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It comes as a surprise to many, but I don't count myself as poltiical "conservative". The work of people like Chris Dillow long ago persuaded me that assumptions of the right about self-control over destiny & automatic benefits of competition lack sufficient empirical foundation.
That doesn't make me a "socialist", however. I believe in the need for public social institutions, and the critical nature of the (knowledge and cultural) commons. There have to be voluntarist power structures that counter-balance the natural drift to enclosure and privateering.
Many on the left have good intentions (hence their smoothly paved road to hell), and reasonably accurate maps of the abuses of power. The problems come in the solutions, hoping for benevolence from centralised power, naively demanding altruism and ignoring evil as inherent force.
The way we structure corporations, design money systems, incentivise profit in isolation of consequences — the "operating system" of corporatocracy — has created a great number of deep problems. The solutions are likely to come from outside of that system of authority and power.
Ultimately the political labels of "left" and "right" are not particularly helpful. It's like trying to decide if you are a knife or fork person. They are different tools, neither is superior, and work best when brought together as a set to solve the basic problem of staying fed.
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