On the Difference Between Smearing and Arguing

Source: TK News
by Matt Taibbi

“Remember how Republicans in the Bush era talked about blue-state enemies? Their conventional wisdom was that liberals equated with terrorists, liberalism was a ‘mental disorder,’ liberalism was ‘treason.’ Their rhetoric did not include a vision for the other half of America outside of conversion or expulsion. Plenty of this is still going on, but the updated version is prevalent now among Democrats, who are trying to make a strategy of absolute non-engagement stick with additional tools like platform censorship and domestic surveillance. As any married person knows, there are certain words you never say in a fight, because you’ll still be living together when it’s over.” (07/15/21)

https://taibbi.substack.com/p/on-the-difference-between-smearing