Why the Left Hates the Old

rachel-maddow-msnbcThe latest left-wing tactic to discredit conservative views is to dismiss the age and race of conservatives. “Old white males” and “old white people” are the left’s latest favored negative epithets for those holding conservative views.

Chris Matthews of MSNBC, Thomas Friedman and Paul Krugman of the New York Times, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (“angry old white men”) are among the many on the left who have used this epithet.

Last week, on her nightly MSNBC show, Rachel Maddow showed a picture of an ad for Washington, D.C. talk radio station WRC that featured the station’s talk show hosts. You will notice, she said, that they are all “old white Republican males.” It was brought to my attention because I am one of those talk show hosts (and, it should be noted, nearly all of my colleagues and I are younger than her colleague, Chris Matthews, an old white Democratic male.)

What is going on here?

The answer is: quite a bit. The left’s dismissal of old people is much more than another left-wing ad hominem attack. Therefore, to understand it is to understand much of what animates leftism.

As a rule, the left rejects the old.

The left’s attack on teaching the works of “Dead White European Males” was one such example. It infuriated the left that Shakespeare was studied so much more than, let us say, living Guatemalan playwrights. As a result, one can now obtain a college degree in English — let alone every other liberal arts department — without having taken a course in Shakespeare.

So, too, in art and music, the new is almost always favored over the old. New composers and artists — no matter how untalented — are studied as much as or more than the great masters of old. And the old standards of excellence are neglected in favor of the latest avant-garde experimentation.

Rejection of the old is a reason the left has contempt for the Bible. To progressives, the idea of having 2,000 and 3,000-year-old texts guide a person’s behavior today is ludicrous.

Low regard for the old is also a major factor in the left’s dismissal of the Founders and of the original intent of the Constitution. Talk about “old white males,” the Founders are white males who are now over 200-years-old.

What could they possibly have known or understood that a progressive living today does not know more about or understand better?

What, then, is at the core of the left’s contempt for the old, and its celebration of the new and of change?

There are two primary answers.

One is the yearning for utopia. Since Marx, the left has sought utopia in this world. And that means constantly transforming every aspect of society. As then-Senator Barack Obama said prior to the 2008 election: “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”

By definition, those who seek to transform consider the old essentially worthless.

The other answer is self-esteem. The left began the self-esteem movement in large measure because of its own high self-esteem. Those on the left are certain that they are smarter, kinder, more moral and more compassionate than — in every way superior to — their opponents.

That is a major reason for the left’s problem with the old: If the old is great, then they and their new ideas are probably not that great.

Just about everyone who is not on the cultural left knows that all the great masters were incomparably superior to Jackson Pollock and other 20th-centuries artists who produced meaningless and talentless art. And because there are so few artists at any time who measure up to the old standards (standards that are synonymous with standards of excellence), the old standards have simply been abandoned.

This applies equally to morality. The left doesn’t want to be bound or answerable to a higher moral authority. Rather, one’s heart and reason are the best moral guides. Here, too, the old codes, especially as embodied in traditional religion, must be overthrown.

Prior to the ascendance of the left, it was assumed that the old had more wisdom than the young. Indeed, even every leftist I have asked, “Are you wiser today than 20 years ago?” has answered in the affirmative.

Nevertheless the left has transformed “old” — a title that commanded respect in every civilization prior to the pre-1960s West — into a pejorative.

As a result we live in the age of new music, new art, new families, new morality, new education, and now new marriage. If you think all these are good, then “old white males,” like almost everything else old, do indeed constitute a threat. If you think the left’s belief in “new” and “change” hurts society, “old” sounds good.

  • BS77

    One day Rachael Maddow will be old…..ah, the justice.

    • oandroplex700

      yes, and she will have to get a new broom, for her to fly around with as well

      • laura

        this is really a dumb thread, the comments are adolesent. who cares about some news person.

        • nomoretraitors

          Because she is spewing her propaganda through the cable and there are actually idiots out there who listen to her

          • laura

            dont think about the idiots, its a waste of thought. who gives a damn about a billion useful idiots & the TV they watch. we KNOW this, enough yabbayabba. why even bother to insult a strange news person. its beneath me to listen to mainstream TV. sometimes fox is ok, thats it. we have frontpage mag to read.

