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  • “The Unofficial Ladybird Guide To Left-Wing People”

    Posted by Jonathan on February 25th, 2016 (All posts by )

    Funny and accurate:

    Left-wing people care so deeply that they don’t have time for thinking and convincing.
     
    [. . .]
     
    Left-wing activists help other people care on the internet. They are very helpful in pointing out when people have forgotten to show that they care.
     
    [. . .]
     
    The enlightened comedians make people laugh at right-wing people, whom they consider stupid. In the olden days, comedians made jokes about Irish people, but these comedians weren’t clever like the enlightened comedians.

    Read the whole thing.

    (Via Jim Bennett.)

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    18 Responses to ““The Unofficial Ladybird Guide To Left-Wing People””

    1. PenGun Says:

      So you build this stuff out of straw, then congratulate yourselves, as if it were hay.

    2. Jonathan Says:

      No, I laugh because it’s consistent with my experience.

    3. Joe Wooten Says:

      Pengun does not find it funny to skewer lefties with humor. That hurts his feelings and makes him seem humorless and small…..

    4. morgan Says:

      PenGun should spend more time worrying about the Vancouver Canucks hockey team instead of trolling the Chicago Boyz web site

    5. PenGun Says:

      No I love a good laugh. It’s this just making up of stuff, then saying it applies to a particular group, that seems so lame, to me anyway. A cheap shot can be funny, but these generally are not.

      I quit caring about hockey when they did the expansion, many years ago. The Vancouver Canucks are part of that and I don’t care what happens to them.

    6. Mike K Says:

      PenGun needs to be reminded who George Orwell was and what he said.

      The typical Socialist is not, as tremulous old ladies
      imagine, a ferocious-looking working man with greasy overalls and a raucous
      voice. He is either a youthful snob-Bolshevik who in five years’ time will
      quite probably have made a wealthy marriage and been converted to Roman
      Catholicism; or, still more typically, a prim little man with a white-
      collar job, usually a secret teetotaller and often with vegetarian
      leanings, with a history of Nonconformity behind him, and, above all, with
      a social position which he has no intention of forfeiting.

    7. Assistant Village Idiot Says:

      I commented there, because it has accuracy. It is of course overgeneralised and over-the-top, PenGun – I don’t deny it. But it describes people I actually know, not just folks I read about on right-wing sites. I work with social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, rehab specialists and psych nurses. There are some mean, disdainful lefties there.

    8. dearieme Says:

      How lucky Canada must be to be spared the hate-filled lefties who so blemish Britain.

    9. dearieme Says:

      Still, even Britain is spared Hellary.

    10. PenGun Says:

      I don’t fit well Mike K. ;) A vegetarian, and certainly a non conformist, it’s true. The rest not so much. I’m not a socialist anyway, although I lean in that direction. It’s not as simple as left/right, just for starters, and solutions need to fit the problem.

      George Orwell is one of my most quoted people, here, as well as other places. He had a unique view that revealed a great deal of truth.

    11. Mike K Says:

      a prim little man with a white-
      collar job, usually a secret teetotaller and often with vegetarian
      leanings, with a history of Nonconformity behind him, and, above all, with
      a social position which he has no intention of forfeiting.

      Not you, eh ?

      Somehow I thought it might not appeal to you, no matter how accurate.

    12. PenGun Says:

      LOL. Well it’s right except I routinely walk miles up into my local mountains, lift weights still, and have hair down to my middle back. No one has ever called me prim, and I’m medium large. I quit working for other people 30 years ago.

      I live in a fifth wheel, am very poor and routinely use drugs that will soon be legal here. Scotch as well, from the regular to the sublime, but that’s rare, poverty does have some drawbacks.

      Just the vegetarian and nonconformist fit the facts. I’ll happily forfeit my bottom of the heap social position, but I don’t need to. ;)

      It is and always will be funny.

    13. Gringo Says:

      Orwell quote:

      a prim little man with a white-collar job, usually a secret teetotaller and often with vegetarian
      leanings, with a history of Nonconformity behind him.

