Friday, November 12, 2010

On the Fringes of Power

Once again, the Progressives have exposed themselves as unable to lead or govern. After decades of planning, scheming, scandalizing, dividing and lying, they took power in 2006, completed it in 2008 – and are once again back on the mere fringes of power. The American people, according to the left, are still clinging to their guns and religion. So the left, as it moves forward, will continue to cling to its (government) guns and Marxist religion.

Have the progressives learned a lesson? Have they reviewed the flaws in their thinking, corrected the mistaken premises that caused their electoral defeat? No, they are continuing with their strategy of feigned superiority based on feigned outrage at demons they have created. Below is a list of the strategies they will employ going forward.

1. As long as we allow them to participate in the debate about governmental policies, they will offer us an incrementalist strategy. They will give us a mix of solutions, some good, most bad, from which to choose. Through this process, they hope that we will compromise with them and allow them to continue their advance toward more coercive, more rights-violating re-distribution schemes.

2. They will continue with their divide and conquer strategy by attacking the fictitious “Military Industrial Complex”, our troops, as well as our past wars and military actions. The goal here is to denigrate our power in the world and our ability to defend freedom against dictatorship. Their criticisms are designed to prejudice the American public against the many fine soldiers in the military as well as the justified actions taken on behalf of freedom and the long-term stability of the world; and especially our desire for a peaceful world. By turning the tables, so to speak, making us into the dictators and murderers of the world, they undermine our strength and willingness to defend ourselves; and this destroys the freedoms acknowledged in the Constitution and our need to fight for them when necessary.

The left claims that their goal is to fight war mongering and special interests that need war in order to make profits; but what they want to attack is the profit motive itself, the idea that a free country can produce abundance and become a bulwark against the thieving dictators that the left has turned into victims. If they can destroy our industries, they can make us weak and destroy our freedoms.

3. They will continue to divide us by means of the various groups that they contend exist in our country. They will designate certain groups as victims and others as oppressors. These divisions are myriad and ever-changing based upon which divisions yield the most immediate political gains at any given moment. They will pit black against white, Hispanic against white, rich against poor, rich against middle class, middle class against indigent, Hispanic against black, Muslim against Christian, Arab against Jew. The problem for the left, with this approach, is that Americans generally dislike being herded into groups, and even new immigrants will seek to individualize themselves and strive for affluence. Oftentimes, by the time the left has created a major ethnic or racial division politically, the people in the designated groups will have moved on into the middle and upper middle classes through their own diligence and hard work.

4. Once again they will debate among themselves about how they are going to mainstream socialism. This has always been difficult for them because people generally reject the notion that it is their duty to sacrifice their hard earned income for the sake of others, especially if it is accomplished by force of law. People work hard enough as it is and they don’t like being forced to work harder for the sake of others who do not earn their own keep. There is a sense of injustice about it. The left will always debate about the difficulty of having to present themselves and their socialist views to the voting public. Giving the voters a choice in the matter always means electoral defeat.

In fact, after a major electoral defeat, when the idea of re-distribution has been rejected, they often delude themselves by crying that if they had only admitted they were socialists they might have been able to “sell” the idea and win a mandate. Other leftists who consider themselves to be realists suggest the incremental approach over time so that one day the people will wake up and realize that they have a socialist state and everything is fine and working well. I’ve suggested before that this day will never come. The more they incrementally impose coercive measures into society, the worse things get. So the electoral defeat comes anyway. This is why socialism is seldom voted into power when it is a clear explicit choice (think McGovern). Most socialist states in history came into power by means of violent revolution and they too ended in economic collapse.

5. Yet, what keeps the left at the table is an ages-old killer. It is an idea that has insidiously destroyed life; an idea so unscientific, so backward and barbarous, a killer that hides behind fake benevolence; an idea known as altruism. Altruism is the belief that man's duty is to sacrifice for others regardless of what is in his self-interest. Altruism is a war against self-interest, a war against the individual; and by destroying man's right to pursue self-interest, altruism destroys much of the good that man would otherwise bring into the world. Historically, the losses caused by altruism are staggeringly huge and, if measured, would total billions of lives. The imagined damage to be caused by global climate change pales when compared to the loss of life and human energy that can be attributed to altruism's impact on the planet.

