The Left are guilty of their own petty, spiteful little prejudices
One of the great stereotypes of British politics is that the Right are money obsessed, cold, cynical, uncaring and intolerant, whereas the Left are misty-eyed dreamers, fueled by rainbows and pixie dust, with free money, love and tolerance for all.
But even the Left have their own acceptable little prejudices. They are just as capable of racism, intolerance and snobbery, namely towards Americans, Christians… and White Van Man.
It’s not difficult to find something about the US that you dislike; interventionist foreign policy, fast food, omnipresent Hollywood, bastardisation of our language, historic revisionism, Justin Bieber fans, or American’s incessant bloody cheerfulness…
For most of us however, it’s not hatred but a cheerful ribbing. We poke fun at the ‘Yanks’ in the same we do with our friends. Even if we do roll our eyes at their excesses, we admire their confidence, their technological achievements and yes, even their sunny disposition. In reality we can’t get enough of their food, their films, their TV shows and their celebrities. And it goes both ways. We take a certain guilty pleasure that Americans get a little giddy over British accents, as well as our ability to drink and swear them back to the colonies.
But for many on the Left, there’s a nastier, more spiteful anti-Americanism. Political anti-Americanism is in part born out of frustration. It must be a constant source of irritation that the most powerful nation on earth is unashamedly capitalist, patriotic, gun-loving, militaristically well endowed, religious, socially conservative and individualistic. That America triumphed and the Soviet Union collapsed was unforgivable. Worse still, it is the country with the most people trying to get into it.
Criticism of American politics is transferred to its citizens. All of them are to blame. Borderline racism of the Left against Americans is so common it goes unnoticed. Americans are caricatured as being universally fat, lazy and ignorant. (This, by the way, is the same America that pastes everybody at the Olympics and sends robots to Mars.)
It manifests itself in global politics too. Any murderous, brutal tyrant is given the slavish support of the British Left provided they are also anti-American with it. Chavez and Castro are lionised in spite of human rights abuses. British Leftists even bussed themselves over to Iraq to act as human shields to defend the blood-soaked regime of Saddam Hussein, simply to spite the US.
Religion is a quaint superstition. Believers wear silly clothes, pray to sky fairies and blindly follow magic books. It’s little better than role play or witchcraft, something less advanced cultures do. However being the tolerant champions of diversity that they are, they keep quiet. Oh, they might stifle a snigger behind closed doors, or roll their eyes when nobody is looking, but they’ll show respect.
But British Christians, especially white British Christians, are another matter. Respect and tolerance? Forget it. Left leaning types will happily comment about inappropriate priests they wouldn’t dream of making about a rabbi or an imam. The reason; Brits should have ‘grown out’ of religion by now. Religion, remember, is for other, primitive cultures to cling too. These cultures will of course ‘catch up’ one day and grow out of it too, but we should know better by now!
Hostility towards Christianity is acceptable because it’s seen as a white, Western religion, and therefore not deserving of the respect afforded to other faiths which are invariably associated with brown people in the developing world.
White Van Man
It is a central tenant of Leftist thought that they and they alone represent the little man. Which is why working class conservatism is an idea that too many on the Left have simply never gotten their head around. After all, the working class are meant to be on ‘their’ side. Isn’t it the Left who champion the rights of the poor and under privileged? Isn’t it the Left that speak for the masses? Well no. Whilst most working class Brits are fairly centrist on issues like the NHS and schools, they are overtly Right wing on immigration, crime, political correctness, benefits, and international aid. To make matters worse, they are unapologetically patriotic.
And it is because of these that the most visible manifestation of working class conservatism, the White Van Man, comes in for criticism. Despite his views being rather representative of a great many voters, White Van Man is vilified. His concerns about the pace of immigration are scornfully shouted down as bigotry. Wanting tougher jail sentences is dismissed as regressive or downright fascist.
There is a quiet snobbery about White Van Man; a sneering elitist attitude that he ‘just doesn’t get it’. One can almost sense an exasperated sentiment that ‘they don’t know what’s good for them, but we do’.
A condescending, paternalistic attitude to the lower orders used to be the preserve of the aristocracy. Today it is the default setting of Middle Class humanities graduates increasingly out of touch with the values of ‘little people’ they claim to represent.
It’s taken as a given that if you support one set of values an ideas then , by default, you must dislike values and ideas that run contrary to them. This is after all human nature. But Lefties passing themselves of as having a monopoly on respect and tolerance is a complete non-starter when they maintain their own petty, spiteful, hate filled prejudices.