Its a claim made by a few of the regulars on a consistent basis. My thesis is that Kiwiblog is far from liberal and I’ll tell you why I believe that.
If I were looking for one word to describe Kiwiblog the best fit without a doubt is “progressive”. That’s where the conflict begins. Its impossible to be both liberal and progressive at the same time, for the nature of Progressives since the end of WWII has been to attack and force change in what was once a truly liberal society.
Kiwiblog’s owner Mr. Farrar describes himself as a “classic liberal”. Whenever I see this in any self description it sets off alarm bells. To be a true classic liberal one would have to be alive during the times of classic liberalism, and if one was alive in those times, they would be in entirely different surroundings and therefore an entirely different person to what they are today.
Mr Farrar has a reputation as someone who has a generous approach to free speech and this is to many a sign that he is indeed the classic liberal he pictures himself to be. Does Kiwiblog therefore become a liberal blog by means of Mr. Farrar’s ownership? I think that blogs are blogs, and each one has its boundaries. Unfortunately, Kiwiblog’s boundaries are set by the large pack of bigots and progressives who dominate discussion there. They control the debate by means of Mr. Farrar’s reporting system, wherein they write to him with complaints if they don’t like what someone else has said. Or they urge others to write complaints.
The principle behind this system pretty much demands that anyone who wants to remain on Kiwiblog has to fashion their behaviour so as to not to upset the progressive denouncers. It means you must buy into many of the credos expounded by today’s Critical Theorists, who say the Western world built by European white men is a corrupt and degenerate edifice permeated by the curse of Christianity and where racism, sexism, bigotry, greed, and inequality prevail while we rape the environment to enrich ourselves. Never are these concepts confronted as entirely false, but they are discussed and unwittingly yielded upon again and again and again with a little more ground given each time until they are regarded as true and legitimate concerns.
The objective of this repetitive criticism is the steady incremental destruction of the classically liberal society we once had, perceived by Progressives as deeply flawed, and its replacement with the new secular, environmentally conscious Utopian model free of racism bigotry, sexism etc etc. Defending white European males, Christians, and the society they built is something that doesn’t go down well on Kiwiblog, and if it doesn’t defend the race of men and the society that built classic liberalism, how can it possibly be a liberal blog?
Want an example? Her’s just one of many I could provide. One of the foundation stones of today’s Critical Theorist belief system is the idea that colonialists wreaked havoc upon whatever native population that may have existed prior. In NZ there was a “holocaust” against the Maori race. In America there was “genocide” against Indians. These ideas are false, historically out of context, politically motivated and they’re all part of the same political push to convince the gullible that the Western society built by white European males is an evil and deeply flawed edifice. I argued strongly against these fictions and earned demerits from Mr. Farrar due to the complaints of Kiwiblog regulars.
Here is the anti-white-European critical theory BS that he and his progressive commenters tolerate:
The savages were those people like you who stole our land through murder, and then forced marched most of my tribe hundreds of miles to Oklahoma, a march that left thousands dead, including women and children.
We did not invade England and wipe out millions through disease, concentration camps, and mass deportations.
Millions dies from white diseases, were forced off their land into concentration camps, and given disease infested blankets in an early form of germ warfare.
And that is just the tip of the iceberg. By any reasonable standards, that was not just harsh, it was evil and deliberate mass murder.
My people had vastly more genuine individual liberty before the English came along, trashed our property rights, and forced thousands to march all the way to Oklahoma to live in concentration camps.
These cowardly lies smears and myths go unchallenged by most on Kiwiblog for that is what they, in their immersion in progressive thought patterns, think is true. Here, a comment of my own, is what is not acceptable–
We don’t need left wing Democrats coming here from the USA and telling NZ how to conduct its affairs. They are the people mostly responsible for the destruction of one of the greatest Republics of all time. You don’t like our laws, and you want to attack liberty as you have in the US, then you should go back to the US. There are enough white ants born here without importing them.
Sub cultures should respect the traditions of the host country, and our English ancestors wrote the Magna Carta while you were busy making tom toms from buffalo skin.
This earned the following admonition from the host whose own progressive mindset apparently prevents him from seeing the stark hypocrisy in his judgment. Attacks on white Europeans are fine. Don’t dare attack the sacred cows of the Critical Theorists.
[DPF: Official warning. Attack a person’s arguments, not them personally,and especially not their ethnicity (which they have no say over]
“Ethnicity” you see. Apparently though, that can’t apply to “the English, those evil savages, those thieves, those genocidists, those murderers”. The English, who conceived the Magna Carta and the Westminster parliamentary system as practised in much of the free world, are fair game.
Does this judgment sound as if it comes from a “classic liberal” or a progressive critical theorist?
Most penalties are handed out on the same basis. Attacks against Conservatives are fine. The rule is do not attack Progressives or their ideas or you will find yourself accumulating demerit points and banned. A random perusal of Kiwiblog today provided the following gems-
“They are the opinions of a sick, irrational scum bag who should be under the care of a mental health professional.”
“Crawl away to the Stranded where the rest of your kind of slime congregate.”
No warnings or demerits because these attacks are on left wing commenters who are perceived as anti-Key and anti-National but are in fact pretty much the same kind of progressive as most of the Kiwiblog commenters. They all buy into the same cultural Marxist critical theory BS, and as long as there is no confrontation of this underpinning abstract, then you’re fine.
Kiwiblog is not a “liberal” blog, its more a post modernist Marxist critique of Conservative society and it embraces most progressive ideas, either wholly or partly. That many fail to see the obvious conflict in these two ideologies is an outcome of the degeneration of our education system, the subtle but pervasive influence of cultural Marxism, and our incremental overall slide into Communism and/ or socialism.
Kiwiblog does little to hack at the roots of the ideas that have caused this slide, and it won’t be a truly liberal blog until it does.