How social media and moral narcissism created the Regressive Left
This is a post addressed to all well-meaning Progressives concerning a growing trend that has recently been labeled the “Regressive Left.” So… Progressives, it’s time to start weeding out your crazies. Listen, I get it — your crazies provide a useful service. In particular, they are exceptional at pissing off the people that piss you off. However, on every single legitimate issue that Progressives raise (yes, Conservatives, Progressives do that once in a while), you have two groups of people: those who actually care about the issue, and those who pretend to care, as a means of servicing some other dishonest end. Most often this dishonest end is a perversion I’d call “moral narcissism.”
Deeply saddened by what took place in Paris. My sincerest condolences to anyone affected by the tragedy.
As for the political ramifications, I think Juan Cole’s take on the subject after the Charlie Hebdo attacks was spot on, and believe his point still applies. I borrowed the term “sharpening the contradictions” from him.
I wanted to make a cartoon about the CIA and the merry-go-round of controversy that was 2014. From continued targeted assassinations, to spying on members of Congress, to the recent report on torture, it’s been a banner year for the agency.