I'm a libertarian, laissez-fair, capitalist sort of guy. Naturally, I read a lot of libertarian, laissez-faire and capitalistic 'stuff.' I also read things that are directly contrary to everything I believe in, including a number of blogs right here on the internet. Doesn't everyone do that, I mean, have an open mind and keep up with the other side, just in case they might learn something?
Apparently not everyone. Some do. There are some bloggers who link to me, and I to them, who think a bit differently than I do and I am happy to read their posts and learn from them. That is as it should be. But then, there are the others. Yikes!
Some rabidly left-wing political blogs are often, shall we say, less than tolerant. Ironic, isn't it? Aren't the lefties supposed to be all about compassion, understanding, inclusion? Some bloggers appear to have been absent from school on the day that those values were covered in Socialism 101, wherever they went to school. Lefties try to pass legislation to make everyone pay for everyone else's 'needs,' whatever they might be, and however they might be defined by each new batch of legislators.
Some right-wing political blogs are also lacking in tolerance. But then they make no pretense to be otherwise, do they? Right-wingers tell you up front what they don't like: pornography, prostitution, drugs, gay marriage, just for starters. Then they try to pass legislation to make sure that you won't be able to do what they don't want you to.
Libertarians tend not to care what you do, read, watch, or ingest, or who you marry, as long as you don't make them pay for it. Seems sensible to me.
The worst vitriol comes from the female man-haters. I followed a bunch of links the other day and ended up in some weird place in the blog universe where every successive blog link I followed was worse than the one before. I learned that men are evil. Not some men, all men. They lust after women, they whistle, they ogle, they touch, and worst of all, they breathe. Ouch.
I've met some men that truly deserve disdain. They often end up alone because no woman in her right mind would wish to be with them. I've also met a lot of men who are nothing like that. No man I have ever met has been a woman-hater. Some of these men have been cheated financially, lied about, deprived of shared custody of their children, and abused in every conceivable way, but each one of them always believed that it was only his experience that was the exception, and that there had to be better women out there somewhere. They just had to look harder to find them.
I really don't want to get into some of the vile and disgusting things I read by some of these man-haters, but I do wonder why some women seem to have this all-encompassing anger and hatred. I can understand why a woman who has been abused by a man would have a strong desire not to repeat the experience, but why would any woman who has had little direct experience with men, good or bad, become so filled with hate and vitriol?
I don't know. I will keep reading, though, maybe one day I'll understand it.