They're not open minded, they merely repeat and mimic the language and positions of people they think are open minded, right down to the recursive point of identifying those they should think are open minded -- hoping to pass themselves off as thoughtful people in the know.How well do you think that fits?
Many of them actually believe that they are people in the know and that they actually came around to these opinions via their own through critical thinking. All but the most ardent ones will back down with something like a Rodney King plea, change the subject, or just implode emotionally and sit there fuming.
The ardent ones, of course, will go right to the well-worn bag of "arguments". Fascist, Nazi, racist, winger, homophobe, war-monger, hater and just all around bad person (with a sloped forehead) -- we all know the drill.
I recently picked up Harry Stein's "I Can't Believe I'm Sitting Next to a Republican". Another former liberal journalist that had his eyes opened, and then opened even wider after that to the absolute orthodoxy of the Left and the complete ostracism and shunning of anyone found not to profess it. A relatively short, easy read. Worthwhile if only for its revelation that there are more of us out there than we think, and it's nice to revel in a little camaraderie every now and then. And not the Red kind.
Severian, you, especially -- if you haven't read it. Do. Make sure to put a brown paper cover on it before you start. Or maybe you can print up a cover for it. "Hetero-normative Patriarchal Misogyny in Ant Colonies Living in Coconuts in the South Pacific (How Male Ants Enslave Queens and Their Androgynous Drones)"
Hey. Just tryin' to help. ;-)
Nah, better just keep it at home and make sure it's hidden if you invite any peers over for dinner.
On that note, I just "learned" today from a helpfully "knowledgeable" coworker that "Flatland" is misogynistic because women are always represented as lines. What would you be willing to bet that no matter how Abbott represented women, some English grad student would rationalize a way to find misogyny as a running theme in the book?