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.