The Case for Political Pride

The Case for Political Pride

The celebration of LGBT persons known as «Pride» has to a large extent been very successful. In Western countries LGBT people and their supporters come out and openly express their acceptance of LBGT persons in society. The word pride conjures instant connotations to the rainbow symbol and people in “colourful” costumes partying on floats in a parade through town.

It is quite remarkable how rapidly the acceptance of LGBT persons has moved forward in society. I can only talk about the situation in Norway, I’m not familiar enough with other countries to comment. Homosexuality was decriminalized in 1972, domestic partnerships came sometime after and in 2009 same-sex marriage became law. Comparing the situation now with how it was when I was a child, society has indeed moved far.

I remember homosexuality being used as a punchline on comedy shows I watched while young, while today that would be perceived as unacceptable. People wouldn’t turn their heads today upon seeing a same-sex couple holding hands or kissing. I think that a pride movement for diverse political opinions is in high order.

It is far, far easier to come out of the LGBT “closet” than to come out and admit you hold some far out political leanings. Norway and the other Scandinavian societies are aptly described as “consensus” societies. The Overton window of acceptable political opinions is quite narrow. I personally haven’t disclosed my own libertarian leanings to anyone at work or to my friends. The ensuing discussions aren’t worth it.

Being a libertarian is nothing compared to criticizing Islam or talking about topics related to the Alt-Right/Lite. That would grant severe social sanction. Personally, I would fear for my continued employment at work if I even brought up such topics. This is of course not conducive to a healthy societal political debate. I therefore call for the creation of a pride movement for diverse political opinions.

We have already seen the feasibility of changing the attitudes of society in short order through the LGBT pride movement. I don’t think it is a big stretch to apply the same concept to politics. The benefits to society are great. As things stand now, private citizens, politicians, the media, organisations and bureaucrats are fearful to bring up topics or viewpoints critical of the current consensus.

This prevents honest discussions of problems affecting society at large and forces us to kick the can down the road, rather than find easy solutions now. One of the biggest examples here would be the demographic trends taking place in Europe at the moment. Unless we are willing to discuss solutions now, we will have to deal with a significantly narrower range of options at a future date. That is something that we should all work to avoid. Therefore you should take pride in your “deviant” political leanings and extoll them to the world!

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