What defines the right

Hope this is not too heavy too early in the day. An American writes:

The British journalist, and sometime National Review editor, John O’Sullivan stated that any organization or enterprise that is not expressly right wing will become left wing over time. This observation is conveniently named O’Sullivan’s Law and is based on the observation that non-liberals will hire liberals into their organization, while liberals apply ideological tests. The result is liberals eventually take over non-liberal organizations while ruthlessly defending their own turf.

What O’Sullivan was observing is the natural tendency toward entryism among members of mass movements. It is the corollary to proselytizing. The true believer seeks validation so they are always trying to recruit members to their cause. It’s why Mormons knock on doors offering to show you their magic underwear. This also manifests itself in the inclination toward undermining organizations seen as a challenge, often by infiltrating and co-opting them. When an institution flips to their ideological camp, it is seen as validation.

The irony here is that O’Sullivan and other Buckley Conservatives confused their temporary, ad hoc response to communism, with Anglo-Saxon conservatism.

He goes on to define being of the right a bit differently:

O’Sullivan was mostly correct, but he left out the most important part of the rule. That’s the definition of Right Wing. What is it that forever separates the Right from the Left? What is the thing about which there can be no meeting in the middle, between Left and Right? The great divide that can never be crossed, is biology.The Left embraces the blank slate and rejects biological reality. The Right accepts biology, human diversity and all the truths about the human animal that arise from it.

Everyone has his/her own hobbyhorses and one of mine is the relations between men and women. So, by the definitions above, I would say there are fundamental differences between men and women, that women tend far more naturally towards ‘bird with a broken wing’ ‘do-goodism’ type left-liberalism as a percentage of the whole.

Therefore there will always be conflict between men and women, as it’s biological, plus it is utter bollox to say the two can ever be the same or even capable of the same things – a complete construct to carry on about that being possible.

In the public arena though it is the left v right which still dominates as an issue or in its modern form – the leftist/neocon/globalist v the bourgeois/working class populist.

And this is playing out right now in London and in Washington.

4 comments for “What defines the right

  1. Graham Wood
    April 11, 2017 at 8:28 am

    James. If I may venture, the “left” v “the right” is far too simplistic a term to use, and stereotyping by use of these terms is I think unnecessary and always needs defining and refining.
    For practical purposes in discussing differences of view on almost any subject the terms are best omitted as being an exercise in only confirming prejudices held. (IMO!)
    As a matter of interest have you read anything of Hayek’s ‘The Constitution of Liberty’ ? He examines in depth every aspect of the conservative v liberal differences of viewpoint, and his book is perhaps a seminal and foundational reference work which is very thought provoking and comprehensive.
    Much of his thinking is framed by the concept of liberty and
    associated ideas about “the rule of law”
    Also his chapter on Conservatism and Liberalism has very powerful insights into the old left/right divide. So well worth reading.

  2. Graham Wood
    April 11, 2017 at 8:40 am

    Re Hayek. Also fascinating is his chapter on ‘The origins of the rule of law’ which I believe is a key concept, again in terms of individual and collective liberty.
    How about this for a provocative statement in the context of the rule of law of England in the 17th century historic battle of ideas:

    “In England, Parliament thus developed from what had been mainly a law FINDING body to a law CREATING one. A radical shift methinks which continues to have multiple implications and repercussions for government today!

  3. April 11, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Cheers. I have and you’re right [meaning correct].

    • Graham Wood
      April 11, 2017 at 1:38 pm

      So, James, what would your own definition be of the commonly used phrase of left and right? Not necessarily in terms of political parties but more generally? Thanks

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