Posted to Fact-Based Ethical Politics on 09/15.
On Arguing With Conservatists
Never believe that anti-Semites are completely unaware of the absurdity of their replies. They know that their remarks are frivolous, open to challenge. But they are amusing themselves, for it is their adversary who is obliged to use words responsibly, since he believes in words. The anti-Semites have the right to play. They even like to play with discourse for, by giving ridiculous reasons, they discredit the seriousness of their interlocutors. They delight in acting in bad faith, since they seek not to persuade by sound argument but to intimidate and disconcert. If you press them too closely, they will abruptly fall silent, loftily indicating by some phrase that the time for argument is past.
[/quote] -- Jean-Paul Sartre
Now, replace "anti-Semit[ism]" with any of:
- racism (anti-"woke"-ism, "all lives matter", etc.)
- LGBTQ-phobia (anti-"woke"-ism, "grooming", "definition of a woman", "gender-criticism", etc.)
- global warming denialism
- opposition to sex education, contraception, abortion
...and you have today's "I'm right, you're wrong, get over it" conservatist political discourse.
it's all ultimately in the service of maintaining a servant-class – both to do all the real work and to be available as scapegoats for everything the ruler-class screws up.