The Tabula Rasa is the theory that humans are born with no innate attributes. The belief tends to fall to the nurture side of the nature v nurture debate.
Leftists believe that human beings are this blank slate, and that the right social and economic conditions will make people better. This construct ignores human nature. To them, the free will & self-interest which impels decision-making in human beings is the result of a direct input-output computation. We know this to be incorrect, but let’s presume for a moment that they are right.
If human interaction and behavior is expressed as a 1:1 ratio of input to output, then McDonald’s does indeed make you fat. Guns actually make you kill people, and cars make you drive while intoxicated. Human beings are the result of external pressures exerted upon them by Big Media, Big Corporations, Big Oil, ad nauseum, ad infinitum…
Conveniently, they never seem to mention the external pressure exerted by Big Government. I believe that the reason for this relates to their view of human beings as a blank slate.
If the human being is a blank slate, and advertising can create a desired behavior in a person (or person’s writ large), then force is the only factor which dictates human behavior. It (human behavior) is nothing more than a pre-determined response to direct stimuli. Said stimuli, in this case being, force. You tell someone not to look down, and the pre-determined result is that they look down. Thus, your pressure has forced them to look down.
This theory neglects the multitude of variables involved in each decision and just throws a blanket on the entire idea of human nature. If you study them in their natural habitat, you will see that they do this with almost all of their ideas.
An inability to understand or, more aptly put, deconstruct an idea and develop a fuller understanding of it’s components, causes, and results leads them to just throw a blanket (label – i.e. LGBT, African-American, etc..) over the entire idea and be completely satisfied with the result. This compartmentalization allows no room for deviation because deviation demands additional inquiry into the nature of humans, and that simply cannot happen.
So, if external pressure (force) is the only reason that people do anything, one can now begin to see the true motivation for why liberals force their views upon others. They believe that force, not persuasion (Thanks Jim22), is the only means of achieving their desired outcome, which is generally a completely homogeneous society where diversity and tolerance are celebrated in word, but condemned in deed.
They use the force of words or social norms to advance their views. If you don’t believe me, debate one of them. When they repeat the same tired memes over and over or call you a racist or a homophobe for not agreeing to their view of the world, come back and tell me how they didn’t use force to impose their views upon you.
They do not believe human beings to be capable of making their own decisions and therefore, they rely upon the force of government to impose their world view upon all who would disagree.
Any scrutiny of their idea of big government as arbiter of life’s decisions exposes the fragile underpinning of their world view and necessitates a deeper, much more complex, understanding to be developed. Their fragile minds are simply not capable of such exploration.