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A Lesson for The Right Wing on Guns

By Kevin Damato | United States

The Lesson

Recently, I was praised by my one of my peers for my handling of a heated debate with a student on my campus who disagreed with me politically. At first, I was confused and didn’t view myself as doing anything special. But after further analysis, my eyes were finally opened to the extent of our communication problems across the country. We have become inundated with emotion, hatred and flat-out stupidity. My words won’t do justice to how sad it was to realize that it is “enlightening” to write about how to have a conversation with another person.

Political disunity has reached an all-time high in the United States and has fascinated me with normalizing our interactions with one another. I have sought out to write about guns in a two-part series, with one article coming out this week on “the right” and another next week on “the left.” I aim to convince my audience that neither side of the traditional political spectrum is free of blame on these types of issues.

The Problem with the Right Wing’s View of Guns

Those on the “political right” seem bewildered by the recent uptick in support for gun control and their tribalistic response of more political jabs has only led to further polarization. They’re missing the point. Like all other political issues, approaching with a truly open mind without toxic rhetoric goes a long way.

Traditionally, it is “the right” who makes comments on “the left’s” excessive usage of emotion, but in this case, it is actually the other way around.

The largest concern I have with “the right’s” approach on guns is their lack of understanding of “the left’s” position. It seems as if the general population yearns for the disgraceful violence of homicides, police malfeasance, and most importantly mass shootings to end. Some people believe the most reasonable solution to these problems are forms of gun control, whether it be more background checks, magazine limitations, or outright bans. Typical combatants hear the proposed solution and become belligerent, irrationally spewing labels like “gun grabber”, “snowflake”, or “liberal.” This is the wrong reaction.

The Solution

As an oppositional force in this circumstance, it would be much more effective to:

  • First, acknowledge that the end goal is a noble one. We can all agree that these kinds of tragedies are disgusting and ultimately, getting rid of them would be optimal.
  • Second, ask how they know forms of gun control work. Press your opponent on providing statistics or evidence to support their point.
  • Third, be respectful. You can’t expect everyone to have the same opinion as you, especially prior to having a meaningful conversation. Keep your cool, don’t raise your voice, and give the other person ample time to talk.

The intelligent layman will probably be groaning at these points. “I already do all of these things”, they might say. Perhaps this is the case, and if you do, I commend you. I would point out that, however, you are in the minority.

I implore you to share these basic tips with others as you inevitably stumble upon another foolish argument that only makes the state of affairs in the country worse.

We, as a societal body, are going down the wrong path. We, as a societal body, need to encourage more Socratic, civil discourse. We, as a societal body, can do better.


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The Case for Right-wing Unity

By Jack Parkos | United States

The liberty movement is struggling – it has not fought off tyranny or shrunk the size and scope of the government. The movement needs allies, but the question is, with who? Contrary to popular belief, allying with other right-wingers may just be the best chance it has.

The Libertarian Party is run by watered down libertarians who often only care about a few issues, such as marijuana. Even at the idea of right-wing unity they will scoff and start throwing out words like “statist” and “conservative sympathizer”. This mentality has only hurt us. Libertarians are a small minority; we need allies. Allies that can agree with certain values we have but may have certain differences. Just because someone may have one minor issue that may not be 100% libertarian doesn’t mean we should call him a statist and kick him out. So when we look at groups of political ideology we need to ask who is the better ally. The answer is the right wing.

Politics, Not Party

Again here we see most libertarians saying that the left and right are exactly the same and both are equally as bad. This belief comes from the 2 party system, people believing that establishment Republicans represent all right wingers and establishment Democrats embody the left. Politics is more than just Party affiliation.

Populism

Populists and libertarians have more in common than you may think-both are angry with the establishment, are tired of politicians selling out to corporations and global organizations. Neither side wants to be ruled by the elite. The movements may disagree on some issues, but differences must be put aside if we want anything to get done.  Of course, certain groups in the populist movement may be a no-go, such as ethno-nationalists. However, ones who respect certain values- such as property rights, capitalism, and non-intervention, would be a good ally in the fight to defeat the elites. Murray Rothbard was a supporter of this idea but unfortunately did extend it to white supremacists. If we can vet these people out, the populist movement would be a great ally to the liberty movement.

The Left’s Threat To Social Order

People may think that the left is not a threat, or is just as big of one as other right-wingers, but this is a false assumption. Of course, not all right-wingers are perfect, but left-wing ideologies pose a greater threat to liberty. Groups like Antifa use violence to suppress free speech, all in the name of “political correctness”. Other groups who fight for “social justice” actually harm society. The further left you get, the more you get into Marxism. Even what we may consider “moderate left-wingers” are starting to turn to socialism.

