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The Last Mall Rat OR The Decline and Transformation of The American Mall

Friday nights were always my favorite growing up. My dad used to take me to this little pizza place and then we would rent movies and video games from the rental store with an arcade across the street. They had all sorts of arcade games, movies, rental games, snacks, a popcorn machine, it was wonderful. We would race each other in the Cruis'N World or RUSH arcades.
Friday nights felt like you had the entire world in front of you. That feeling of relief when you walk out of class or work on Friday afternoon is something I still enjoy. One of the few things I have left, really.
I still remember wandering around the video store looking for things to rent. Buying snacks, sometimes finding an old movie poster or used video game for sale. Now and then I still go to big box retail store and wander through the DVD and snack aisles and reminisce about how things were not too long ago.
When I look back they some of the best weekends of my life as a kid, they were never anything too special. Being home from school on a Friday, going to the VHS store, the pizza store, the mall, and the arcade with my dad and waiting for my mom to come home from work.

I went to the malls a lot Friday nights too. I still go frequently, however, more and more, with each passing season, I feel like more of a stranger in the place I grew up. There are days I’ve been sitting in the food court only to look around and realize I was the only White person I could see.
I’m not even that old, but I can remember when things were better and not filled to the edge with third-world invaders speaking foreign tongues, wearing incredibly alien clothing.
I walk through the cities alone now quite a lot, and know the type of childhood I had is becoming exceedingly rare. Single motherhood rates, Whiteflight, destroyed social capital. It's all fleeing so quickly. Nearly unrecognizable. I feel great sorrow for today's children.

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The spring COVID-19 took from me

My last semester in undergrad was Spring 2017, three years ago. The winter was crisp, not harsh at all, I remember spending quite a few February days going on long walks, followed by an early, warm spring, with not much rain. It was probably the nicest time in my adult life that I can remember. My schedule was light, a few last classes to finish my degree, I had plenty of time to read and write. I read The Wright Bros on the 11th-floor reading room at the Thompson library with beautiful panoramic views of the sunsets, it would become one of my all time favorites. I wrote much of my first book and a few articles that semester around campus.

There was great relief knowing I was nearly finished. I could enjoy every minute of my time on campus, and I did. I took walks daily, go lift at the RPAC between classes, go for runs around campus or along the river, sit in the sauna or hot tub for a bit, then move on to where I had to be next. Nothing was hurried. My schedule was spread through the days and the week. Everywhere I went on campus and around town I would take time to look and appreciate the architecture of campus, the landscape design, and the little woodland creatures that lived at Mirror Lake hollow I would visit with. I packed a bag of cracked corn in my backpack each day to feed any ducks or squirrels that came my way – and quite a few did after figuring out I was the guy with cracked corn in his jacket pocket.

I spent many afternoons on the Oval with a close childhood friend playing football and throwing Frisbee together. He had a job not far from campus, up High Street a couple miles, it enabled him to spend a lot of time with me chatting and joking after he got off work for the day. We would find a new spot to eat dinner on the patios or rooftops at places all along High Street. I think we visited nearly every bar and restaurant on the campus area had to offer those months, with a few exceptions - fare we did not find agreeable to our sensibilities.

Spending evenings with somebody I had known longer than I did not, people watching, checking out new places and visiting old favorites, laughing, joking, having a beer or two, talking to pretty women, walking to the next place. I realized then it was idyllic, but later I would see it was one of the most entrancing springtimes of my life.

That was three years ago.

This spring is quite different. I had been looking forward to this spring semester for the past three years. Back then, I was finishing undergrad, now I am finishing law school. This spring could have been particularly grand itself. An advanced degree, closer relationships with old friends, great relationships with new friends I made in law school, my writing career is now more solidified with a catalog of work to show for the past three years of effort, and a law degree weeks away. The makings for another set of lifelong memories were all there.

Then, due to a steadfast commitment to open-borders, deference to the “free market”, and government negligence, the memories of this last semester of my formal education will not be filled with playing football in the grass with friends old and new, but with seeing anxious and tense people at the market wearing face masks and gloves dotting the cityscape on the occasions I do venture out.

