Liberal privilege and the lies of the left
by Melvyn L Fein
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One of the current liberal cliches tells us “whites” are privileged. The color of their skin evidently bestows benefits others do not receive. They are therefore supposed to be grateful and defer to those who are less fortunate.

But in what does this “privilege” consist? Yes, whites have not been discriminated against the way African-Americans have. They have not been denied jobs or forced to drink from separate fountains because of the pigmentation of their epidermis. This is surely an advantage — but how big an advantage?

Charges of white privilege make it sound as if every Caucasian is automatically successful. The fact is most are not. Few are born with silver spoons in their mouths. The vast majority needs to work hard to achieve the objectives they desire.

Far more pervasive is “liberal privilege.” The very people who accuse others of not being sufficiently grateful for their status are guilty of taking their own advantages for granted. Liberals do not seem to recognize the special treatment they receive. They actually believe they are nicer and smarter than others as a result of having been allowed to get away with this conceit.

Liberals, because they are liberal, assume they are more compassionate than anyone who disagrees with them. From elementary school on, they are praised for their concerns about the welfare of others — even though this kindness is only manifested in verbal declarations.

Likewise, from the earliest grades, their teachers applaud their superior intelligence. Since they agree with the principles they are being taught and regurgitate them on cue, they are regarded as unusually perceptive. Critical thinking, although orally encouraged, is, in practice, punished.

And so liberals grow up in a bubble of self-deception. Their self-esteem is grounded in conforming to beliefs that do not accord with reality, but which nevertheless earn them gold stars and certificates of achievement.

Then they enter the real world. Yet for them, it is not altogether real. The books they read and the television shows they watch confirm their special status. Liberal newsreaders and authors assure them they are better than their conservative peers. Clearly, they are more generous and insightful than these relics.

If liberals decide to enter politics, the effusive praise is ladled on with a bucket. They quickly learn being liberal means they never have to say they are sorry. Whatever mistakes they make will be blamed on their opponents. That they have good intensions is sufficient to merit adulation, no matter what the outcomes.

Liberals can destroy the economy, but hey, no one could have done better. They can undermine the national security, but at least they were showing the appropriate humility. They can drive their country into bankruptcy, but this only confirms their compassion.

If one is a liberal, any nasty thing one might say about an opponent is passed over in silence. The cruelest invective is regarded as appropriate, given the sins of the target. Even vulgarity is excused because it emphasizes the understandable passion of the speaker.

If one is a liberal, lies are accepted as essential to promoting benevolent causes. The rabble does not appreciate the benefits heaped upon them; hence, it is OK to manipulate them into submission. Whatever the falsehood, the worst criticism will be that one “misspoke.” Or maybe one was quoted “out of context.”

Is this not privilege? Is it not a form of protection others do not obtain? Yet liberals consider it their due. They become huffy if their motives are questioned. Then they drive up truckloads of excuses they expect to be accepted without dissent. If this still doesn’t work, they attack their critics as playing politics (which, of course, they do not).

Nowadays, when publicly queried, liberals trot out focus group tested talking points. After this, they stonewall their questioner by changing the subject. But the full depth of their privilege is revealed when the pubic subsequently refuses to be outraged.

Melvyn L. Fein Ph.D. is professor of sociology at Kennesaw State University.
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No one
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July 02, 2014
Liberals claim "compassion" but it is not compassionate to take what is not theirs to help others,that is actually called theft. Liberals are also too dumb to realize that the money government collects never gets to the needy and that their leaders are so corrupt that they never actually use the money to help anyone except themselves. No matter how much we spend to help others it always seems to make it worse for the people who need help. Therefore liberals are the problem and a danger to society and need to be challenged and put in their place.
Price of Liberty
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June 20, 2014
Liberal - A person who will give away everything they do not own. Liberal: an expert on any problem that has nothing to do with himself

Yes Liberals have no tolerance for anyone who doesn't believe in their ideas. "FREEDOM MEANS NOTHING IF IT DOES NOT MEAN THE FREEDOM TO DO WHAT OTHER PEOPLE DON'T LIKE" THOMAS SOWELL 5-28-14
on balance
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June 19, 2014
THE LIBERAL MIND:

The Psychological Causes of

Political Madness

By Lyle H. Rossiter, Jr., M.D.

