Every now and then, a progressive says something that’s true – according to progressive logic – but that he’s not supposed to say is true. The last example was Bryan Caplan saying the opposing any restriction on immigration was the same thing as supporting Jim Crow laws. The latest example is Stanley Fish.
Fish says that there’s no double standard in political debates with respect to sexism and racism and other isms. Progressives, like Fish, may occasionally say something that seems to be sexist or racist, but such statements are not sexist or racist because they’re made by a progressive.
Conservatives often twist themselves in knots to avoid saying anything that could be construed as racist. Similarly, they often get frustrated that blatantly racist statements from progressives don’t get the race lobbies upset. Conservatives don’t understand that racism and sexism are inherently political concepts. Per progressive standards, all statements made by conservatives are somewhat racist simply because the statements are made by conservatives. As Fish says:
If we think about the Rush Limbaugh dust-up from the non-liberal — that is, non-formal — perspective, the similarity between what he did and what Schultz and Maher did disappears. Schultz and Maher are the good guys; they are on the side of truth and justice. Limbaugh is the bad guy; he is on the side of every nefarious force that threatens our democracy. Why should he get an even break?
As long as conservatives play by these rules, they’ll always lose.