I wonder if you have noticed the fact that the mainstream media seems to be obsessed with the absurdities that come along with the rise of authoritarian far-right populism in Europe and United States. But while this new surge of far-right sweeps the world, its worth reflecting on the absurdities of the authoritarian left that fuelled this rise. Lets just take three recent examples :-
- Recently a theater group at Mount Holyoke College announced it would no longer put on The Vagina Monologues because the material excludes women without vaginas.
- In a Virginia school, the timeless classic by Harper Lee “To Kill A Mockingbird” has been banned because it contained ‘offensive‘ racial slurs that ‘legitimises racism’
- UCLA students staged a sit-in to protest microaggressions such as when a professor corrected a student’s decision to spell the word indigenous with an uppercase I — one example of many “perceived grammatical choices that in actuality reflect ideologies.”
Oh and almost forgot to mention what ties all three – apparently these incidents are supposed to be reflective of ‘liberalism‘.
Perhaps the greatest heist in the history of political philosophies was how the term ‘liberalism‘ was appropriated by the cultural marxist/socialist left from the libertarian right. The very term which best defines and summarises the libertarian politics of free market capitalism, competitive markets, inalienable individual civil liberties, representative democracy and rule of law was stolen from us (and meanwhile we played fiddle with corporatism, while our Rome was burning).
How did we reach a point in time when the term ‘liberalism‘ is no longer a term that is used to represent the rich political traditions of John Locke, Thomas Jefferson and Adam Smith but is instead used to identify the the politically correct left’s vicious politics of identity, cultural relativism, language policing and victimhood. How did the illiberal politics of regulating ‘appropriate‘ thoughts, ‘appropriate‘ language and ‘appropriate‘ ideals became synonymous with liberalism, a philosophy built on principles antithetical to everything that political correctness stands for.
Before I continue, there is something you should know. I am a young male and I belong to an upper caste brahmin family of reasonable means, a fact that is certainly worth bearing in mind. But if you consider this background and demographic information to be the very essence of my point of view, then there’s not much point in reading any further.
And this pointlessness is exactly the point: Political correctness makes debate irrelevant and frequently impossible. Under p.c. culture, the same idea can be expressed identically by two people but received differently depending on the race and sex of the individuals doing the expressing. This has led to elaborate norms and terminology within certain communities in the ‘liberal‘ marketplace of ideas.
But no longer.
Lib Talk India is my humble attempt at taking back the term ‘liberalism‘ from the illiberal left, and restoring it – one piece, one link , one video at a time to its true foundations. The consequence of an overwhelmingly leftist hegemony on media and academia is that the internet is flooded with regressive propaganda which makes it extremely difficult to parse true liberal opinion on the internet.
Which is why we need Lib Talk.
Lib Talk promises to be a curating platform where I will curate the best of classical liberal opinion on the internet from every major ( and minor ) news source of the world. From Opinion-Editorials, to Videos to Academic Literature – you will find this to be the hub of libertarian content on the internet.
In other words we are going to – Make Liberalism Great Again.