I’ve come to believe that the left-right (liberal-conservative) dichotomy is simultaneously relevant and irrelevant. On the one hand, the labels are complicated and lack in clarity; on the other hand, the labels aid in the trajectory of general discourse, making conversation easier.
Labels are vectors to shared understanding
For example, a plumber is a guy who fixes the leaking tap in my kitchen. However, things become a bit fuzzy when referring to ideological positions such as “liberal” and “conservative”. Nevertheless, there is some agreement as to what we mean when we pigeonhole people as “the political left“.
I certainly do not fall into the above description.
Right-wing extremists for the win!
These days, standing up for traditional family values means that I am radical, which is a label that I am happy to accept. Mark McDonald has spoken, at length, why traditional family values matter. To be clear, a traditional family is defined by a mother and a father, and not by a father and a father (or a mother and a mother).
The following is a quick 10-point far-right extremist checklist.
- Opposition to abortion.
- Opposition to affirmative action.
- There are two genders.
- Celebration of cultural differences.
- Exclusivity trumps inclusivity.
- Private property is paramount.
- Rejection of illegitimate authority.
- Freedom to choose and trade without state interference.
- Celebration of hierarchies and natural order.
- Sovereignty of the individual.
I’m a far-right extremist. Guilty as charged.
Editor of Red Voice Media, Ray Dietrich, chatted to me about what’s happening in America, using some of the above talking points as the foundation. (Ray has been on my show before.)