tfw you call conservatives “liberal” because you recognize that all dominant ideology under the capitalist mode of production is liberalism, offending the conservative and flipping the script on their “this culture gets too offended these days” bullshit
I suppose it’s important to acknowledge that there are many right-wing libertarians who aren’t raging ultra-nationalists underneath a thin veneer of liberty rhetoric. I remember back several years ago, when I fell into the right-lib camp, I considered myself a “cosmotarian” – Reason Magazine’s term for someone who was “culturally-liberal and fiscally-conservative”. I suppose these “cosmotarian” types, alongside other “might-as-well-be-a-liberal” types, probably don’t have a hyper-reactionary bootlicker lurking just beneath the surface, and I’m willing to give them that benefit of the doubt. However, I still think “cosmotarians” and other Propertarian-Lite™
(”socially-liberal, fiscally-conservative”) are intensely naive to the ramifications of their ideology.
The preferred economic setup will usually have the biggest sway in the social makeup of a society. Top-down economic arrangements are often “socially libertarian” when the dominant class’s power isn’t threatened. Smoke some weed, have a gender-neutral marriage, carry a gun, allow for a nominally censorship-free press, etc – as long as these all take place on the terms set by the dominant class, they can be “peacefully” reconciled into the capitalist status quo. Once dominant class interests are materially threatened by strikes, occupations, direct action, mutual aid, dual power, and cross-racial solidarity, however….then the libertarian pretense goes out the window. A militarized police state and partially-legitimized right-wing militias are the agents who will “restore law and order” when the “degenerate leftists” push for “chaos and depravity”. The right-libertarians who recognize this and openly embrace it are the ones who start dabbling in ultra-nationalism and fascism, the ones who see the class privileges of property and whiteness slipping out of their fingers. Anti-capitalist, anti-racist movements challenge the class structure’s legitimacy and therefore “require” a swift reaction from the powers that be.
Because “cosmotarians” lack a class analysis of any sort, their perspective is limited to celebrations of “personal freedoms” – a convenience store is allowed to sell gallon-sized jugs of soda, a sales tax is lowered by 4%, an increased minimum wage proposal is struck down, regulations on cars are cut back, etc. At no point does it occur to them that there are dominant class interests at play and that the state manifests itself mostly in accordance with these interests. Thrust the moral dilemma of right-libertarianism-turned-fascism onto them and I do believe many of them might be receptive to some class struggle outlook, but just as many of them will find some circular justification for the rising police state they’re witnessing – ultimately similar to other liberals.
TLDR: Not all right-libertarian types are secretly fascists, but most of those who aren’t secretly fascists are also intensely naive to the ramifications of their ideology and the natural functioning of the capitalist class system.
“No great idea in its beginning can ever be within the law. How can it be within the law? The law is stationary. The law is fixed. The law is a chariot wheel which binds us all regardless of conditions or place or time. ” ― Emma Goldman, Anarchism and Other Essays
Orcas!!! Video captured in Monterey Bay courtesy of Wildlife and Adventure Photographer and Videographer, Slater Moore @slatermoorephotography - Love watching the Orcas swim as a pod!! 🌊🌊🌊 Killer whales, or Orcas (Orcinus orca) are cetaceans. They are the largest dolphins in the world, called ‘whales’ because of their size. Orcas have mostly black skin with white patches.They are found in all the world’s oceans, from the cold of the Arctic to the tropical seas. They are easy to identify because of their distinctive white and black colouring.
Like all toothed whales, they are carnivores. They hunt in family groups called 'pods’. Members of the pod work together to surround their prey. Killer whales eat many different kinds of prey, such as sharks, seals, dolphins, penguins. There are several different types of Orca, each of which has different living and prey habits. They do not interbreed and seems to be subspecies or even separate species. Their behaviour and hunting techniques also differ.
Killer whales are the largest living members of the dolphin family. Males typically range from 6 to 8 metres long and weigh in excess of 6 tonnes. Females are smaller, generally ranging from 5 to 7m and weighing about 3 to 4 t. The largest male killer whale on record was 9.8 metres, weighing over 10 tonnes, while the largest female was 8.5m, weighing 7.5 t. Calves at birth weigh about 180 kilograms (400 lb) and are about 2.4 metres (7.9 ft) long. The killer whale’s large size and strength make it among the fastest marine mammals, able to reach speeds in excess of 30 knots (56 km/hr)
I have a strong distaste for the entire concept of political spectrums because they lead people to think of communism as a sort of acceleration of liberalism, a radical liberalism (little “l” liberalism) rather than as a qualitative break with capital via rupture of social relationships. It’s one of my many issues with Left Unity as a concept. I don’t think that liberals are any ideologically closer to communism than conservatives. Sure, liberals tend to be more amenable to gestures of racial and gendered “equality”, but they also tend to be much more pro-society than conservatives.
On a given day, i’d actually rather talk communist politics with conservatives than liberals, tbh. I don’t understand why we act like these people are lost causes whereas liberals can supposedly be convinced. The question, when looking at the dynamics of class conflict in the here and now should not be “how far left are you?” But rather, “what is your relationship to capital, and what are you willing to do about that right now?”