I am not hardcore.
Politically I’m a moderate liberal. Morally I’m cautious but permissive. Intellectually I’m modern but skeptical of modernity.
It’s clear that I’m not suited to the times. This is an age of extremes, and extreme ideas and behavior are required. I lose!
This was made clear again when I noticed this week that within three days I’d spoken with one acquaintance who is a Black Bloc Anarcho-Kaboomulist Government-Destroying Everything-Resisting Radical Activist SOLDIER OF THE REVOLUTION, and another acquaintance who works in a top security facility designing and building superweapons for use by secret soldiers on “unacknowledged” business for my imperial government.
I want to hold up a sign to both of them saying PLEASE STOP BEING CRAZY.
But, you know, that’s all part of being a soft bourgeois middle-class white liberal in suburbia.