Skip to main content

View Diary: Slate gets it wrong on "liberal schadenfreude." (290 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  Some thoughts on the ugly word" Schadenfreude" (0+ / 0-)

    Everything in your article is spot on in my opinion.

    But schadenfreude really is an ugly, ugly sentiment. It's not constructive.

    Working to make sure these people lose their clout, lose some of their control of the courts and the media, that's constructive.

    I've felt schadenfreude. It's base. Something to be overcome not wallowed in.

    Reaganomics noun pl: belief that unregulated capitalism can produce unlimited goods for unlimited people on a planet with finite resources and we the people can increase revenue by decreasing revenue.

    by FrY10cK on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 04:29:07 AM PST

    [ Parent ]

    •  Part of the connotation: (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      lirtydies

      Schadenfreude isn't supposed to be mere gloating over winning (and losing). It's supposed to be watching at a bit of a distance as the "enemy" runs up against some well-deserved albeit random suffering. Or when they collapse on their own, as a result of their own character flaws.

      But as I understand the connotation of the word, it only really applies when you're not the one causing the suffering.

      Since this particular electoral defeat came at the hands of American liberals, I don't think it quite has the ring of schadenfreude to American liberals. It's more like a mixture of relief and triumph.

      •  Connotations are not lost on me. I had no idea. (0+ / 0-)

        Are you fluent in German?

        Reaganomics noun pl: belief that unregulated capitalism can produce unlimited goods for unlimited people on a planet with finite resources and we the people can increase revenue by decreasing revenue.

        by FrY10cK on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 09:59:38 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  No, not at all. (0+ / 0-)

          That's just the way I'd always seen the word used by English speakers until just now. Maybe I have it wrong, but I'd always heard it in the sense of "my asshole ex-boyfriend had a skiing accident, ha ha." Not like "I beat up my asshole ex-boyfriend." That would be different.

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site