I saw this hilarious satirical page being shared on social media that fellow free market fans will enjoy: Greens taking credit for things. Sample image here:
I was reflecting on why this is funny, and to me it’s that The Australian Greens are trying to create a culture of shared victory with their fans – and this page satirically takes that down. I think of the Greens as similar to how Christians have their persecution complex. In reading the RationalWiki page, I particularly enjoyed this quotation:
“…one of the great secrets of human nature is that the one thing people want more than love, security, sex, chocolate or big-screen TV’s is to feel hard done by. Why? Because being hard done by is the shit. Feeling hard done by is the sweetest of drugs. If you’re being persecuted — it must mean you’re doing the right thing, right? You get the mellow buzz of the moral high ground, but without arrogantly claiming it as your own. You get an instant, supportive community in a big dark scary world of such scope it may well literally be beyond rational human processing. When you are hard done by, you get purpose in a life where otherwise, you’d have to find your own. And when you ride that high, then no amount of logic, no pointing out that in actuality you and your beliefs are at a high point of popularity and influence for the last hundred years — is going to pry that sweet crack-pipe of moral indignation from your hands.”
So the Greens want to try and galvanise the troops, make them band together as part of the tribe. It’s just… some tribes are destructive to humanity and have very harmful ideas like imposing socialist-inclined ideas on the masses.