John Scalzi has some comments on Milo Yiannopoulos being banned from Twitter. Among many sound points about how Milo was not banned for being a conservative, Scalzi says:
being an asshole is orthogonal to political philosophy.
I disagree and I don’t think I’m just being pedantic.
In this case being an asshole (or arsehole for that matter) is very much not orthogonal to political philosophy. Essentially Vox, Milo, Cernovich, Roosh, and more notably Trump have made being an obnoxious jerk essential to their political philosophy. Further, this is very much something that is of and from the right.
The pathological form of individualism is those who see themselves as the inherently superior AS INDIVIDUALS doing what they like to others often for the express purpose of humiliating and putting down others. It is taking the traits of psychopathy and making it an ideology.
Yes, others in other ideologies can be obnoxious people and lots of people on the right can be nice people. However, what this systematic, ideological assholish-ness is about is exerting privilege over others and elevating bullying into a systematic view of how society should be.
Nor should we be surprised. As well as the pushback against sexism/misogyny and xenophobia/racism and against other forms of prejudice there has also been a societal pushback against bullying as acceptable behaviour. Part of a consequence of that social change is that those who OPPOSE social change EMBRACE the thing that is being acted against.