David Swindle is the editor of David Horowitz’s blog, Newsreal, and he recently had some very instructive fun with a progressive who applied to blog for Newsreal. I commented:
David, I recommend always starting from axioms. The axioms of fiscal conservativism/classical liberalism are that individuals generate wealth from their own ideas when they can operate in a system of free markets and social mobility based on achievement under a government structured to preserve individual liberty and provide a strong defense and secure borders. The axioms of Leftism/progressivism/socialism are that wealth comes from rich people who got it by exploiting the poor and/or cheating, wealth must be re-distributed because the individual is ultimately helpless and hopeless, and re-distribution of wealth can be done best by an all-controlling government which will ensure prosperity for all regardless of whether or not people bother to make the most of their talents.
Another problem that has to be taken into account is that the Left does not understand individualism and is outraged by diversity when it is a diversity of ideas or philosophies. Thus they find the Right hopelessly confusing, especially since it has two groups whose ideas cannot prevail simultaneously: social conservative/fiscal liberals and fiscal conservative/social liberals. It becomes even more confusing when you take into account that the majority of social conservatives will identify themselves as social conservative/fiscal conservatives when they are out of power, and fiscal conservatism will deny tax monies to their enemies, but when they are restored to power on the basis of their pledges of fiscal conservativism, they become social conservative/fiscal liberals again on account of how much good they can do with all those tax dollars.
My comment hasn’t been published yet, but my reputation score as a commenter through Intense Debate was -43 when I submitted it. So I will note that I object to reputation scores because they are a tool for mobbing. Facebook just signed a deal with Web of Trust, which is being used to tar a friend of mine via reputation scores. He has absolutely no recourse except to ask his e-mail list to counter all the lies the people opposed to his ideas are telling about his website, and, by extension, him. Avast!, the anti-virus program, now also shows its own reputation scores in Google search results — I hope they haven’t licensed them from Web of Trust. I am expecting that reputation scores are a new front in the wars of ideas and mobs will rule until the whole concept is scrapped. In the meantime, since I am in the minority on the Left as a fiscal conservative and on the Right as a lesbian advocating for gay equality and for social conservatives to stay in the realm of persuasion rather than seek to impose their ideas through government, the realm of coercion, I am going to have to accept that my reputation score is going to be negative.