I have touched previously on the role of piety in the zombie-like consistency with which â€śprogressivesâ€? adhere to the cause of socialized medicine, but it occurs to me that social pretense is also an important factor.
When dealing with heretics, “progressive” verbiage can be distilled down to the following sentiment: “Oh dear, how gauche!” Consider the following from Matthew Holt’s response to Peter Chowkaâ€™s review of SiCKO:
And then into my email box the other day plopped this review from someone called Peter Chowka â€¦ I have no idea who you are, Mr Chowka â€¦
Note how important it is for Holt to point out that heÂ doesn’tÂ ”know who”Â Chowka is (almost certainly a lie, BTW) and to insinuate that the latterâ€™s e-mail constitutes a kind of social blunder.
Not knowing Mr. Browning, I’m somewhat confused as to his point â€¦
Odd that he must â€śknowâ€? Browning in order to comprehend his point, but then Joe is often confused.Â For these people, deviation from the party line on socialized medicine is not only morally suspect, it’s a kind of faux pas.
Advocacy of free market reform is just not the done thing.