Commonly-Accepted Premises I Don't Share, Right-Wing Division
A few years ago, I made a list of premises that are commonly accepted as sufficiently obvious that they don't need defending or even explicit statements. That list leaned left. I'm starting to compile a similar list for right-wing premises I don't share:
- Capitalism is a matter of the arbitrary will of businessmen. The best way to support capitalism is therefore to elect a businessman and give him absolute power.
- As far as groups are concerned, economic activity is zero-sum. If one group is becoming richer than another, that can only be because they are stealing it.
- At some point in the recent past Life Was Fair. Any change in the relative standing of different groups since then is therefore Unfair.
- Being willing to work for less is Unfair.
- Being willing to work harder is Unfair.
- True Success is a matter of prowess, not diligence.
- Open borders is part of the ideological superstructure of the bourgeoise.
- When goods cross borders, armies will as well. (This is a rejection of a common libertarian slogan.)