I’ve said before many times on this blog, the left-right divide is a fiction. The real differentiation in politics is between Libertarianism and Populism (aka Totalitarianism). Left-wingers and right-wingers merely squabble over what freedoms they choose to repress first: economic or personal. Both harbour a pathological urge to control the lives of others, and both regard Libertarians—and not each other—as their real enemy. Just look at the trolls’ comments on James’ blog, and you’ll see what I mean. Some of them claim to be members of the Fabian Society; others screech that they’re Republican (US) or Conservative (UK) voters. Their desperate claims to differentiate themselves from each other are as repetitive and pathetic as they are irrelevant.
That’s why it makes no difference to me that the man arrested by police in connection to yesterday’s mass murder in Norway, one Anders Behring Breivik, is a blond, neo-Nazi extremist, and not some Red Brigade remnant, bearded jihadist (as many originally thought) or sundry communist fruitcake. As far as I’m concerned, if they all want to tell us what to do, then they all belong in the same basket: the waste basket.