Sometimes I wonder if people understand what “left-wing” really means. I know that Tea Partiers and Objectivists/Randians certainly don’t get it, because they actually think that the Democrats are left-wing.
Which, by the way, is insulting. As someone who is actually left-wing, I find it insanely insulting to call right-wing corporate-owned authoritarians like the Democrats “left-wing”. They don’t even come close to being left-wing. Yeah, I’ll grant that they are not as right-wing as the Republicans, but they are not left-wing. Not even close.
In US power politics, there is no left-wing.
I mean… okay… you can point out the Green Party, and I’d give you that if the Green Party actually had any shot at having power in the federal government at all. But until that day comes, there simply is no left-wing in US power politics. At all.
But with all that comes a question: just what, exactly, is a “real left-winger”?
Am I a socialist? A communist? An evil, God-hating “libertard”?
This series attempts to answer that question, albeit from the limited perspective of me. I’ll be looking at everything, from the environment to the Free Market to drugs to abortion to science to education to medicine to church/state… and giving my take on it. This will probably be a long series. Not sure exactly how long, but there’s a lot to get through.
I’ll also be talking about what kind of government I want to see, and what kind of people I want to see in power. I’ll also have a whole blog post about the Green Party, and why they fall just short of what I want, in an effort to describe what my idea of the perfect political party would be.
I hope you’ll read through this one, and I definitely want feedback and constructive criticism and respectful debate. As always, no trolls or ad hominems or any of that. That’s the world’s quickest shortcut to a ban. And a reminder: I moderate all first-time comment(er)s, for these very reasons. If you made it past moderation the first time around, you shouldn’t go into moderation again. If you do, let me know, and I’ll try to figure it out.