Lazy Labels and Empty Epithets: How Principles Eclipse Petty Squabbling
With the Liberalist movement in its infant stages, many political forces have been quick to label us as left or right wing. This raises two questions, why do people do this, and how accurately do these labels apply to the Liberalists?
Where the Liberalists fall on the political spectrum depends on who you ask. Socialists, communists, Antifa, and other groups working for “Social Justice” insist from their perceived moral high ground that the Liberalists, and anyone who would associate with us or our principles, is “Far-Right.” We share one too many similarities with the far right: we are in opposition to their goals. This alone makes Liberalists one-in-the-same with other far right groups, despite our actual stances.
Those on the Alt-Right often claim that we are left wing. To them, we are refusing to recognize the denigration of Western Society. Our principles of civil liberties for all races, religions, and creeds are a pipe dream, and only fuel the west’s destruction. Believing that all people are equal, even if they are jewish or black is just as bad as actively seeking the destruction of the white race.
Why are people so quick to apply a left or right label to everything?
It’s unfortunately quite simple. A label as all-encompassing as “Left” or “Right” makes it easier to identify who is your enemy, and who is your friend. Decrying “Far Right” protesters is easier than decrying MRA’s protesting against false rape accusations. Brushing off an online awareness campaign about women in STEM careers is easier if you just call it “Left-wing propaganda.” Whether or not the protesters are radical, or if an awareness campaign is just propaganda does not matter. It is just a way for people to easily dismiss an argument.
Labeling things “Left” or “Right” in this manner is just being lazy. The issue is not being addressed, it is simply being ignored. An ignored argument will continue to spread, even if its merits are questionable. Paying attention to the argument being made, and refuting it on those questionable merits is much more intellectually honest and beneficial.
That isn’t to say “Left” or “Right” can never be useful labels, they just shouldn’t be the be-all and end-all in political discussions. These labels can work as summaries of policy and ideological stances, but they aren’t monolithic. The reductionist view is just Right = Hate or Left = Collectivist. Keeping policy and ideology in mind, how WOULD the Liberalists stand?
And therein lies the issue: Liberalists have no particular standing on the left or the right. Individual Liberalists take ideological stances that are present on all sides of the political spectrum, as well as those that have been ignored by most modern political entities. Much in the sense that one can be a conservative Democrat, or a liberal Republican (at least in American political terms, I do not know how such a concept would be described in British politics), a person can be anything and a liberalist. A person’s position on the political compass does not matter, only that they can agree on the seven seminal principles of the Liberalist movement. A republican, democrat, Labour or Conservative, A Ukip member and etc. ad infinitum; anyone can believe in the importance of freedom of speech or self-reliance. The principles will always be universal, not left or right.