The time has come for thoughtful people to change our paradigm. For too long, we have adhered to the ever more irrelevant reference points of “right versus left” or “conservative versus liberal”. According to this outdated mode of thinking, which I myself have been guilty of, a person might define his political views as “conservative, but not as conservative as a neo-Nazi” or “liberal, but not as liberal as an avowed Communist“.
This flawed world-view, being based on arbitrary set-points, is unstable and makes it difficult to steer people toward the only positions that matter – truthful positions – and to keep them there. The old continuum might look something like this:
Most readers of this blog would find themselves somewhere in the middle of this continuum. In this view, a rabid anti-Semitic neo-Nazi would be on the far right along with those who believe in individual rights. On the far left would be the collectivists and those who completely deny the reality of race but who hate whites as a group.
I think that any world-view continuum that encourages people to place themselves somewhere in the middle encourages floating and almost ensures that one’s children will float a bit to the right or a bit to the left of their parents. The ideal situation would be for all of us to strive to be “extremists”. The truth (regardless of how you, personally, define it) should be on the far right and the false should be on the far left. In other words, let the “right” remain right – except that it will now mean “correct”. “Left” will be replaced by “wrong”.
In this world view, which would free us from the crippling old paradigm and at the same time serve as a propaganda tool for us, we would always have good neighbors. Nazis and Communists would be close to each other and floating would be minimized; each of us would place himself at the far right of the continuum:
The reason I place “eliminate Jews” along with “eliminate whites” is not so much that I don’t like either idea. Rather, it is because both positions seem to be based on mental illness and hysteria. Just as anti-whites blame every evil on whites, so do anti-Semites blame every evil on Jews. Both take their positions to absurd extremes and refuse to acknowledge more refined explanations of the world they observe.
The reason I included “peaceful” in the first continuum, but not in the second, is that peace is not always correct even though most of us desire it. Sometimes war is correct – for example, if it is necessary for your survival. In the old world-view, war is associated with both the extreme right and the extreme left. In the new world-view, it can be neutral.
I left the economic/collectivist versus individual continuum in place for the new world-view because reasonable people have been openly debating the “centrist” versus the “libertarian” views for a long time. Therefore, I decided I might as well present it according to my own views for the time being. More refined continua can be developed over time.
How do objective people determine which camps belong on the wrong (left) side of the continuum and which on the right? There is a simple way to do this without even having to spend a lot of time doing research: simply observe which camps are willing to openly discuss and defend their positions. This is a good rule of thumb: any camp that is unwilling to openly debate their views belongs on the wrong side of the continuum. Of course there are some groups that are quite willing to debate, but they still belong on the “wrong” side because they are hysterical.
One reason we should divorce ourselves from the old left/right paradigm is that decades of media bias have polluted it – probably beyond repair. The masses, and many thinking people with them, have been conditioned to think of the left as right and the right (or what used to be called “right”) as wrong. In this way, they have so shifted public opinion that what is now considered “right” or “conservative” would have been called “leftist” only a generation or two ago. Few people want to associate themselves with beliefs that are widely held to be “wrong” or “evil” and the establishment left has done a good job of convincing the public that values that used to be considered good and wholesome are, in fact, evil and racist. “Good” and “bad” are judgments that are too easily colored by those with agendas. “True” and “false” stand a better chance of being defended – at least among those who can think for themselves.
Of course we can never completely avoid making judgments about “good” and “bad”, but once the new world-view is adopted, we would be better equipped to make “good” align with “true” and “bad” align with “wrong” as accurately as possible. It would be a return to a more male way of thinking. The old “right/left” paradigm seems to me to be more emotion-based; it fits in well with the feminist way of thinking. It may have its place – but it should not be our dominant political world-view.