“So much for the tolerant left!” My Position On The Matter

“So much for the tolerant left!” cries the far-right. I am intolerant, yes! But of what? I am intolerant of intolerance on the basis of race, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion or nationality. In a word, I am intolerant of bigotry. “You are a dogmatist!” I am a dogmatist, yes! I am irrevocably convinced of the equality of black and white people, of men and women, of the fact that rape is bad, and I want society to be also. Do you mean that I am not ‘liberal’ and that I do not wish to give bigots a platform? To this crime I plead guilty, I do not wish to give Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups a platform. No, I wish to deprive them of that.

“If fascism could be defeated in debate, I assure you that it would never have happened, neither in Germany, nor in Italy, nor anywhere else. Those who recognized its threat at the time and tried to stop it were, I assume, also called “a mob”. Regrettably too many ‘fair-minded’ people didn’t either try, or want to stop it, and, as I witnessed myself during the war, accommodated themselves when it took over … People who witnessed fascism at its height are dying out, but the ideology is still here, and its apologists are working hard at a comeback. Past experience should teach us that fascism must be stopped before it takes hold again of too many minds, and becomes useful once again to some powerful interests.”

— Franz Frison, Holocaust survivor

 I care infinitely more about the rights of black people, of women, of jews, and of all other oppressed minorities to exist freely and without enduring bigoted attacks by reactionaries than I do for giving someone who would commit genocide a platform. Am I a liberal? Not in the least, I openly declare that I fully intend to deprive such people of a platform, of their ability to organize and rally.

Do I mean that I am intolerant of conservatives? I do not like their views in the least, in fact I despise their views. I myself may not like their views, but I will not try to make society itself, or the state deprive them of their right to organize, debate, rally and petition freely. Conservatives do not wish to burn people alive, to send them to concentration camps. They do not wish to kill people for things they cannot help. Will I discourage it and in every way oppose all reactionary sentiments? Absolutely. But will I, in a stable democratic republic, deprive those people, conservatives, of the right to the free battle of opinions? Will I rape the human conscience and dogmatically force people to take up my views at the barrel of a gun like a fascist? No, I will not do that.

But when it comes to fascists, to Nazis and white supremacists, yes, I most certainly will deprive them of their right to organize, rally, run for office and have a platform. The state must draw a line as not to rape the human conscience, but to deprive fascists of having a platform. Does this mean I support this policy in times of revolution or civil war? Absolutely not. But as a general rule, for a stable society in which the foundation of the people’s republic is founded, I think this absolutely applies. Am I as an individual intolerant of conservatism? It is absolutely opposed to everything I for, but I do not wish the state to deprive people of the right to the free battle of opinions within reason.

To my fellow Christians and people of faith, an open letter from a Christian Socialist

When I drive my car, I see that people either have the Jesus fish on their car or the Darwin fish with legs. Well then, I must ask, why not both? An expression of the total acceptance of the Darwin fish, that all humans evolved from an ape-like ancestor, and, at the same time, the acceptance of the Jesus fish because religion and science are not mutually exclusive insofar as one does not subjugate reason to faith. Why, WHY must you object to the subjugation of your faith to reason?
 
I tell a grim warning, that our religion will die out in a few generations if you refuse to accept rudimentary, basic, undeniable scientific fact. It will die out completely if you cling to your outdated myths. It will die out completely if you cling to literalist interpretations of creation which are, in actuality, and because of their fundamentalist interpretation, illusions. Let’s not beat around the bush here, to think the earth is 6000 years old is an illusion, a fog of scientific denial and ignorance of material reality.
 
If your God is but an ever-receding pocket of scientific ignorance, and not the totality of the scientific endeavor, the force that set all matter into motion, then in 500 years or perhaps even less we will have disproven your foolish notion of ‘God’ and along with it all faiths that refuse to accept scientific fact will go into the dustbin of history.
 
Even more problematic is those that use my faith, and religion generally, to tell the oppressed and exploited people of the earth to work hard, accept their oppressive conditions, to be pacifists and refuse to change their conditions here on earth in hope of a better life after death! What mockery of the Christian legacy is that? No! True Christianity is an emancipatory doctrine firmly rooted in the principle that the meek shall inherit the earth, it is an emancipatory doctrine of liberation! Both liberation in the spiritual sense and thereby, necessarily, of those in this life here on this earth from poverty, oppression, and exploitation everywhere!
 