      Because Orwell used a capital N, I suspect that he was referring at least in part to this kind of Nonconformist:

      Nonconformist, or Non-conformist, was a term used in England and Wales after the Act of Uniformity 1662 to refer to a Protestant Christian who did not “conform” to the governance and usages of the established Church of England. English Dissenters (such as Puritans) who violated the Act of Uniformity 1559 may retrospectively be considered Nonconformists, typically by practising or advocating radical, sometimes separatist, dissent with respect to the established state church. By the late 19th-century the term included Reformed Christians (Presbyterians and Congregationalists), Baptists, and Methodists, among other groups. Historically, Nonconformists were restricted from many spheres of public life.

      While Nonconformists were excluded from Oxbridge, unless they dissimulated, most of the science and engineering advances in from the 17th through 19th centuries in Great Britain came from Nonconformists, from Newton to Faraday. Check out Darlington’s The Evolution of Man and society.

      I doubt that Pen Gun is this kind of Noncomformist. I am not, though nearly all of my ancestors were. Or maybe Orwell was just playing with words.

    14. dearieme Says:

      No, no, Orwell meant just what you say. You’ll also see the same mob referred to as Dissenters.

    15. Mike K Says:

      The Nonconformist that Orwell referred to has evolved into the New England prim left wing scold that sees rape culture everywhere and has hysteria about global warming frying the planet next year.

      The Puritans became Bernie supporters. Geography is destiny sometimes.

    16. Assistant Village Idiot Says:

      @ Mike K – that Puritans gradually turned into liberal scolds over the centuries, leading to heavily-Democratic New England now, is often said and contains some truth. All those 19th C Transcendentalists and founders of utopian communities and societies for good works were certainly Puritan-descended, splitting into Unitarians and Congregationalists. But I think it is overstated. Vermont is liberal because of the expatriates from New York and other cities that moved there from the 60’s-80’s and continuing to this day. It was deeply Republican until recently. Western MA is much the same. The Democratic Party in Eastern Massachusetts is heavily Irish and Jewish – in CT add in Italian and black.

      There were never quite so many Puritans in NH and Maine; the Scots-Irish got in there.

    17. Mike K Says:

      “The Democratic Party in Eastern Massachusetts is heavily Irish and Jewish – in CT add in Italian and black.”

      Oh, I agree that the foot soldiers of the Democrats were the Irish and Jews. The Irish because they spoke the language and could help guide other immigrant groups. That’s why NYC police were Irish until affirmative action came along. The Irish cop was a standard figure in cities before 1965.

      The Puritans became Republicans with abolition but then came Progressivism and they became Wilson Democrats.

    18. Gringo Says:

      AVI replying to Mike K:
      @ Mike K – that Puritans gradually turned into liberal scolds over the centuries, leading to heavily-Democratic New England now, is often said and contains some truth. All those 19th C Transcendentalists and founders of utopian communities and societies for good works were certainly Puritan-descended, splitting into Unitarians and Congregationalists. But I think it is overstated.

      Agreed. I grew up in a small New England town that mirrored New England as a whole- a mixture of old Yankees and ethnics, though in my town there were more Eastern Europeans than Irish or Italians. I can point to at least 4 old Yankee families I grew up with who had famous ancestors that one can find in Wikipedia or commemorated with statues or with places named for them. Yes, the old Yankees have a reputation for snobbery: “Where the Lowells speak only to Cabots,And the Cabots speak only to God.” But these were rural Yankees, many of whom were farmers. It is hard to be snobbish when you are shoveling cow manure. The old Yankees I knew were unpretentious- they didn’t speak of their famous ancestors.

      The old Yankees I grew up with were anything but liberal scolds. They were live-and-let-live types. Recall Robert Frost’s famous line: Good fences make good neighbors. And they were mostly Republicans.

      It was the people who came from “away” who became the liberal scolds.