What could be framed as right-wing orthodoxy, rooted in the bedrock of Christianity, offers a framework for societal stability and individual flourishing, argues Andrew Wilson.

French Revolution national assembly
Left-wing and right-wing come from the French Revolution

While I am of the opinion that the ideological left-right dichotomy can be viewed as outdated, I am also of the opinion that, if defined correctly, it can add value in the sense of understanding cultural differences and values.

During the French Revolution, the terms ‘left-wing’ and ‘right-wing’ originated from where politicians sat in the Estates-General.

Those who sat on the left generally supported the revolution, including ideas like equality and anti-monarchist sentiments. They wanted changes in the existing social and political order.

On the right side were those who favoured the traditional monarchy and opposed radical changes. They supported maintaining the existing hierarchy and preserving traditional values and institutions.

This seating arrangement laid the foundation for the terms ‘left-wing’ and ‘right-wing’, but, as Nick Hudson argues, they have lost most of their relevance in modern times.

Definitions

For example, ‘right wing‘ or ‘conservatism‘ might be currently defined as:

  • placing emphasis on tradition and social stability;
  • supporting a society structured in a hierarchical manner;
  • advocating for limited government involvement in economic matters;
  • holding strong to traditional moral and ethical values;
  • giving high priority to national security and maintaining law and order;
  • scepticism towards rapid changes (revolutions) in society; and
  • preferring minimal government intervention.

Meanwhile, ‘left wing‘ and ‘liberalism‘ might be defined as:

  • advocating for social equality and government intervention;
  • supporting individual rights;
  • emphasising the importance of environmental protection;
  • favouring progressive social policies that adapt to changing societal norms;
  • endorsing social welfare;
  • promoting ‘inclusivivity’ and ‘diversity’; and
  • encouraging multilateralism in foreign policy.

However, people generally don’t fall neatly into the above pigeonholes. Instead, there is often overlap. Plus, they are not necessarily opposing constructs.

That being said, patterns exist as a general rule, and they seem to be predictable.

The Christian ethos

The Christian ethos, with its emphasis on personal responsibility, moral integrity, and the sanctity of life, acts as a moral compass.

Traditional family

This isn’t just about a belief system; it’s about maintaining a society where people can live in harmony, bound by a shared set of values and principles.

Consider Orania and KwaSizabantu.

These values are nurtured within the family, which is the cornerstone of civilisation. The family is a holy institution, designed to provide an environment where individuals can grow, learn, and become responsible members of society.

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Proverbs 22:6

Traditional values, dismissed by postmodernists as outdated or restrictive, are actually the glue that holds society together.

Think about it for more than two seconds.

This is what modern liberalism does to kids

Traditional values offer a buffer against degeneracy and turning children into sexualised drag queens.

Take a stand

Feminism has eroded the family and masculinity.

The egalitarian push for ‘equality’ has deliberately ignored the differences between men and women, operating as a catalyst towards transhumanism and the homogenisation of the sexes, hence the ridiculous phrase “what is a woman?”

We must defend traditional values and reject modern liberalism, says Wilson.

To abandon these principles is to abandon the very foundations upon which Western civilisation was built.

Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.

CS Lewis

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