Why do people vote for the left?

I came across a rather interesting article on TrueblueNZ that examines the reasons why left-leaning governments seem to last longer in power than they should, and why people continue to vote for them. It makes for quite interesting reading, and contains, I believe, a bit of truth as well.Quote:

Its a mystery how the left, once they gain power in any country or state, frequently manage to retain that power for a surprisingly long duration. Even when their policies cause deprivation and destruction, people inexplicably still keep voting for them. What is the answer to this mystery? End of quote

I have a number of friends who are socialists and, give them their due, they mostly accept that they have to pay a fair bit of tax. But fiscal responsibility is not something that seems to worry them too much. Quote:

Or for an even more obvious example of lemming like suicide by voters, you can look at Venezuela. For years it was clear the country was sinking at an accelerating rate, but the majority kept voting left and even now, when the middle class is scavenging on rubbish tips for food, socialist candidates are still the preferred option. End of quote.

I have asked my socialist friends for examples of successful socialist countries, and they always point towards Scandinavia. There was a time when countries like Sweden were good examples of socialism working reasonably well, but you cannot say that anymore. Quote:

So why this weird reluctance to move away from left wing governance, even after it has been proved a disaster? There are a few reasons, but the main reason is the narrative.

The narrative is what people talk about when they’re talking politics, or economics, or society. The issues people vote on. Leftists put immense effort into controlling and delivering the narrative, and this is the main reason they manage to stay in power for so long. With friends in the media and academia, its easy for them to lead the discussion, and rather than talk about issues that matter, they insure the topics of conversation are focused on relatively minor issues (that mostly arise because of Critical Theory or Cultural Marxism). End of quote.

Well, haven’t we seen a lot of that in the last few years? Trump talked about building a wall to reduce illegal immigration. Clinton talked about feminism and ‘deplorables’. Quote:

Real issues are deliberately not discussed, because if they were, the conversation would all be about social disintegration and economic decline. Instead, its racism, or modern feminism, or multi-culturalism, or global warming or renewable energy or gender or bullying or confederate statues or a thousand other things that don’t really matter as far as our real circumstances are concerned, yet serve to divert the public’s attention from poor governance. End of quote.

People don’t vote on issues such as racism or feminism, though, do they? They vote on issues that actually affect themselves and their families.

Don’t they? Quote:

So come election time, people’s heads are full of rubbish, and political campaigns are based around this rubbish, and voters make their decisions because they’re fooled into thinking these rubbish things matter. Worse, because they mostly fall into the trap of being reactionary, opposition parties will find themselves forced into discussing exactly the rubbish the left want them to. End of quote

If we ever saw an example of this, it was of Nicky Hagar trying to hijack the 2014 election with all this rubbish about dirty politics. We heard nothing else for weeks. In fact, it was not until John Key cornered David Cunliffe on capital gains tax on trusts that we heard any actual policy at all. How can you decide which policies to vote for when you are not allowed to hear about any of them? Quote:

So controlling the (mostly false) narrative  is the main strategy the left use to extend their period of political power in any place they govern. The strategy’s three central components are a politically corrupted media, a mainly sympathetic academia, and a cynical political force asking for votes. Long lasting socialist governments are always a combination of these three groups. End of quote

Well, we certainly have the first two of those. As for the third, look no further than the 2017 election when Jacinda’s face was EVERYWHERE! Every time you opened your computer or turned on the TV, there she was. Quote:

How to combat this strategy? Well, the most obvious solution to is to reject the issues they want to talk about. In other words, tell them to shut up. Tell them they’re boring. Its true. They are. The left’s endless whining about non-existent issues is a monotonous dirge. Who needs it? End of quote

Totally true but, with a corrupt and complicit media, it is not easy to get away from these issues. I remember weeks upon weeks of hearing about Nicky Hagar in the 2014 election being tiresome and, in the end, we all just tuned out. Quote:

Just think. Not so long ago, none of these issues were of major public concern, and things were going quite swimmingly. Why then are they so important today? Because the left have made us talk about them, and think about them, and we have in the main, fallen for this subterfuge. End of quote.

Worse than that, issues like feminism, racism and multiculturalism were being solved slowly but surely. I cannot understand why Jacinda Ardern’s placement as prime minister is a ‘historic’ event when she is actually the third female prime minister we have had. Quote:

There is in fact only one issue that really matters and that is how well your personal standard of living is progressing. Are you safe from crime and violence? Are you being protected from international threats? Are you earning well and are you keeping what you earn? End of quote.

And this is the worrying bit. Thanks to left-wing policies, now many people are not as safe as they used to be. Once again, just look at Sweden. And the current government is determined to tax us out of existence so, no, we are not as wealthy as we used to be either. Quote:

The way to stop the left from maintaining their grip on power is to reject the deliberately distracting issues they and their media and academic allies want us to talk about.  Reject conversations about side issues that are cynically designed to drag down the level of political debate and thereby extend the left’s hold on power. Tell them they’re bores and to shut up and go away, otherwise, they’ll hang around for ever. Or at least until they’ve ruined everything that was ever good in our societies. End of quote.

But won’t they all get offended if we do that? And isn’t their being offended yet another way of stealing the oxygen? They are already ruining everything that was once good in our societies. And they are totally unapologetic about it.

 


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Accountant. Boring. Loves tax. Needs to get out more. Loves the environment, but hates the Greens. Has been called a dinosaur. Wears it with pride.

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