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 I am a left wing extremist, ask me anything (5)

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I am a left wing extremist, ask me anything

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I'm reading an interesting book at the moment about how the different sides of the brain work, and how the emotional side is always in control. It's based on Nietzche and his idea of "master mentality" versus "slave mentality". According to him people on the right generally have lived a life of privilege and the emotional side of their brains develop methods for making them believe they deserve it, whereas people on the left generally have been underprivileged and the brain decides it needs to equalise the wrongdoing in order to move forward. If the brain is unable to equalise however, eventually it will accept that the wrongdoing was deserved or justified in some way (i.e. slave mentality).

What's the book called? I might write it down in my dark notebook of evil. (the notebook where I write down all the things I'm going to do.)

JamesDD(269) Clarified
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What's the book called?

Amusingly, the title is: "Everything is F*cked", by Mark Manson.

marcusmoon(586) Clarified
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Question 1

Are we talking right vs. left on the full political spectrum, or right vs. left on the modern American political spectrum (where conservative Republicans are barely left of center on the full political spectrum)?

To clarify, my assumptions/observations are the following:

In terms of the full political spectrum (not theoretical, but as it has manifested historically in the real world), it seems to me that the difference between far right (totalitarian theocrats, monarchists, etc.) and far left (communists, etc.) are merely a matter of vocabulary, not overall effect in practice.

The far right tends to promise physical or moral safety, and the far left tends to promise personal or economic equality, but these never actually manifest in such societies. Both ends produce highly stratified, outrageously brutal, and incredibly oppressive realities.

The main premise of those on the ends (far left and far right) is that people are not able to run our own lives, solve our own problems, and find ways to get along with our own neighbors, but (counterintuitively) that government is able to do these things for us (despite the fact that the people in government are in no way discernable from the rest of the populace.)

Personally I think the sweet spot is in the center region of democratic republics (whether parliamentary or not) with minimally regulated market economies where governmental control is balanced against personal freedom such that security and liberty are also relatively balanced.

So, as a leftist, (in whichever sense)

Question 2

Do you think some guy or gal in government knows how to run my life and spend my money better than I do?

Question 3

Do you think some guy or gal in government is more likely to be moral/ethical and more interested in fairness than I am?

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Are we talking right vs. left on the full political spectrum, or right vs. left on the modern American political spectrum

The American political spectrum is a narrow little revisionist box of bullshit that has programmed you to view the left/right dynamic as left wing authoritarianism vs beautiful, sexually orgasmic freedom in the form of corporations butt fucking the poor.

it seems to me that the difference between far right (totalitarian theocrats, monarchists, etc.) and far left (communists, etc.) are merely a matter of vocabulary, not overall effect in practice.

You know what I think? I think you're a mis-educated pseudo-intellectual fucktard. Even if we pretend socialism is inherently authoritarian (which you would know is antithetical to the truth if you studied the true ideological roots of it) socialist nations are still vastly different from fascist ones. Let's compare right wing Nazism VS the social-democracy turned state-capitalist bureaucracy known as the USSR. The Nazis were traditionalist, treated their beorgiosie well, were obsessed with race and traditional gender roles, promoted superstition and weird metaphysical crap, and had the goal of global Aryan supremacy. The USSR valued rationality over religion or mysticism, did not care about race or enforcing gender roles, were not as kind to the beorgiosie, and had the goal of eventually dissolving the state and setting up a moneyless and stateless society.

Personally I think the sweet spot is in the center region of democratic republics

Great, so you think the status quo is perfect and that no society will ever progress beyond the irrational monkey stage where they rely on social constructs and authority to guide them rather than reason and democracy as us radical leftists propose. As radical egalitarians, we true socialists reject the very notion of authority and think none should be above any other.

Do you think some guy or gal in government knows how to run my life and spend my money better than I do?

That question is not relevant since you are actually for a bigger government than I am but the answer is that it's a case by case basis sort of thing. It depends upon the particular area of your life being "run" and whether the individual in question happens to be more intelligent in a given area than the politician in question.

Do you think some guy or gal in government is more likely to be moral/ethical and more interested in fairness than I am?

Once again, it depends who they/you are.

JamesDD(269) Clarified
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the difference between far right (totalitarian theocrats, monarchists, etc.) and far left (communists, etc.) are merely a matter of vocabulary, not overall effect in practice.

The difference is that the far right wants an authoritarian hierarchy with a supreme leader and the far left wants the complete opposite. The only thing they really share in practice is that they are ideological religions, and as such those fully indoctrinated into them will sacrifice the well-being of others and/or themselves in order to move closer toward them.