The “leftmost. . . by far,” David? That seems to be overstating the matter. I think my dislike of the liberal order is quite as intense as yours. I do hesitate to call myself a leftist, though, because of the historical associations with socialism. I don’t mean so much that I don’t want to be associated with Stalin (though naturally I mind that, too) but rather that I don’t want to be associated with any political theory that gives a major role to the modern bureaucratic state. My hostility to the state is what allows me to pass for a “conservative” (even a libertarian), but there is so little I want to conserve. The terms “liberal” and “conservative” are modern, continental terms born of a political culture that takes the modern state for granted. They represent different opinions on what this state should do. But I would rather not have such an opinion at all. I would rather dismantle the state.
It would be nice to claim the honorable title of “reactionary,” but real reactionaries (like the bracingly extreme de Maistre) must be fighting to defend some threatened order, but I think liberal modernity has been wholly triumphant and now is the status quo in the West that most “conservatives” (whether they know it or not) are defending. “Radical” seems more accurate. It’s a term with a long career in English political language that bears properly apocalyptic associations.