There is a very worrying trend developing across the modern political landscape. It is the rise of the cult of leftist-liberalism, the members of which are ideologically brainwashed by politically correct cultural-Marxist non-sense. Squirrel-feed on both the left and right have become locked in a culture-war which cannot possibly have a good ending. However, the nuts on the left seem to be the ones gathering the body of steam and the ones most interested in increasing the size of government, so as to use the State to enforce their morality on everyone else. So, naturally, they are the ones I am most concerned about.
I consider myself a liberal, in the classical sense of the word. I am not, as regular readers will know, a leftist. Which in and of itself is a bizarre feeling, as until quite recently, I always associated liberalism with being on the left. So, when I see how frickin’ insane some of the people I used to admire on the left have gotten, it makes me a little bit sad. I never admired those on the right much, but I admit to having found comfort in the sensible-sane-right, and those who espouse classical liberal ideals. I can’t, however, find any sensible-sane-leftists in popular culture, only leftist-loons.
These hard-left ‘activists’ or ‘talkivists’ as I like to call them, brand their ideological opponents, such as I, as ‘right-wing’. We are branded right-wing for believing in liberty, equality, justice, individualism, and self-determination. Their ‘progressive’ ideals are, in fact, regressive ideals but they don’t want to believe that, because they are brainwashed in their ‘liberal’ echo-chamber. The laughable thing is, there is nothing liberal about their agenda at all. To be liberated is to be free to choose and to be liberal is to support the ideals of liberty. These people don’t support the ideals of liberty, they seek to force their notions of moral-liberalism on everyone else.
The classical liberal ideology essentially amounts to “live and let live”, and I’ll discuss that in practical terms a little further on. What the modern, insane ideology of leftist-liberalism or statist-liberalism advocates is state-enforced morality: “Do as I say, or else.”
In short, the people who advocate for bigger government are actually incredibly lazy. I mean, they believe they’re not, and in fact, they think they actually do more than anyone, but they’re wrong. They talk. They talk a lot. And sometimes, they walk and talk at the same time, but what do they actually do? Nothing. They just tell the State to do more, abdicating their rights and responsibilities to it.
Whereas you see, I believe that the people who are talking about doing should be talking about it less and doing about it more, as should we all for that matter. If they all took five minutes, stopped being faux-outraged, and worked on a solution to the problem they are shouting about, as opposed to shouting at someone else i.e. the State (who has no intention of listening anyway and they know that) the world would be a much better place.
Actions speak louder than words, and being outraged, quite frankly, doesn’t do very much. Saying that someone else should come up with a solution to a problem, and someone else should implement the fix for the problem, and someone else should pay to fix the problem, isn’t really very helpful at all. In fact, it is the opposite of helpful.
But do you know what all this talk is? It's easy. It’s easy to stomp, and shout, and roar, and march. It’s easy to say more should be done, it’s easy to say systems are broken, it’s easy to say more is needed. It’s all very easy to talk about, and suggest, and say - but when it comes down to actually doing? Oh no, that’s the States job. The ‘activists’ are just there to give instructions.
Tell me why the State, funded by taxpayers, should force their morality on everyone else? Why not individuals doing good deeds to help out their fellow man? Remember a single good deed is worth a thousand promises, and all governments do is make promises.
Somehow or another, in the mental world we live in today, the reality is that being a liberal actually places you further to the right-wing end of the political spectrum than it does to the left. There has been a total divergence in political ideology in recent years with liberalism and leftism now being totally different from one another.
According to the prevailing logic, on the left being pro-business, pro-work, pro-equality, pro-justice, pro-liberty, pro-diversity, pro-choice and in favour of more efficient government makes you ‘right-wing’, and not just right-wing but ‘far-right’ or ‘alt-right’. It's awful stuff, it really is.
I think most people are probably moderates, who believe common sense should prevail. And I would argue that most people who are truly liberal, in the classical liberal sense, would believe in limited government and free markets. I’d argue that they believe that what happens in a person’s home is their business and no-one else’s, especially not the State’s, that they believe that property rights should be strong, civil liberties should be protected, and if you are going about your business peacefully, the State should not interfere with you. I’d also argue that they believe that government should do as little as possible and do it really well, and that the government should ensure that there is a strong system to ensure the security of all the people, but not if it means their natural human rights are impeded upon. Most sane people would argue that the rule of law should be of paramount importance, but the laws which are passed and enforced should only act to protect individual freedoms and not oppress them, and the judiciary should be independent and fit for purpose. All very reasonable stuff, right?
If you apply the Classical Liberal ideals to a few contemporary topics, a pattern begins to emerge:
Marriage is a union into which any two consenting adults should be able to enter; man and woman, man and man, woman and woman, it doesn’t matter - the state should not be able to have a say in how you live your life, so long as you hurt no-one else. End of story.
With regards to migration, anyone who wishes to come and engage freely and peacefully with anyone else should be able to do so. Where they come from doesn’t matter, and the government should have no hand, act, nor part in it, other than to pass laws to ensure all people are free to engage with one another without fear of oppression.
All people are born equal and despite circumstances, we all deserve equality of opportunity but there are no guarantees of equality of outcome, nor should there be.
The welfare of the State should be left in the hands of the individuals of that State. People should be responsible for themselves, and the vulnerable should be cared for by the virtuous, not by the State. If the State has to do it, there is no virtue in the actions.
But above all else, people should be free to do as they please in order to pursue happiness without fear of interference from the State or its agents. Crimes should have victims, and those who cause harm to others through theft, assault, defamation, etc should all face the full severity of the law. But those who do nothing to hurt or impede others should be free to do as they please without fear of internment or infringement.
Most people want the same thing, and that is for society to be a better place for everyone. Some of us just want to go about it in different ways. As a real liberal, I want people to go about it as they see fit, without hurting someone else, whereas the modern leftists want the State to enforce their version of happiness on the entire population, under threat of force. What is virtuous or fair about forced morality, forced happiness, forced compliance with a social ‘norm’? I would argue nothing.
But don’t take my word for it, find someone you know who actually lived under a statist regime and ask them about the breadlines, the deprivation, the rations, the political oppression, the suspension of habeas corpus, and the torture but to mention a few human rights violations. The one lesson we must learn from history, if it is the only thing we learn from history, is that you can vote your way into a statist regime but you almost always have to shoot your way out of one. If you don’t believe me or the people who have lived through an oppressive statist regime, pick up a bloody history book.
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