        • ziggy zoggy

          You care enough to comment. Pretty dumb, eh?

          • laura

            because the discussion got stupid & repetitive. spending time “wishing” or “hoping” for racheal m? what a waste of brains. shes not thinking about anyone here.

          • ziggy zoggy

            CNN trolls the web for any mention of its TV personalities. Madcow and all the rest do care what people say here, so long as it is about them.

          • laura

            they dont take right wing seriously. do they?

      • Cleon2

        she should have enough money for a jet vacuum sweeper

    • ziggy zoggy

      She looks old now.

      • Danny

        Sorry folks,

        Maddow will never be considered old; not so long as she champions every nutty and untested new idea that comes along the pike.

    • spyeatte

      She/he is no longer considered a spring chicken anyway.

  • Moa

    It is normal for adolescents to go through a phase where they reject the wisdom of their parents. In normal societies the adolescents grow out of this when they mature to adults. Many in the US seem to be stuck on the earlier maturation step.

    The Left is all about adolescence. If you think about it their whole worldview is about having children get into adolescence early and ‘adults’ to have an adolescent lifestyle and outlook until retirement. This is clear in the culture the Left promotes this in their ideology and policies.

    Why is adolescence glorified in this way? Well, Cultural Marxism doesn’t want Westerners to grow mentally out of adolescence – that way the West stays weak while the rest of the nations around the World have *real men*.

    Diana West explains this in her excellent book “The Death of the Grown-Up: How America’s Arrested Development Is Bringing Down Western Civilization”. Now Diana West is not exactly flavor of the month here are Frontpage at the moment – but I recommend this book as food for thought. It certainly explains the Leftist mindset, the things they promote, and why they hate the old.

    ps. “old white males” is at best discriminatory identity politics, but pretty much racism which the Left currently gets away with (since they think they are immune to being racists, no matter how badly racist they are in reality). Don’t let Leftists get away with this racism. Always challenge them and point out that they are hypocritical racists when they use such terms!

    • ziggy zoggy

      Lefties glorify adolescence because they are hedonists. It is that simple and there is nothing more to it.

      Leave it to a conspiracy nut like West to blame it on a commie plot.

      • Moa

        Check out the YouTube documentary on ‘Cultural Marxism’. Then re-evaluate your stance on West. Also, read the book ‘Disinformation’ by Lt Gen Ion Mihail Pacepa. Then come back and post.

        • ziggy zoggy

          I don’t need your book list to understand leftism. Since when did the Soviets or any other Marxists glorify or promote the hedonism of perpetual adolescence?

          • Frank Dahl

            There are various types of leftism oh mr know it all

      • Seek

        Hedonists? Say, what? Most Leftie demonstrators barely can afford to pay their rent or buy a new pair of jeans, much less have their homes featured in Architecture Digest. If this is the lap of luxury, or the pursuit of it, I must have missed something.

        The stupidity of comments here astound me.

        • ziggy zoggy


          demonstrators comprise a tiny minority of leftists, hedonism is not dependent on income, and most lefty demonstrators wear designer clothing and carry iPhones and iPads.

          The stupidity of comments around here certainly is astounding

  • oandroplex700

    ahhhhhh, the pigs of the left, spewing out there hate and venom, for whats made this country great, and trying to convince the young and the ignorant, that leftist marksism, is the way to go, even though its plain to see, what comunisism has done to the countries, that once thought the same way

  • TheOrdinaryMan

    Kiss my posterior, Rachel. And when you’re 50, I hope you live alone, and take a bad fall….and your HELP monitor doesn’t work….troll.

    • GuyGreen

      And just how will your wishes help the situation, ordinary man? Hate the sin…do your best with the sinner. Is this your best? Sounds awfully young to me.

      • ziggy zoggy

        Hate the transgression, punish the transgressor. People who willfully mislead and lie to the public to further an agenda as vile and contradictory is leftism need to be punished.

