They Really ARE Evil
One of the right-wing´s favorite tropes is that conservatives think that liberals are people with bad ideas and liberals think that conservatives are just bad people. That may in fact be true but what doesn’t seem to occur to them is that liberals might just be right. Everywhere we look what we see are progressives trying to make the world a better place and the regressive right doing everything in their power to obstruct this progress. Right-wing sages, like the disgraced Tucker Carlson, like to talk down to progressives and to tell them that their ideas are impractical or impossible but this is really just a cynical way of saying that they are happy with the status quo and that they don’t want to change. In other words they are winning and they don’t care about anybody else.
The opposition to the Green New Deal is a perfect example of this cynical attitude. Climate scientists are united in proclaiming the truth of man-made climate change but when somebody comes along who has the bravery to face up to the fossil fuel industry and to propose a plan that would save the planet from a dystopian future she is met with condescension. Right-wing media try to portray the congresswoman as an idiot who has proposed an entirely impractical plan which she herself doesn’t understand. They argue that Ocasio Cortez is just a stooge, an actress playing a part who is being controlled by shadowy forces. But the truth of the matter is that all of these arguments are designed to hide the real truth which is that these evil people don´t want to change anything because they are part of the white patriarchy who benefit from a corrupt capitalist system which entrenches their privilege.
The Guardian reports that the United States are actively fighting against women´s rights in the UN. They are reportedly pushing for the removal of references to gender, climate change and migration from Commission on the Status of Women documents. Under Trump the US has become a force for evil in the world, opposing progress at every turn. This evilness amounts to an attempt to turn back the tide of progress and reaffirm the supreme position of the white male. This same willingness to ignore the suffering of others can be seen in the opposition to migrant voting rights, to the minimum wage, to transgender rights and in the desire to close our borders to those simply looking for a better life.
Those who oppose progressive policies are indeed bad people and their ideas are also bad. That’s why they try so hard not to debate them. We can´t allow their divisive politics to silence the voice of a new idealistic generation because we are fighting for our rights, our future and the future of the planet.
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