Liberalism is filled with lies, half-truths and misdirection's. It is one of the things that alerted me and made me turn away from it. But most people like lies, some even love lies, it hides the hurtful reality. But we on the Right tend to despise lies, it is not because we are too good to lie, or that we are incapable of lying. It is because we understand that fundamentally lies are bad things, even when they give us comfort.
Our enemies do not accept that lies are bad, instead they accept that lies are fundamentally good. That achieving objectives is more important than truth. Truth might make people think about what they really represent. So why don't we just do as they do and lie?
Because we simply aren't very good at it, instead we are blunt, we tell people what we want. Too often we tell people when we are angry. Our capacity for lying is quite substandard.
Life hurts and it never stops hurting, people want some respite from that hurt. If that comes in the form of lies then why not accept the lies? Most people accept them, they accept them because it makes them feel good about themselves, about others, it takes away bad thoughts, it protects them or at least they feel protected. It is no surprise to me that the idea of the Red Pill was accepted by the Right, it fits right into our line of thinking. The truth no matter how unpleasant is still the truth. If you have taken the Red Pill then you know how much it hurts to have lies taken away from you. To see the ugly truth is quite confronting and most people want to be protected from that. They do not want to see or experience it, but they do. While you can hide from truth, some will always find you.
Liberalism is based upon lies, that people are equal, that everyone can be rich, that Democracy represents us, that we are in charge. It does what lies do, they flatter us, they deceive us and they misdirect us. They make us look at the things that they want us to see and away from the things that they don't want us to see. Most of the time it works and sometimes it does not. But like any seasoned liar they keep a straight face, they concoct a series of lies to confuse you and they keep repeating the lie.
this country was built on immigration
This Country Was Built On Immigration.
THIS COUNTRY WAS BUILT ON IMMIGRATION!
Until everyone just forgets that it's a lie and if you deny that their lies are truth, then they announce that you are the problem.
The lies are what made me notice them and reject them and their half-truths. Unfortunately I see other lies that I also reject and not from the other side. I see far to many people accepting the lie that the holocaust never happened. I see far to many people accepting the lie that conspiracy is everywhere. How do I know that these things are lies?
1) If someone has to change the definition of words or events to win it's a lie
2) If someone has to change or ignore history to win then it's a lie
3) If someone changes the subject instead of providing an answer then it's a lie
4) Absolutism, if there is no other explanation allowed then it's a lie
We should reject lies, that is where our strength lies (ironically!). Personally I did not reject one set of lies to accept another. The red pill is correct, look at the truth and accept the truth, do not replace it with other lies. If you need to lie to win are you really on our side?
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I agree with you.
I would however point out that these days most people who identify as "conservatives" or as being on the "Right" are actually liberals. That includes the vast majority of those who run the mainstream political parties of the "Right" - the Republican Party in the US, the Tories in Britain, the LNP in Australia are all heavily dominated by liberals. They accept most of the liberal lies.
In fact they accept most of the modern liberal agenda (or the neo-liberal agenda if you prefer) - that men and women are exactly the same, that a person's "gender" is fluid and can be anything the person wants it to be, that immigration is essential and that diversity is our strength, that our democratic system is working just fine, that everybody should be equal but that it's awesome that a handful of billionaires have most of the money, that whatever is good for mega-corporations is good for everyone. These lies are accepted by the entirety of the political establishment whether they claim to be Left or Right.
It's only a very very small minority on the Right the doesn't accept (and promote) these lies. So the real divide is between the political establishment (which unfortunately is supported by the overwhelming majority of the population) which is liberal/neo-liberal and a very small minority of dissidents who reject the lies.
The lies are what made me notice them and reject them and their half-truths. Unfortunately I see other lies that I also reject and not from the other side. I see far to many people accepting the lie that the holocaust never happened. I see far to many people accepting the lie that conspiracy is everywhere.
I agree with you very strongly on that point. Unfortunately the dissident right, which could have been a very useful and positive political force, has been largely discredited as a result of being overrun by conspiracy theorists and by a few people with genuinely very unpleasant beliefs.
The problem is that so many right-wing dissidents believe that every single thing they have ever been told is a lie and as a rather perverse result of this they will know believe just about anything. Scepticism is good but people need to be able to distinguish between things that are clearly untrue (such as men and women being exactly the same and completely interchangeable) and things that on balance are supported by such overwhelming evidence that they almost certainly are true (such as the fact that the Holocaust happened).
Mr Moncrieff, excellent post. I would only add that the more difficult that life is made, the more that some seek refuge in the lies. It will take leadership by the strong-minded to lead opposition.Delete
Dfordoom, excellent comment, especially the last part "so many right-wing dissidents believe that every single thing they have ever been told is a lie and as a rather perverse result of this they will now believe just about anything".
I've noticed this with some formerly left-wing women at work, whose lives haven't panned out the way they were promised, and so who are now becoming more dissident in their thinking. But a lot of it is not serious political thought, but rather "the establishment are a bunch of liars, who knows, maybe this conspiracy stuff is true".
It's a pity we're not more developed as a movement, as there is another "wave" happening here that we'll most likely miss. It would be a good moment for someone to write a "Deneen for the masses" booklet to inject a bit of politics into the inchoate expression of dissidence.