As it is with so very many things in life, what works for one does not work for all. Or, more exactly: even stuff that works for one and their few does not work for another and their other few.
Leftism is cancer. It’s a massive troll on humanity, using its instincts against it in nefarious, political adventures of power, influence, collectivism, centralization, and looting. The elite class has been predominately leftist for decades, now. Rich entrepreneurs who think too highly of themselves to polemicize and loot, instead of just produce stuff people pay for, voluntarily, are usually too busy. Exceptions abound, of course, which goes to my point.
I posted this on Facebook, yesterday.
To fellow classical liberals AKA libertarians, lots of Independents, and to important extent, even Republicans.
First, stop using “liberal” to describe the left and Democrats. They are leftists. By using the concept “liberal,” you cede the foundational philosophical ground to them and trust me, there’s an ocean of difference between the great Greek “logisticians” in league with the classically liberal Enlightenment philosophers, and Marx, Lenin, Trotsky, etc., the forefathers of the left.
Second, turn off Fox and Limbaugh and all that stuff. Instead, know thine leftist enemy. Listen to NPR, read Salon, Vox, and other sources of leftist propaganda. Think of it as taking a course in the “art and direction” of Leni Riefenstahl.
What you desperately need to understand is the foundational ethics, morality, and principles upon which the left engages in its propaganda, such that you may strike at the root rather than hack at branches and shoots.
Fox News may be a great cloistered choir chamber for you, but if American culture is important, and what it represents, you need to understand core fundamentals that you’ll never get there. You’re going to have to do some grunt work and a lot of thinking, and writing. You cannot counter propaganda unless you understand it and to understand it, you must immerse yourself in it.
Be smart about this shit. The future is in all of our hands.
I have a number of French friends on Facebook, now, which affords me both the opportunity to get linked articles in the French language, and also to participate in their comments, in French—as perhaps a Guatemalan fresh out of the jungle might do, participating in “English,” in yours. I do OK, though.
Having lived there, I much prefer engaging with them on an intellectual level than with man-on-the-street-Americans. PaleoPhil, Philippe Delanghea, a Frenchman:
Hello Richard Nikoley … That’s an interesting point of view.
You spend time in France so you now how more to the left everything is, compared to the US. Even if I feel that the current president is somewhere in the middle and actually trying to do some reforms (like changing work law) the fact that eventually he has to include some requirements from communists (yes we still have them here, albeit at 3% but they still talk) is really annoying and thought provoking – like what you say that socialists have their roots it marxist ideology.
But then (and it’s a true comment, i’m not trying to launch into a polemic) when you say illiberal … it applies also to conservatives, on other topics.
I think that teaching the evolution theory is good, I think it’s better to accept gay people as they are instead of thinking that it’s a mortal sin and giving them medication or chopping their head off, I think that it’s good to give birth control capabililty to teenagers instead of telling them it’s a sin and having 17 years old girls marry because of unprotected back seat first time sex.
And I think (but this is a cultural bias, probably, or submission to propaganda) that reasonable access to health care should be part of the collective adhesion to this global illusion we call the nation-state.
I also think that the way the west handles islamism is wrong even if the invasion of Irak and the WMD story is an absolute shame.
So in other words, I also think that “on the right” there is a lot if “illiberality” if I may use this word.
I guess that what i’m saying is that the right is too tied with religion for my liking (and I guess that you are an atheist, I dont know ?) and it bothers me – a lot. So … it’s very difficult to have a black and white vision (it’s a bad pun and was not intended). How does your moral and ethics compass navigates this shit ? Of course if you tell me that you hate everybody and specially french-with-no-values it’s an easy way out :-)
He’s pretty much right, in my own value judgments. This is something that’s completely common in France, and in my direct experience. I find French people uniquely honest in some very important ways. Read the above again. It oozes honesty, even in the face of challenge and disagreement.
It get’s an honest response.
Hey Philippe Delanghe.
Here’s the thing. I don’t necessarily disagree with all the social things you like. But even if I did, my response would be to associate with enough others who share those values and make it happen for yourselves.
The problem, however, in a collectivized and centralized social economy is that it attracts so many who don’t care to bear the expenses of their own desires and grand schemes. As Thatcher famously said, “The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.”
