It's definitely still the -right- stuff


You see, I have a disorder. Rather than hearing whatever salient point some ignorant has to make, I have a cognitive deficiency, such that if butthurt MUH EGO, LOOK AT ME PL0X points are made, my receptors scramble the input, with the above being the result of what I actually hear. I continue to look for different avenues of medical intervention, but at the same time, I don’t know for sure if I’d want to deprive myself of the lulz.

It happens a little too often that some new-to-the-scene politico tries to do away with some sort of common classificatory standard. They’re trying a little too desperately to say something profound—usually to justify their existence. Usually to seem impressive and seek validation. Usually to afford themselves an unwarranted sense of superiority. HUR HUR I KNWOZ SOMETHIN U DAONT. They’re trying to compensate for butthurt, high-school trauma (NO MO HIGHSCHOO). Why it is that they all narrow in on the left-right spectrum, I’ll never know, but it usually goes a little something like this: “Let’s do away with the left-right spectrum, because, you know, if you really think about it, it’s not exactly an accurate representation of durr durr, and sophistry, durr, etc.”

The whole bit is really indicative of some sort of ego-deficiency and a desperate, put-on superiority complex.

Is the left/right distinction entirely exhaustive? No. It never once claimed to be. Does it fully approximate reality? No. That was never its goal, and indeed I know of no model that would claim that status for itself, but I’m going to show why it makes sense to refer to “the right stuff,” as opposed to “the can’t-be-placed-on-spectrum-cuz-im-cool stuff,” or some sort of similar variant.

So why use it? The simplest answer is just to say that it’s useful. If I’m interested in knowing certain information, then classifying oneself as either right or left will communicate that information. Can it be misunderstood by incompetents? Yes, but that isn’t profound. Nearly any subtle or nuanced point is lost on the hive. But for proper-thinking individuals, if I classify myself as being on the right, then there’s a certain amount of explanatory power it has—on an aggregate level—for predicting the positions that a self-identifying right-winger will have.

For fuzzy individuals, with fuzzy political views, we use different models. There are those who don’t fit neatly on the spectrum; that’s granted, but don’t be so narcissistic in thinking that if it doesn’t fully describe your own idiosyncratic take on political affairs, that the model is therefore useless. It isn’t. It’s very useful. If someone calls themselves a leftist, there’s a high probability that I’ll be able to predict various political, economic, and social positions of theirs. Can I do it with absolute certainty? Obviously not. But that’s hardly the point. If I can do it at a statistically significant level, then it’s more than worth keeping around.

That’s the test of a good model, namely its predictive power, and so long as the right/left spectrum has it for a good amount of cases, there is absolutely no reason to discard it, and every reason to continue saying: the right stuff.