Sunday, February 15, 2009
The Leftist Rules of Debate
by Steven Plaut
The following are the basic principles upon which all public debate must
be conducted if you wish to be a true progressive and leftist person who
1. Leftists should be free to call everyone else nasty names, because they
are so moral, but no one should be permitted to call leftists anything.
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 is 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 admissible. They must be dismissed as being .right-wing..
6. All arguments may be settled by telling a non-leftist that he reminds
you of Rush Limbaugh.
7. Never ever take an economics course.
8. Never recognize the fact that every idea of Marx.s was debunked over
160 years ago. Never admit that you know that Marx was a racist and
9. Never visit the library.
10. Never study statistics or public policy analysis.
11. Always say .people of color. so everyone will know you care. Always
refer to Israeli Arabs as (occupied) Palestinians.
14. Pretend that you do not care about material things, but never sell
your DVD or cellular phone or condo in order to help out.
15. Never admit that life ever involves tradeoffs. After all, when there
are tradeoffs it is harder to feel righteous.
16. Always support proposals that make real problems of the world worse,
just as long as advocating them can make you feel caring and righteous.
17. Never admit that anything could be positive about the United States.
18. Always insist that there are few world problems that could not be
improved through the destruction of Israel.
19. Always insist that you have no idea what political correctness is.
20. Always use the female pronouns half the time or more. That way
everyone will know you are egalitarian.
21. Insist that you are more caring and compassionate than anyone else.
22. Remember, you would prefer that poor people in the Third World starve
rather than that they should embrace capitalism and live like you do.
23. Other people must always be required to relinquish their material
things so that you may feel idealistic and righteous.
24. Your property is sacred; other people.s property is to be used for
social engineering and doing good.
25. Leftists can never be racists. Critics of leftists are always
racists. Racism should never have anything to do with race.
26. Anything that involves defending Jewish civilians must be ruled out
as oppressive and racist.
27. Arabs can never be racist. Anti-Zionism must never be described as a
form of racism or bigotry.
28. The terms "Genocide" and "Nazism" must never be used unless they are
describing Israel and Zionism.
29. Acts of violence against Jews or Americans are never terrorism. They
are resistance. All acts against those who are trying to murder Jews or
Americans must be described as terrorism.
30. The term "apartheid" must only be applied to regimes that are not
apartheid, and never to those that are.
31. Terrorists must always be referred to as activists, as militants,
and, when there is no other choice, as gunmen. Jewish soldiers and
civilians, especially if they are living outside the Green Line, must
always be called terrorists. Zionism also must be called terrorism.