posted on Nov, 18 2008 @ 08:30 PM
I wanted to raise this thread because I think it is an important issue. I understand the logic behind being moderate, centrist, etc. In principle, it
seems to make sense, and in certain situations, it is often a good road. And I respect the OP's position, but here is my (biased) belief:
The problem with being politically moderate is that it is in itself a response to the dichotomy of right and left. It is a way to try to get
assistance and support from both sides of the aisle, and therefore to be more effective and persuasive. However, if most were on board with one side
or the other, we would not need the center road.
I will freely admit my bias: I am about as left as one can be on nearly every issue under the sun. Throughout history, there have been left and right
wing forces (they were only given those names around the time of the French Revolution, but the basic points of view transcend time and place). In my
study as a student of history, I have seen rightist ideas lead to corruption, violence, death, inequality, and the demise of entire civilizations. By
contrast, when they have been allowed to flourish, leftist ideas lead to freedom, peace, life, equality, and the thriving of various nations. However,
left ideas have traditionally been relegated to the margins of society...until reality demonstrates that they work. Until reality forces left wing
ideas to be implemented.
Let us take the terms "liberal" and "conservative." What do they connote? On the one hand, "liberal" brings to mind liberty, freedom, tolerance,
acceptance, and allowance. "Conservative," by contrast brings to mind conservation, protection, saving, narrowing, and withholding. Conservatism is
concerned with protecting what is already there - the status quo. Conservatism is by definition slow to embrace change. It is focused on defending
things. It assumes a limited supply. It is therefore narrow-minded. Whichever flavor of conservatism you look at, they all have one thing in common -
fear. Conservatism is based on and motivated by fear. Fear of loss, of change. Well the nature of life and reality is to change, so conservatism does
not seem to be on board with life and reality. Liberalism, (or however you want to term left wing, progressive ideas) is focused on freedom and
equality, compassion and acceptance, tolerance and respect for one another. It believes in community and harmony rather than isolation and division.
It is based out of love rather than fear.
Since humans are either motivated by fear or by love, the political dichotomy between right and left has sprung from this. Therefore I see the only
sensible choice is to veer to the left. To choose love over fear. People make the claim that both are two extremes, and therefore are no more or less
valid than the other. I disagree. Since this all comes from humans, and humans create dichotomies, we will continue to have this paradigm. Good and
evil is a dichotomy, yet most would claim to choose good over evil, yes? Why? Are they not equally-valid concepts? It is all ultimately artificial.
I strive towards that which creates and sustains life, so I veer to the left. People argue that far right and far left governments have proved equally
disastrous. Well, I have seen few examples of far left governments in the history of civilization, but many far right ones. No wonder we are where we
are. Nazi Germany was far right. The USSR...was NOT far left. It was also far right. Show me a far left society, and then show me what has proved
disastrous about it. We have not embraced these ideas because they are bad, simply because most people are still locked in fear. So it continues.