I know it's something small. Probably insignificant. I know people are struggling far more than I am, people who are worried about homelessness, health issues, people have lost their lives, others who have lost loved ones. That, of course, is not lost on me, and the first piece  I wrote discussing COVID-19 dealt with those grave considerations. With that said, it's often the small things that determine the quality of our lives. I was looking forward to spending this semester with my friends, having beers on rooftops and patios, eating at different places around town and campus, staying out way too late, and having some stories to tell, the way I do when I look back on my last spring in undergrad.

There are many wonderful memories that I'll never get to have due to this chain of events, none of which should have happened. We never should have had open borders. We never should have been outsourcing most of our manufacturing. There never should have been wet-markets. There never should have been the ability to travel back and forth to nations experiencing viral epidemics. There never should have been any hesitation to act. All of this current malaise, at every single previous stage, was easily foreseeable, and thus avoidable.

Sure, I'm a little annoyed that I can’t go grab a grilled cheese with fries and a beer. More notably, I'm upset that the opportunity to spend time with old friends and to strengthen bonds with new friends has been stolen from me. Stolen from all of us. I genuinely feel sorry for the graduates of 2020. How different my life was then, than theirs is now. I'm mad about the memories I’ll never get to have, about the future that was stolen.

There are some things where you don’t get a second run. For me, albeit insignificant in the grand scheme, this is one of those times. If all I lose during this pandemic is the ability to spend time with people I care about and the lost opportunity to make more memories, I’ll consider myself incredibly fortunate. With that said, it’s a loss I still feel greatly, in part by knowing that so many others will lose so much more.

I'll probably be angry about this series of events for the rest of my life.

It's always the little things that get taken for granted. Three years ago I truly appreciated where I was in life and that somebody like me was able to enjoy and graduate from a place like the Ohio State University. However, I never thought being able to walk down High Street with friends and stopping in a little dive bar for a drink would be one of the things that get taken in such a spectacular fashion.

When I look back on this time in my life, I'm sure it will not be as lucid in my mind as the spring of 2017. The spring of 2020 will be a blur of news cycles, finishing law school online, my writings documenting these times, and maybe the constant feeling of angst that has engulfed most of society. I won't have the idyllic ending to my law school career as I did three years ago. I won't be able to look back with the same fondness. But maybe, we'll be able to take this and build something that protects us in the future. I've been looking back to spring 2017 so much because I desperately am holding onto those memories in hopes I'll be able to build something where all of my people can have their spring of 2017. Maybe we can build something that ensures the COVID-spring was an aberration in the history of an otherwise tremendous people who look backward, while also forward to a place that doesn't quite exist, but it could some fine day.

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Open Borders Caused the COVID-19 Pandemic

Coronavirus, or COVID-19, the virus which originated in China, has now swept the globe. People are sick, many have died, there is widespread panic, entire nations have been shut down, and daily life has been disrupted virtually everywhere at this point.
The virus is both more infectious and more deadly than the common flu, though it is being compared to the flu by some due to overlapping symptoms.[1]

COVID-19 first appeared in China sometime in November of 2019.[2] One theory of the virus’ inception is that it came from a Chinese “wet market,” where live animals are sold in the open, including dogs, cats, fox pups, koalas, bats, and other "meats" that are uncommon to Europeans. Whether or not this theory proves to be factual remains to be seen. However, no matter where the virus originated, the barbaric practices of the dog meat trade, among others, should not be ignored. If nothing else comes from the wet market theory, we should understand the Chinese are radically alien people, who do not leave their customs at the border when they arrive in Europe or the United States. Pets have been found on countless occasions at these open-air markets; kittens and pups with collars and nametags are not uncommon.[3] These practices, along with other anti-nature barbarisms such as shark-finning, are common throughout all of China, Korea, Japan, and the rest of Asia.[4] These are not the type of people I want as neighbors under any circumstances. 

