Dispelling the European Moderates Myth.
The American left could be Europe's moderates and it wouldn't matter.
One of the most interesting takes to develop in our political discourse is the idea that all republicans are inherently fascist because of comparisons with European political ideologies. Real moderates or nonpartisans today are considered to belong to the right, and the actual right is branded as extremists in another effort to change what language means. The general idea is that American economic policy is moderate to the rest of the West, so whoever rallies against expanding the system as it stands must be radical in comparison. They will claim there are no “real” leftist politicians in America except Bernie Sanders depending on the day, but this fails to represent what leftism is in the United States.
Economic interests are certainly an aspect of any political ideology, but by no means is it the be all and end all in determining where one lines up today. Why should we use modern Europe as the standard when we are the strongest empire to ever exist throughout all of mankind? If the reasoning was based on the number of countries, we could split ourselves fifty ways and Europe would still objectively be left of center. These labels, truth, is determined by the reality we live in rather than a collectivist agreement. More people agreeing with the mob does not make their position the actual middle.
Appointing someone from the left to the far left is mostly done via the individual’s economic philosophy, as the left’s social views are already demanded to be uniform. Nobody in the Democrat party punches left, because they would be ousted. The right has diversity in thought that levels out to be a detriment for the party, and thus any economic disagreements are typically saved for the backseat. Tax rates are not as controversial as the means of instilling order, and thus factions are created on the right. These factions are so ideologically different to the point where labeling them all far-anything is absurd.
Economics does not work as the litmus test when the issues facing North America are vastly different from Europe. If you look to countries further to the right like Hungary and Poland from a few years ago, immigration was the most determining factor in their left vs right dynamic. America’s leftists and establishmentarians both favor mass immigration to varying degrees. The motive ranges from racial prejudice to labor demands, but the result is the same. The only faction on any side to genuinely promote the American family structure is the America First wing, creating a clear separation in standing from the rest of the right.
What makes Europe leftist is their socialized healthcare and other government subsidy programs being used to fuel the social collapse of their nations through the promotion of both the immoral and mass immigration alike. Seeing how a right-wing populist presence does exist on the American right, one which is willing to explore progressive spending programs to strengthen the family, it is once again proven impossible to solely base division off of economic differences. When it comes to a populace that votes, social views will always matter more in rallying cries because that’s what people have guttural reactions towards.
You can not advocate for child sacrifice, racial equity, and the aversion to order through acceptance and call yourself anything but extreme. Nearly every well-known Democrat politician being an extremist by these standards once again does not mean that it is abnormal to refuse this mindset. I would go so far as to say that it is impossible for order to be radical by definition. Not to say that there cannot be extreme implementations of it, like in several Muslim countries for example, but rather the notion that any action taken that in effect preserves real order cannot truly be considered an unorderly action.
In terms of lifestyle, extreme order is order- just more of it. What is considered normal to our society is always going to be a lesser degree of order than what is possible. That does not mean the most order possible is always going to be the preferred standard of living, but the point is to highlight how many degrees of separation we are from that world today. You cannot be in the position we are in, our country falling apart, and call our current situation order. The reins are loose. You can only be radical in comparison to a healthy society, and the reason we must care so much about our health is because we have to live here. The divisiveness in our country stems from the infiltration of our institutions and the crumbling of our national identity because of it. The myth of the enlightened moderate does not work when giving in to the opposing side’s demands is what has brought us closer to our inevitable end as a nation.
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Europe is at least hating on the gender affirming shit and is something they aren’t as socially liberal on. Could Europe be more economically left and more socially right than us? It’s also kind of hard because this varies greatly between the western and Eastern halves of Europe, but I guess to all of this is to say that what’s radical today is normal tomorrow and vice-versa.