Understanding a strange and seemingly paradoxical relationship.
It's really not surprising at all that people on the left who are highly educated and probably test to have relatively high IQs are so susceptible to propaganda on any subject. As you said, this is driven primarily by emotion. I think what often happens is that it is relatively easy to construct a very logical argument that begins with some unquestioned assumptions. Because nobody has time to investigate the implicit assumptions in any given argument, they focus instead on the logic that follows the implicit assumptions. Because of their education, they can often be persuaded by the structure of a complex logical argument. For example, the concept of CO2 is the primary driver of disturbances in the natural environment is one such implicit assumption that will always remain a question on the left. However, anybody who has studied traditional logic knows that if the initial premises of an argument are false, so is everything that follows. Other implicit assumptions might be that Vladimir Putin is a madman who is bent on world domination or that thousands of unarmed young black men are gunned down by police every year.
As a true "leftist" myeslf, the answer is simple: these people are traitors.
They are "champagne socialists" and it started (in the US) with Clinton and "triangulation" when he basically said: "you can become individually wealthy to an obscene degree and still not hurt or take from anyone else". He was a liar and he knew it.
In so doing, he and others (Blair etc) were only selling out. Legally, it is called "fraud".
And today we have fraudulent leftists advocating censorhip and corporate tyranny. Because they have tasted the champagne. And they like it. They have sold out for short-term benefit.
Because leftists love power. The cults of the 60s and 70s have morphed into the modern cults of climate, covid, trans, blm, DEI, ESG, etc: https://yuribezmenov.substack.com/p/how-to-become-a-cult-leader
I can’t but agree with you. Youngsters and leftists, here in France, hate Monsanto, but are not puzzled by Big Pharma and the amount of money they won with covid shots and drugs like Remdesivir. Not even a single doubt about possible bribery or trickery. Thank-you for all you did , during the pandemic, for the sake of truth, and the honor of medicine. As a doctor, I am very grateful
Dr Francis Banon, gastro-enterologist
"Leftists" come across to me as cultural groupies who celebrate the next big thing as if they need it as a form of stability or relief. Has anyone else noticed this?
left and right are arms of same body ...
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Generally, people who are academically educated, and don't have a lot of hands-on life/work experience, tend to be much harder to talk sense to. At least this has been my experience. And I speak as a professor that has worked in many different kinds of areas: construction, auto body work, carpentry, dry-wall, renovating houses, demolishing houses, long distance trucking etc. etc. They seem to acquire a veneer of "knowledge" that is often no more than a kind of vocabulary that fits into the situation they are part of. All surveys/polls done on the Gulf War and the Iraq War, for instance, consistently showed that people with less formal education tended to be against the war while those with more were in favor. Obvious reason there: who enlists in the military?
You have to realize that "the left" of today is not the same as "the left" of yesterday. An entire generation or 2 have moved on since the progressives of the 60s. Previously, back in the 60s and 70s, the Democratic party was the party of freedom fighters and liberal thinkers who wanted to bring freedom. equality, peace, and justice to all people. Since that time, those in control of the Democratic party (which are no longer "the people") have tried to maintain the same public face while their goals have totally shifted. The ones running the party now are nothing short of mafia bosses. They are in bed with media and the controllers of large corporations. You can be sure that every one of these is looking to maximize their dollars. They don't give a DAMN about freedom, injustice, equality, or peace. That is blatantly obvious, but they keep up the charade and the facade to get votes from people who are too busy or too lazy to care about the truth. If people would just vote for results instead of false talk (lies), we would be OK. But most people just want to watch the "entertainment" news which is controlled by the same groups pushing the agenda. One thing that Covid showed us, and that was hard to fathom, but is nonetheless now clear...those in control really don't care how many of us suffer and die. They don't mind killing children and babies, they don't mind depriving us of proven meds when we need them. Anything to push their agenda. They really DON'T care about us at all! All they care about is themselves, and their evil agenda just so happens to make all of them filthy rich. What a surprise! In short, "the left" is no longer "the left". The label was given years ago and associated with a political party that is not even close to the same as they were 50 years ago. This is NOT your parent's Democratic party. Time to grow up and realize that.
Apologies, but you also HAVE to include Environmental Complex as it is part of the "Big (Sacred) Three" in terms of money, corruption, control, and the oligarchs. And the Left will ABSOLUTELY support some weird shut down based off a "climate emergency." It's part of their new religion. And they'll take it right in the rear ALL. DAY. LONG. from the über elite. #StockholmSyndrome
The REAL explanation is a simple one: both groups are DEMON-POSSESSED. Both take great delight in defiling and destroying anything/anyone that is GOOD.
See how they react - naturally react, not faking it - to any human or any object that is innocent, pure and wholesome. The very EXISTENCE of such loveliness offends them to their very core.
THAT’S how you know it’s demon-possession. You don’t need to belong to a particular faith - or to any faith at all, really - to perceive what’s right before your very eyes.
Keep your family’s children - or any child in your care for that matter - far, far away from these depraved minions of satan. It’s your OBLIGATION.
There is no left/right, liberals/conservatives, Democrats/Republicans. There are only the powerful and the powerless. We all get to decide which group we belong to. The oligarchs are the ones who learned at a young age that divide and conquer is the most effective strategy to steal wealth from the masses. They're winning, yet again.
Because leftists are collectivists. Ted Kaczynski has written extensively on the leftist thought process. It fits perfectly with their being.
"There is no proletarian, not even a Communist movement, that has not operated in the interests of money, and for the time being permitted by money - and that without the idealists among its leaders having the slightest suspicion of the fact."
Leftists think that they will be rewarded by the evil dark ones, ignorance put their trust in evil man. DO NOT TRUST VAXs, DO NOT TRUST govts.,, DO NOT TRUST ANY EVILS. Prov. 3 Verses 5 to 6  Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. UNITE WITH LIKE MINDED BROTHERS AND SISTERS, WE THE PEOPLE, FOR OUR GOD GIVEN AMERICAN JUSTICE,, Being a billionair or wealthy does not make you honest,,,it brings the sickness of greed etc,,. DO NOT COMPY TO COMMUNIST COVID BULL SHIT WE ARE AMERICANS NOT COMMIE ATHEIST ABOMINATIONS
I think the about face is because the left's two weakness (among more obvious others) is: 1) the desire to to virtue signal their own self-righteousness at every turn--pharma enabled this; 2) leftists are pro-globalist hive minded. Seeing what they wanted to believe about Big Pharma, that they could work miracles.