With that said, the hostile media and diaspora Asians living in the U.S. and Europe have, on some level, picked up on this sentiment. There was general disgust at the revelation for many people at the types of “food” the Chinese and others were eating, along with the horrific methods of preparing the “food,” such as skinning and boiling dogs and cats while alive. Then there were legitimate examples of early “social distancing” on public transit, to which Asians noticed and took offense. Some of the reports from the mainstream media: 

"A new virus stirs up ancient hatred,” Chinese columnist Jeff Yang wrote. "Across the internet, we've seen widespread eruptions of racist scapegoating, blaming Chinese for a disease that has so far only killed Chinese.”[5] Yang’s claim of racism is what others would call basic observation. If the virus started in China, why would we “blame" the Irish, for example? Why would we pretend it didn't start in China? Yang is asking us to deny reality. If our nation was run by competent people, they might have proactively ensured nobody came into the U.S. from China without being quarantined—or, better yet, banned all travel to and from. 

The ADL’s predictable blog post, titled “Extremists Use Coronavirus to Advance Racist, Conspiratorial Agendas,” was sure to make readers know the real issue is not a rapidly spreading pathogen with lethal potential, but the fact that people are saying unflattering things on the internet.[6]

“Fear of coronavirus fuels racist sentiment targeting Asians” headlines the truly harrowing story of a random Asian in the LA Times: “I don’t know if it’s just people looking at me coughing or because I’m an Asian person coughing, they think I might have the coronavirus[.] . . . I feel like every time I cough, people are going to be uncomfortable with that. I shouldn’t have to feel that way.” Oh, you feel a little uncomfortable, and shouldn’t have to live this way? That’s funny, I feel like my entire life shouldn’t be turned upsidedown, and the lives of my elderly family members threatened because you and your co-ethnics are transmitting a global pathogen. I agree that we shouldn't have to live this way.

After Italy took reasonable precautions, like ending flights to and from China, a group of Chinese nationals in Italy put on a display of sorts called, "I'm not a virus. I'm a human. Eradicate the prejudice." At this display, a Chinese man offered "free hugs" to help end so-called xenophobia (the fear of the stranger).[7] Shortly thereafter, over 1,800 Italians are dead from COVID-19, all of Italy is on lockdown, Spain and France have followed suit, and the number of Europeans infected continues to skyrocket.[8]

Then came the day-to-day terror from the diaspora Asian community in what they found to be good-natured humor to combat “racism.” A viral tweet with over 200,000 likes read, “Coughing real loud on the subway today to see who’s racist[.]”[9] Another Asian living in the U.S. decided to more explicitly harass a passenger, by coughing towards them, in a viral video with over 380,000 likes. Min, the Asian Twitter user, then went on to berate the woman for racism and stupidity, finally claiming she was the victim of discrimination because the woman covered her face and eventually moved away.[10]

Former presidential hopeful, Andrew Yang, in a tweet ostensibly covering for his fellow Asians, wrote,“ The fear of the coronavirus is likely to be as or more destructive than the virus itself.”[11] People are dead. They are dead because of a disease that came from China, yet Asians living in White nations are more concerned people might gaze at them too long or move away from them. People have lost loved ones, and Asians think this is some sort of joke, or that perhaps they are the real victims here at the hands of White people who have a bit of their self-preservation instinct left. The “racism” that diaspora-citizens and the media are describing is illegitimate on its face. Even if they were being treated differently, it is justified and based on wholly legitimate reasons.
Fundamentally, the cause of disruption in day-to-day life across Europe, the U.S., Canada, and other Western nations, is globalism and neoliberalism. The commitment to open borders and the free movement of people from place to place, along with the irrational deference to "the market," brought us here. 
The official Twitter account of the New Jersey government tweeted, in a rather condescending fashion,

*taps mic*

coronavirus is no excuse for racism

That same day, the first death in New Jersey due to coronavirus was announced.[12] A man lost his life because his traitorous government believes the commitment to “anti-racism” was more valuable than his life. By not taking measures to ensure the safety of its citizenry, these government actors might as well have shot those who have died from the exotic disease in the head themselves. Elected officials in the U.S. had months to prepare; their lack of response for so long is at least tantamount to gross negligence. It was more than foreseeable that this virus would make its way to the West if nothing was done. Their obligation to act was disregarded; inaction was the route taken instead. Perhaps the government of New Jersey can explain to the family of those who lost a loved one that this was simply the price to be paid so that it could virtue-signal on Twitter dot com.

