Design Mom is an excellent illustration of the sort of totalitarian mindset that you get when you fuse progressive liberalism with modernism.
“The other day I saw a tweet where a person described that when they find out someone they know personally supports Trump, they lose all respect for them instantly. I liked the tweet and retweeted it, but stopped short of sharing it on Instagram.
I suppose it’s because, like the author of the tweet, I also know Trump supporters in real life. They already know I think Trump is gross, and they know that I frequently criticize Trump supporters as a group. But I’ve hesitated to tell them directly that I’ve lost respect for them individually. …
It makes me sick to my stomach that you, a Trump supporter, ever read or watch or listen to anything I’ve created. This is true even if I know you in real life.
I see what you are trying to do. You want me to treat you like a decent human being. But you are not behaving like a decent human being.
A decent person doesn’t align themself with people who are proudly racist and who insist America doesn’t have a racism problem. …
Another consequence of your actions? I have a deep desire to withhold my community and my creations from you.
Instagram has data that could tell me exactly which of you support Trump. I wish they would give me that data. I would block every single one of you.
My Instagram followers request access to my life daily. You’re voting for Trump and you want to know the source for my daughter’s dress? My answer is: No. You want to know the paint color we chose for the attic renovation? No. You want to participate in a parenting discussion on Design Mom? No.
I want to shun you from my community.
If gatherings were safely happening, I want you to be shunned from all events hosted by decent people. No wedding invitations. No conference tickets. No backyard barbecues.
I want decent event hosts to send you a card, explaining you are not invited because you are a Trump supporter.
I wish stores like Ikea and Target wouldn’t let you buy their products.
I wish your internet provider (who for sure knows you’ll be voting for Trump), would cut you off as a customer. …”
Listen to this maniac.
The title of this her blog post is “The Consequences of Your Actions.”
This is exactly what I was talking about when I brought up how these people are liberal and egalitarian in the abstract, but deeply reactionary and elitist in temperament. I said the only thing that they believe in more deeply than abstract equality and progress is how much they hate and look down on the ordinary American. Design Mom would have ISPs deny internet service to Trump supporters. She would exclude them from weddings. How is that consistent with seeing your fellow citizens as your equals?
Is this just progressive liberalism? In theory, liberalism is supposed to be about each individual being free to live out their own vision of the good life and toleration and respect for differences between individuals. Design Mom despises people on a personal level who do not share her politics. She is a cosmopolitan elitist who hates Trump supporters. She does not see them as decent human beings. There is more going on here than just liberalism. It is liberalism plus something else.
Note: Needless to say, I am not voting for Trump, but I am nothing like this woman. I don’t hate ordinary people the way she does.