I. And perhaps, isn't all politics the worship of power for its own sake? Was Nietzsche right that all politics are founded in violence? Or simply in making others obey one's will?
II. Is "the left" principled and ethical, or are we basically interested in making the rest of society think and behave in a way that makes us comfortable? Do we care about "rights" and "tolerance", or do we basically detest that conservatives have different opinions about behavior? Do we really care about poverty, or just detest those who we feel don't care about poverty? Do we care about racism, or just want to beat up "white men" for not being the historical victims of racism? At what point do we become the pathological left- valorizing criminals for their "critique" of America? At what point is this just resentment?
III. Is "the right" principled and moral, or are they basically interested in making the rest of society think and behave in a way that makes them comfortable? Does the religious right care about "values" and "decency", or do they simply detest the fact that other people are allowed to live their lives as anything other than Christian? Do they believe in "self-determination" and "hard work", or simply want to break the social contract? Is capitalism a "value" or the negation of all values? At what point do they become the pathological right- valorizing tyranny for the order it maintains? Worshipping power instead of authority? At what point is this just resentment?
IV. What is the crime in being "apolitical" if politics is essentially self-interest? If it's war by other means? Shouldn't we opt out? Should I stop calling myself a "liberal"? Is this "nihilism", or is it simply belief in something less pathological?