Kevin Foley
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June 20, 2014
on balance (whoever you are) - Since you're recommending reading material, I'll return the favor:

http://polaris.gseis.ucla.edu/pagre/conservatism.html
on balance
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June 20, 2014
@Kevin Fooley

Your offering of a treatise by a person whose actions have been considered strange--(see disappearance) and whose scholarly efforts do not qualify him as one eligible to define a psychosis is, as usual, for you, a feeble rejoinder. Yet, it tends to prove Dr Rossiter's diagnosis of a liberal mind.

My comments re: Agre's subject. The words read no different than the words of any socialist, Communist or confused youth that I have read over the years. I believe I will stand with words and diagnosis of an accredited psychiatrist over the unqualified challenges of an Agre or a Foley.
Kevin Foley
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June 21, 2014
On balance - Only a right winger like you or Rossiter would consider attributes like compassion and hope a pathology. To me hate and anger as expressed by conservatives is the sickness.

Anyway, at least you read Agre. Tell me what he got wrong. I'm dying to know.
JRobbins58
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June 23, 2014
It's easy to be compassionate with other people's money. Liberals aren't the only compassionate ones. The difference lies in the manner in which one seeks to respond to that compassion: governmental force or expanded opportunity through freedom. Thanks for providing a real world example of the author's point.
anonymous
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June 18, 2014
Fallaciously fact-free Fein kerfuffle...

"Liberals, because they are liberal, assume they are more compassionate than anyone who disagrees with them. From elementary school on, they are praised for their concerns about the welfare of others — even though this kindness is only manifested in verbal declarations."

Want proof liberals are more compassionate?

Social Security, Medicare, Obamacare.

Maybe Fein will name similar examples of conservative compassion.

also anonymous
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June 18, 2014
2 of which will be bankrupt shortly, and have continued to be a burden on the middle class, and you think obamacare is helping poor people? Why don't you just sign your tax check over to the insurance company, because they are the only beneficiary. If you think obamacare is helping poor people you are seriously deluded.

Whom has a chance to be compassionate to the poor, when the government robs you of your ability to succeed?
Guest_Dude
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June 18, 2014
"Social Security, Medicare, Obamacare.

Maybe Fein will name similar examples of conservative compassion."

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
motherof528137
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June 28, 2014
Conservatives give 30% more to charities than liberals. Real actions don't lie. Liberals may talk the talk, but it's conservatives walk the walk. How much do you give each month to charity? Me, I give $370 each month...and I am on a teacher's salary. It's built into my budget.
anonymous 2
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July 02, 2014
anonymous: It is not "compassion" when you are forcing other to pay your corrupt politicians to waste our money and make themselves rich while they lie and tell you it's for helping needy people. That is called "theft" and that is why liberals are the true enemies of freedom and a real danger to society.
anonymous 2
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July 02, 2014
That's not "compassion" when you do not use your own money and take others to pay for your cause,that is called "theft".
Davis14
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June 18, 2014
I cannot take anyone seriously who asserts that kids in Kindergarten are Liberal or Conservative.

Odd that the author is disparaging towards Liberals on the whole but asserts that Liberals have a " superior intelligence" that is applauded from early grades, an intelligence that is superior to the intelligence of non-Liberals.

My ultimate takeaway from the article is that it's author is a very immature individual who should not be in a position of teaching at ANY level, college or kindergarten.
ShadowAngel
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June 18, 2014
Your reading skills are lacking. He didn't assert liberals have a higher or superior intelligence. He stated that liberals tend to take what they're told and vomit it back up on command rather than thinking for themselves. Teachers like hearing their own words and views repeated, so those students get praise. Read between the lines.

