I find a lot of weird things over on Minds. First, I found an article that was criticizing the ideas they found in a YouTube video, made by a friend as I understand it, so I read the article and watched the video and hey, might as well take this on. The original video was entitled “Which ideas from the left are worth taking on board?” I’ll link to the video below. So as I said, I watched it and disagreed with a lot of what was said, but I also disagreed with some of the things that the Minds article writer said, so as usual, I’ll just piss everyone off. So let’s look at the four points and see where I stand on all of them.
This one is questionable because I really don’t agree that “ideology” is valuable in any meaningful way. Your ideology is only important to me insofar as it corresponds to objectively demonstrable reality. If it doesn’t, your ideology, like your religion, is idiotic and I couldn’t care less about it. And this is really where we have problems on both the political left and the political right because I’ve found that the farther you go to the extremes, the less realistic these viewpoints are, the more emotionally-biased and irrationally-dogmatic they tend to be. When your beliefs become irrational, your position becomes untenable as far as I’m concerned. I don’t care how you feel, I care what you can prove. And here, I agree with the article writer who defines ideologies as “an intellectual system of ideas or rigid abstract formulas mixed with scientific jargon and some empirical facts that claims knowledge about reaching perfection in the temporal order.” I think a lot of that goes too far, as most ideologies I see are just emotional positions, based on wishful thinking, and accepted over demonstrable fact. That’s where so many ideologies simply go wrong. Always have, always will.
2. Gender Identity is a Social Construct
Now here, I think the video-maker is an idiot. Gender identity is not a social construct, any more than species-identity is. Some furries might disagree with me but I think they’re emotional imbeciles too. You cannot change reality because reality makes you feel bad. It doesn’t work that way. You are born male or female, or on extremely rare instances, both. The last category is most often surgically corrected just after birth. But your genes determine what you are. They might not determine how you feel, but fuck how you feel. Your emotions don’t determine reality. I couldn’t care less about your emotional state. Come to grips with reality and stop pretending that deciding to be male on odd-number days and female on even-number days is even an option. It is not. Time for a lot of people to grow the hell up.
3. Homosexuality is fine and so is gay marriage
That’s two things I completely agree with. First off, whether homosexuality is “fine” or not is irrelevant. Homosexuals exist. Welcome to the real world. Therefore, it doesn’t matter if you like that gay people exist, they still exist, they have always existed and will always exist. Time to grow up and deal with the real world. Because they exist, what difference does it make if we let them voluntarily engage in legal marriage? How does it demonstrably harm anyone if they do? And no, I don’t mean your emotional discomfort which come from your delusional beliefs, I mean where is the objectively verifiable evidence that gay people being married produces any harm to anyone? Because if such evidence exists, I certainly haven’t seen it and nobody on the anti-gay side has even tried to produce it. I must therefore assume it simply doesn’t exist. But our article-writer insists that somehow, being gay is wrong, again with no evidence and that equality across the board is somehow wrong, with nothing to back it up. And honestly, I don’t care if we can prove the existence of a gay gene or not. What difference does it make? People who identify as gay, whether they can prove it or not, have the same rights as everyone else, right? So if a non-gay person can choose to marry some of the opposite gender, why can a gay person not choose to marry someone of the same gender? Where is the demonstrable harm? It isn’t like they’re trying to force the religiously delusional to marry them, I would oppose that, even though I think the religiously delusional are idiots. But we’re talking about secular marriage. I guess some people just want to feel special. I think they’re idiots.
4. Abortion is fine
This is one I don’t get at all and recently, I’ve been asking a lot of right-wingers why this is a problem. Give me one non-religious, non-emotional reason why abortion is a problem. Go ahead. But none of them can produce anything. It’s always an emotional answer because they have nothing else. Now I’d personally prefer, as a conservative, if people didn’t choose abortion, if they were responsible before pregnancy and thereafter dealt with the consequences of their actions. That would be the way to go in a perfect world, but we all know this isn’t a perfect world and people are, unfortunately, irresponsible. To be perfectly honest, most of the people who would have an abortion are probably not people who I would want to be parents in the first place. We’re better off without having the irrational and irresponsible breed. Therefore, I’m fine with abortion because I don’t think humans are magical or special or anything like that. But the guy who wrote the article sure seems to. He thinks humanity is sacred. I think he’s nuts. And before anyone suggests adoption, we have thousands and thousands of kids just in the U.S. alone that will never be adopted. The idea of throwing hundreds of thousands of unwanted children into the mix is not only insane but utterly reprehensible. I’d much rather have them never exist at all than exist in a life of suffering and unhappiness. But then again, I don’t think human life is special. I’m not religiously or emotionally delusional. Some people unfortunately seem to be.
In the end, I think all of these ideas are neutral, it only matters how you define things and how those things correspond with reality. As I said, the farther to the extremes you get, the less anything they hold to be true can be defended intellectually or objectively. They get more and more delusional and less and less able to recognize the inherent delusions in their midst. Are there good “leftist” ideas? I don’t know. Most of the positions that I agree with that are typically on the left, I agree with them for entirely conservative reasons. No emotion required. It’s every bit as important to have good reasons to support an idea than it is to have an idea to support in the first place. I find that I emphatically disagree with the reasons most liberals hold their positions, even if their positions are defensible in other ways. But I feel the same way about the far right because their ideals aren’t held rationally either, even if they can be defended intellectually. So people like me, we’re just screwed in the end. Everyone hates us because we reject the emotional and expect people to be intelligent. Too bad that so rarely happens.