Life outside the padded walls
September 25, 2015 § 84 Comments
Understanding our sociopolitical life as more of an ‘inside-outside’ thing than a ‘left-right’ thing changes our perspective significantly. Living inside or outside of a lie isn’t a matter of left versus right; it is a matter of the evil, false, and ugly versus the good, the true, and the beautiful. Or, perhaps more accurately, it is a matter of something known to be evil, false, and ugly versus … something else.
The Overton Window forms the soft comfortable center of the modern mind trap, in which all political debate involving all socially acceptable points of view takes place. All of these points of view take liberalism as a metaphysically basic background, and within the padded walls it makes sense to talk of left versus right; that is, left liberalism versus right liberalism.
Outside of the Overton window is where all of the overt sociopaths live. Some people are driven to overt sociopathy by the insanity of life inside the mind trap and its padded walls. Others are endogenously sociopathic (HT: Bonald) and just happen to live outside of the padded walls for that reason. I don’t venture to guess how it is that I ended up just where I am: I’ll leave that to others.
But there are all sorts of sociopaths; and just because someone is sociopathic enough to live outside of the padded walls doesn’t mean that he is my friend, or that his views and mine are any more compatible than my views and those of some of the people inside the padded walls. Someone who was lured outside of the padded walls by a promise of easy fornication, for example, is going to have different metaphysical baggage from someone who is outside of the padded walls because he ran in horror from the human sacrifice cult of modernity. All we really know upon encountering someone outside of the padded walls is that he is a sociopath.
So when I object to the idea of “no enemies to the right” what I am really saying is that just because someone is a sociopath who overtly rejects (some of) the comfortable pieties of liberalism, that doesn’t make him any more suitable as a friend or ally than someone inside the padded walls. The only thing that overt sociopathy guarantees is overt sociopathy.