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  1. I had a friend who was in Amnesty International. I asked her once about their complaint about a left wing regime’s actions. She said that Amnesty had to complain like that occasionally, to preserve the illusion that it wasn’t only right wing regimes they opposed.

  2. Conquest’s Second Law, innit? Although I’m not sure that Robert Conquest ever fully articulated why politically neutral organizations eventually get taken over by the Left, and I think you’re right: in many cases, they were never really neutral in the first place. As per Fabianism, an ostensibly neutral stance was temporarily useful in order to further the Left’s advance into positions of power.

    • “Although I’m not sure that Robert Conquest ever fully articulated why politically neutral organizations eventually get taken over by the Left”

      Simple – right wing people prefer to ‘do’ stuff, not sit around talking about it, or indeed world domination. They also tend to be less consensus oriented, so dealing with interminable committees and working groups is just not their style. So all organisations will tend towards being made up of those who find such activity amenable (or indeed are unable to make a good living from their own efforts), which will tend to be left oriented. And once you have a sizeable minority of a leftist hue they will drive out those of the neutral/rightist type, and only employ new hires in their own image.

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