Charles Johnson’s Reasons For Leaving the Right

Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs has been rejecting the excesses of the right wing movement for several months. Today he issued a list with the following reasons why he has parted ways with the right:

1. Support for fascists, both in America (see: Pat Buchanan, Robert Stacy McCain, etc.) and in Europe (see: Vlaams Belang, BNP, SIOE, Pat Buchanan, etc.)

2. Support for bigotry, hatred, and white supremacism (see: Pat Buchanan, Ann Coulter, Robert Stacy McCain, Lew Rockwell, etc.)

3. Support for throwing women back into the Dark Ages, and general religious fanaticism (see: Operation Rescue, anti-abortion groups, James Dobson, Pat Robertson, Tony Perkins, the entire religious right, etc.)

4. Support for anti-science bad craziness (see: creationism, climate change denialism, Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, James Inhofe, etc.)

5. Support for homophobic bigotry (see: Sarah Palin, Dobson, the entire religious right, etc.)

6. Support for anti-government lunacy (see: tea parties, militias, Fox News, Glenn Beck, etc.)

7. Support for conspiracy theories and hate speech (see: Alex Jones, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Birthers, creationists, climate deniers, etc.)

8. A right-wing blogosphere that is almost universally dominated by raging hate speech (see: Hot Air, Free Republic, Ace of Spades, etc.)

9. Anti-Islamic bigotry that goes far beyond simply criticizing radical Islam, into support for fascism, violence, and genocide (see: Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer, etc.)

10. Hatred for President Obama that goes far beyond simply criticizing his policies, into racism, hate speech, and bizarre conspiracy theories (see: witch doctor pictures, tea parties, Birthers, Michelle Malkin, Fox News, World Net Daily, Newsmax, and every other right wing source)

The reasons are similar to those I have frequently written about here. There is some hyperbole here. For example, while I have had a few posts disagreeing with Robert Stacy McCain I have never thought of him as a fascist.  McCain responds to Johnson here). Even in the case of Pat Buchanan, while he has certainly shown sympathy for the Nazis, I’m not certain that he outright supports fascism.

One irony here is that much of what he writes here could have applied to his own blog in the past, but he still deserves credit for rejecting that mind set.

To be fair, some of what he says could apply to some on the extreme left. I’ve noted some of the anti-scientific views of people such as Bill Maher on medicine and vaccines, but this is far less prevalent than the belief in creationism and denialism of climate change on the right. I’ve also criticized some on the left for conspiracy theories of their own,  but again this is far less prevalent than on the right.

The significant difference between the right and the left with regards to extremism is the degree to which the extremists dominate on the right. The extremists on the right have driven out virtually everyone else. They dominate the major organs of the right from the right wing media to the Republican Party. The left has a handful who, in their own ways, are as nutty as the extremists of the right but they are marginalized rather than the dominant players.

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    Captin Sarcastic says:

    And they called us moonbats.

    If some liberals can be shrill, we’ll need a new word to describe the pitch that the right has gone to so early in Obama’s term.

    It seems that every right winger talker, blogger, pol is trying to one up each of high pitched warnings of doom and communist catastrophe. Then on the other side, try to ourdo each other on how far they will go to ignore rights of Americans and others in order to be tough on terra. It is mind boggling to me that among things, Obama is unliked because he WON’T torture people… WTF?

     I don’t think most Americans will fall for this doomsaying, but my bigger concern is that it will put off enough sane Americans from particpating and the real moonbats will choose our leaders for the next couple of elections.

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    Eclectic Radical says:

    Pat Buchanan is a populist isolationist whose views on history and foreign policy have led him into Nazi apologia on several occasions. Whether or not he is truly a racist (and I doubt he believes that he is, though I’m not so sure he’s right), he subscribes to an ethnological view of nationalism based on the lessons he believes he has learned from history. It could be due to outright racism on his part, or it could be because he believes racism is just too much of a natural part of the human character to allow multi-ethnic and multi-culturalism.
     
    His economic views, on the other hand, are much the opposite of today’s fascism. He has a strongly anti-corporate market ideology.
     
    R.S. McCain comes a little closer to being a fascist. He has said a lot of things that come close to that line. I hadn’t necessarily seen him that way before, but it’s hard for me to come out with the same detailed explanation of why he is not a fascist than I can manage with Buchanan.
     

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    Ron Chusid says:

    We can’t tell for sure if Buchanan is a racist or anti-Semite. I’ve seen quotes from people who know him claiming he isn’t. Regardless of what he thinks, the problem is that during his political career he would use code words and make other statements to attract racists and anti-Semites. There is a fine (and not very meaningful) line between a politician who does this and who personally has racist or anti-Semitic views.

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    whitehouse says:

    Charles Johnson also rejects te views of Bill Maher. He’s a nut in his eyes too but in this case his beef was with the right., in particular since LGF is (or was) viewed as a rightwing blog.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    I wasn’t suggesting that he wasn’t rejecting Maher’s views. I was just acknowledging that while anti-science views have become disturbingly common on the right, there are also some examples on the left.

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    Eclectic Radical says:

    ‘There is a fine (and not very meaningful) line between a politician who does this and who personally has racist or anti-Semitic views.’
     
    Well, this is why I parsed my words so very carefully about whether or not Buchanan was a racist but not at all about whether he is a moron. :)
     

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