Recent events in the US and Europe have had me thinking a lot about nations, borders and the kind of people who make up the idealitic heart of the rainbow coalition of the left, people like myself: weirdos. I’ve seen people comment often on various alt right blogs that leftists are out there engaging in some grand conspiracy to destroy the family and ruin Western countries, but It’s not my experience that that’s the case. In fact, as I’ll explain in this post, leftists just think they are being good people by following their core belief that all people are basically the same and its important corollary: any differences between outcomes is therefore due to systemic social oppression (I.e. Strong holding down the weak, rich oppressing the poor, white oppressing the colorful, etc.) This belief which appears to be a strength may well be the left’s undoing.
Now I’m not saying that there aren’t those who scheme all of the things above and work to attract adherents to their conspiratorial plans, there surely are, but I’m saying that I’ve never met such a person, they work in ivory towers and boardrooms if they work at all, not regular jobs. They live in penthouses and mansions, not single family homes, not dingy little apartments. No I’m talking about the regular people, the middle and upper middle class of European descent who think they’re doing good by opposing nationalism, voting for free X for everyone, expanding voting to all no matter how long they’ve been here and where they came from, opening borders for everyone, controlling guns, etc. All these polices are underpinned by that core belief in everyone being the same. When things happen that challenge that belief you get cognitive dissonance which is painful and people don’t like pain so they reject it… But not forever. You can only be harassed on the street or mugged or hear of friends and relatives who have so many times before you start to reevaluate your worldview, before the walls start to crumble and the scales fall from your eyes, as they did for me. This is why media must shun stories that contradict the everyone is the same narrative, because real lived negative experiences with people who are different and act differently, causes problems.
Additionally there’s evidence that when faced with adversity, leftist groups don’t cohere, but splinter. During the Spanish civil war when various leftist groups were forced together, even when fighting for their own country and an elected leftist republican government against a fascist coup, rather than unite against their common enemy the various factions of the republican left, the communists, socialists, and anarchists chose to fight amongst each other, rather than put aside their differences. This famously soured Englishman George Orwell who was at the time fighting alongside the republican forces in one of several internatinal brigades made up of leftists of various other nationalities who’d come to Spain to fight on the republican side. Orwell, when not complaining about the lies of journalists, the plague of lice among the troops, or the terrible food available during the conflict, described the bitter enormity between communists and anarchists. Which I find amusing when you consider that he said both groups agreed that supporting the republic, as it was a bourgeois democracy, was suboptimal at best as bourgeois liberals were prone to supporting fascism anyway and ought to be considered enemies even if they didn’t support Franco’s fascist army directly. This paranoia, coupled with the “no true Scotsman” mentality that the left has regarding right thinking people (I.e. Only those who think and act exactly as they do, with a similar amount of wealth) seems sharply at odds with their stated “we accept everyone” ethos. This is why I think the rainbow grows when times are good and there is more than enough for all, when people who don’t need to produce can flourish as parasites of one form or another, and the rainbow ends when times get tough, when things break down and go to hell and every man must take care of himself, when you have to produce something of value to be valued.