has in other places people making remarks to the effect of "the Right has become a death cult".
Of course the right has become a death cult.
It's the only way they can think of themselves as good people.
This is why you don't think of yourself as good. This is why you try to avoid good and bad as labels; think about the material consequences directly, because good and bad elide all sorts of stuff into what you got taught before you were five. In a stable benevolent period, that could perhaps be responsible, but in the times we live in, it's not responsible whatsoever. Everything will change and there will be both great trouble and no status quo for centuries.
As far as the right is concerned, if they look at material consequences -- we're headed at something between the Eocene Thermal Maximum and the End Permian nine-tenths-of-all-life extinction -- they've been advancing unwise policies by not-especially-licit means for forty critical years, from 1980 to the present. It turns out greed is still a sin, value cannot be measured with money, and that wealth is not virtue. If those facts are accorded the status of facts -- things incontrovertibly of the material world, independent of belief or unbelief both together -- then it's impossible for the people whose policies created the disaster to be good. (It calls into question the utility of any moral frame as a basis for decision.)
If they're not good, they get to have a severe existential crisis; it doesn't even need to be a religious existential crisis.
As it gets more and more difficult to keep from noticing that, nope, not good; it has to be from the viewpoint of hypothetical insect survivors in a million years to even suppose this could be good, the bad insecurity management -- which is always about trying to disdain facts in some way or another -- gets more and more violent because primates. The larger the pile of skulls, the greater the vehemence and conviction. Maybe they just have to bring about the End Times, there's a theology for that.
This can work on fellow primates; the wetware doesn't distinguish correctness and conviction.
It doesn't work on the rain.
21 June 2019