Socialistic-based endeavors can work just fine on micro-scales, where most everyone is a stakeholder, and everyone but the very young and old are net contributors, and most importantly, everyone has important influence far greater than one vote in tens or hundreds of millions.
Think HG tribes. Think families, even extended families. Think small to medium sized businesses.
I’m for the smallest minority: the individual. And I’m also unwavering in my commitment to the Enlightenment principle of freedom of association which implies freedom of disassociation…just like freedom of religion implies freedom from any and all religion.
I explain more in this AHS12 talk:
I’m not always so kind. American-syle hubris-based-on-ignorance annoys the fuck out of me. It’s as though the chief problem for socialist Europeans is a lack of means or money; but for socialist Americans, the quotidian lack of basic brains is a far greater sin, for me.
In other words, I’d rather a pragmatic proclamation: we don’t care that it may not be “right,” may be theft; it’s our political philosophy, and people get to vote. Vote it, then. America has moral baggage, and it’s destroying the very root of morality far more effectively than the Commies ever could. They can’t be content with pragmatic calculation; they have to engender a sense of moral entitlement: some revelation, feeling, or personal prayer, or whatever indoctrination. Note that as even a rather leftist sympathising Frenchman, steeped in a secular, pragmatic, consequentialist, cartesian economic social culture, he nonetheless does not really put it the way American rightist or leftists do.
I guess that what i’m saying is that the right is too tied with religion for my liking (and I guess that you are an atheist, I dont know ?) and it bothers me – a lot. So … it’s very difficult to have a black and white vision (it’s a bad pun and was not intended).
I get it. It’s tough to deal with Americans when so much of both their huge and good successes, and bad and miserable failures, are steeped in both nationalist and heavenly faith and fantasy, which is a redundancy.
…Eastern mysticism has nothing on the Yin and Yang that is America.
Duh, economically illiterate people on the left AKA Democrats.
Supply and demand. They are linked, both drive the other, upwards and downwards. It’s an inexorable relationship.
The core reason that education and healthcare costs spiral ever upwards is that leftists, being fucktarded morons, too ignorant to understand kindergarten economics, always throw money at problems.
Supply and demand is inviolable in even the barest economically “free” economies (it requires hard, top-down communism to overrule it, with predictable paucity of supply problems….see Venezuela).
Throw money at a “problem,” the problem in these cases being ‘not enough free stuff’, you get a kindergarten-level economic education. Supply contracts and prices rise.
Jesus. Sometimes I have a desire to explain all of this, but shooting fucktarded economic illiteracy in barrels is too much fun. Sink or swim. Plus, I have an aversion to casting pearls before swine.
In my world, you can’t even get a democracy of three to agree.
People. You will get nowhere if you don’t buck every “trend.” In fact, you ought to be mindful of trends…like a stock trader who sells and shorts once everyone is keen to a stock.
In the practical sense, I’m wrong, you’re wrong, everyone is wrong all the time and the greatest thing about humans and big brains is that we have the capacity to discern our errors and strive, daily, to be a little less wrong than we were yesterday, last week, last year… and when we were children.
In a philosophical sense, some things are absolute, unless you want endless war, because that’s what it will mean. Do not fucking tread on me.
Absolute freedom of association and disassociation on all levels, no exceptions, just like religion. And it has an upside. You’re actually dealing with real people and their ideas, rather than the laughable fantasies of indoctrinated children.
So no, Gary Johnson, “libertarian” professional-politician presidential candidate for the contradiction-in-terms Libertarian Party…Jewish bakers do not have to bake a wedding cake for a NAZI wedding. It’s his stated position, on video. Seriously. On video. The “libertarian” presidential candidate either does not understand, or is in explicit disagreement with the most sacred core libertarian principle: freedom of association.
How fucked up is that?
And this is just how seriously fucked up America is, right now.
…But there’s not just reason for optimism, humanity is optimism. On large, humanity sources, migrates, changes perspectives and focus. The thing that is America is inarguably the most important thing that ever happened in human evolution, integrated with consciousness, ideas, logical identification (the Greeks) and philosophical inquiry (the Enlightenment; classical liberals). It was a country based on ideas and ideals, for the first time, not real estate and Lords.
I believe it’s come to the point where the nihilist left must be ignored, unless you can take on their ideas as I can, with one-half of my brain tied behind my back.