It is absolutely, positively, and irrevocably incompatible with capitalism, feudalism, and all class society, as well as all forms of systematic oppression and exploitation beyond their historical necessity. And it is against capitalism even more so than feudalism because of its foundations in the sins of greed, gluttony, and pride. It is not to be used as a tool to numb the pain of those who are oppressed but to rouse them up in an open and unrestrained fight against the oppressors and exploiters of the earth!
 
To promote Christianity is one thing, but the realization of the impossibility of secular Judeo-Christian ethics being the foundation of our social structure is another. As Christian Socialist James Connolly said, “We know that Christianity teaches us to love our neighbor as ourselves, but we also know that if a capitalist attempted to run his business upon that plan his relatives would have no difficulty in getting lawyers, judges and physicians to declare him incompetent to conduct his affairs in the business world… Personally I am opposed to any system wherein the capitalist is more powerful than God Almighty. You need not serve God unless you like, and may refuse to serve him and grow fat, prosperous and universally respected. But if you refuse to serve the capitalist your doom is sealed; misery and poverty and public odium await you. No worker is compelled to enter a church and to serve God; every worker is compelled to enter the employment of a capitalist and serve him. As Socialists we are concerned to free mankind from the servitude forced upon them as a necessity of their life; we propose to allow the question of all kinds of service voluntarily rendered to be settled by the emancipated human race of the future.”
Even to you self-proclaimed pacifists, when you assert that your religion, your church should be embodied in, officialized and have power over the state do you not realize what you are doing? The state is that organ in a given society that has a sole, absolute, and legitimate monopoly on violence. It is an inherently repressive institution whereby one class subjugates another by the police, the army, the courts, etc. In other words, by the barrel of a gun. What Christian, in their right mind could claim to be a pacifist and support anything but strict state secularism? And even those like me who are not pacifists, you cannot in your right mind support the state in capitalist society, a tool used to hold down the oppressed and not the oppressors. A tool used solely to keep the poor and bondage by enforcing and prolonging their exploitation.
 
What else is there to say? I admit wholeheartedly that the atheist’s criticism of religion is correct up to and excluding the point where it dictates the necessity of atheism. Take a look in the mirror, when I read the works of Karl Marx on issues such as religion, I, a religious person, find myself agreeing with him. What does that say about our faith? That it was Marx, a brilliant man no doubt, but an atheist, who first discovered and unveiled the laws that dominate human society and the capitalist economy at large? It was Marx, not a man of God, who correctly discovered such things. What does that say about us? Take a look in the mirror damn it! If you truly care about your faith, subjugate it to reason and scrutiny. Reject any and all literalist interpretations, especially those of creation, and stop using it as a tool to keep the oppressed and exploited people’s of the earth in bondage! Turn all organized religion upsidedown from a tool of the oppressor to a tool of the oppressed. You think religion is powerless and pacifistic, but in reality, it is a weapon. For centuries it has been used to hold down the oppressed. Now let it be used to encourage the oppressed to hold down the oppressors until the systematic exploitation of man by man is no more! What more can I say?

