Recently, a baffled social justice warrior asked me why Americans vote Republican.
I told her to look in the mirror.
THE VICTIMIZATION HIERARCHY
Today, left-of-center political parties subscribe to a social justice ideology which assigns value to people according to their assumed level of victimization arising from their identity.
Victimization rank is assigned by immutable identity characteristics: race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation. Those with a higher rank are then provided benefits taken from those with a lower rank.
For example, corporations now actively discriminate in their hiring practices, privileging visible minorities and women over Caucasian males of equal or greater qualification.
LIFE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE IDENTITY TOTEM POLE
Those at the bottom of this identity hierarchy (often white men) thus experience benefits flowing away from them at a time when many are struggling financially. They are understandably upset by this, but are vilified by the media as racist for expressing their discontent.
Feeling betrayed by both left-of-center political parties and the media, many at the bottom of this social justice hierarchy vote for right-of-center parties which don’t degrade their value based on their immutable characteristics.
Some do so enthusiastically; others hold their noses and reluctantly conclude that their interests are better served by those parties which don’t reduce their identity value, despite their misgivings about restrictive right-wing social values.
In both cases, the voter calculus is rational self-interest, not inherent evil or defectiveness.
1. Social justice assigns value by presumed degree of victimization inherent in identity.
2. Benefits and restrictions flow from that identity value-assignment.
3. Those at the bottom of this social justice hierarchy thus experience outbound transfers of wealth when they already aren’t well off.
4. Conservative political parties don’t assign value through identity. A Republican vote is thus a vote to preserve dissipating bottom-of-the-hierarchy wealth.
5. The desire to retain wealth is rational, not evil.