A note on strategic hate management
Occasioned by Rebecca Solnit's episode of hippie punching, this post rings true:
It's a funny thing, this division into two parties that supposedly divide the world's "legitimate" opinions between them. Many of the commenters at Balloon Juice think that they hate Republicans more than anything. But their behavior suggests that they hate Glenn Greenwald more. Tbogg might say that he hates conservatives more than anyone. But he sure hates Yves Smith more. That's what his behavior tells you. That's what his rhetoric tells you. People who say they hate conservatives start to sound like them at the merest hint of criticism.
Follow the hate, just like follow the money. There's a good reason to get as far away as possible from the legacy parties and their loyalists and apologists as possible. It's like turning off your TV and getting clean. I know. I used to have quite the "meticulously curated temple of snark and flippancy" myself; I like to think that I don't do that any more. It's not the way, er, forward.