Liberalism is the dominant ideology of the capitalist system, encompassing ideas like classical liberalism, social liberalism, and neoliberalism. Modern conservatism melds old school concern for tradition with classical liberal and neoliberal economics (so in many ways conservatives are still liberal), and modern “Democrat Party style liberals” fall into social liberalism. It’s confusing because there’s a lot of overlap, but what’s important to realize is that everyone acquires varying levels of liberal ideology by default through living in capitalist society, regardless of whether or not they’re Democrats or Republicans, Tory or Labor, etc.
By dominant ideology, here’s a few examples of what that might mean in real-world context:
-Liberal representative democratic capitalism is seen as the “end of history”, an unspoken dogma that social organization cannot advance beyond what we find ourselves in right now
-A vague notion that “all views” ought to be accepted at the “marketplace of ideas”, with zero concern for power dynamics (which merely reinforces the imbalanced status quo)
-A belief that the system can be worked with and reformed to eventual perfection, even if there’s disagreement on what those reforms entail
-A reverence for the concept of private property and a belief that hierarchical market transactions are economic freedom in its purest form, even if they believe that that “economic freedom” needs to be curbed a bit for the betterment of society (as social liberals argue)
-Believes in some degree of horseshoe theory, where politics is seen as a “circle” (militant ideologies are all seen as inherently the same thing) rather than as historical struggle over the modes of production and the accompanying ideologies
-Will ultimately admit that the economy’s #1 priority is to meet the needs of capital when the chips are down (indeed, that is capitalism’s primary function).
With regard to the above examples, it doesn’t generally matter what a person labels themself – if they subscribe to a mainstream political position, they very likely believe in most of the above. When politicians accept “bipartisan” actions; when crisis afflicts the capitalist system and people need to “come together” to find solutions; when Michelle Obama hugs George W Bush and they act like best pals; when Democrats peacefully hand power over to Donald Trump after months of labeling him dangerous and on-par with proto-fascism – that’s when the idealistic bubble of political liberalism tears and you’re able to see the unified interests of the ruling classes, realized in the maintenance of capitalist society.
I have to say Christians voting Right because of their own incredibly selective and minute “traditional family values” and not voting Left for the liberation of the poor, needy and oppressed among us is a pretty backwards and ironic thing to do, and I don’t know how someone reads the Gospel and votes Tory or Republican unless they actually haven’t really gotten the whole point of the Gospel in the first place.
Prince Charles and his wife’s vehicle was attacked by angry students during protests in London in December 2010. The attackers surrounded the limousine and pounded it with fists and bottles, smashing a window, and splashed the gleaming car with paint amid chants of “Off with their heads” and “Tory scum.”
their blog said they were an anarchist and it makes me wonder if theres any connection between white anarchists and berniebros (like besides just doing the white speaking over poc thing)
Yeah there is. The whanarchists are even cringier, and they can get so racist they’re practically impossible to tell apart from the alt right. Like I seriously thought that Toast Knight guy was an alt righter trolling the first few times I read that original post. And when I just checked his blog I saw this:
Building their resistance culture around images like the one above guarantees that the only people who’ll ever join them are bored white university students who want to seem edgy without doing any real political work, because everyone else has been alienated away. And those bored students will graduate out of anarchism when they get a real job and probably turn into Tories/Republicans. I’ve seen it happen.
Before anyone gets on to me about this, I’m not at all hostile to the philosophy of anarchy, or anarchists, and I respect Bernie Sanders and decent Bernie Sanders supporters. But if they’re honest they need to admit their movements have a lot of problems and their own house isn’t very clean and maybe they should talk about that before they go attacking other people who are potentially their allies.