8 Things I Wish I’d Known (or Remembered) When I Was a Leftist

In my own defense:

a) I was drunk the whole time, and

b) I was never a socialist or a communist. My anarchist/libertarian gang were 1980s “Neither East nor West” peaceniks who believed America and the USSR were equally bad. We made fun of the communists at demonstrations, quoting SCTV “3CP1″ catchphrases at them.

Like many folks I’ve met since, on and off line, I feel like the “Left” left me. On September 11, I realized that my best friend since high school, my half-sister, my colleagues at work and everyone on my listserves automatically sided with the terrorists instead of America.

I still hate big government, regulations and bureaucracies, and love free speech, liberty and trouble making.

Today, that makes me a Tea Partier. Unlike ex-socialists, as a temperamental anarchist, I at least had a familiar-seeming place to run to after 9/11: the libertarian right. I feel sorry for former communists who don’t have another totalitarian sect to run to. (Oh, wait…)

Anyway, here’s some stuff I wish I’d known a little sooner. And some stuff I knew all along, but tried to forget:

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