Kurt,

Thanks for your thoughtful push-back! You said a lot, and I’ll try my best to respond to your core points.

The concept of privilege is just a clumsy rhetorical tool developed in leftist university Grievance Studies programs — courses of study that thrive on spending 4 years picking at historical scabs. It goes all the way back to Peggy McIntosh’s silly “Knapsack of Privilege” concept. Claiming that someone has privilege is, plainly and simply, a rhetorical tool to dehumanize them. The privilege “they” have is supposedly unearned — it is always at the expense of others. Since they have privilege, they are supposedly blind to the suffering of others. Since they have privilege, it’s only right and just to harm them in order to gain benefit for the supposedly less privileged. You can be quite sure that Joseph Stalin thought the Kulaks were privileged. I commented on your sentence because privilege rhetoric featured prominently in it. While you certainly don’t seem like a hateful person, I think privilege rhetoric is employed to fire the anger of mobs.

Regarding “under the guidance and leadership of people of color.” There was a certain obsequiousness in that, and a groveling deference to supposed moral superiors. To me it seemed as if the leftist privilege rhetoric had blinded you to human nature, and somehow convinced you that while the greed and selfishness of whites made injustice a natural consequence of their leadership, people of color could be trusted to be more equitable. Just because of their color. It’s as if people of color, once they’re given leadership (and privilege I might add) would not do what whites have done — use it selfishly.

Finally, there’s the vigilance that will be required — “especially for those who have been marginalized.” Like affirmative action set asides, they never end. We’ll always be vigilant that those who are marginalized now are treated fairly — and less vigilant about new oppression that develop.

You apparently believe in social justice, perhaps thinking Martin Luther King, and Gandhi. I think Lenin and Stalin. The concentrations of power that are required to upend society and reverse the power relationships among people are dangerous — they are always used for new injustices. Civil Rights laws get used for shakedowns and threats. Special “safe spaces” for people just grant them a fortress from which they can safely attack others.

To me, justice is a personal and individual goal. I favor a weak, libertarian government that enforces only a few, universally agreed laws.

Clearly we disagree on almost everything, but I welcome a good discussion. I’m running out of time for today, but I’d love to continue this. Be well!

Retired software developer, husband, father. Student of history. Met Fan

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