What nonwhites and liberals call "racism" is, in their intellectually stunted, juvenile minds, the notion that, for no apparent reason, a subset of Whites decided one day to irrationally and inexplicably hate others solely for the most superficial of characteristics, such as skin color or accent. In reality, however, what they call “racism” actually just appears to be a healthy and natural in-group preference, combined with astute pattern recognition and common sense. Understood properly, “racism” would have saved lives, and would keep our nation functioning. Leaders with foresight would be able to recognize that certain parts of the world are dealing with serious health epidemics and therefore must be separated from the people they were elected to protect. After all, if a nation is not charged with protecting its own, it is essentially illegitimate and should be seen as either an occupation government or a rule-making proxy for large corporations(or perhaps some other fifth-column). Suppose the U.S. or Europe did shut down travel to and from China or anywhere else? What about it? What does an American or European owe to his paper-citizens? What do we owe people whose ancestors did not build these nations, while ours did? I believe nothing at all.[13]

A government that operates under the presumption that the health of the people is paramount would not have waited even a moment to act. All flights, cruises, and travel could have been stopped, and anybody re-entering the U.S.or Europe could have been quarantined. The disruptions we face now—schools and universities closing, events canceled, people struggling to pay their bills, deaths— is all a direct result, the inevitable result, of a government that is hostile to our interests, valuing “diversity and inclusion” and market deference above the safety of the people. Instead of stopping flights, inconveniencing a few people and costing a few companies to be out some money, we are all now facing the consequences of “anti-racism.”States, like Ohio, are mandating bars and restaurants to suspend dine-in service, and small business owners and their staffs will now be absorbing the impact because our illegitimate government would not cancel flights and cruises two months ago when the costs would have been absorbed by billion-dollar corporations. Instead, they waited until the effects would disrupt the lives of the most vulnerable.

Once this sickness was in China, it was only a matter of time until it found its way into our hometowns, as there is nothing in place at all to prevent its free travel. Globalism necessarily means exotic diseases are coming to your home town from the farthest corners of the globe.

The first instance of Covid-19 in the United State was a Chinese man who returned to the U.S. on or about January 14, 2020, after visiting family in Wuhan, China.[14] China reported the virus to the World Health Organization on December 31, 2019, and had been seeing the novel virus since sometime in November. Although the Trump administration announced on January 31, 2020, it would be restricting entry into the United States from China, the so-called restrictions were in name only. “The restriction does not include immediate family members of American citizens and permanent residents.”[15] Meaning that patient zero in the United State would have been permitted to enter, as well as nearly all of those traveling back and forth, even under the "restrictions."

The chilling part is this is only the beginning, the opening viral-salvo against our way of life. What it once meant to be "first-world" and "third-world" will begin to merge. Nations that were once able to eradicate diseases and care for them with extreme efficiency will become a thing of the past, as the diseased and wretched hordes continue their flood into historic White homelands. There is no reason at this point to assume the next dangerous outbreak that happens in some faraway land will be stopped from entering Europe and the U.S. unless these nations are secured and managed by their founding stock, who possess a clear and express desire to keep their kinfolk safe.

In a White nation with closed borders— a real White nation, run by people like us, who are committed to the safety and future of our people— none of this would be an issue. Instead, people are fearful they may get sick and die, they are out of work, their children are worried about their next meal, their daily lives are being significantly disrupted, thousands have already lost loved ones, and ultimately for what? So that heads of state can pay lip service to “racial and ethnic diversity” as they live in nearly all-White neighborhoods and send their children to private schools away from diversity? So that we can pretend we are “advanced and tolerant” as third-world diseases ravage our homelands and people? So that we can get trinkets for a few dollars less? This is a tremendous deviation from how proper nations have operated historically, i.e., with their own people coming first. We should never have been in a position where the possibility of elderly Europeans and Americans dying is weighed against being called “racist” or costing airlines to cancel some flights. 

I have zero faith that our elites will make any considerable changes to the law or public policy in the aftermath of this event. The full extent of the devastation caused by this epidemic is yet to be seen, but what is for certain is this: If nothing changes, there will be another. And another. And another. As it stands, there is nothing to prevent a disease that pops up in any corner of the globe from making its way right into your favorite bar, grocery store, your university, your parent’s or grandparent’s nursing home, or your child’s school. More than ever, this is clear evidence that our current elite must be replaced with those who have their sights not on today's stock index, but eternity. Those who are not going to concern themselves with the feelings of alien interlopers (who already have their own homelands), but with the safety of their own extended racial family. We should not have to live this way— and White nations with hard borders will ensure we alone control our fate. 

