Monday, December 10, 2012

Something that I've contended for a long time, about extremes

Is that extreme, mainstream, non-progressive, liberalism is much more insane than straight left wing thought, practice, and opinion. I say "non-progressive" in the sense of not paying attention to issues of economic inequality. I have no reason to change my opinion on this. However, it doesn't crop up a lot, so there's no reason to comment on it if it's an old issue. My sincere hope is that with the rise of progressive politics, some of the toxicity that comes from the unnecessary opposition of ultra-liberal politics to centrist politics will disappear, or at least be mitigated.

*on edit: and I should say as well that it's a necessarily sad and difficult topic. Specifically, lots of very bad things have been done to folks of color in the United States, which deserve restorative justice. However, there's a fine line between justice and "entitlement". Often in the past people who have argued for programs and such designed to address historical and current wrongs have not made that distinction, and have in fact implied that simply not feeling that agreeing that everything people ask for should automatically be given is itself a sign of racism. Justice is neither automatic, unthinking, or unlimited. 

1 comment:

Lorraine said...

In the first sentence, is that supposed to be "non-extreme?" If so, I must say it's never occurred to me to think of technocratic liberals, liberal hawks and their ilk as insanity, so much as kabuki theatre.

Only in recent years have I been seriously questioning whether the policymaking Overton window is in a vastly different place than the public opinion Overton window. In retrospect, it should have been a no-brainer.

Your on-edit statement, yeah it's a difficult topic. In a resolutely two-party system it feels like being to the right of any position whatsoever gives power and momentum to the right. There are opinions I won't express in "ideologically mixed company," for fear of putting the smell of blood in the water. It's come to that.