Lindsay Shepherd has released a new youtube video in the last week where she proclaims an end to her “leftist” tendencies. She doesn’t say right is right, but she does say that she’s left the left. I watched Miss Shepherd during her whole saga with Wilfrid Laurier University and it came as no surprise that she was left wing. But her video explains a two interesting points that I think are true.
Left by default
She never actually chose to be left wing. In her words “I just kind of naturally saw myself as being a leftists”. I think this is fairly common among the youth of today. Miss Shepherd naturally fell in with the left because of issues like climate change and gay marriage. This raises the issue of whether or not conservatives and libertarians are well advised to try and have an opinion on everything. Perhaps they should try to ‘reign it in’ to include only key issues absolutely necessary. It may be that an issue championed is just another reason for the youth to hate you.
Take for example the issue of renewable energies. Sooner all later we are going to find out if a big mirror pointed at the sun and a big windmill that only turns when the wind blows can really keep everyone’s air conditioners on. Be it successful or unsuccessful, those technologies and industries will employ people in the short term and the tech might give rise to other advancements (like the space race) that could be beneficial. If it were known that 50% of tomorrow’s children would become rusted on lefties solely because of the the Right’s opposition to renewables, is this battle really worth fighting for the Right? Maybe let the renewables river run its course?
Which side wakes up last
It would also appear as though Miss Shepherd had a wake up moment of her own. A moment when she came to a realisation that her side was lying to her. She found the leftists using tactics so immoral that winning the culture war was no longer worth the cost. Many on the Right have woken up over issues like sex and relationships, repression of free speech, the hypocrisy of feminism and the thuggish tactics of SJW’s. Perhaps all the Right needs to do to win the culture wars is to let the left go insane and arise an army of former sleepers.
If young Westerners are leftists simply because of their feelings (and I mean *sob, sob, FEELINGS!!!*) then perhaps this is going to end up a competition to see who can alienate the youth slowest. Let’s face it, no one wants to be a crazy extremist living on the fringe forever. We need to find some common sense eventually, especially once we have small children to look after.
Politics is a zero sum game. In the age of outrage can one ever really win new followers? Perhaps we must simply lose those followers we have to the other side, slowest.