Despite the Left’s interest in the environmental and organic food movements, one thing that strikes me about the Left is its anti-natural stances.
Take gender roles. Gender roles roles are perfectly natural, humane, and sensible. Gender inequality is perhaps an outgrowth of gender roles, but each gender is unequal in its own way. I believe, moreover, that humans are happier with there being attainable role models.
Also, we mustn’t fool ourselves about the rigidity of pre-modern societies. Gender roles were enforced through shame and bullying at times, but by and large there was a fair amount of leeway when you really look into things. Anyway, a flexible model is far superior to no model, especially when you consider your average human.
Related to gender is the family. What’s more natural than the family? Why does the left, with all its emphasis on naturalness, always attempt to undermine the standard, two-parent family?
Then there’s race and tribe. Races and tribes have their downsides. Nobody wants to live in too tribal a world. On the other hand, you can only ignore humans’ natural preference for their own kind at your own risk. When America was mostly black and white, America’s two main tribes saw a lot more of each other, had a lot more in common, and even started to integrate into something of a society. What progress was made was quickly lost after mass immigration and the welfare state were accelerated. Since then, we have not gotten less tribal; rather, we’ve gotten more so.
Yet we continue to ignore race at our peril. And, just like gender, the family, and other natural things, we deny its very existence.
Leftism strikes me as largely a revolt against all natural systems in preference for “rationalized” or “idealized” systems; hence, leftism is against life, against the world, a proud rejection of the clear and simple human way to human happiness in favor of realizing idealized dreams.