If nothing else, I hope this serves as a wake-up call to everybody that we must secure our own future. We must build our own institutions capable of wielding power and influence and see to it that our interests are no longer last in line behind what an alien with no legitimate reason to even be here has to say, or what may or may not happen on Wall Street at 9 a.m.tomorrow. 

I am of the simple belief that our lives should not be turned upside down so that we do not offend people who ultimately hate us anyway. No amount of hurt feelings mitigate the fact that men and women of my own stock are struggling and dying because of something entirely preventable. After all, the only way an isolated epidemic becomes a pandemic is through open-borders.

Life could be so much better. Everything could be so different. It is more clear than it has ever been that our very lives and the lives of our families depend on regaining control of our homelands and that those in power reflect our image. 

[13] I once made a similar comment to this in regards to the Chinese having no legitimate claim to be in the USA, and a person replied to me by saying, "Well, they helped build the railroads in the 1800s!" Yes, they did — and they were paid for their labor and can now go home. If I pay somebody to mow my grass or build a shed in my backyard, they don't get to move in and live at my house now, do they? Of course not. Participating in manual labor as a visitor is not the same as building a nation in the image of your people.
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Making sense of USA political parties 
Making sense of political parties in the USA contemporarily, historically, and how they relate is not either intuitive or agreed upon. Historians, political science professors, writers, Dinesh D'Souza, all tend to disagree and look for different common threads as well as have different factors and elements they use to evaluate a party platform or organization or individual.
There are endless lenses one may view politics and history and their interplay, for a non-close to home example, consider the Radical Feminist (capital R). They view the world through the lens of patriarchal oppression of women. So to them, there is little if any difference between the Republican Party of Lincoln and the Democrat Party of Jackson to the Republican Party of Trump or the Democrat Party of Bloomberg (this is often how horseshoe theory is born). Through their lens, they see male-oriented structures, led by men, for which men benefit. To the avowed Marxist (the more traditional ones) all that is not theoretical Marxism is some flavor of capitalism, to the staunch free-market fundamentalists, any government action in a marketplace is socialism, from each of their respective lenses, it's easy to see how things begin to look identical between mainstream political parties. And I suppose it's possible neither are exactly "wrong", it's just that what each uses to evaluate a party, platform, policy, organization, or individual is so different from the other, they can both look at the same person or policy, etc and one call them Capitalist Swine, and the others accuse them of being Literally Hitler while another thinks they are Chairman Mao.
There is the modern Catholic church that kisses the feet of alien Muslims and there was the Catholic church that put their heads on pikes. Both of these iterations of the church have the same name, the Vatican is in the same place, the pomp and circumstance are more or less all there. Are we to believe they are the same entity? There was Vatican II, an event that would radically change church doctrine, there were popes who decried invaders and those who welcomed them. I believe it would be a wild oversimplification to allege that the Catholic church of Pope Urban II is the same church of Pope Francis. More than an oversimplification, I do not think it would be accurate and would convey very little relevant information to somebody if you were to say “it’s the exact same church” without a whole list of qualifiers and details of superseding and intervening events. There are at least two, very distinct phases of the Catholic church, so distinct they could be viewed as separate entities unto themselves.
With that example, let’s consider theories of people like Dinesh D’Souza, that essentially argues the Republican Party of Lincoln is the same party of Trump, and the Democrat Party of Jackson is the party of Hilary Clinton, and further, that everybody within each party from the donor-class to the low-information voter on each side, are in lock-step with each other.[1]The analysis Dinesh gives is, in my opinion, something like "well, they have the same name, and they never changed names, so it's all the same." It's like when your favorite bar or restaurant gets sold to new owners, entirely renovated, the menu entirely changed, the staff all replaced, but keeps the name, is it the same at all? We have a Ship of Theseus issue on our hands here. No, I don't believe it's the same. More things have changed than stayed the same. We could really get into the weeds about metaphysics of identity here, people, for example, change a lot over their lives, but they are in one sense the "same" being, but in another sense, they are not. I contend that having the same name and the same logo, while no single issue in the party platforms remaining the same and no single ideological thread being unbroken, it’s not possible to consider the institutions the same.
