I do not think it means what you think it means.
Recently, a rather idiotic meme has begun to meander it’s way through the Leftwitosphere: Republicans are nihilists.
Click here for a definition of the word nihilism.
My first reaction to this over at Dennis the Peasant’s place (he reads Andrew Sullivan so you don’t have to!) was hysterical laughter. This was followed by a pretty blunt statement that once again, as always, the Lefties are projecting. You know. Psychologically. Psychological projection is the act of denying one’s own faults and then attributing those same faults to others. In this particular case it’s the Left denying their love affair with non-existence followed by their utterly foolish claim that the Right, who bases most of their ideology* on a love of life, is nihilistic.
Think about this for a bit. The Left, which stubbornly clings to their centuries old vision of Utopia Through Eugenics by supporting abortion at every possible turn, whose hatred for Sarah Palin is based mostly on her choice to have children early and often, who respects life so little they refuse to properly punish those who murderously take it, is claiming that it is their political opponents that are nihilists.
That’s some 99.9995 fine grade A clear flawless prime cut crazy right there. If I may be allowed to mix several metaphors and similes up together and club you with them, which I obviously am, aren’t I? You’re still sitting there reading, aren’t you?
What’s really got me irritated about all this is John Scalzi picking up on the meme and thinking he can get away with repeating it if he just tortures the logic enough. I wouldn’t be bothered so much by this, but dammitall, an author of all people should be able to at least click a link or three for the proper definition of the word. There’s no fucking excuse for getting this wrong, at least not for someone in his position. My position? Sure. I’m just some no name hack with posting privileges. But a published author? No.
John, if you’re reading this, “Filibuster everything and let the entire mainstream media except Fox News do the rest” was what the Democrats did from ’94 until ’06, but try as I might I simply cannot find a single thing on your website about how this made them “goddamned nihilists”. Perhaps you could clarify the point?
*When the Right can be said to have a unified, coherent ideology, which isn’t very damned often. Usually it’s the social cons fighting the fiscal cons until the stupid cons take over. Argh. With any luck the Tea Party types will be wildly successful at taking over the Republican Party from the bottom up, the way they plan. I always did prefer the fiscal cons to the rest of the bunch. Every freedom worth having flows from economic freedom.