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“It’s 2014, You’re on the Wrong Side of History”
It’s 2014, so you shouldn’t think like this, you’re old-fashioned, out-dated, etc. This argument seems to be based on a combination of two logical fallacies, Appeal to Novelty (newer = better) and Appeal to Popularity (popular = better). Liberals think they’re on the “right” side of history, and we’re on the “wrong” side of history. Because they view history as being a linear progression from conservativism/nationalism to liberalism/globalism, and that everyone should bend in the wind of what’s popular and not stand in the way of “progress” as they define it. I don’t really know how to argue against this, because it’s not even an argument, they’re just telling you what year it is. Sometimes I reply “It’s April, what opinions should I have in April? Have you got the time as well?”. Or I just quote Chesterton:
We often read nowadays of the valor or audacity with which some rebel attacks a hoary tyranny or an antiquated superstition. There is not really any courage at all in attacking hoary or antiquated things, any more than in offering to fight one’s grandmother. The really courageous man is he who defies tyrannies young as the morning and superstitions fresh as the first flowers. The only true free-thinker is he whose intellect is as much free from the future as from the past. He cares as little for what will be as for what has been; he cares only for what ought to be.
- G.K. Chesterton
When you’re debating Liberals, you need to understand that this is actually how they understand things. I’m not even joking. They actually believe that there is a relationship between goodness and time. Ever been told “your opinions are old-fashioned”? Ever been told “your opinions are dying out”? Ever been told you’re “standing the way of Progress™”? Or my personal favourite: Ever been told “you’re on the wrong side of history”?
To help you get on the right side of history, I have made this chart showing how things just keep getting better and better. You can tell how bad an opinion is by how old it is. The older an opinion, the worse it is. So please get on the right side of history and support any new fad that Liberals come up with. Because according to them, newer = better.
Plus, are we really on the wrong side of history anyway? Nationalism is gaining all across Europe.
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