What is it like being a conservative autistic in the autism community? For my first post here in Autism Awareness and Acceptance month, I have decided to write about my place in the autism community as an autistic conservative. I have had a lot of things happening within the autism community these last 6 months since I went out campaigning with my objective. I proudly showed off my autistic conservative ideas and made sure that people saw me for what I am.
Autistic people do not get that much involved in politics because they tend to be introverts and socially awkward, which means that they struggle to get in there with the action. A large number of them experience anxiety and mental exhaustion from working in demanding areas that deal with people. Like talking and communicating with constituents in a civil manner that may require masking autistic traits in order to be effective servants of the people.
But I don’t need to mask my autism to be an effective party activist or political campaigner. I am able to show my usefulness through learning how to interact and converse with them by shadowing my fellow canvassers. I studied how they interact with the public and used that to approach people and converse with them about problems in their area and suggestions to put to our party manifesto. Observing them made me a fluent speaker and even though I lose the train of thought sometimes, I am able to send out positive vibes and aspirational messages.
How do the public respond when they hear about autistic conservativism? Well it’s very mixed but most of the times it’s astonishing. The people I speak to find my ideas interesting even if they are not politically the same as me. In the 2019 snap election I canvassed in Dagenham and I met this mother to an autistic boy at her home and she was ecstatic about my work and how I engaged in front line politics as an out and open proud autistic. Especially as a Tory. It was a great to see someone who was optimistic about me. She realised that there is hope for autism in Britain.
Some people however are quite pessimistic or just downright patronising. While handing out leaflets in Gidea Park there was this man who got talking to us about his voting intentions. He was a teacher and I told him about my aspirations to reform the job market and fight the right of self determination for autistics. He just dismissed them and said ‘you ain’t gonna do that, waste of time’. He just kept digging up dirt and pointing out imperfections about me and my party like an obnoxious fact checker. He was even in denial about prejudices in Labour after I pointed out how they denied me as an autistic any opportunities and put other groups they prefer first.
My fellow autistics however are mostly hostile to my advocacy style. The insist that I and all other autistics follow a one party autism policy similar in nature to an authoritarian cult. The autism community that I know has become twisted by a hostile leftist inspired dogma that expects all it’s members to promote victimhood. This is identity politics at its finest. Autistic blogger Katy of invisible I talks about this from her own perspective.
My autistic conservativism however isn’t identitarian, its an objectivist movement. Its about being a singular individual within a group as your own heroic being and having the freedom to pursue your own happiness. I don’t believe that identity groups should have the right to dictate the liberties of others so that they have a majority stake in civil rights laws or insist on the use of language to appease autistics. It leads to segregation and drives communities into isolation and eventually more prejudice.
This obnoxious and neurotic attitude to promoting autism from the community undermines the civil liberties of autistic people and I find it really irritating. This is why I don’t fight or stand in solidarity with other autistics. I’m trying to stay positive and get people to value autistic people, and yet the community finds ways to resist integration and spit bile at their allies and the hands that feed them.
In December 2019 I shared a story with this autism group that I am a member of about my support for the Conservatives. The responses were hysterical and vile. One of them made derogatory remarks about my ‘straight white male’ persona insinuating a stereotype that explains my political choices. That’s funny because these people like to eliminate labels on people and not use ‘gendered language’. One of them had the cheek to say to me ‘you will go into a gas chamber being told its a shower’. I’ve seen more examples in Labour of eugenics and racism like the bullying of Jewish people out of the party and using disabled as props instead of people in their activism.
However I do get some credit from people who are politically different from me and have the decency to respect diversity of thought. I met with the Labour candidate for Romford Angelina Leatherburrow and she has an autistic daughter. Angelina was glad to see an autistic person in front line politics and that I actively engage with the voters instead of working from the office. I find it comforting to know that some socialists and liberals have aspirational dreams for the disabled. But when I get criticised its unfair to judge and dictate what disabled people should have in welfare benefits and leave them abandoned to the system.