I’m not sure I feel one way or the other about Steven Crowder. If coerced, I would venture that he’s likely too belligerent for me. But that’s the space he’s chosen to occupy in his particular ideological war. I find a lot of conservative commentators very intense and combative… and their message (which might be reasonable) gets lost because they’ve been preaching to the choir for so long they’ve forgotten moderates are sensitive to pitch and super weary of foamy apoplectic sarcasm. If you come across as particularly unyielding or rabid, you risk pushing people back the other way or in the very least remaining steadfast in their support for the status-quo, which is a pity because there are some really good ideas in… well pretty much everything that opposes socialism and neo-Marxism (in my opinion anyway).
Its mainly for this reason, ie because the far-left seems particularly unhinged at the moment, that I went looking across the divide for something a little more reasoned and logical. Be the exemplar. Not the crass, boor that trades insults on twitter. (that is not aimed at anyone in particular) Stay on topic, be polite. You’ll do better. I believe in swings and round abouts. Politics is cyclical and I don’t think the left will stay insane forever (god I hope not). Eventually they’ll start sounding more reasonable (and centrist) again and be more inclined to disavow their fanatical fringes… just like the right (eh… now… mostly) disavows its kooky, crazy fringe. Make hay while the sun shines and use this opportunity to market some of the better economic stuff.
Anyways, I mention Steven Crowder because I saw this. Which I really love. I know this is a meme and not the original. But still, it appeals to my libertarian tendencies.
Libertarianism is usually seen to occupy a position right of center because of its abhorrence of taxes and big government. In other words everything socialism needs to survive. It also has, unfortunately, very few true adherents, because it is so very different from the current model used by ‘western’ civilization and it is argued fiercely as an academic exercise at best. People tend not be able to imagine a world where libraries and roads are not funded by some sort of centralized omnipotent source that controls allocation. Which surely is quite an indictment of humanity? Surely our greatest achievement is our ability to cooperate among ourselves to achieve things greater than any one person could? Maybe I am just insanely naive? Yet we seem content to foist the responsibility of resource management onto a ruling class of politicians and bureaucrats who treat our money as something to be used frivolously and as inefficiently as possible.
In any event this post is not about that (before Joey disappears down the rabbit hole and reappears several hours later with a slightly frazzled look (handcuffed to a dead hooker) and a ten thousand word tirade about liberalism)
Imagine trying to Gofund a war. Or any foreign policy interventionist stuff really. I wonder how that would work out? It would have to be a very ‘righteous’ war, none of this vague WMD stuff. Maybe initially, with some good PR/propaganda work you could get it off the ground. But people are fickle, especially when they don’t see results. Six trillion dollars later (WAY more in real terms than the Marshal plan spent to rebuild Europe) there seems to be a serious disconnect between cost and benefit. Maybe that’s just me…
This is what amuses me today. So thank you Steven Crowder. Even if I do find you a little suspicious.