    • Idl

      I’m 50 myself. Most people aren’t decrepit enough at 50 yet to need a monitor or be completely incapacitated by a fall.
      Here’s another reason why the left hates older people. We REMEMBER what this county used to be like….what actual freedom used to be like..when government wasn’t obtrusive and nobody knew the terms “multi cultural” and “politically correct”.

  • adumbrate

    Old Testament God is like really really old.

    …and he is pissed.

    • justquitnow

      Old Testament God was also kind of a prick, so let’s hope he doesn’t show up.

  • wildjew

    D. Prager wrote: “The left began the self-esteem movement in large measure because of its own high self-esteem. Those on the left are certain that they are smarter, kinder, more moral and more compassionate than — in every way superior to — their opponents.”

    I Googled self-esteem vs. self-confidence and got the following:

    Self-Confidence vs. Self-Esteem

    What’s worth more to you, something that you’ve earned or something that some random person gave to you?

    Exactly. And that’s the difference between self-confidence and self-esteem.

    Self-esteem is a misnomer. Self-esteem is what you develop if you have people telling you you’re wonderful, smart, good-looking, etc. And that’s not a bad thing, but it’s a poor substitute for real self-confidence. The big difference is that it takes a lot less to destroy self-esteem than it does self-confidence.

    Self-confidence is what you develop through improving yourself and overcoming obstacles. If you’re confident in yourself, you know that you’re smart, talented, or whatever because you have proven it to yourself.


  • Lanna

    The Left deems the old useless and dispenseable….very obvious that we have communists running the country.

  • CurmudgyOne

    “Change,” just for the sake of change, rarely improves anything. “New,” just for its own sake? Ditto.

    • laura

      bingo for product developement! you nailed it, & sales make the world go round. thats the root of consumerism.

  • GuyGreen

    I look forward to Rachel’s awakening to how truly old and pale her ideas actually are…and spawned by a serpent, no less. I fear not even her wife would be a comfort to her upon those realizations. I will say an old-fashioned prayer for her immediately.

    • laura

      dont patronize people w/the prayer stuff. she could care less for your caring.

      • ziggy zoggy

        That’s because she’s a hateful skag. Sound familiar?

        • laura

          you pray for a skag, direct energy somewhere else. something better. like…..lets see, getting weapons to carry. home security.

          • ziggy zoggy

            Good point. Sorry for the personal attack. I’m in the process of getting a CCW for my wife.

  • trapper

    Dennis Prager is spot on as usual. Another reason for the hatred of the old is that tradition must be overthrown if Leftism is to replace it. Hence the attack by the Leftist and Democrats on that repository of tradition and wisdom, the middle class and especially the middle class family.

  • nomoretraitors

    Stupid d*ke

  • nomoretraitors

    “You will notice, she said, old white Republican males”
    She is ageist, racist and sexist

    • JamesJ

      and a partyist!

  • nomoretraitors

    “Talk about “old white males,” the Founders are white males who are now over 200-years-old”
    who launched the greatest experiment in representative government the world has ever seen

  • glpage

    ” Talk about “old white males,” the Founders are white males who are now over 200-years-old.

    What could they possibly have known or understood that a progressive living today does not know more about or understand better?”

    Oh, for a start, how about human nature. The men who wrote the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were students of human nature, that is why they constructed the Constitution to limit the less ethical and scrupulous. But, ethics and scruples aren’t on the left’s list of what is important.

  • JamesJ

    Liberals truly believe utopia on earth is possible and they killed over 100 million in the 20th century trying to prove it.

    • ziggy zoggy

      Closer to 300.

  • iamgobsmacked

    One day Madcow will realize she really isn’t all that relevant.

    • Stendec

      Being America’s first shemale host (hostess?), Rachel Madcow is absolutely relevant. Why, this weekend he/she/it is heading up the Million Transvestite March for acceptance, equality, and sexual prowess.

    • johnnywood

      And she will realize that she has become an “old White girl”:)

    • ziggy zoggy

      My number one and number two go in the toilet and get flushed. He should feel the same way about his ex-wives. I would feel that way about my ex-wife but it’s too late. She flushed herself.

