It seems like 99% of the population, including my own siblings and mother, don’t have the slightest understanding of me at all, and in fact, their views of what I am are frankly libelous. Almost everyone thinks I am a much worse person than I actually am. Just about every nasty thing you hear about me is probably a straight up lie.
First of all, idiots assume that if you are passionate about or arguing for a certain position, you obviously have a personal interest in it. Wrong! You learn that in Idiocy 101! Come on! Actually many of the things that I am most passionate and outraged about have no effect on me whatsoever. I have no skin in the game. I’m not the one who’s going to get in trouble. People don’t understand that people like me have “radical empathy.” I will passionately advocate for a position that has nothing to do with myself at all. I’m not going to get in trouble. Further, I often advocate for things that I don’t even have any interest in.
I believe in radical justice. If someone is being harmed by some soycietal idiocy, I feel compassion for this person. I don’t like to see innocent people get beat up by shitheads, especially dangerous shitheads, in other words, the majority. I care about innocent people. I don’t have to have skin in a game to feel passionate about it. Why can’t I feel deeply injured when any innocent person is set upon by the latest deranged mob of dangerous retards (the majority)?
But no, this is what everyone believes:
- If you talk about something, that means you do it.
If you write about something, that means you do it.
If you argue for something, that means you do it.
If you argue against the prohibition of something, that means you do it.
I admit that 3 and 4 have somewhat of a greater basis in fact, but still, there are many people like me who will argue in favor of things that have nothing whatsoever to do with our lives. We will argue against the prohibition of things that we have nothing to do with. In particular, we will argue for purely philosophical opinions that have nothing to do with our lives. People just can’t figure this out because they’re too fucking retarded. Too fucking dangerously retarded, excuse me.
If you see me arguing for something weird, think of it this way: in a lot of ways, I am a rather extreme civil libertarian. That’s the position that I am arguing for – a civil libertarian position. It often has nothing whatsoever to do with my life at all. It’s often something I have no interest in. If the Alt Left is anything, it’s civil libertarian. In some ways, we are radical civil libertarians. That’s usually why we are coming from some position or other – not because we have any personal stake or even interest in it but instead because we are fighting for abstract positions of justice.
Next time you stop and think, “Wow! Why is Lindsay arguing for something so weird/sick/evil/whatever, consider first of all that I am probably just arguing for it from the principles of purely abstract civil libertarianism.
Here is an overview of the issues that civil libertarians care about.