My beliefs did not change until around 2012 when I was around 26. It wasn’t a Road to Damascus type of moment, rather it was gradual. I have the personality type of always wanting to be logically consistent, wanting to be right, open to differing beliefs and finding the truth. However, I was always open to the possibility of being wrong about something and was willing to change my views. Therefore, while I had left wing views, I tried to logically defend them and limited name calling of opponents.
I was interested in economics as a college student and was always critical of Marxism and state ownership of capital. My left wings views gravitated more to left wing anarchism. I knew that Marxism didn’t work, however I thought there was something better than the free market.
After being exposed to the manosphere and reading “The Myth of Male Power” by Warren Farrell and “Who Stole Feminism?” by Christina Hoff Sommers, I learned about the flaws of feminism. I thought to myself, “if The Left is wrong about Marxism and Feminism and these are two of the leading ideologies of The Left, what else are they wrong about?” The answer to that question is almost everything.
As previously mentioned, I liked to read so I decided to read writers on The Right. I started reading Thomas Sowell, who has a reputation in the black community as being an Uncle Tom and an apologist of racism. The first books I read by him were “Basic Economics”, “Civil Rights: Rhetoric or Reality” and “Economic Facts and Fallacies”. His arguments were persuasive and I finished reading those books thinking to myself “holy shit, he’s right!” I read other free market economic books solidifying in my mind that the free market was the best economic system. If anything, those books demolished popular notions of the left e.g. we are tabula rasas, differences in outcome are solely due to discrimination, government is the solution, etc.
It also seemed to me that liberal policies did not work. Every 2-4 years the Democrats would come along call the Republicans racists, blacks would vote for the Democrats and after Election Day, Democrats would not care about issues affecting the black community. It was a predictable cycle. However, blacks would not vote for Republicans because they were seen as racists. Nothing really changed their minds since Republicans did not seem interested in getting the black vote anyway. I still cannot think of three liberal policies that have actually improved the lives of blacks.
I also looked at the results. The most liberal cities in the United States were all upper middle class and white with high rents (due to rent control) ensuring that the poor and minorities couldn’t live there e.g. San Francisco, Washington DC, Seattle, or lower income, filled with crime, poor schooling and mostly if not virtually all black or Hispanic, Detroit, Gary, IN, Chicago, etc. Cities under Democratic control the longest (e.g. Detroit) had the worst results. Liberal policies did not create the diverse, crime free, equal utopias that they promised. They seemed to care only about intentions. I had a debate a year ago with my white liberal roommate about the minimum wage. I argued that the minimum wage caused unemployment. He did not seem to care about the actual impact, only about the good intentions. And that is how liberals argue, based on their intentions, they do not care about the actual impact of these policies.
It is my belief that there is no such thing as an honest liberal, because if an honest liberal exists, then over time, he will eventually become libertarian or conservative.
I’m just ranting now. I hope that helps.