The Dark Ages are a good example of the influence of altruism. This period was full of famine, starvation, poverty, early death and illiteracy because the leaders convinced the people that their purpose in life was to sacrifice their minds and bodies for God and the state. When people have no prospect of affecting their own futures, when they must obey rules established by others; rules that demand their willing sacrifice; when they are not allowed to use their minds, when they never learn such concepts as individual rights inherent in their nature, the result is always death and destruction.

The ritual practice of altruism has been with mankind since the first kings discovered a need to control the masses and turn them into herds of obedient cattle. A religious ritual is a re-enactment by men of the lives of the gods. The most common ritual is the suffering savior allegory about the man who learns, through his suffering, that he is good only if he sacrifices for others. Altruism, joined with collectivism, creates the compliant “good” citizen; who mindlessly obeys the edicts of Kings and Religious leaders. Today, altruism is taken for granted, almost to the extent that it is invisible. Point to a problem, it is taken for granted that someone must sacrifice, see a starving person, someone else must starve so he may eat. The nation has enemies; young men must sacrifice their lives so that the kingdom may grow. Who must sacrifice? It is always the better, the most intelligent, the most beautiful, the most productive, the most industrious; always it is the better person who is denigrated, defamed, humiliated and destroyed, not because he is a parasite, but because he is not a parasite. Refuse to sacrifice and you are the enemy of society, the bringer of evil, the selfish brute who would take rather than give. So go the propaganda and lies of altruism.

Yet, the flaw in this scheme of moral manipulation is that altruism, because it invalidates the human mind, creates only devastation, battlefields running red with blood, concentration camps filled with rotting corpses, nations looted of their wealth and starving children who have no one to take care of them. This is because altruism is not about being a good citizen; it is about letting men in power loot wealth and human energy under the pretext that things will be better “if you’d only give a little.” To convince the citizen that he is only giving "a little" they minimize the value of life, of production, of human inventiveness and of self-reliance. If they convince you that you are nothing, then everything they take from you must have little value too.

Altruism is at the base of the ideas of the left and of the right today. Our President once told a would-be plumber that re-distribution helps everybody, as if this were an unquestionable truth. He was oblivious to the fact that re-distribution destroys everybody. He tells us that in order to spur economic growth we must devalue the currency, oblivious to the fact that whenever this form of re-distribution has been tried, it plunders and destroys entire nations. His wife tells us that “Barack Obama will require you to work. He is going to demand that you shed your cynicism. That you put down your divisions. That you come out of your isolation, that you move out of your comfort zones. That you push yourselves to be better. And that you engage. Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual, uninvolved, uninformed.” In other words, things will be better “if you’d only give a little.” She is completely oblivious to the fact that she is talking down to people as if she were a Queen speaking to peasants who wouldn’t know what to do without Her. And if you look at our nation since "Barack" took control, things have not gotten better as a result of the unprecedented re-distribution he has enacted.

It is altruism that she demands; self-sacrifice for the sake of the King.

Will the left give up altruism? Will the right? Will they not see that the opposite principle, the principle of individual rights and the pursuit of happiness, the principle that the state has no right to confiscate the property of citizens is the very principle that did away with the Dark Ages and with concentration camps and economic hardship? Will they not examine the lies in their views? Such as the lie that man is a mindless slave who must do what he is told? The lie that man is meaningless and dirty and selfish? The lie that he can only be happy when he gives to others? The lies that reason doesn’t work, capitalism doesn’t work, freedom doesn’t work?

The question becomes then, why allow anyone who preaches altruism into the debate at all? After, the 2010 elections, the people now control the legislative agenda; they have the majority. There is no benefit to continuing the march toward dictatorship by allowing the left to incrementally advance their force-laden solutions. Why don’t we demand our freedoms, stand on individual rights and then let the left respond to us? Why compromise when compromise would mean our demise?

One thing you can count on; the left’s strategies for power will not change. They are too deeply entrenched in their mindset. According to their critique, capitalism is the scourge of history, the enslaver and the exploiter. In spite of the fact that the lives of capitalist workers today are several magnitudes more comfortable than during the 19th Century, the left’s view that the workers are exploited by capitalism will persist. At the base of this view, and of every other re-distribution scheme proposed by people on the left and the right is the idea that the individual has a duty to sacrifice for others. You find it everywhere, on the left with Obama and Soros, and on the right with Beck and the neocons.

As long as you believe it too, the thieving politicians will always have a seat at the table.

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