Occasionally I come across words I like. When I need a new ones I just make words up for my amusement. Yeah, I may need to get out more. The one in my headline is a BS term I created just now, but it’s an excellent term you too can use at home to describe your liberal friends to your more sensible ones.
I came across an actual word in a passage in a James Taranto column this week in which he discusses something that has always interested me, and I never even knew there was a name for it: “oikophobia.”
That’s the malady so many liberals and not a few Jews suffer from, wherein for usually stupid and political reasons (few or none of them logical or credible), they strike out at… themselves; and at people like themselves, and what they believe, what they look like, their race, their nation, their nationality, their religion, their sex, their sexual preference, and so on. They seem to think that doing this will boost their political or social cause, or at least (and this is often just as, or more important to them), make them personally look or feel cool, superior, or brave and audacious. And as ever so “tolerant” and “inclusive”. And moreover, part of the kewl trendy set to which they so yearn to belong.
Here’s a snippet:
“… oikophobia. They have an antipathy for people like themselves–Americans, Christians. Their seeming sympathy for Islam … is really just a reflex to side with the “other” because it makes them feel superior to those in their own in-group. …”
This goes a long way to helping explain (or at least identify) one of Barack Obama’s maladies, a symptom of which is that he goes around the world apologizing for America. Similarly, so many of those rich Democrats (Warren Buffet, John Kerry, any Kennedy, Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Boxer, the CEO of many Democratic Party-supporting corporate cronies, nearly all of the Hollyweird nuts…) who go around falsely touting their phoney yearning for an increase in income taxes for “the rich.”
Listen to this podcast on the topic by James Taranto