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by Christopher Chantrill
May 18, 2009 at 12:15 am
IN THE BATTLE for the soul of the Republican Party the usual suspects want to make the brand more bland. We should avoid dividing people with divisive social issues.
But the Milquetoasts forget that democratic politics is a combination of Our Glorious Vision of the Future and Their Cruel and Unjust Swamp of Waste and Corruption. They also forget what Joseph Schumpeter knew. Public opinion is not something that creates itself. It is something that is created by game changers. Schumpeter:
[P]rofessional politicians... or exponents of an economic interest... or idealists... are able to fashion and, within very wide limits, even to create the will of the people. What we are confronted with... is largely not a genuine but a manufactured will.
So our job as conservative writers and thinkers is to get on with the job of manufacturing the will of the people.
We conservatives know that America has a great future, one that starts with enlightened conservative reforms in health care, in education, and in welfare. Ive done my share in articulating this vision at The American Thinker: here, here, and here.
But there is a reactionary force that blocks the age of conservative enlightenment. It is benighted liberalism and its vast apparatus of government power. Power, wherever it is found, is cruel, is corrupt, is unjust, is wasteful, and usually is deluded. Liberal government power is no exception.
We are not talking about vast cruelties and injustices, not yet. We are talking about routine and day-to-day cruelties and injustices, like those in this ordinary Mothers Day story: What a Mom Wants, by Megan Basham.
Democrats are excited by the recession, which has hurt men more than women, she writes, because it could advance women in traditionally male occupations.
New York Times contributor Lisa Belkin wondered if women might finally become the majority of American workers... One Salon writer celebrated the possibility that the "long-awaited redistribution of domestic labor might prove crucial in finally evening the professional playing field," while another wondered whether the financial crisis could turn out to be "accidentally feminist."
Theres just one problem with all that, leaving aside the banality of feminist ill will towards men. The majority of women want to spend more time with their children and less time working for wages. The research is clearor as we like to say these days: The science is in on this. Basham again:
Along with a spouse who offers affection, attention and empathy, what really makes women happy is one who earns at least two-thirds of the family income.
In short, girls just want to have funds.
On this issue liberals are cruel both to men and women, forcing them into a situation they dont need and dont want. Then there is the injustice of putting a thumb on the scales of justice to advantage women. There is the delusion of imagining that you can ever create a world where men and women are all equally and happily working away for wages and tossing 44 percent of their output into the government coffers for politicians to spend on buying votes.
Heres another story. File it under cruel. The Brits currently have their knickers in a twist over the incompetence of social workers who cant seem to prevent the cruel torture and death of underclass children. This is missing the point, according to Camilla Cavendish. The reason we are seeing a lot of young children being abused is not the incompetence of social services. The problem is that so many children these days, especially in the underclass, dont live with their natural parents. Theres even a book about it, The Truth about Cinderella by Martin Daly and Margot Wilson. It points out the rather obvious fact that step-parents dont tend to love their stepchildren. From that fact all kinds of evils flow.
So when liberals encourage diverse relationships they are creating the occasion for more children to live in step relationships. Camilla Cavendish:
Detailed Canadian research over 20 years has put the risk of being killed by a stepparent at between 50 to 100 times greater than the risk of being killed by a parent.
The science is in on this, you know. It is cruel and it is deluded to continue a system that condemns millions of children to a loveless childhood. It is unjust to expose such children to an increased chance of being killednot by a fearsome 50 percent, but by 5,000 percent! Talk about deniers!
We must not raise our hopes. The exposing of liberalismcruel, corrupt, unjust, wasteful, and deludedis a long-term project. At roadtothemiddleclass.com I call it the CCUWD Project. So I have started tagging stories and saving them on Delicious.com. Its only been a week, but already I have tagged three cruel stories at http://delicious.com/chrischantrill/cruel and five unjust stories at http://delicious.com/chrischantrill/unjust. This is like shooting fish in a barrel.
We cannot rest, we cannot flag until we have led America out of this wilderness of liberalismcruel, corrupt, unjust, wasteful, and deludedand into a conservative land flowing with milk and honey.
Buy his Road to the Middle Class.
The incentive that impels a man to act is always some uneasiness...
But to make a man act [he must have]
the expectation that purposeful behavior has the power to remove
or at least to alleviate the felt uneasiness.
Ludwig von Mises, Human Action
But I saw a man yesterday who knows a fellow who had it from a chappie
that said that Urquhart had been dipping himself a bit recklessly off the deep end.
Dorothy L. Sayers, Strong Poison
At first, we thought [the power of the West] was because you had more powerful guns than we had. Then we thought it was because you had the best political system. Next we focused on your economic system. But in the past twenty years, we have realized that the heart of your culture is your religion: Christianity.
David Aikman, Jesus in Beijing
[In the] higher Christian churches... they saunter through the liturgy like Mohawks along a string of scaffolding who have long since forgotten their danger. If God were to blast such a service to bits, the congregation would be, I believe, genuinely shocked. But in the low churches you expect it every minute.
Annie Dillard, Holy the Firm
Civil Societya complex welter of intermediate institutions, including businesses, voluntary associations, educational institutions, clubs, unions, media, charities, and churchesbuilds, in turn, on the family, the primary instrument by which people are socialized into their culture and given the skills that allow them to live in broader society and through which the values and knowledge of that society are transmitted across the generations.
Francis Fukuyama, Trust
In England there were always two sharply opposed middle classes, the academic middle class and the commercial middle class. In the nineteenth century, the academic middle class won the battle for power and status... Then came the triumph of Margaret Thatcher... The academics lost their power and prestige and... have been gloomy ever since.
Freeman Dyson, The Scientist as Rebel
Conservatism is the philosophy of society. Its ethic is fraternity and its characteristic is authority the non-coercive social persuasion which operates in a family or a community. It says we should....
Danny Kruger, On Fraternity
What distinguishes true Conservatism from the rest, and from the Blair project, is the belief in more personal freedom and more market freedom, along with less state intervention... The true Third Way is the Holy Grail of Tory politics today - compassion and community without compulsion.
Minette Marrin, The Daily Telegraph
When we received Christ, Phil added, all of a sudden we now had a rule book to go by, and when we had problems the preacher was right there to give us the answers.
James M. Ault, Jr., Spirit and Flesh
I mean three systems in one: a predominantly market economy; a polity respectful of the rights of the individual to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; and a system of cultural institutions moved by ideals of liberty and justice for all.
In short, three dynamic and converging systems functioning as one: a democratic polity, an economy based on markets and incentives, and a moral-cultural system which is plural and, in the largest sense, liberal.
Michael Novak, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism
There was nothing new about the Frankish drive to the east... [let] us recall that the continuance of their rule depended upon regular, successful, predatory warfare.
Richard Fletcher, The Barbarian Conversion
We have met with families in which for weeks together, not an article of sustenance but potatoes had been used; yet for every child the hard-earned sum was provided to send them to school.
E. G. West, Education and the State