Curious Inconsistencies of the Left

Now, don’t go thinking that because I am picking on the left here that I am some sort of right-wing ideologue. No! I don’t like either the left or right of the American political spectrum (which, as Tom Woods likes to say, is about the width of about 2 inches, and one shouldn’t stray from this 2 inches lest you be a radical). However, I must admit that I often find a greater preponderance of inconsistencies from the left.

The idea of equality is often bandied about by those of the leftist persuasion as a noble goal, a highly sought end. Now, of course, I know that actual and real equality is an impossibility, and that if such a thing were to be a reality, that no progress would ever exist in the world (after all, progress is achieved by straying from the norm, by being unequal– this is especially true of economic matters). However, even with all of this talk about “equality”, those same people who praise this idea also like to talk a lot about diversity and such things as multi-culturalism.

So, which is it? Should we embrace equality or diversity? Apparently they haven’t quite thought this through with much rigor.

Also, here’s a bonus thought. Those that preach the virtues of equality also have a great fondness of democracy (a most horrid institution, if I do say so myself). If everybody was truly equal, then wouldn’t this pretty much make democracy a pointless exercise? Possibly democracy is viewed as the means to the end, but then the means is entirely antithetical to the ends, because democracy is all about having one’s individual “voice heard” (which implies differentiation and distinctness). There is also the case of democracy being inherently anti-minority, which implies that the majority is not only correct and just, but also that it is favored above (or superior to) that of the minority.

I’m just a fleshy sock puppet of an intellectual, but even I can see the gaping holes in this logic.

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9 Comments on “Curious Inconsistencies of the Left”

  1. sharon Says:

    ok , whatever you day sock puppet

  2. rob Says:

    When people talk about equality they tend to mean specific kinds of equality like “equality of opportunity” or “equality of income”. By diversity they mean specific things like “diversity of beliefs” or “diversity of behavior”.

    Defined like that , there is no reason why one could not have “equality and “diversity” at the same time.

  3. sharon Says:

    as to say they are both equal

  4. Sam Geoghegan Says:

    Talking about a greater preponderance of inconsistencies from the left, it just struck me how hypocritical the left are over gun control.
    Gun Control is not dissimilar to the control of foreign nations, which generally speaking, the left appose.
    So here they are, vociferously decrying the lack of gun laws, when it was gun laws which gave the bad guys guns and made the victims sitting ducks, ergo, a reason for government to expropriate guns and rights.
    Compare this to sanctions placed on foreign nations,resulting in violence, civil unrest and anti-west sentiment, which is enough to justify U.S. intervention. Sometimes this is achieved via a proxy war, which in domestic terms, equates to driving a wedge in society so that magnanimous government can save the day.
    As long as people view the laws as solutions rather than causes of unintended consequences, the vicious circle continues ad infinitum.
    The gun debate is essentially a lot of arm waving, opportunism and the fallacy of viewing the world in medias res, but worst, it exhibits the left’s adoration for the state, the same state they oppose in foreign wars.
    I know this wasn’t a post on guns, sorry to derial it.

    • sharon Says:

      ok joe

    • Sam, sorry that I didn’t get back to you sooner, but I am actually working on an article dealing with that very subject. Obviously, it is far more in the spotlight that it was back in December. In any case, when I finish it I don’t think that you’ll be disappointed.

      • Sam Geoghegan Says:

        Don’t apologise.

        Yeah, I was referring to the government’s ability to absolutely screw things up, then claim to be the panacea. Health care follows the same line of thought. But there’s no need to blame the govt. Blame us for nourishing the system.

        btw. What are your thoughts on direct democracy (many variants)
        I’m not an adherent of anarcho-capitalism, although I do believe in free markets.

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