Monday, August 29, 2011
The 50 Rules of Leftist Debate
By Steven Plaut
The following are the basic principles and axioms upon which all
public debate must be conducted if you wish to be a true progressive
and leftist person who cares:
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
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. When leftists smear others, it is freedom of speech. When critics
of leftists disagree with the opinions of leftists or question the
motives of leftists, it is libel.
4. Leftists need never document their claims All leftist claims are
5. Whenever a leftist is presented with documentation of facts that
contradict the leftist's theology, the leftist must insist that no
evidence has been presented at all.
6. No scientific sources that present facts contradicting leftist
theology are admissible. They must be dismissed as being right-wing
7. All arguments may be settled by telling a non-leftist that he
reminds you of Rush Limbaugh of Glenn Beck.
8. When in doubt, dismiss anything you dislike as "neo-liberalism."
Never be tricked into attempting to define that nonsense term.
9. Everything wrong with the world is because of the United States.
Anything left over that is wrong with the world is the fault of the
10. Never ever take an economics course. There is a serious threat in
it to your ideology.
11. 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 anti-Semite and misogynist.
12. Never enter the library. There are too many reactionary books
and magazines on the shelves. You can spend your life on the internet
without reading anything that contradicts your political theology.
13. If there are proportionately more blacks in prison than whites,
it is because the courts and police are racist. If there are many
more males in prison than females it is because males commit more
14. Never study statistics or public policy analysis.
15. Always support proposals that make real problems of the world
worse, just as long as advocating them can make you feel caring and
16. Always say "people of color" so that everyone will know you care.
Always refer to Israeli Arabs as (occupied) Palestinians.
19. Pretend that you do not care about material things, but never
sell your DVD or cellular phone or condo in order to help out those
living in misfortune.
20. Never admit that life ever involves tradeoffs. After all, when
there are tradeoffs it is harder to feel righteous.
21. Never admit that anything could be positive about the United States.
22. Pretend that you have never heard that communism produces
starvation and cannibalism.
23. Always insist that there are few world problems that could not be
improved through the destruction of Israel.
24. Always insist that you have no idea at all what political correctness is.
25. Always use the female pronouns half the time or more. That way
everyone will know you are egalitarian.
26. Insist that you are more caring and compassionate than anyone else.
27. Always pretend you think the United States controls an empire.
Use the word "empire" at least as frequently as you use commas.
28. Remember, you would prefer that poor people in the Third World
starve rather than that they should embrace capitalism and live like
29. Other people must always be required to relinquish their material
things so that you may pursue social justice and feel idealistic and
30. Your property is sacred; other people's property is to be used
for social engineering and doing good.
31. Eating meat is murder. Partial birth abortion is not.
32. Use the term Islamophobia often. Never use the term Islamofascism
33. Anything that involves defending Jewish civilians from Islamist
mass murderers must be ruled out as oppressive and racist.
34. Arabs can never be racist. Anti-Zionism must never be described
as a form of racism or bigotry.
35. The terms "Genocide" and "Nazism" must never be used in discourse
unless they are describing Israel and Zionism.
36. 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.
37. The term "apartheid" must only be applied to regimes that are not
apartheid, and never to those that are.
38. Insist that capital punishment does not deter crime.
39. Insist that terrorism is caused by poverty.
40. Insist that SUVs threaten life on earth. Insist that the planet
is in imminent danger of destruction unless everyone does what you
want them to do.
41. Affirmative action is not about lowering standards. Affirmative
action never has anything to do with quotas.
42. Insist that Marxists care about people. Conservatives hate all
people and small animals and are not as smart as leftists.
43. If one country is rich and another poor, it must be because the
rich one stole all the wealth away from the poor one.
44. Insist that the bombing of Hiroshima did not save any lives and
was done because Americans are racists.
45. Poverty is caused by low self-esteem. Poor school performance is
caused by low self-esteem.
46. Liberalism is based on compassion and caring.
47. Pretend that you really believe the transgendered are a gender
and that transgendered people are normal
48. Insist that people riot and loot because they are oppressed.
49. Insist that communism could really work and it just has never
really been tried out or tested.
50. Demand social justice as long as you are never required to define
what it means or explain how to achieve it.
PS A Nice Commentary on Traitor Larry Derfner