      • ziggy zoggy

        Whoops! I meant this rebuttal (ha) for the loogielamberto comment below.

    • laura

      all i know is she is laughing all the way to the bank. isnt that the bottom line? the rest is well……..show biz.

  • NHTom

    The left hates anyone that doesn’t totally agree with them while pretending to love anyone that doesn’t look like them.

    • Seek

      That description sounds exactly like any number of born-again Christians I’ve known.

      • mkat68

        What makes you think that born-again Christians hate those that disagree with them? You don’t know jack about Christians or Christianity except for what your narrow-minded ideology tells you. And as for pretending to love people that don’t look you, why do liberals like you enslave blacks with welfare and exterminate them with abortion, out of compassion? Another classic case of liberal projection.

  • Servo1969

    The time-honored refrains of young idiots everywhere:

    “Everyone who came before me is an idiot.”
    “Boy, people sure were stupid back then.”

  • ziggy zoggy

    Good article but you studiously ignored the abject racism in the pejorative, “old White males.”

    Why do leftists believe Whites are historically and innately racist? Is it because deep down they think other races need a boost in their self esteem? I think leftist blather about White privilege and the oppression of other races is based on the unspoken fact that they believe other races are inferior. They weren’t strong enough to protect themselves from the evil Whites with their unfair advantages, and now they must be protected and guided with a helping hand because they can’t make it on their own.

    Sounds pretty damn racist to me.

    • laura

      they abolutely believe other races are inferior. they are looking for a pet. first is was the negro, then the mexican. now the islamist is the pet of the month. they hope all 3 will be grateful for their “help”

  • luigilamberto

    Hey Dennis….just how much respect did you have for your “old wife” number one and “old wife” number two? Just saying…..

    • ftracy3

      Really? And ad hominem attack to his article? If he was writing about how you should never get divorced you might be on to something. But this was just lame.

  • FrontPgSubscr

    I’ve been talking about this for a LONG time. No surprises here at all.
    … what’s new??

  • johnnywood

    Somebody please correct if I`m wrong but wasn`t Marx an “old white guy”?

    • laura

      jewish, semiwhite-depending from where your looking…..

    • justquitnow

      Really? With all of the cognitive dissonance around here, this is what stuck in your craw?

      • johnnywood

        And what is your problem?

  • El Desdichado

    So, too, in art and music, the new is almost always favored over the
    old. New composers and artists — no matter how untalented — are studied
    as much as or more than the great masters of old. And the old standards
    of excellence are neglected in favor of the latest avant-garde

    So true. Thanks for saying it, Dennis.

    • justquitnow

      Sure…it’s called “popular culture”, it’s what the “kids” are doing these days”. But if you go get a traditional education, you will get all of the “old masters” as you need or want.

      You can blame that on what people buy and are interested in at any given time. Most Old people aren’t out there going to movies all the time, buying the latest fashions, being up on the latest technology, etc. Instead they give the money to little Timmy who runs out and buys the latest Milie Cyrus album and watches Evil Dead 17 at the movie theatre. It’s like a defacto vote for those items in the market. The great masters haven’t done a new painting or dropped a new track in a long time.

      And you know what really changed the painting world….the invention of photography.

      • ziggy zoggy

        Popular with whom? Geeks and Marxists? And for how long? A year or less? And why should transitory crap be lauded in our universities?


        • justquitnow

          It’s not unless you take a course in trends or something for sociology or something like that. The self assured angry moron like you is everything that’s wrong with the world. You could take care of that for us. See post above.

  • El Desdichado

    Rebellion – for too long the status quo,

    is, in our day, a predictable show.

    Antichrist irony, absurdity

    shockingly daring incongruity

    no longer shock the bourgeois, you know…

    read full poem: http://tinyurl.com/lwblncw

  • antioli

    Chris Mathews is an angry old white man with a large pot belly.
    Harry Reid is an angry old white man.
    Paul Krugman is a crazy old white man.
    Hard to classify Rachel Maddow but at least she isn’t old

    If they were ousted then all the other angry old white men would not be angry
    any more.

    • laura

      isnt david horowitz an angry old white man? what about michael savage? maybe being an AOWM isnt so bad.

