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The Revolution will eat its own children
on August 4, 2002
Author Tammy Bruce is a lesbian loose cannon with mix-and-match political beliefs; she spent some time with her sisters in the feminist organization NOW. She thought that they we're helping to make life better for women, but instead found out that they were busier trying to keep fellow sisters in line about leftist ideologies, namely, the 3 cardinal sins of the left: racism, sexism, and homophobia.
A lot of her complaining is just about human nature though; it's not that the right is not just as intolerant as the left. People firmly committed to their beliefs whatever they may be have trouble tolerating the other side. It's just that the right is not predominant in the cultural elite right now and so they are humble and talk of freedom of speech. The left is out to grab as much power as possible in their possibly waning heyday and try to keep everyone under control. The nation swings to the left and right over time and a new intolerance replaces the old depending where the pressure lies. Such situations remind me of what Pete Townsend of The Who wrote in the song "Won't Get Fooled Again": "Here comes the new boss, same as the old boss."
I guess it would be nice if we lived in a world where free and open debate was really celebrated and you would be slapped on the back for enlightening us all with your own peculiar viewpoints but because of some complexities and human emotions that sort of tolerance and understanding is hard to achieve.
Bruce has previously worked for that sleazy profession, public relations, in which they bring us 'news' which is really propaganda and advertising from companies and organizations selling products and ideas to the public who think they are getting objective news from these organizations' video news releases given to news stations. I recommend Toxic Sludge Is Good For You for more information on that.
Bruce writes in a smooth, slick, and lucid style and the book is easy to get through. She has a likeable personality and does not resort to vitriol when making her criticisms. This is a good book for studying left wing intolerance; for right wing intolerance, look elsewhere.