Documenting Doublethink

One of the reasons I started writing was to document inconsistencies within influential ideologies.  Not that pointing out inconsistencies is likely to influence ideologues, but it does seem somewhat cathartic to the reasonable person to express this sort of exasperation.  This will just be in simple list format, slowly added over time as new ones pop into my head.

  • Why do Progressives believe gentrification destroys poor communities by changing the socio-economic structures, but also believe that immigration has none of the same effects on a host nation?
  • Why do Progressives believe organizations be “affirmative action” which by definition discriminates by demographics, but also believe the same organizations should be “equal opportunity” which by definition does not discriminate by demographics?

Similar quotes, in original form:

  • “If choosing my values is good, why does it become bad if I choose cultural cohesion and somewhat traditional sex roles?” James Kalb
  • “How can ‘diversity’ (respecting differences) and ‘inclusiveness’ (eliminating the effect of differences) be the same?” James Kalb
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2 thoughts on “Documenting Doublethink

  1. I know they are rhetorical, but I thought I’d take a stab:

    Why do Progressives believe gentrification destroys poor communities by changing the socio-economic structures, but also believe that immigration has none of the same effects on a host nation?

    Because destruction is only classified by what is done by the “powerful” to the “powerless”. Anything else is not “destruction” but goes by many often very happy sounding names. The fact that the names keeps changing alone assure us, however, that it is a pathology (by any name).

    Why do Progressives believe organizations be “affirmative action” which by definition discriminates by demographics, but also believe the same organizations should be “equal opportunity” which by definition does not discriminate by demographics?

    This is easy: “Affirmative Action” and “Equal Opportunity” are mutually synonymous, and together synonymous with a host of other buzz words that make us feel good. Pay no attention to the redundancy behind the curtain.

    • Thanks for dropping by!

      As your correctly identified, the theme of the page is rhetorical. Pointing out the true goal of the contradicting policies may be a worthwhile thing to document though. I’ll keep that in mind as this particular page grows.

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