One of the more accurate statements about politics in America is that Conservatives think Liberals are dumb, and Liberals think Conservatives are evil. The movies in “The Purge” series play that out just as accurately as Margaret Atwood’s fictionalized consequence of the Ronald Reagan re-election (back in 1984, for a decent Orwell tie in of all things) in “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
Conservative neo-Christians create this great evil in the name of stability, and plucky moral leftists are left to survive and resist as best they can in a world gone mad. Is that plot synopsis for “The Purge” or for “The Handmaid’s Tale”?
What is really sad about this is the level of projection that is involved in these fictions, as well as the necessary “out grouping” of conservatives in order to make them the very source of the social ills. You get the impression that the only thing standing between society and utopia are conservatives, with their mad lust for supporting the patriarchy or something.
Right now, if accurately look across the history of the United States, you see that the Left has been way more successful at getting away with political violence than the Right. The bombers of the Weather Underground all went on to have fulfilling careers. Tim McVeigh was executed for his crimes. Comrade Bike Lock got three years of probation for violent physical assault.
So why, given all the facts, is there such a Leftist fear of Conservative violence? Well, frankly because the Conservatives are way more effective at it than the Left. That’s why Tim McVeigh was executed, because he succeeded in the largest act of domestic terror in the history of the US, while the Weather Underground didn’t even hit double digits.
Now internationally, the Left is the world record holders in terms of mass death due to starvation, pogroms, ethnic cleansing, and imprisonment. But, so what? It’s only those undesirable “out group” members who are standing between society and utopia. Just like in Venezuela, right? I mean, sure the economy is in the toilet and people are starving, but at least they have a lower Gini coefficient, right?
However, when you think about it, that all the propaganda against conservative, free market solutions is fiction, as opposed to the real world historical horrors of socialism and communism, it’s a bit sad that the Left has to continually invent boogeymen to “hashtag resist.”