The most pathetic person is the anti-left contrarian. The person holds regular Democrat or Social Democrat views, but exists in a social bubble where everyone seems to be moving too far left. They mistake this bubble for the larger society, and want to fight this trend.
So they say shit like, "the CIA isn't as powerful as you think" or "the money we spend on space travel is good, actually" or "you're giving Maduro too much credit" or "you really ought to learn the details of a Green New Deal before you dismiss it"
It can take on more reactionary tones as well, like, "Affirmative action is actually going too far, I saw talented men lose research opportunities in Mathematics because a less talented woman took their place. People just blindly support things like this!"
Anyway, like, why spend your time pushing this direction? What are you trying to accomplish? With politics, you gotta have goals any time you speak. Are you helping someone develop ideologically? Are you agitating? Trying to popularize your position?
I guess the idea is, you want to channel people into what you think of as more productive types of left-philosophy. So it's scary to see a broadly-good trend of people moving leftward when you think they'll overshoot and become useless.
So you advocate for things closer to the status quo, all while the world hurtles towards climate change and war.
Like, "I know we're losing and we're on our on 5 yard line, but NO HAIL MARY, do you know how unlikely you are to complete one of those? Let's do a screen pass!"

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If you're not planning for something like this, what are you even doing?
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