Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Why Alleee is not a Right-Winger

Speaking of the "Why Liberals are Wrong" show...

I just wanted to make some things clear, as far as my values go. I know that a lot of people associate "anti-liberal" with a lot of sinister, terrible things. That's because people like to make assumptions. It's easier.

I am against sexism, and racism. I am pro-sex. Homosexuality is not a moral issue. It's reality. I am for technological progress. I am for capitalism and free-trade. I am against almost all religion. I am against tribalism and the tyranny of culture against the individual.

Which makes me a creep, I guess. I do think what I do is important. I think it's a nice thing to do to push people in the direction of taking control and responsibility for their lives. It's a good thing for people to live their livges as honestly as possible, and I know that not having beliefs is a huge step in doing so.

I know that the show causes some people, many of whom are new and maybe who haven't heard many of our other shows, to remove my banner. Thst's cool. I don't want to force people to support what they (think) they shouldn't. That's because force goes against my values.



breakerslion said...

Those who cannot stand to have their beliefs challenged, be they religious or political, and those that cannot entertain the imperfect nature of their ideology and defend what is right about it with reasoned dialogue, are fanatics.

Either that, or their conclusions have been drawn on an oversimplified model. I will have to listen to this "controversial" show.

Thomas said...

It's a shame that the word "liberal" has become devalued by its association with the welfare state. Originally, a liberal would have been very much like a modern-day libertarian. I don't much like to call myself a libertarian, as it is a rather ugly hybrid word, and promotes an artificial division between the ideas of people like FA Hayek and Ludwig von Mises, and the earlier classical liberals such as Adam Smith and David Hume. I personally would rather take back the original meaning of the word.

Francois Tremblay said...

Yea, breakerslion and thomas are both right, but I prefer to take the lower route. Damn liberals and their collectivist beliefs, bureaucrat-worship (why else do they keep feeding them ?), tree-hugging and people-hating ways. They should let us all choose what we want, and assemble in their own little communes and live the way they want, and see how it works. WOOPS ! They already tried that AND IT DIDN'T WORK !

Anonymous said...

lol, I don't agree with a lot of what you have to say politically (though religiously, or anti-religously, i think you are spot on most of the time), but I DO agree that anyone who is afraid to have their beliefs, assmumptions, etc. questioned shouldn't be making those assumptions in the first place.

Case in point: I have been surfing around the atheist/theist blogs on blogger, and through Aaron Kinney's excellent blog, I linked up with "Pressing the Antithesis"... only to find that Paul Manata doesn't allow comments. What is that?

Anyway, keep up the good work, I find the show and the blog very interesting!