A further issue with the left is they tend to crave chaos in the name of “equality”. Right-wing ideologies tend to favor social order. Libertarians favor order mainly through property rights, while right-wingers want order mainly through law. The libertarians goal should be to ally with groups who want social order and convince them of how property rights (and a possible minimal state) can maintain the order without using government violence. It is easier to convince people of a new way of keeping social order rather than convincing people that there should be none.

A Moral Society?

Right-wing ideologies tend to favor a more moral society, namely with family values and traditionalism. In a libertarian society, these would be essential to the survival of the libertarian social order. Obviously, we do not need to use government force to establish and maintain a moral society.

In such a society, people would have the freedom to make bad decisions, such as drug usage, free sexuality, etc. These behaviors can lead to high unemployment. Increased sex out of marriage will lead to fatherless children which will increase poverty and higher crime rates. Social conservatives tend to believe in family values, which could help decrease poverty. The compromise would be to encourage these values while simultaneously decreasing government. While it may not be ideal to some, the necessity for maintaining social order and defeating the left is enough for right-wing unity.


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Thinking like a Socialist: The Leftist Paradigm

By Austin Anderholt | United States

“Never argue with stupid people. They drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.”

-Mark Twain

A good long discussion can solve many political debates. In my experience, even the most liberal, pro choice, anti gun leftist can come to terms with the most pro life, gun owning, anti gay Christian fundamentalist with a long enough discussion. In fact, I believe debate can settle all political issues; all of them, except one. Capitalism or socialism?

Every capitalist I’ve talked to seems to ask why those “stupid commies can’t just understand economics” and every socialist I’ve talked to seems ask “Why are those capitalist pigs so greedy?” They simply cannot understand eachother.

To understand this bizarrely strong divide between economic ideologies, we must understand how a debate works. Almost every single political debate follows a structure:

There is one resolution, “X” and there are two positions. The positive argues that “X is true” and the negative argues that “X is false”. For example, one resolution in the abortion debate might be that “Abortion is murder.” The pro life positive might argue that “The resolution ‘Abortion is murder’ is true.” and the pro choice negative might argue “The resolution ‘Abortion is murder’ is false.”

This form of debate can follow every political issue, except the age old “Socialism vs. Capitalism” debate. Why? Because left and right think on an entirely different paradigm in this argument. There is no “Should we have X?” because under socialist ideology, leftists demand that “Healthcare is a right!” and that “I worked hard, so I get my share!” The entire ideology of leftists will dismiss dissent as evil and intolerable.

This idea of entitlement comes from not a bad argument, but no argument, replaced by emotion.

For example, the idea that “How hard I worked should determine how much I earn” is absolutely preposterous to not only a capitalist, but a rational thinker. I read a lot of books about business, and in many of these book, always one of the main differences between a rich mindset and a poor mindset is that “Rich people know that output determines how successful, they will be, while poor people assume that because they worked hard, they will earn a lot.”

This mindset between rich and poor can be seen not only in socioeconomics, but in left and right economic theory itself. One of the foundational principles of leftism is the labor theory of value. This theory states again that “How much I earn should be determined by how hard I try rather than how hard I produce.” Again we see that this is absurd. If a man is to build a business without breaking a sweat, the free market is totally justified in rewarding him more than a man who works extremely hard only to fail. As rational thinkers, we know that without the evil rich businessmen that provide our jobs, healthcare, and services, society would cease to exist.

Moreover, we simply cannot reward people for being unproductive. A great example of this was the collectivization of farms in the early days of the Soviet Union. Rather than letting the free market reward successful farmers with the income to buy more land or hire more people (which would lead to more effective farming) Soviet leftists rounded up successful peasants as “kulaks” and murdered them by the millions. They then rewarded the poor, unsuccessful peasants with more land. This resulted in huge famines of course. Killing the only productive members of an economy and replacing them with unsuccessful failures is doomed to fail.

However, leftists don’t care about what’s doomed to fail. Leftists will never debate this issue with logic and reason. They are more moved by the sad image in their heads of the “poor homeless people” than by statistics that prove socialism is what makes people poor and homeless. This is what makes the debate between capitalism and leftism so impossible. The debate is happening on two totally different paradigms. The capitalist paradigm follows reasoning and evidence, while the leftist paradigm follows emotion.

