Sunday, July 8, 2012

The reaction

It’s often easy, in the heat of the moment, to lose sight of the larger picture and believe that reactionaries actually care about whatever particular argument or issue they’re involved with at the moment, but we should remember that the specific matters on which so much energy is expended are generally merely a pretext or platform for efforts to push back against social justice movements.

With this in mind, what initially might seem puzzling - that people can become so exercised over minor developments and so disproportionately hateful and vicious towards those speaking openly or working for change – makes perfect sense. Just another phase in the long history of the politics of reaction.

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