September 18, 2002
Bleeding-Brain Leftists

We've all heard of bleeding heart liberals. For me that connotes those who are at worst well-intentioned, but a little too generous with other peoples money. Always wanting to raise taxes to give ever more of it to the poor, the aged, minorities, women, crippled puppy-dogs, basically anybody but able-bodied heterosexual males of European descent. Always wanting to pass legislation to regulate our lives, but only for wholesome purposes. Bleeding heart liberals are usually annoying, and frequently expensive, but seldom horribly dangerous.

Lately, though, I've been vexed by what to call those truly loony goofballs who identify themselves as the "Progressive Left". This is an oxymoron, because what they stand for has little to do with being for progress, but being against progress -- anti-globalization, anti-Israel, anti-war-of-any-kind-even-a-justified-war, anti-equal-opportunity, anti-choice-in-education, anti-technology, etc.

Idiotarian is a good word, but that also covers people like Jerry Falwell and Pat Buchanan, who are not exactly of the left.

My solution: Bleeding brain leftists. That is how I will from now on refer to people like Noam "Two-Home" Chomsky, Bob Scheer, Ted Rall, Susan Sontag, Jesse Jackson, most of the chicken-hawk-squawking anti-war-blogger crowd, Dana Cloud, Mona Baker, Gore Vidal, etc. Did I forget Robert Fisk?

UPDATE: This is also my official submission in response to Tim Blair's question

SO, WHAT are we going to call those people who routinely refer to the September 11 attacks on civilians as attacks on America or the US government, but characterise US attacks on al Qaeda leaders or Iraq's government as attacks on civilians?
We can call them Bleeding brain leftists.

Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at September 18, 2002 03:29 PM

But that name would imply that Rall and Chomsky have brains. I always thought of them as lacking in that department.

Posted by: michele on September 18, 2002 03:46 PM

I like it! But I'm not sure Gore Vidal can still be considered left wing if he's doing talks with guys from the Hoover Institute. I can think of only one pejorative that really adequately describes lunatics without portfolio like that: "Gore Vidal".

Posted by: Andrew Northrup on September 18, 2002 08:01 PM


Chomsky has a brain. Yes, I assure you, in spite of all the evidence to the contrary, he does. He was brilliant in the field of linguistics - and still could be, I suppose, if he would go back to work.

Posted by: jebruhn on September 19, 2002 06:21 AM

Yes, you are right. He lost his brain about the same time Michael Moore did.

Posted by: michele on September 19, 2002 10:52 AM

What was it that Ann Coulter said about name-calling? That conservatives don't do it?

Y'all got a funny way of being liberal...

Posted by: Terry on September 19, 2002 02:17 PM

So "Terry", what's your point, that we should all do as Ann Coulter says?

Posted by: Stefan Sharkansky on September 19, 2002 02:22 PM

Ann Coulter's point never seemed to be about getting anyone to join in behind her, but more about the (ostensibly) genetic difference between libs and cons. I'm not saying that you should follow her because you're doing quite an excellent job of proving her wrong.

I thank you from the bottom of my bleeding heart.

Posted by: Terry on September 19, 2002 02:32 PM

What, there are only two kinds of people in the world, "libs" and "cons"? I don't consider myself either one, thank you very much.

Posted by: Stefan Sharkansky on September 19, 2002 02:39 PM

But you must be a liberal, you're a name-caller.

Posted by: Terry on September 19, 2002 02:45 PM

I won't call you name, but I will point out the logical fallacy of your last statement. Everybody else can draw their own conclusions.

Posted by: Stefan Sharkansky on September 19, 2002 02:48 PM

First, there's a difference between a logical fallacy and a joke. However, as a liberal, calling you a name-caller makes perfect sense for me, no? I'm allowed.

But you see, the fallacy is not mine, it's Ann's. She says that liberals resort to name-calling and dirty tricks, all the while spewing venom on those she despise. If she says only liberals resort to name-calling and then calls people names, isn't she then the oddest kind of liberal you've ever known?

Posted by: Terry on September 19, 2002 03:01 PM

Personally, I prefer 'reactionary pinkos.'

Posted by: JamesW on September 19, 2002 06:02 PM

I must be a liberal, because I've had the strongest urge to call "Terry" an asshead.

Posted by: Andrea Harris on September 19, 2002 10:59 PM

Funny. No irony intended.

Posted by: Terry on September 20, 2002 08:44 AM

Do you know about flying sharks? They catch seals by leaping through the air. How fucking amazing is that, you stupid cunts?

Posted by: Noam 'flying shark' Chomsky on October 18, 2003 12:14 PM
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