In American politics, however, most of those bad/good pairs involve attacking two sides of the same team. Usually that team is ourselves.
For example, there are probably a million blogs out there telling you how “left” and “right” are illusions, and the real problem is (pick one) large corporations, the military industrial complex, The JewsTM, The WhitesTM, The African-AmericansTM, etc.
Here at Amerika, we’re warning of something else.
In our minds, there exists a fundamental tendency to illusion. When we take this to a social level, we form a mob or Crowd that demands its own existence be guaranteed, in the name of individual rights and equality.
There’s a sleight of hand there: to form a mob, you must appeal to the individual, because what defines a mob is that it is formed of the lowest basic instincts and visual illusions to which humanity is susceptible.
Starting with the French revolution, we used the terms “left” and “right” to refer to the general alignment of a person. These alignments stay true today, because they reflect a person’s relationship to reality.
The ideal right-wing order is government by wise elders or a monarchy, with most social functions taken care of by people organized according to cultural values, including some form of religion. Conservatives are not necessarily Christian so much as they are cosmos- and nature-worshippers.
They believe in transcendence, reverence and a point to life that — even if it’s not inherent per se, like writing on a wall — we are guided towards by a system of rewards and pitfalls in nature, including “the nature within,” or human nature, and the informational tendencies within us. For example, exclusivity of choice (the root of chastity and fidelity) is an informational limit, meaning that on a level below the physical, you either choose one thing and have it be exceptional, or choose many and have each choice be of decreasing importance.
Conservatives also believe universally in an important principle of self-reliance. Nature births us, and that is the gift; we must create the rest for ourselves, not only with hard but with thinking that reflects an accurate view of the world. So long as we are not held back by the herd, or its rules, we can do what we need to; however, our choices show who we are, and the bad must be fought by the good, because the bad will always exist — it’s part of nature.
This of course creates Democracy, and with it comes consumerism or capitalism geared toward the equally valid choices of individuals. At this point, commerce has trumped culture and even government, so a narrative of The PeopleTM against big corporations, big religion, the monarchy and natural inequality results.
What results is a perfect mixture of delusional ideology and the more literal forces that clean up. Leftists talk about us all being one, total equality, and so on, which translates into a liberal democratic consumerist movement toward globalism, at which point all the well-intentioned charity programs fail and we’re left with raw commerce. All leftist initiatives shoot for the moon, end up in chaos, and as a result, empower the lowest common denominator. Some claim the original leftist movement in France was a conspiracy of shopkeepers.
The left is the narcissistic rantings of a Crowd formed of individuals who feel life let them down. One reason they feel life let them down is that they never discovered self-reliance, and therefore their failings are always someone else’s fault. They are primed with this narrative of victimhood to never take responsibility for their actions, and always to blame the largest authority they can find for their failings.
Leftism grows because it is an excuse. It is a justification for failure; it explains the world in terms that make the individual innocent of their mistakes, but hold society accountable for anything that is not perfect. We might call it an advanced form of cognitive dissonance, passive aggression, or emotional blackmail. These all mean the same thing: individual emotions out of control causing denial of reality.
There is no way these two are compatible. The left wants to form a Crowd and distribute wealth evenly; the right wants to form a Hierarchy, and let nature sort us by ability so that our best are leading (and are wealthier). Where the right tends toward stability, the left is a never-ending quest to make sure everyone is equal and thus must always target those who have risen above equal.
This split shows up in America today:
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 35% of Likely U.S. Voters now believe America’s best days lie ahead. Still, that’s up four points from last month which marked the highest level of pessimism in nearly five years of surveying. A plurality (47%) continues to believe America’s best days are in the past, but thatâ€™s down six points from April. Eighteen percent (18%) are undecided.
The Political Class is much more optimistic. While 54% of Mainstream voters think Americaâ€™s best days are in the past, 73% of the Political Class see those days in the future. – Rasmussen
Who are those Political Classes?
The Political Class Index is based on three questions. All three clearly address populist tendencies and perspectives, all three have strong public support, and, for all three questions, the populist perspective is shared by a majority of Democrats, Republicans and those not affiliated with either of the major parties. We have asked the questions before, and the results change little whether Republicans or Democrats are in charge of the government. – Rasmussen
Populists: a code-word for liberals. Even if they’re voting Republican, which would make them neo-conservatives or neo-liberals (the two terms mean the same thing: centrists relying on liberal logic), they’re on the left side of the divide.
Now let’s look at what the left thinks is important, versus what the right thinks is important, with enough “hard conservative” questions added to drop the neo-conservatives/neo-liberals from the divide:
From Pew Research.
These two groups are inherently incompatible. While most voters think the country is in decay, the left thinks we are doing great because we’re achieving those political goals — unrelated to practical goals — that leftist ideology called for. We finally made everything equal, even if in ruins.
The right in the meantime continues a promising process that has several stages. Right now we’re in withdrawal from the mainstream; what follows that is differentiation, or recognition of the divide that splits our nation. After that, there is an abandonment of politicians and institutions which are hostile to that way of life.
All of this means that now, finally, two or three centuries on, we’re seeing the division of America be put into tangible, vote-able terms by our democracy. The days of peaceful coexistence are almost over.