I don't know what your policies are, but I've grown to take for granted that most developed countries in the world seem to gravitate towards some sort of social democracy with a high level of capitalism and "economic freedom" being used to fund social programs. With this as a baseline, defunding social programs in the United States is certainly a right-wing economic position.

I think we need radical bottom-up social change precisely to escape authoritarian control. It's possible that someone like Stephen Pinker or Francis Fukuyama from the 90s are correct and if we stay the course things will gradually improve. I think the way things are going, it's less likely that we'll end up with a Stalin/Mao situation because most people are aware of how terribly that has always ended, but Neofeudalism and fascism are already developing in pockets globally. If things destabilize, people are going to gravitate towards whatever makes them feel safe, which means more authoritarianism.

I don't believe in equality itself as a worthwhile goal. I personally could care less if someone has a bigger house than me or a nicer car. What is necessary, as you say, is for everyone to live with enough stability and comfort that they are free to pursue higher order goals.

The cure for homelessness is giving people a stable environment for them to deal with their material, mental health, and other issues and become meaningfully involved in a stable community. Experiments with giving people no-strings-attached housing, harm reduction, and so on have worked when they have been implemented. My city spends a lot of money on sweeps that could be spent on permanent solutions, and if you want to talk about authoritarianism, spending the city budget on fencing people off and destroying their stuff is just about it.

My problem with Capitalism as a system of maximizing profitability is that it causes concentrations of power and perverse incentives.

Degrowth as I understand it is about eliminating growth for growth's sake, as we see in featherbedding (read David Graeber's Bullshit Jobs) and a consumerist economy based on single-use and other inherently wasteful practices. Keynes predicted that by now we would have a 15-hour work week by now, but we're actually seeing a deterioration of the old 40-hour workweek. We found out during the pandemic that a lot of us don't actually need to work to keep the economy running.

Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.

Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.