Refuting Dinesh’s theory comes down to this, what policy, theory, ideology, or anything other than the most superficial traits unite the modern Democrats and Republicans with their ancestors? I do not believe there are any.
I think of US political parties of vehicles that have gone through many iterations and very little beyond that. 
Take Thomas Jefferson, for example, people like Dinesh would have us believe that Jefferson's party that opposed the more central focused Federalist, who staunchly defended free-speech, who once wrote, "A white woman having a child by a Negro would be required to leave the state within a year. The individual who violated these regulations would be placed "out of the protection of the laws"[2]is cut from the same cloth as the party that wants hate speech laws and encourages mixed-race relationships? It's not a coherent viewpoint.   
One of Jefferson's fierce opponents at the time Madison, seen at the "big government" guy through today's lens, also had no qualms about his feelings in regards to race or wanting strict immigration standards and to be able to deport migrants very easily. The idea that either party of 2020 can be traced to Madison is nonsense. They do not map onto each other any more than the Catholic church of Francis maps onto the Catholic church that launched the Crusades.  
Another aspect that must be examined is the presence of factions and issues. With two political parties, millions of people, thousands of distinct policy ideas, hundreds of factions, it’s not possible to conclude parties accurately represent everybody who may vote for them.
There have always been factions within parties that intensely disagreed with the main direction of the party, Radical Republicans are one example. They believed in racial egalitarianism that was quite literally a century ahead of its time in regards to things like marriage between races. Radical Republicans were in the same party as Lincoln, who said he does not believe in marriage between races. It was not the views on race that united the Radicals to the Republican party, it was likely more due to local Northern politics, and general Southern hostility that they saw to make the Republican party a vehicle for their views that did not squarely place them in the mainstream of either party of the era. The Radical Republicans in the Reconstruction era have more in common with modern-day racial theories and dispositions than anything around during and after the Civil War.
Consider the Civil Rights Era as another example, at the Federal level, there were people like Jacob Javits and Emmanual Celler pushing for The 1965 Immigration Act, gun control, the Civil Right Act, the Fair Housing Act, the Voting Rights Act, and so on, while also at the Federal level you had Theodore G. Bilbo who defended racial segregation.  Or George Wallace, Democrat governor of the same era who declared in a fiery speech "segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever." What are we to make of these four men? All Democrats of the same era, as radically opposed as could be? We are to conclude that people chose a vehicle they can use. If most of your constituents identify as Democrat, for whatever reason, you run as a Democrat. If they believe in state's rights, you tell them the Civil Rights Act is a violation of the 10thAmendment and property rights and is the centralized government trying to impose its will on you. If your constituents identify as Democrats because they were supporters of FDR's Depression-era programs, you run on that platform to gain power.  
Single-Issue Voters 
As a sub-class to factions, there are single-issue voters. Take any "controversial" issue, say gun laws and abortion or immigration, there are fundamentalists who only care about one thing, and they often have disparate reasoning. Gun rights enthusiasts are a bit of the tail that wags the dog, they are largely rural and white, and as a bloc, they force the GOP to at least pay lip service to protect the Second Amendment. However there is often a large disconnect between the voters and their elected officials, many Republicans have come out in support of red-flag laws, more strict background checks, limiting the right to carry a weapon, have various views on things like castle doctrine and stand your ground laws. Even within the pro-gun community, there are factions in terms of things like shall-issue concealed licensees versus Constitutional carry, or whether or not the NFA should be abolished or remain.
Those who see abortion as their fundamental issue would likely side with a Democrat who is pro-life over a more socially liberal Republican that is not interested in passing any sort of anti-abortion measures. Within the anti-abortion community, some believe abortion is an abomination against God and they hold serious religious convictions on the matter, and some seek to end abortion because they view the practice as a racist endeavor in the USA. After all, the rate of black women having abortions is higher than white women, along with the idea that abortion clinics "target" blacks.
How to Evaluate
