The left loves to brand anyone they disagree with as far-right, yet they never question their own beliefs and whether they lean into a political
extreme, what I will refer to as the far-left. Before I go any further I should make it clear that I lean to the right; I'm for small decentralized
government, I'm for personal freedom and liberty without excessive government interference in our lives, I'm for free market capitalism because I
believe it achieves the highest average standard of living and the fastest rate of technological progress. However I would not really refer to myself
as a conservative because I place logic and liberty above emotions, so I tend to refer to myself as a libertarian. I'm pro-choice assuming the baby is
young enough and doesn't have brain activity happening, I'm a futurist and believe man will eventually merge with machines, I don't give a crap what
people want to do in the privacy of their own homes, I don't give a crap if gay people want to get married, I have no desire to inhibit the freedom
and liberty of other human beings.
However I am still against ideas like globalism, which is an extension of socialist ideologies taken to the extreme at the expense of separate nations
and their cultures, akin to the way socialism tears down individualism to promote a more communal view of the world. There is nothing wrong with
wanting to preserve ones culture and have pride in ones heritage, nationalism is fine when not taken to extremes. The antithesis to collectivism is
individualism and decentralization, it's why the founding fathers created the United States in a way which decentralized power among the states and
they opposed a purely federalist approach. Socialism, and it's more extreme form communism, implicitly demands the centralization of power and
authority so that the collective can be properly managed. A government simply cannot control many aspects of the economy without centralizing
production. This can be readily seen in proposals such as the Venus Project, which propose highly centralized manufacturers controlled by the
government to create everything we need.
Being progressive should not automatically mean you're a globalist who promotes a one world government, that is in fact far-left extremism as far as
I'm concerned. It's taking a political ideology to the extreme, and even more insidious is that they push this under the guise of progressivism and
open mindedness, claiming their opponents to be "old fashioned" and closed minded. It's an almost perfect example of how the path to hell is paved
with good intentions. I am not conservative on issues of immigration because I'm an old man who doesn't want to live in a multicultural society, being
against illegal immigration and in favor of strong borders is a logical stance for anyone to hold if they care about the safety and well being of
their nation and it doesn't automatically make one "far right", it's not like we're saying stop anyone from coming in. However to say "just get rid of
all borders and let anyone in" is in fact an extreme position that appeals to our ego and desire to feel more righteous than thou, when in fact it's
nothing but stupidity.
Leftists like to claim their side is the side of freedom and liberty, and that everything on the right is about oppression and fascism. They talk
about a utopia where we have achieved perfect equality, there are no societal classes or borders to separate us from each other, the government
strictly manages all resources to ensure the health of the planet, etc. When that type of progressive socialism is taken to the extreme you get
communism, and the fact is no communist nations exists, nor has one ever existed, that has achieved a classless society with a high level of equality.
Only about half a dozen communist nations exist on Earth, and if we look at communist nations like North Korea it's very apparent they live under a
dictatorship with a government that tries to control all aspects of their lives. These governments are usually a hierarchical pyramid of power with a
few people at the top wielding immense power, rather than a democratic system which gives power to the people. Ironically, nations like NK are some of
the of the most nationalistic nations on Earth.
They worship their leaders in communist nations, in NK they have pictures of their all glorious supreme leader everywhere. These nations have military
displays of power to bolster national pride, the leaders are very heavy handed and crack down hard on any dissent what so ever, etc, etc. Communism is
the ultimate form of collectivism from my perspective. Everything is controlled and managed by the state, all the buildings look the same, there's no
variation or human spirit in those types of systems. Capitalism emphasizes individualism and competition allows variation to exist and allows us to
truly express ourself and take control of our own path, rather than have our path chosen for us. Governments which utilize extreme socialist policies
will not only control all aspects of the economy, they will control all aspects of peoples lives and may even choose their career for them based on
the needs of the community and the aptitudes of the person, regardless of what the person wants, because that's what's best for society, it's for the
The government may even decide what you can and cannot eat to keep people healthy, hell we already see that happening now. In fact there's a thread
right now about sugar taxes aimed at reducing obesity, and of course they are always implemented by liberal politicians. One should ask themselves, if
the left is so in favor of freedom and liberty and letting people do what they want, why are they so attracted to nanny state policies? You think it's
progressive to tax unhealthy living choices, using taxes as a form of social engineering to force people into living the way you want is perfectly ok?
This is why I'm a libertarian, and why most libertarians lean to the right. We don't pretend to stand for freedom and liberty, then cave into emotions
the moment someone says "think about the children", we uphold the principles the way they deserve to be upheld, we aren't willing to trade liberty for
safety at a moments notice and then act like we have the high moral ground, calling anyone who disagrees as "backwards". Progress doesn't always come
by moving only one direction.
edit on 9/5/2017 by ChaoticOrder because: (no reason given)