And... that's actually pretty much college in a nutshell.
Willy07
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June 18, 2014
So the professor takes issue with sweeping generalizations about "white privilege" with generalizations about "liberals". I have heard that you can fight fire with fire but most fire departments actually use water.
princetrumpet
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June 18, 2014
Perhaps it's because the term "white privilege" is a sweeping generalization. I think you have missed the point of the piece.

Also... where is he wrong? That might be a better discussion rather than your cute line about eradicating fires.
on balance
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June 19, 2014
You missed the message, but you proved what Prof. Fein was writing about.
RedStarBear
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June 18, 2014
If there where more professors like this one America's youth might be ok. Unfortunately all those I've come across have been of the socialist type. It is encouraging that in at least one institution of higher learning the truth is being taught. Thank you Professor.
Naomi Somerville
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June 17, 2014
Exactly! Well written! Conservatives have been saying all of these things for years, but, not in one conscice article. They would have been disregarded of course. This describes to a T the DWL (disingenuous white liberal) that has been holding most of this country hostage along with the race hucksters!
Zel
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June 17, 2014
Absolutely spot on!
MikeyJinAZ
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June 17, 2014
Although I've never had to drink out of a different fountain, because of Affirmative Action I have been denied jobs, so though he's absolutely dead on correct with everything else, he got that part incorrect. I was denied several firefighting jobs in California in the 90's because I was a white male and that didn't fit their quota needs. In fact, several times I was told not to even bother apply. But apparently, that's not racism.
Trevlee
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June 17, 2014
'Rules For Radicals' - The Liberal bible.
Bursting Bubbles
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June 17, 2014
Is Fein suffering early onset of Alzheimer's? Does he forget what conservatives did to the U.S. economy when he says "Liberals can destroy the economy..."

Under President Obama's leadership, the economy has added private sector jobs for 51 straight months. During this span, 9.4 million private sector jobs have been created.
burst your bubble
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June 18, 2014
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYkl3XlEneA

Really it
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June 18, 2014
And just where did you pull those facts from, liberal talking points?
Michele Henson
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June 18, 2014
Have you not noticed Detroit, Chicago & all the other liberal run cities that now sit in rubble because of liberal policies?
Lee Poteet
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June 18, 2014
Bursting Bubbles, you need a new set of facts as to just whom did the damage to the American economy, but it is clear that you lack the intelligence or perception to understand or accept it. You may like your status as a victim, but Obama's economic recovery is a bust, a lie. The thing which caused the economic crash was Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac, both part of liberal schemes to give minorities and neer do wells something which they never worked for and could not afford. And the greatest number of job losses took place after he became president.

What the...?
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June 18, 2014
Liberalism is a mental disorder, period! Your facts are like swiss cheese. If the economy is doing so well, why is the worker participation rate the lowest it's been for over 35 years? Why have food stamp recipients skyrocketed since the community organizer hijacked the oval office?? I am waiting......
on balance
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June 19, 2014
You are a modern day Rip Van Winkle or your TV has only one channel and it is tuned to the DNC.
Anne Marie
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June 17, 2014
Dead on, Mr. Fein. Thank you.
Pat C
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June 17, 2014
Excellent observations and summation. I have noticed all of these traits, but the author has nicely put the pieces of the pie together.
Michele Henson
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June 17, 2014
This is the ONLY professor worth a salt!

He is SPOT ON with analysis!

I'm sharing the crap out of this article!

Thank you Professor Fein!
Michael Matone
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June 17, 2014
All one has to do is seek out the history of the various communist parties[from Kerensky to

Trotsky to Lenin to Stalin] in the former Soviet Union to see how liberals operate. These American style liberals are the 'dupes' as Lenin called them.
MrPandy
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June 17, 2014
Bravo!
Connie Webber
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June 17, 2014
Bravo, bravo, bravo!!
Janine S.
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June 17, 2014
Thank you, Sir, for your very insightful article. I submit, however, that it will be lost on the liberal faction of America. Unfortunately, those of their ilk have no concept of "privilege" as it pertains to themselves. They see only "entitlement".
Mary C
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June 17, 2014
My God, you've hit on something man!
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