I know that I’ve talked about this before, but I was recently speaking with a friend who wanted to know why I didn’t have a massive following, either here, with my podcast, or with my new YouTube channel. Certainly, all of them have a decent following, get a decent number of hits and are all growing over time, but none of them are remotely close to superstar ratings.
Well, the answer is simple, I actually hold what many consider to be contradictory positions that I insist on talking about all the time. They’re not actually contradictory, they are just uncommon to put together and since I don’t focus entirely on one subject or another, but cover a wide spectrum, I end up appealing only to a very small audience who, like me, holds these so-called contradictory views.
I can’t remember where I saw it, but I once saw a statistic that said that 20% of atheists were also conservatives. I have no idea how accurate that is, it seems a bit high to me, but if we take it with a grain of salt, that means that the majority of atheists out there will not want to pay any attention to me because I oppose their political views. I really detest not only many things that liberals, and especially progressives, want, but the justification behind their desires, which I find overly emotional and almost entirely without rational cause. So I speak out against liberalism all the time, but as I’m an equal opportunity offender, I’m more than happy to go after the far-right religious pseudo-conservative in the Republican party who absolutely does not represent my secular conservative views. So I tend to piss off people in the GOP, even though they aren’t likely to be non-religious to begin with.
So where are these people? A lot of them abandoned the Republicans and joined the Libertarians and I really don’t like libertarians either. Well, I don’t like some libertarians because the Libertarian Party tends to be a very diverse and chaotic group. You have the people who just want to be left alone to do drugs, who don’t want to pay taxes, etc. You have the people who are really only there because they’re sick of the Republicans, and I share a lot of commonality with this group. Then you have the real crazies who have a quasi-religious belief in imaginary rights and magical laws that apply to everyone whether they want them to or not, but which nobody can actually prove exist. Those are the people I tend to go after, they are the most vocal and most crazy, but because it isn’t really possible to differentiate between a large number of groups all using the same label every time you open your mouth, I tend to offend libertarians too. Of course, I always specify that if something I say doesn’t apply to you, don’t take it personally, but they always seem to.
So let’s see, I’ve pissed off the liberals, I’ve pissed off the religious conservatives, I’ve pissed off the libertarians, who else? Well the non-rational, of course! While most of these people, the liberals, the religious conservatives and the libertarians, fit into that mold, I find an unfortunate number of self-professed atheists who are also non-rational, either with regard to their atheism or with regard to other beliefs they hold. Out of everything I oppose, being irrational is probably the highest on my list because all else springs from it. I cannot stand people who do not think rationally, who cannot examine a proposition to see if it is supported logically, who do not expect evidence before they accept something as factually true, etc. I was reminded recently that the majority of “serious” flat-earthers are also atheists, which I find sad.
I guess I can never expect a large audience because all of the things I talk about seem contradictory to many people. How can I be politically conservative and irreligious at the same time? How can I oppose irrationality and libertarianism at the same time? But I do and I’m going to talk about all of it and those who want to listen will, those who do not, will not. I’m fine with it. I’ve been doing this for 11 years now, at least on the blogging side, much, much longer than that when you count all of my time online. I’d rather reach the right people because the people who are not right aren’t going to listen to reason anyhow, be they religious, political or social, they’re all set in their ways of irrationality and beyond the pale of reason. I write what I write, I think what I think and I get to all of it through reason and rationality. If you don’t, if you use emotion and wishful thinking, then clearly, we’re not only not on the same boat, we’re not even in the same ocean.