I am not a leftist. Nor am I a rightist. I am that rare fool who believes that it is a careful tension between both which yields the greatest good in the most desirable social order. But because it is in tension, that order is as fragile as it is improbable. By the end of this essay, I will try to explain why I believe so, and what that means. And if you wish to burn me at the stake, by all means do so.
Ask questions about other people’s opinions. These opinions are mostly irrelevant and therefore uninteresting, but people like expressing them very much. I like it when people are happy. It also teaches me to express my own points of view when I have them. Very occasionally, I see the potential in these opinions to be included or grown into my own system. So, I’m usually fine with exposing myself to the risk of listening to the litanies of someone else’s preferences or tastes.