A Deeper Look At CPAC: Disdain Will Get Us Nowhere


Diane Perlman, PhD | Medium - TRANSCEND Media Service

Compulsory Total Disparagement

5 Mar 2021 – Moral outrage and mutual disparagement have devolved into a national sport. Tweets and opinion pieces make valid points criticizing CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference for remaining a party of Trump, being a dangerous, fascistic, racist, white supremacist, golden calf-worshipping cult, using Nazi symbolism on their Odal Rune shaped stage, etc. I don’t entirely disagree.

It is easy to judge, denigrate, express disgust, righteous indignation, and fear. We criticize how terrible they are while they whine about how terrible we are — woke, unpatriotic socialists turning into communists who criticize America, who cancel everyone we don’t like, and want to take away their freedoms. Each says the other is destroying our democracy. We are caricatures.

Switching between Fox and MSNBC one hears automatic, mindless, 100% rejection of the other’s every detail, even if it’s true or in our interest. So do congress members. Fox does it more, but MSNBC and Dems do their share. And Fox gets a few things right.

Splitting of the Opposites

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Diane Perlman, PhD   is a clinical and political psychologist, devoted to applying knowledge from psychology, conflict studies and social sciences to designing strategies and policies to reverse nuclear proliferation, to drastically reduce terrorism, reduce enmity, and to raise consciousness about nonviolent strategies for tension reduction and conflict transformation. She is a visiting scholar at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, is active in Psychologists for Social Responsibility, the TRANSCEND Network for Peace Development Environment, and on the Global Council of Abolition 2000. Some of her writings can be found on her websites, www.consciouspolitics.org  and  www.SanityandSurvival.com. Email: dianeperlman@gmail.com.

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