Author- Vladimir Zark
As human beings, particularly rational ones, I like to think that we have moral obligations, both towards ourselves and one another. We cannot deny that the world is made a better place for everyone when people are truly helped, genuinely provided something that they didn’t have before, and have their lives improved by way of a service or information. So, I’ll pose the question today, and seek to answer it: who are we supposed to help, and what can we do to help most effectively?
Approaching this question from a right-leaning libertarian bent is not necessarily easy for me, and is made more difficult by the fact that I have to address the moralizing ideology of the modern Left. I like to think that we have a moral obligation not only to help people in the material sense, as in by way of money and information, but also to break people out of the fear-based, conformity based system of coercion that the Left employs through shameless tactics, tactics like no-platforming controversial speakers, publicly shaming conservatives and Trump supporters, enforcing an absurdly polarized status quo that has no room for dissent, and many other injustices. Furthermore, the Left’s dishonesty about topics like race and class also makes it harder to know who to help and how to help. Let’s explore this topic somewhat.
- We must help ourselves. If we don’t properly educate ourselves on how the world is at the moment, how politics is really shaped, how human nature operates, and how we can liberate ourselves from the generic and hopeless matrix of dependency on others, we’ll never be able to help ourselves properly. More importantly, we won’t be able to help others, at least our friends and family, in a way that could be called meaningful. We have to be freethinkers, trained in the art of emotional and ideological control. If we are too distracted and polarized, we won’t be able to engage any topic properly, and our critiques will not help further discussion. This relates to politics, of course, because what we think is what we are. You can’t just call yourself a liberal or a conservative – you have to understand the essence of these movements and their opposites, and everything in between.
- We must help the truly disadvantaged. The Left insists that the problem in this country is that identity shapes oppression, that being black or female or trans is the cause of one’s disadvantage in society, seeing as they are stigmatized or lack some fundamental human right. Rather, I will posit that the disadvantaged are those whose material reality prevents them from being on equal terms with everyone else. For instance, if you are poor, in any sense of the term (let’s say a $0-15,000 income), you are disadvantaged and oppressed. You cannot have the basic dignity of a decent meal, a place to sleep and rest, and the luxuries of technology, unless you have a friend who can help you. If you are homeless, white, and male, you can consider yourself the most disadvantaged person in the modern day. I say that because the homeless white male has nowhere to go, no government programs to help him, no rich lover to save him from his troubles, and constant stigma both for being poor and being white. I’m living this reality right now, as an impoverished white male. I’d written an article recently decrying affirmative action on the basis of race – but, after having read through some very productive comments, I found that it could be a very good idea to try it on the basis of class. I am on the Right, but I am not heartless. I think that people, especially those who demonstrate talent and potential, should be helped as much as possible. That is the nature of merit. The truly disadvantaged need our help.
- We must help victims. When I say that, I don’t simply mean one half of the world’s population, like feminists often seem to suggest – I want to help everyone that has ever been traumatized, harassed, or exploited. They say that women are by far the most oppressed, and are still not equal to men – I find this incomprehensibly dishonest and unproductive. The true victims when this is brought up are not the women in the West at all, but the actually oppressed women in the Middle East, who deal with regressive laws and practices – 2 women’s testimony to 1 man’s in court, no driving, no walking outside without a male escort, mandated wearing of the veil, etc. If you ask me about female victims in the U.S, I’ll say that any conservative woman, any traditional woman, and any woman who goes against feminism are victims, seeing as they are actively marginalized by feminists and women on the Left. And what’s worse, the feminists make the issue all about violence against women, which is around equal as violence against men in this country, and rape, which has been steadily declining. As much sympathy as I have for female rape victims, I have begun to have even more for male divorce victims. A woman is raped once, and will never forget that experience, but a man goes through a perpetual state of misery where he can lose his house, his job, his children, most of the money he makes, intimate friendships, trust, and even his freedom, if he settles with the wrong kind of woman. The MRA movement makes a compelling case for this oppression that is never talked about in the mainstream, and it scares me every time I hear a story of a man paying child support to a child who isn’t his, or a man who was jailed on false rape and domestic violence accusations, or men who never had father figures and became abusive because their mothers were abusive. I think we live in a gynocentric system, and the men of our generation have been dealt a horrible hand. Our men are becoming more fearful, and even our youths will begin to feel the effect of this pressure. Have you ever asked yourself or anyone around you why there is a women’s gender studies major, but no men’s gender studies? It still comes to me as a shock that I’ve never heard this brought up in my life – I thought of the idea myself, and thought it to be completely elementary. We need a course on how men are oppressed. Men have gone to jail in this country for decades on false rape allegations, only to be released with a small apology check, a measly half million dollars or so, which will be torn to shreds by taxes. A woman will never suffer through that, seeing as she gets preferential treatment in all cases – the amount of time she gets, the nature of her crimes, the indifference towards false rape allegations, etc. There are 1,500 shelters for battered women in the U.S., but I don’t think there’s even one for battered men. It’s almost scary that I have to talk about it this way.
- We must help those who will listen. I’ll finish this piece by pointing to something critical in any discourse – you have someone listening to you. If you are telling someone something and don’t allow them to respond, that is a lecture rather than a conversation. I say this to my friends on both sides, liberals, libertarians, conservatives, even communists – if you don’t treat the other side with respect, you will not be able to help them. I’m not saying that you have to respect everyone, especially the idiots and fools and trolls. All I’m saying is that you must help those people who are not simply wasting your time, taking you seriously, and don’t have something against you. Good, civil, rational people will listen to you and either respectfully agree or disagree. I want to help those people, and I want them to help me too, if there’s ever something we don’t understand. In a conversation, especially an ideological one, I am intending to help a person with my insight on a topic, and my goal is to reach some productive end. If that’s not the goal, then the conversation is truly pointless. We are supposed to help these people, especially if they appreciate what we’re saying! I know many people on the Left who are perfectly alright, and I want them to hear me out.
We can help whoever we want to help, in the grand scheme of things. However, I think that if we helped the four parties described in this article more often, we’d have a much healthier country and world. I propose that you help whoever you can. You have a moral obligation because you’re a virtuous person, a person with good values and upbringing, and hopefully a person who wants to change the world for the better. I will encourage you every step of the way, and hope that you too can help others.