbate this by deciding that if they are closer to one side or the other, to take part in the debate they have to go all the way, so that people go from “I wonder whether things might not be as they seem” to “DUDE GET AWAY FROM THE CHEMTRAILS OMGWTFHAX.” It’s easier that way, seeing things in a strictly contrasted context, but it also requires blinding yourself to things you don’t want to think about.
What people never want to admit to is that there aren’t good guys and bad guys; there are a lot of people that operate at varying levels of suck. No, Ron Paul isn’t deserving of hero-worship. Does this make him un-Libertarian, or make me a horrible person for supporting him? No, but that also doesn’t mean I think he’s the paragon of libertarian virtue.
It never ceases to astound me how many people think that just because I’m supporting a nominal Republican, I’m a horrible person. They’re falling for the same tricks that their bumper sticks purport to dismantle; they believe that it’s the LP vs. the Republicrats, and that anybody carrying a tagline that doesn’t begin with L is a horrible person.
Not only are there more than two sides, there are more than three or four sides too - there are infinite sides, or at least as many sides as there are people alive in the world. Attempting to categorize people in two will only lead to further discrimination and further idiocy. Please stop doing it.Print This Post