  • Kukye

    How To Get Rid Of The Left Once and For All!

    Why you should go out and do something about your government and not be one who does not care? To call them, let your feelings be known, to vote against radicalism, etc.

    It never occurred to me till I read someone’s comment is that we are being led by the minority. The lesbians, the gays, the progressives, the liberals and radicals, etc., which actually make up a very small minority in this country.

    Then it makes sense to go out and challenge them, and block all their radical agendas and nip them in the bud and let your voice be heard loud and CLEAR.

    They are a minority and unless they hear from the majority your silence is taken as an endorsement of their radicalism.

    There is a REASON why they are the minority. YOU DO NOT want to be ruled this way, believe you me!

  • justquitnow

    “As a rule, the left rejects the old.”

    Sure…why not…load up that anti-concept. It also hates puppies, apple pie, and your precious bodily fluids. Yeah…and it’s at fault for everything wrong with art..and “those people” hate Shakespeare!

    Honestly Prager, you understand what Maddow and others are talking about. Just look at you article. Your audience is majority older white people that still listen to traditional radio and here you are telling them that the “the left” rejects them and hates them and has no respect. The changing demographics is an issue with some people and for others it is a reason to believe things, fear things and to do things that we will all regret.

    We’ll be right back after these ads for foot powder, viagra, and handles you can install in the shower.

  • fritzidler

    President Obama is 52 years old. Hillary Clinton is 65. Obama is half white and a male. Hillary is female, but all white. And her scumbag husband is 67 years old, and a white male serial sexual harasser, who complained Barry Obama should be serving them coffee, because he was just too new. And black. All things considered, I would say the Democrats need some new blood that is not racist, not sexist, not white, not stupid, not corrupt or power mad, and most important of all, not so old.

  • ftracy3

    I think you just proved his point.

    • justquitnow

      Really? Was his point that he’s fearmongering to his audience with a vague anti-concept? Prager tells his audience that “the other” hates and despises them and all that is good everyday. It’s part of his schtick.

      • stillaPatriot

        so why the snark about handles in the shower? Do you have arthritic knees? No? Then don’t knock them, because you don’t know what you are talking about.

        • justquitnow

          It was an ad for Prager’s radio show. You ever heard Prager….well the ads show who he is marketing to…the same scared old white people he is telling are hated and forgotten by the “left”…

      • ziggy zoggy

        His point was that vacuous morons like you are taught that Snoopy Dog is superior to Beethoven, “Piss Christ” is better than the Mona Lisa and “The Vagina Monologues” is better than Hamlet.

        • justquitnow

          “snoopy dog”…what are you a furiner? Who phrases things like that. Stupid troll.

  • tpartynitwit

    Denny you old fogey, it’s the right that wants a chained CPI to reduce SS and a massive reduction in the medicaid program. Stop mainlining the Polident, and change your diaper!

  • Notmybrotherskeeper2

    Maddow, among other leftists, are simply looking to implement every Utopian vision of grandeur possible while they have a momentum going on not seen in America since the late 60s……..this is certainly a direct consequence of the election of Barack Obama, who uses divisionary tactics in order to gin others up and in support of his jaded, wacky liberal ideas. Enough so much that they just trashed the best healthcare system in the world. Which in its design is hurting and will continue to hurt many in order to “help” few, etc, etc. Typical liberal logic……..or the lack thereof.

  • Capt. Joshua

    In the leftist mind wisdom is outdated.
    That’s precisely why the left is so stupid.

  • ziggy zoggy

    Old White people set out the newspapers for the puppies. Even the old Whities on the left who don’t even know that they’re hypocrites.

    • justquitnow

      Go crawl back under whatvever distance rock you crawled out of…enroll in an English course and when you graduate, shoot yourself in the head. I think I solved your problem and the problems of everyone that’s come into contact with you.

  • ziggy zoggy

    Rachel Madcow is an old White male.

  • jerryg1018

    The Left hates the old because the old don’t fall for their stupidity. The old also understand the Constitution ans Bill of Rights which causes the Left to foam at the mouth.