I don’t agree in principle with “conservatives” (Right-Statists) or “liberals”/”progressives” (Left-Statists) because I oppose statism in any form. Looking to govern anyone but yourself is going beyond what you have a right to do.
But I do think Left-Statists may be the more dangerous of the two.
Left-Statists want to dictate the very words you can use. Not words of “obscenity” or actual hate– which shouldn’t be banned either– but words which might speak a truth that upsets them. This is truly totalitarian and nasty. Left-Statists have even perverted the words “liberal” and “progress”, applying them to the opposite of what they mean, to fit their dishonest agenda.
Neither side is a fan of science, evidence, and reason when those things go against what they want to be true. They just vary on the specific areas they want to be shielded from scientific inquiry.
Left-Statists want to dictate what you can put into your body just as much as the Right-Statists do, but based on different criteria. While the Right-Statists want to ban things that might make you feel nice but (in some cases) harm you if abused, the Left-Statists want to dictate what you ingest based on what they imagine current nutritional science says. Yes, potential harm is still the excuse and it is still no one’s business either way.
Right-Statists generally want you able to defend yourself, they just don’t want you to defend yourself from America’s largest and most aggressive gang. Which is a really bizarre exception to make. Left-Statists don’t want you to be able to defend yourself at all if it means using tools they are scared of.
Right-Statists don’t usually riot and destroy property and kill “noncombatants”, while Left-Statists seem more than willing to encourage each other to do so, and to actually sometimes do so. If you aren’t rioting with them, they assume you are their enemy. Not a smart strategy.
I’m not on the side which wants to dictate anything. I dislike statism but I’m not stupid enough to propose banning it. You can’t fix the world by becoming that which you believe is wrong.