A Realist Left

Here are some things we support:
– Economics consisting of Post-Keynesian and MMT macroeconomic policies, public investment, an industrial policy, a level of aggregate demand to ensure full employment, balanced trade and a modest welfare state. Opposition to neoliberalism, Libertarianism, Free Market Fundamentalism, globalisation, selling off of our natural assets to foreign entities and deindustrialization.

– We are for modest levels of immigration, civic or “liberal nationalism” aka the “Melting Pot”, reintroducing objective morality, objective truth, are pro-family, pro-egalitarian and pro-Western values. We are against Cultural Leftism, particularly Open Borders mass immigration, post-structuralism, post-modernism, truth relativism, cultural relativism, moral relativism, “Social Justice Warriors”ism, the cult of diversity and toxic identity politics in general.

3) We are pro-Free speech, and anti-censorship on college campuses and public debate in the name of “Political Correctness”. We oppose Islamization and appeasing reactionary Islamist political hardliners in the name of “diversity” and “tolerance”, and support assimilation into our cultural values.

4) We tend to be against most forms of foreign interventionism, but are certainly not isolationists. We tend to be socially liberal and against punitive “Law and Order” measures, but don’t confuse us for lawless and “anything goes” Libertarians and Anarchists.

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5 thoughts on “A Realist Left”

    1. Good point. We will need to add a blurb about that. Basically, Climate Change is real and has to be tackled, but we need to do it in pro-growth ways, using things like a carbon tax and spur innovation of alternative energy through investment and alternative energy requirements by states, build mass transit systems, incentivize electronic vehicles and batteries, and also incentivize lower consumption of energy through a variety of ways. However, we do not want to promote anti-growth, luddite environmentalism either. That is a false dichotomy.

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  1. I’m blown away. For the last 20 years I thought I was the only person on the Left who thought like this. In Australia, the organised Left is hopelessly mired in minority advocacy and grievance issues – the welfare of the native working class is no longer even on the radar.
    One issue that you may want to consider is the process of money creation. In Western nations the vast majority of new money is created as credit by privately owned banks. This represents an ‘enclosure of the commons’ as described by Huber and Robertson in their book, ‘Creating New Money’.
    Thanks again for the great site. If I can help in any way going forward, please let me know.

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    1. Yes, the Left has collectively gone insane across most of the Anglo world (Anglo-Germanic, even, because Germany and the Nordic countries have too gone crazy).
      Yes, we try to cover endogenous money creation too, and a whole host of other heterodox issues. Check us out at the facebook and twitter pages.

      The best way you can help us out is by linking our pages to your friends who may be interested, whether they’re a highly rational person on the (center-)left, or even if they’re a left-leaning social conservative/Populist.

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      1. Thanks. There are, in my experience, a number of Australians who identify as ‘right wing’ based on their hostility to PC posturing on all the usual hip issues; mass immigration, multiculturalism, the badness of traditional family structures etc. When pressed, however, many of the same people support economic and trade policies that are well to the left of current Labor Party policies. These people constitute a latent Realist Left, I think.
        I was able to link your 21st century social democracy site to a Sydney Morning Herald forum this morning. More to come..

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