Libertarianism Should Distance Itself From Progressivism

By Colin Louis | UNITED STATES

Libertarianism is a right-wing ideology, but libertarians have unfortunately abandoned our core principles. Libertarianism is and should be about property rights and individual sovereignty.

The core ideas of libertarianism have nothing in common with modern progressivism. A common misconception is that libertarians are “economically conservative and socially liberal.”

This statement is misleading on a number of levels.

The first that the left is not libertarian in any way, shape, or form. A common example used is the gay marriage issue. The Democratic Party has no support for gay marriage on the bases of liberty, their support for gay marriage is based on their support of equality. “Social progressivism” will never be a libertarian idea. Milton Freidman once stated “A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither. A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both.” Modern progressive liberalism has nothing to do with liberty. It is entirely founded on hyper Egalitarianism and lack of property rights.

A libertarian society would revolve around family, property, and freedom. The philosophy of progressivism centers around none of these ideas. Karl Marx understood that the true enemy of the state where families and heritage. Marx once said, “take a nation’s heritage away and they are more easily persuaded.”

An enemy of statism is tradition. A culture centered on equality isn’t a libertarian society. That is a cultural Marxist society, and the Libertarian Party is facing these issues. Former Libertarian nominee for President Gary Johnson expressed his support for a “bake the cake” policy. Despite “leading” a movement motivated by property rights Johnson chose to go the other way as an enemy of property rights.

The Libertarian Party also enjoys the presence of a Libertarian Socialist caucus that the LNC board seems to have no issue with. Arvin Vohra, the Vice Chairman of the LNC expressed support for legalizing pedophilia.

These enemies of property and Freedom put an ugly stain on the Liberty Movement. Leftists and other anti-Libertarians have infiltrated the liberty movement and have destroyed its true meaning. To fix this we need to step back into our core beliefs. Property rights and individual liberty.

5 Nationalist Movements to Watch

By Colin Louis | U.S.

All around the globe nationalism is on the rise. The ideas of right wing populism and nationalism are starting to grow into large movements all over the free world. People are beginning to shift to these ideas. The following five countries are turning nationalist.

5. The UK

Recently, the U.K has shown signs of shifting further to the nationalist right. The Brexit vote provided evidence that the UK is moving further towards nationalism and populism. Brexit clearly signals that nationalism and euroskepticism is on a significant rise in the U.K. The recent UKIP leadership election could help them continue this.

4. Ireland

Irish politics serves as a reminder that nationalism comes in different forms. In the case of Ireland, it’s left nationalism with much momentum. The concept of left nationalism is a form of socialism mixed with nationalism, not to be confused with National Socialism, which is a far more authoritarian belief. Sinn Féin, led by Garry Adams, won around 14% of the vote in the recent 2016 election. Sinn Féin did very well compared to its past performance and that of other less nationalist parties. 14% might not sound like much, but the ruling party, Fine Gael, only received around 36% of the vote.

3. Germany

In the most recent German elections, the new nationalist party, Alternative Für Deutschland (AFD), won a considerable amount of seats in the German parliament. This sent a signal to incumbent Chancellor, Angela Merkel, that the German people are moving further from the European Union and her administration. Germany has always attempted to stray away from their Nazi history and refrain from nationalist movements. Although the election of AFD provides evidence that Germany is losing this mindset.

2. America

The recent election of Donald Trump as President of the United States signals a shift further towards his movement of American nationalism. The policies Trump promised he would put in place, such as protectionist trade deals with China, are designed to put America over the rest of the world. The movement Trump sparked now runs rampant through the Republican Party. The Republican Party didn’t necessarily hold these views until Trump nearly hijacked the party. His America first movement destroyed the Party establishment and put these ideas into action.

1. Netherlands

The one that may surprise people the most is the Netherlands. The once center left nation recently took a swing right in the 2017 elections when Garret Wilders and the Party for Freedom ran a hard anti Islam and European Union campaign. Wilders has come out in support of banning the Koran, even going as far as to compare the book to Mein Kampf. Wilder’s Party won enough seats to place them as the opposition party in the Dutch House of Representatives. Even parties that have never run a hard line anti- Islam campaign are shifting in support of more nationalist ideas. Prime Minister Mark Rutte put out an advertisement that stated, “act normal or leave.” Rutte later said that this wasn’t meant to attack ethnic groups, but instead people who did not share their values. This signals that Wilder’s nationalist movement has spread most everywhere in the Netherlands.