I’ve long been irritated by the ‘moderation’ trolls. This is seen in those who warn against too much democracy and anything else along these lines. Instead, they argue, we need moderation. Fuck that shit. What are they trying to moderate? And who declared them to be the moderators, the gatekeepers?
There is only democracy and authoritarianism, freedom and unfreedom. There is no moderation between the two. At no point in human existence, more recently or further back, has there ever been an excess of democracy, an out-of-control overabundance of popular will and self-governance. These same idiots are made uncomfortable by the ‘antifa’ and so scapegoat them. People who make these arguments can’t be that stupid and ignorant, can they? Antifa means anti-fascist. If you aren’t against fascism, you are for it. There is no other option, no third way.
They argue for some mythical center when in reality they are the extremists. I see this all the time among pseuod-liberal Democrats who claim to be the middle. But when you look at actual public opinion, these people are sometimes far on the political right. Going by their absurd claims, we’d have to conclude that the majority of Americans are radical left-wingers. And if that really is the case, then radical leftism is the norm and not the extreme. How is being ruled by an authoritarian elite, however paternalistic, supposed to be somehow moderate?
I see the same thing in the dietary world. Experts will say eat balanced meals. But this is in the context of a severely fucked up food system where the very concept of ‘balance’ has become imbalanced. In research, 40% of calories as carbs is often considered low-carb, even though 40% is the highest extreme typically seen among hunter-gatherers. That is not normal, by historical standards or evolutionary standards or biological standards.
Might this have something to do with why 88% of Americans are metabolically unfit, primarily caused by carbohydrates, at a time when we are being hit by one of the greatest health epidemics ever seen, just maybe? People die all the time from heavy carb consumption. Do we see the same extreme pattern of disease with those who eat lots of non-starchy vegetables, meat, fish, eggs, dairy, and animal fat but without the carbs? No. So, what’s up with this moderation bullshit?
I’m not against moderation on principle. But the highly controlled narrative of public debate has become so disconnected from reality that the rhetoric of moderation has become meaningless and sometimes outright dangerous. Those promoting it often do so in defense of extremism. That is what reactionaries do. They co-opt language to deceive and manipulate.
When someone criticizes the demands for justice, public health, or whatever with rhetoric of ‘moderation’, immediately look at them with mistrust. Whether they are a direct threat or merely repeating the idiot talk of others, they are part of the problem. No one thinks moderation makes sense with drug addiction or sex slavery, lead toxicity or gang violence. We are living an era of extremism in corruption and disease. Do we really want to moderate into the middle of the problem? No, we don’t.