I’ll probably write more this evening, but for now, I noticed the subheading on this month’s JBC reads:
Intellectual snobbery and an inability to work together are perennial problems
And now this evening’s input:
And we are seeing outdoor protest after protest, with ranks swelling to numbers not seen in decades.
Make that three years: 75,000 marching against nuclear power; organisers said 170,000, police reported 75,000, versus the recent protest managing 120,000 (organisers) versus 30,000 (police). (Incidentally, the Japan Times chose to cast doubt on these numbers with this badly- and weasely-worded paragraph: “Meanwhile, NHK, quoting unnamed police sources, reported the Metropolitan Police Department estimated that only 30,000 protesters gathered around the Diet. A police spokesman declined to comment when contacted by The Japan Times.”
Japan is a land that craves precedent
What? Where did that come from?
few dare display communist sympathies
Oh really? So why were the JCP the only party that made significant progress in the last election?
“Hey, the system worked for our ancestors in the past, right?”
Collective self-defence is a whole new ball-game with no precedent in Japan.
Whenever Japan harks to the past, an element of ancestor worship seeps in.
You see that even with WWII war criminals enshrined as heroes at public worship sites
You spelt “war-linked shrine” wrongly!
Then there’s the leftist ideological distaste for measuring everything in terms of money.
Where does that statement come from? Or is this a reference to Hatoyama’s (incidentally, the richest Diet Member when he was in the House) fantasy budget about how he was going to find zillions of yen in savings?
But the biggest disadvantage I see in Japan’s left is an intellectual snobbery.
Now, this is an area that I must admit Doctor Arudou PhD is an expert in.
Rightists intuitively understand that if something is to be a talking point, you have to put it in manga or anime form. Then you’ll reach even the most disaffected shut-in (who will then go online to terrorize a newfound foe). In comparison, leftists look more like doctrinaire fossils, sniffing at all this anti-intellectualism: “Who needs to tell lowbrow stories when we have abstract principles to adhere to?”
Furthermore, I recall the Western press going gaga over the JCP’s cute mascots at the last election.
But the right knows it needs as many people as possible parroting its talking points — for a fundamental maxim of propaganda is that if enough people say something, it becomes true.
So, how does leftist Diet Members repeating “War Bill” all the time fit into this analysis?
As a bonus, Toolonggone comments on the article:
It’s just so sad and mind-boggling to see these activists made a horrible choice to engage in killing sprees within their factions in course of challenging the state regime.
Maybe it’s just badly-phrased, but that seems to suggest that the horrible choice was to kill fellow activists instead of members of the state regime.
No doubt they gave Marxism a really bad name.