Sebastian Zearing

how to be progressive without being a stupid liberal

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Welcome to my blog! My pen name is Sebastian Zearing, and I think about a lot of things. This is a good post to read if you’re thinking about following my blog so please continue!

My tagline currently reads “how to be progressive without being a stupid liberal.” I feel that deserves an explanation. I also may change the tagline in the future, so I’ll try to write this post so that it won’t be obsolete if I do.

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Consolidating Blogs

I’ve consolidated my blogs therationalqueer and liberateandconserve with this blog and migrated all of their posts here, under their respective categories.

Normativity and Prescriptivism

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In my exposure to the alttrp community (both on the subreddit and elswhere), I’ve felt that there is somewhat of an inclination towards using the red pill as a justification for determining the kinds of behaviors that gay or bisexual men should have. In other words, there is a sense that the red pill prescribes normative behaviors for gay and bisexual men.

I have absolutely no interest in determining or discussing what gay and bisexual men should do. If you want to claim that str8-acting behavior is superior or want to fem-shame, feel free to do so, but I will not waste time engaging with you. I fully appreciate anyone’s right to argue their point, but I think these discussions are frivolous, as I am much more interested in understanding homosexual SMP dynamics, how power dynamics compare and contrast with heterosexuals’, and other theoretical ideas.

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The Red Pill for LGBTQs

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As an individual who is both a red pill sympathizer and a queer man, I find myself in the almost unique position to subject non-heteronormative relations to red pill scrutiny. This subject has been on my mind for a while, but I haven’t had the time to start a blog until now (and if history is a guide, I will probably make two or three posts and then vanish for months!). It is obviously a play off of The Rational Male, to anyone familiar with the manosphere. Red pill concepts didn’t crystallize for me until I read Rollo’s blog, and despite some of his [mostly orthographic] shortcomings, I find him to be by far the most coherent and impactful of manosphere writers. Further, it’s actually a complete coincidence that I open this blog mere days after his Homosexuality post. Perhaps I should take that as an omen of good luck! At any rate, if you’re interested in these topics, please subscribe! …the posts are a-comin’.

Some New Ramblings

I haven’t posted on my blog Liberate and Conserve recently, mostly because I used up all the topics that I cared about and to write a full post on. I’d like to start a new blog and write about some other topics that I’ve had on my mind, mainly regarding US policy as I’d like to see it, and my predictions for the coming decades (as an exercise in falsifiabilification). It seems more efficient to create a blog that collects all of my political thoughts, so I made a new one that I’ll use for these topics and probably others in the future. Happy reading!

Edit 12/2014: I’ve decided to try to be a little less formulaic with this blog. Hopefully that will encourage me to post more!

First Post and Introduction

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I’ve found that my thoughts and beliefs become more vibrant and real (and I daresay more organized and rationally sound), when I write them down. And since I’m going to write them down, why not share them with the world?

I do not identify as either a liberal or a conservative–nor, perhaps surprisingly, as a libertarian, but that’s a topic for another post. My purpose in this blog is to identify and dissect liberal and conservative attitudes, understand how they behave in the ecosystem of American society, and how they are affected by changing beliefs. I am interested in primarily American society, since that is the one I am most familiar with and since it provides plenty of fodder for discussion. I am also only interested in modern society. Modern and past uses of the terms “liberal” and “conservative” are not coextensive, and I don’t think it is useful for my purposes to dissect those differences. My goal is to enlighten both myself and the reader as to the interactions between widespread beliefs, values, and policies as they play out today on American soil.

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Retrospective First Post

February 7, 2015

This is not my first post, but I fiddled with the date to make it appear all the way down here. The 5 posts from “First Post and Introduction” through “Compare & Contrast: Genetically Modified Organisms” were originally published at The 5 posts from “The Red Pill for LGBTQs” through “Power Orientation” were originally published at I consolidated them in early 2015.