My 25 Rules, Guidelines and Principles I Live By

1.) Never burn books. Write new books, new articles and new criticisms to refute wrong ideas. To destroy wrong ideas by burning them physically is to admit that you are afraid that you are wrong. It is to suffer a defeat.
2.) Never subjugate reason to faith. Everything must justify its existence before the judgement-seat of reason or give up existence. This does not imply either theism or atheism, it is a general matter of attitude, to avoid dogmatism in all regards.
3.) Accept the possibility that everything you know is wrong. Everything.
4.) Treat others how you would want to be treated but do not hesitate to enforce justice where it is deserved.
5.) “The life of a single human being (of the poorest human being) is worth a million times more than all the property of the richest man on earth.” Treat homeless people with dignity and respect. Address them properly.
6.) Accepting the prevailing socioeconomic and political system is not a fundamental part of growing up, the spirit of rebellion against injustice must never be crushed by old age.
7.) Love is infinitely more valuable than hate in most every instance
8.) An injustice suffered by one might as well be an injustice suffered by all
9.) “It is right to rebel”
10.) Every bridge has a person who first walked across it. Do not be afraid of going where no other person has ventured.
11.) Laws are only valid insofar as they are grounded in justice, and a dedication to justice carries with it an obligation to disobey all unjust laws. Obey the law of conscience and the law of reason, disobey the written law at every instance if it is unjust.
12.) “Unless you have investigated a problem, you will be deprived of the right to speak on it. Isn’t that too harsh? Not in the least. When you have not probed into a problem, into the present facts and its past history, and know nothing of its essentials, whatever you say about it will undoubtedly be nonsense.”
13.) Avoid the number 13 at all costs* (* may contradict rule no. 2)
14.) Pray and then act, that’s how prayer is supposed to work.
15.) Always read differing opinions and points of view. Familiarize yourself with what the other side believes and take from it what, if anything, is based on reason.
16.) Religion must not be used to justify oppression and exploitation here on earth in hope of a better life after death. Religion (more specifically Christianity) generally must be and ultimately is, in essence, militantly opposed to all social orders but socialism, but communism. As such it must mean a fight against all the oppressors and exploiters of the world!
17.) Pacifism is only useful in personal and private matters, oppose all unjust wars but do not hesitant to use violence when and where it is both necessary and justifiable.
18.) Ideological dogmatism is toxic, avoid it at all costs.
19.) “The police become necessary in human society, only at that juncture in human society where it is split between those who have and those who ain’t got.” The policing institution is worthy of absolutely no respect. Misguided individuals who join the police out of a desire to genuinely help people should be respected, but never the institution itself.
20.) Fight for justice and equality of those of color, women, immigrants, LGBT+ people and all oppressed and exploited peoples
21.) Capitalism is fundamentally based on exploitation, it systematically creates extreme inequality (poverty). It is split between the proletariat (the workers who have nothing to sell but their labor) and the bourgeoisie (the capitalists who do no productive work yet live off of and amass fortune off of those who have nothing to sell but their labor). You can’t have capitalism without racism, without poverty, without exploitation.
22.) Fight for actual socialism, meaning industrial democracy (not the state-capitalist system of the former USSR). Oppose Stalinism and alternatives to capitalism which in practice are just as bad, or worse than the system it is trying to replace.
23.) NEVER embrace or uphold historical revisionism. (I.e. holocaust denial) It means revising history in order to justify your political, social, or religious views.
24.) In times of great social upheaval and revolution they may be absent, but any society which does not recognize the fundamental rights of man, (the bill of rights as it is called in the U.S.) excluding capitalist rights to exploit others for profit, is not worthy of being a model society. Certain principles may be taken from such a society. But no such society is worthy of fighting for.
25.) Equality, Democracy, Liberty, and Justice are grand ideas, but in our society, they are not genuine, they are truncated, false, hypocritical and deceptive in our society. Fight for these things in actuality and expose the hypocrisy of our society in all instances.

To Be Born Is Arguably The Worst Injustice, Consent and Existentialism, Psychoanalysis and Parenting

To be born is arguably the worst injustice, one cannot consent to being thrust into existence, for to say “I consent” implies that there is an I, that existence is already attained. It is to be, in the inverted sense, raped by mother nature, a one in a trillion rape, a one in a trillion, horrific injustice. And of course, we are wired to consent after the fact, after we already exist. “I don’t want to die” is the norm thanks to natural selection, and I say that not cynically. I say that as someone who has had depression in the past. In absolutely no way do I defend or support social Darwinism, but natural selection as opposed to human selection has hitherto been responsible for shaping our instincts and minds from birth, not to say that they are not largely malleable by the material conditions and society this mind finds itself in, but that the general trend has been a desire to live and survive, the most deeply rooted instincts.

This is also not an argument against procreation. Yes, we should have fewer babies because of overpopulation, but by all means, have children if you so will. Just know that it is as you will, or the material conditions you find yourself in (i.e. sex, rape, moral stance against abortion or contraception, etc.) and not a non-existent other, not according to the will of the thing you are going to thrust into the world without its consent. But there is a silver lining, being a good parent helps to atone for this injustice, in fac, if you are responsible for creating this thing then it is you alone, with (hopefully) the obligation of the other, that can, and therefore must do to atone for this injustice. 

Perhaps this can explain the paternal/ maternal instinct. “My god I have brought this innocent thing into the world, It’s so helpless.” And then in the subconscious, “It couldn’t even consent to being thrust into existence, I have to give it a happy life and be a good parent to make up for this”, even though it is in most every regard a most happy moment. I think this may be a valid form of subconscious moral reasoning. In essence, you do not choose to exist, someone and something else did. To be born, to exist against your will is in the absolute sense, injustice. But this is an absolutely necessary, and permanent injustice. Not in the sense that immorality, oppression, and exploitation are unjust, but in another, wholly existential and absolute form.