>> 22 Feb 2004

Steven Plaut has provided an essential list for all those who ever seek to debate with leftists. I think this is truly excellent and up to Steven's usual high standard!!

"The following are the basic principles upon which all public debate must

be conducted if you wish to be a true progressive leftist and politically


1. Leftists should be free to call everyone else nasty names, but no one

should be permitted to call leftists back nasty names.

2. For a leftist to call someone nasty names shows social concern and

awareness. For someone to call a leftist a nasty name back is immature and

impolite and avoiding the issues.

3. Leftists need never document their claims.

4. Whenever a leftist is presented with documentation of facts that

contradict the leftist's theology, the leftist must insist that no facts

have been presented at all.

5. No scientific sources that presents facts contradicting leftist

theology are admissable.

6. Never ever take an economics course.

7. Never recognize the fact that every idea of Marx's was debunked over

150 years ago. Never read any social science written since Marx. Never

admit that you know that Marx was a racist and anti-Semite.

8. Never visit the library.

9. Never study statistics or public policy analysis.

10. Insist that you truly believe 10% of humans are gay and that gay

people are not abnormal.

11. Always say "people of color" so everyone will know you care.

12. Recycle.

13. Pretend that you do not care about material things, but never sell

your VCR or cellular phone or condo.

14. Never admit that life ever involves tradeoffs. After all, when there

are tradeoffs it is harder to feel righteous.

15. Always support proposals that make real problems of the world worse as

long as they make you feel caring and righteous.

16. Never admit that anything could be positive about the United States.

17. Always insist that there are few world problems that could not be

improved through the destruction of Israel.

18. Always insist that you have no idea what political correctness is.

19. Always use the female pronouns half the time or more. That way

everyone will know you are egalitarian.

20. Insist that you are more caring and compassionate than anyone else.

21. Remember, you would rather that poor people in the Third World starve,

rather than that they should embrace capitalism and live like you do.

22. Other people must always be required to relinquish their material

things so that you may feel idealistic.

23. Your property is scared; other people's property is to be used for

social engineering and doing good."

Way to go....


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