This isn’t much of a post, but it’s basically here for anyone who wants a good and short synopsis of my political views. Let’s get down to it.
I don’t know about you, but after a lifetime of radical left to left-liberal views, I can’t in good conscience call myself a member of the political left in the USA anymore. It’s gone insane. I suspect something like COINTELPRO poisoned our collective minds, but as it goes with such things, there is no proof of that whatsoever anywhere; you wouldn’t be able to find it without running a Snowden style assault on the security state anyway, assuming it’s there, so it’s not worth worrying about. What we were before the Obama years died and got replaced with something monstrously authoritarian, lockstep, and eerily devoid of critical thinking capacities.
I really don’t know what happened, or how it happened, but it happened fast. Liberals (and everyone left of them) got demonized fast by this new iteration of the old Progressive movement. It’s like a political religion now. I’m not one of them, and frankly, I hate the movement. It’s okay with neoliberalism and genocidal foreign policy (like the War on Terror), not to mention the anti-Russian Red Scare 2.0 (let’s have a war!), while not giving a shit about blanket surveillance, and all those things are pretty much unforgivable actions and policies that need to be ended immediately to me. Until we’re rid of them we really shouldn’t be working on much else in my opinion. I have no idea how it’s progress to keep waging a global eternal war, to kick off a new cold war, and to pursue laissez-faire capitalism til we’re all feudal serfs again, all while dutifully recording everyone’s pornography viewing habits, but apparently we have Uber and computer cell phones so it’s all good. A movement that’s okay with those things doesn’t have the brains or ethics to take on someone like Donald Trump, and it shows; he’s in office (the Presidency, no less) despite non-stop scandal.
If you want to know what my views are, they are strictly party independent, and about 95% of them line up with the Green Party and Jill Stein’s views; I’m not a total pacifist, and I don’t think gun control is an important issue- any way the policy goes there is fine with me. So I wouldn’t call myself anti-war dogmatically, but at the same time- hey, I’m way more opposed to our current adventures and attempted adventures than your average holier-than-thou Progressive is. I’m a little green, a little libertarian, a little socialist, and if that’s too many contradictions for you to handle and your head’s about to pop off your shoulders as a result that’s too bad.