|Liberals Say It's the End of an Era||America's Real Choice|
by Christopher Chantrill
October 30, 2012 at 12:00 am
WHEN PEGGY Noonan writes in her weekly sense-of-the-sensible-people column that President Obama is “a president who is at once over his head, out of his depth and wholly unaware of the fact,” you know that the world has changed.
But really, President Obama in his life, his person, and his career, epitomizes the liberal bubble of the last 50 years. It is not just that President Obama is over his head, out of his depth and wholly unaware of the fact. It is liberals in general.
In my view, the liberal bubble was wafted aloft on four conceits.
The first conceit is the idea that centralized administrative bureaucracy, inspired by science and reason, can work. Forget that the centralized administrative state was invented by the absolute monarchs. Forget that the centralized bureaucracies of the communists and the fascists were a failure. Let's remember that the lefty Frankfurt School chappies wrote during World War II that instrumental reason in the hands of humans is a weapon of domination, making corporate and government bureaucracy all about domination. So what does President Obama do? He passes the mother of all bureaucratic programs, Obamacare. Even conservatives' favorite liberal, Camille Paglia, can see what is wrong with that.
Also the Obamacare: of course, we need health care reform in this country. What a mess! Everyone agrees about that. But the Obamacare is, to me, a Stalinist intrusion — okay? — into American culture.
But most liberals don't get it. They think that a one-size-fits-all administrative program of health care is a wonderful idea.
Cure for the conceit: the Max Horkheimer Memorial Graduate Seminar: “Bureaucracy and Domination.” The average social service bureaucracy has the same form of organization as the Pentagon or the police. Analyze and explain.
The second conceit is that liberals gave America the civil-rights revolution. Tell you what. Let us stipulate that liberals singlehandedly passed the Civil Rights Acts of the 1960s. So then why did liberals turn right around and implement the institutional racism of quotas, Affirmative Action, and “diversity?” Well, now they got their comeuppance, with an Affirmative Action president “over his head, out of his depth,” etc., that looks like he's going to send the independents running screaming into the arms of Mitt Romney next week. That'll teach you to play the race card, liberals.
Cure for the conceit: the Frederick Douglass Memorial Graduate Seminar: “Do Nothing with Us!” Or anyone else, liberals.
The third liberal conceit is that you can fix the economy with a dose of Keynesian stimulus. There is a pony in there, of course. It is that the government's credit is needed, about once in a generation, to stem a financial panic. See the classic Lombard Street by Walter Bagehot. But once the panic is over the government should get out of the way and stop meddling. The danger from governmnent meddling is a capital strike, as in the late 1930s and in President Obama's early 2010s.
Cure for the conceit: The Alexander Hamilton Memorial Graduate Seminar: “Dutch Finance vs. French Finance.” For you undergrads, “Dutch finance” is a credit system based upon a funded national debt, as in Hamilton's refinancing of the revolutionary debt; “French finance” is John Law, assignats, and 20th century government pitchers inflating and defaulting their way out of a jam.
The fourth liberal conceit is the idea of Peace. It seemed like a good idea when dear old Immanuel Kant proposed Perpetual Peace two centuries ago, and liberals have encouraged each other in the conceit that they, and they alone, believe in peace and justice. Now we see, in the ruins of the president's foreign policy – all the resetting, apology tours and Benghazi foul-ups and cover-ups – how Peace works out in in practice.
But apart from the folly of imagining that the lion will ever lie down with the lamb there is another dimension to the Peace question, and in this we may say that our liberal friends, like their liberal president, are truly out over their heads, out of their depth and wholly unaware of the fact.
Societies seem to need enemies to unite them. If there are no foreign enemies to unite us, then the politicians will create domestic enemies as a substitute. Since liberals have foresworn foreign enemies they create domestic enemies instead, branding anyone that disagrees with them as a dangerous racist, sexist, classist, and homophobe.
Cure for the conceit: the Ronald Reagan Memorial Graduate Seminar: “Peace through Strength.” How did that amiable dunce turn the Carter malaise into Morning in America in four short years, and then win the Cold War without firing a shot?
In four short years, the partisan, racist President Obama has demolished his party's once-in-a-generation opportunity to create a durable liberal majority. The conceits he shares with the liberal ruling class are the reason why.
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[W]hen I asked a liberal longtime editor I know with a mainstream [publishing] house for a candid, shorthand version of the assumptions she and her colleagues make about conservatives, she didn't hesitate. Racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-choice fascists, she offered, smiling but meaning it.
Harry Stein, I Can't Believe I'm Sitting Next to a Republican
[T]he way to achieve a system of determining admission to the public schools on a nonracial basis,
Brown II, 349 U. S., at 300â€“301, is to stop assigning students on a racial basis. The way to stop
discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.
Roberts, C.J., Parents Involved in Community Schools vs. Seattle School District
[T]he Liberal, and still more the subspecies Radical... more than any other in these latter days seems under the impression that so long as he has a good end in view he is warranted in exercising over men all the coercion he is able[.]
Herbert Spencer, The Man Versus the State
[To make] of each individual member of the army a soldier who, in character, capability, and knowledge, is self-reliant, self-confident, dedicated, and joyful in taking responsibility [verantwortungsfreudig] as a man and a soldier. — Gen. Hans von Seeckt
MacGregor Knox, Williamson Murray, ed., The dynamics of military revolution, 1300-2050
[The Axial Age] highlights the conception of a responsible self... [that] promise[s] man for the first time that he can understand the fundamental structure of reality and through salvation participate actively in it.
Robert N Bellah, "Religious Evolution", American Sociological Review, Vol. 29, No. 3.
[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
[Every] sacrifice is an act of impurity that pays for a prior act of greater impurity... without its participants having to suffer the full consequences incurred by its predecessor. The punishment is commuted in a process that strangely combines and finesses the deep contradiction between justice and mercy.
Frederick Turner, Beauty: The Value of Values
Within Pentecostalism the injurious hierarchies of the wider world are abrogated and replaced by a single hierarchy of faith, grace, and the empowerments of the spirit... where groups gather on rafts to take them through the turbulence of the great journey from extensive rural networks to the mega-city and the nuclear family...
David Martin, On Secularization
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
These emerge out of long-standing moral notions of freedom, benevolence, and the affirmation of ordinary life... I have been sketching a schematic map... [of] the moral sources [of these notions]... the original theistic grounding for these standards... a naturalism of disengaged reason, which in our day takes scientistic forms, and a third family of views which finds its sources in Romantic expressivism, or in one of the modernist successor visions.
Charles Taylor, Sources of the Self
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
The Union publishes an exact return of the amount of its taxes; I can get copies of the budgets of the four and twenty component states; but who can tell me what the citizens spend in the administration of county and township?
Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America