You cannot avoid being allied with right wingers. It is just a matter of who and when. The people we describe as pseudo-left are in alliance with Pat Buchanan, The Cato Institute and The Independent Institute in opposing the US liberation of Iraq. On that matter we side with Bush and the neo-cons. We have written a lot on the question both here and at our parent site. We see it as a switch in US foreign policy from supporting “stability” in the region to supporting democracy and “draining the swamp” in which all sorts of creepy things fester.
Many pseudos in the US would side with Pat Buchanan and Ann Coulter on trade protection. We would ally with Cato and support free trade. Both we and the pseudos would side with The Cato and The Independent Institutes on a range of civil liberties issues and on ending the embargo on Cuba.
But we must ‘fess up. We are doing more than our share of fraternizing and endorsing.
We have been taking the same side against the greens whose “anti-capitaliism” is just a reactionary attack on modern industry and human development. A lot of right wing groups have maintained a steady flow of material exposing the greens’ political chicanery and junk science.
In developing countries we support “neoliberalism” or liberal capitalism as a necessary advance on the stagnation brought by feudalism, crony capitalism and bogus socialism. In backward countries, socialism if it is not bogus from the start will end up that way. We would see ourselves pretty much allied with the likes of development economist, Deepak Lal, the new president of the Mont Pelerin Society. Also see the section on Sub-Saharan Africa in my book Bright Future .
While we have not written anything on the subject so far, we cetainly endorse the right’s opposition to the erosion of liberal democracy in Venezuela and and its total absence in Cuba.
The right (or at least some of it) appears more open to civil exchanges of views than the greens and pseudo-lefts. The latter can always prove me wrong. They seem, however, more likely to hold the feudal view that bad ideas need to be suppressed because of the evil they can do. The modern, enlightened ideas is that correct ideas can only emerge through fierce contention with wrong ones and anyway no person nor group can be trusted to decide who is right or wrong.
Where we of course have no allies on the right is in the view that capitalism in the advanced countries is now a fetter on human development. As I argue elsewhere, we are now ready for social ownership and that a lot of the problems that the right correctly refer to as government failure are endogenous to a system based on market relations and not some external imposition of which they can wash their hands and even call “socialist”.