At times when you have Neocons advocating for war with Blue Dog Democrats opposing it, local labor organizers fighting for unions as Democrats, while other Democrats lobby for open borders to drive down wages, and some intersection of all of this, how does one make sense of anything?
How do we make sense of Right-wing Isolationists who are accused of being anti-semetic opposed to WWII, with ethnic Jews being charged with sedition during WWI for calling for young men to resist the draft?[3]
I have a two-prong approach, I start by separating positions from interests, then look at various elements and factors. Admittedly, this is not down to an exact science, or anything close, more of a "know it when I see it" test with two-phases.
First, why separate interests from positions? Because positions are very squirrely, Black Panthers and the KKK both want to be armed. They both can be found supporting the Second Amendment in the USA. Does this mean the Black Panthers are the KKK? Of course not, that's absurd. If Communists want guns to overthrow the Capitalists and kill Fascists, and Fascists want guns to execute Communists, are they "the same ideologically?" No, again absurd. Their superficial positions of being armed overlap, but their underlying interests and goals are wildly different. Too often we see the "both cops and robbers have guns and use them, therefore they are the same" argument in terms of politics. It's very superficial. We need to get first to the "why." Then when we have a "why" we can evaluate. Suppose the Marxists want to be armed so they can overthrow the tyrannical Capitalist hierarchy and usher in an age of material and racial egalitarianism, they underlying interest is to achieve egalitarianism. Suppose the Radical Traditionalists also want to be armed so that they can protect their children and their citizens from what they view as hostile outsiders that threaten their homelands, tradition, history, and so on. Suppose they want to use their arms to march alien invaders into the Grand Canyon. It becomes clear that simply agreeing that "we want to be armed" is not sufficient to understand much about a person or policy or organization. You have to ask “why”?
Abortion is another good example if one person wants to outlaw abortion because they want more black and Latin children born in the USA so that they can outvote white people, that tells you something entirely different than a person who wants to outlaw abortion because they think it harms the traditional family structure.
Once you have parsed the position “what we want” and the interest “why we want it”, look at some elements of left vs right, or whatever you want to evaluate, it could be race realism vs racial egalitarianism, Trotskyism vs Stalinism, Inclusive Feminism vs Exclusive Feminism, and so on.
Some brief examples:
Left vs right 
1.    elements (the more static things)
a.    Egalitarianism vs natural hierarchy
b.    Out-group vs in-group preferences
2.    Factors (not deal breakers either way, but indicative and weigh one way or the other)
a.    Race realism – probably leaning right, but could be related to left-wing intersectional thought and radical feminism, consider Mike Bloomberg (below)
b.    The biological reality of sex (maybe right-wing, maybe a Trans-Exclusive-Radical-Feminists (TERF) – see below.
c.    Capitalism – maybe right-leaning due to viewing capitalism as a way to have a material hierarchy, maybe right-leaning due to seeing Capitalism as a structure that puts the Market above the well-being of our people. Being a capitalist thus is no a determinative element of if something is or is not "right-wing", but a factor that must be examined. Then you break the factor down more if necessary 
                                               i.     Capitalism vs Anti-Capitalism (racial) vs Socialism (Marxist flavor, not National)
                                             ii.     Let the free market decide vs do what is best for the race vs do what makes us most equal
                                            iii.     The market will correct itself vs our destiny is not tied to the market vs central planning 
                                            iv.     Is it good for the bottom line? vs is it good for our health as a nation? vs does this achieve more equality?  
Trotskyism vs Stalinism
Communism International vs Socialism in one nation
Abolish family vs restore family values
race realism vs racial egalitarianism
Aggregate racial differences vs one race, the human race
Differences genetic vs differences due to society
Inclusive Feminism vs Exclusive Feminism
Trans-women are women vs Trans-women hurt genetic women
This can all be very complicated and we must also consider historic norms and leftward and rightward drifts in ideology over time. The important takeaway is to create some sort of non-binding schema and framework that allows you to evaluate things outside the box. Mike Bloomberg recently came under fire for some comments he made about crime and race, does that mean he's a "right-wing" guy? No, not really. It means there is a factor among others that do not neatly fit into the "box" of progressive liberal Democrat. And maybe that's all it means.
I hope this helps a bit. Let me know in the comments what you think.
[1][2][3](See: Abrams v. United States, 250 U.S. 616 (1919), and The America First Committee of Charles Lindbergh.)

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