Ben Shapiro has a new book out called “The Authoritarian Moment,” and it argues that the real threat of authoritarianism is coming from the Left and not the Right. Liberal critics disagree, of course, but most of them would rather attack Shapiro than his argument.
Salon writer Cody Cain wrote a really shallow piece about how there’s no such thing as left-wing authoritarianism no matter how much Republicans claim there is. Someone at Raw Story thought it was worth picking up and republishing, or maybe they were just looking for a ratio.
Republicans claim to fear left-wing authoritarianism — but there's no such thing https://t.co/h5IXdhF8Mi
— Raw Story (@RawStory) August 14, 2021
In fact, lying is the only way the right wing can win elections. After all, its policies are profoundly unpopular with ordinary people because the right-wing favors the 1% rich over the 99% working and middle classes.
How in the world could 1% of the population ever win elections over the 99%? Simple. The 1% bamboozles the 99%. To win elections, the right must conceal its true intentions from the voters and instead engage in manipulative tactics, like lying and fearmongering.
We told you it was shallow.
During and after the Cold War, the right undertook a relentless campaign that rages on to this day of falsely smearing Democrats and the left as the cause of authoritarianism, like the horrendous dictatorships of Joseph Stalin in the Soviet Union, Adolf Hitler in Germany, Fidel Castro in Cuba and Hugo Chávez in Venezuela.
In fact, the right so maligned the concept of “socialism” and the profoundly influential thinker Karl Marx that “socialism” remains a poisonous word to this day, often wielded as a weapon against Democrats and liberals.
It’s not a weapon if Democrats like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Bernie Sanders embrace the term.
My new favorite satire site
— Jason 'tracking number' Brazeal (@thejasonbrazeal) August 14, 2021
.@TitaniaMcGrath does this shtick much better
— Back to being an internship coordinator (@SSGMegaWatz) August 14, 2021
Glad to see Twitter has stopped policing misinformation because this was good for a laugh
— enjoy (@agoristbourbon) August 14, 2021
— Siraj Arthur Hashmi (@SirajAHashmi) August 14, 2021
“Everything bad is right-wing and everything good is left-wing”
— J. Cross 🌺 (@jdylancross) August 14, 2021
Yeah, nothing authoritarian at all about forced vaccinations, lockdowns, vaccination IDs, or camps for the unvaccinated.
— Libertarian Party of Texas (@LPTexas) August 14, 2021
You’d probably say gaslighting is a fantasy too, except here we are.
— Deckard Trebuchet (@xianorton) August 14, 2021
100M people died in the 20th century under Communist government authority. How people are still unaware of this is mind blowing.
— Grover Dill 🏴☠️ (@grover_lou) August 14, 2021
Huh, was this penned by a 12 year-old or is this actually satire?
— Monty (@PunishedMonty) August 14, 2021
It reads like a 3rd grader wrote it
— Jsfitchpatrick (@jsfitchpatrick) August 14, 2021
The absolute ratio in the comments.
— 😒🤨🤔🤷♂️ (@uwu_crit_thinkr) August 14, 2021
— 🇺🇸HGBull🇵🇷 (@HectorGToro) August 14, 2021
Your history needs more history.
— J. Murray (@murrajo) August 14, 2021
— Pro Democracy 🧢 (@rudedog224) August 14, 2021
Right to the gulag with this headline.
— Kev 🇺🇸 (@anticargoshorts) August 14, 2021
This is such a joke
— Coffey (@acoffeyy) August 14, 2021
Been a while since I read such a shit article.
— Diego Moncanut (@8Diemonx) August 14, 2021
"Real left-wing authoritarianism has never been tried"
— Richie Angel (@richkangel) August 14, 2021
— גי דוד – Super Free Man (@DBCWriter) August 14, 2021
Always accuse your opponent of what you are doing. So transparent.
— Mackaracka (@mackaracka) August 14, 2021
This is so embarrassing for you and Salon to publish this.
— Winston Rumfoord (@SalosMetalStrip) August 14, 2021
— YNW Corn (@cornsar) August 14, 2021
Holy shit this is mentally deficient.
— Disappointed Otto von Bismarck (@MatteusNinten) August 14, 2021
— decommissioned pie bot (@upcuntrydegen) August 14, 2021
Imagine publishing this.
— DFSTings (@DFSTINGS) August 14, 2021
Actually debunked. This theory only exists because people only researched right-wing authoritarianism, resulting in circular logic that lefties version must not exist because they never looked.
This is why you shouldn't trust partisan "news."https://t.co/UMSn58lTX3
— Kaiser 🌸 (@tcmp72) August 14, 2021
This publisher is exploiting a mentally disabled writer to gin up outrage clicks. This is shameful "circus freak" style publishing.
— wooga (@thewooga) August 14, 2021
"Our glorious left-wing rulers are infallible. Their policies are popular, and there is no such thing as left-wing authoritarianism! Glory be to the left!" pic.twitter.com/cadBdhq0ZO
— Fred (@FredZembo) August 14, 2021
is this not the worst article you've ever read? truly, it reads like a high schooler wrote it, never having experienced life and only seeing the world thru Steven Colbert, Samantha Bee and Jon Oliver
— classical liberati (@TruthOverTeam) August 14, 2021
Did a child write this crap?
— Truth 🇺🇸 (@theRealTrueFan) August 14, 2021
This is one of the dumbest posts on Twitter. Delete your account.
— OnlyReadHeadlines (@JeepHokie23) August 14, 2021
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This piece really is one of the worst we’ve read, and it made it not only to Salon but Raw Story as well.
USA Today journo shaming people for sending mean tweets to intern whose 1st published piece was authoritarianism at its UGLIEST backfires https://t.co/VNH0ExVyCf
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) March 29, 2021