|The Primal Scream of the Policy People||I Want a President to Teach Liberals a Lesson|
by Christopher Chantrill
March 29, 2016 at 12:00 am
IT IS TELLING that the Muslim terrorist and unemployed electrician, Ibrahim Abdeslam, arrested just prior to the Brussels bombing, was struggling by with his wife on just 1,000 euros a month from welfare. I raise that question because, to me, there is nothing more important to a terrorist than an independent income. How can you plan your bombings and sew your suicide belts if you have to show up at the construction site to wire up junction boxes?
Naturally, we all think the Muslim problem is unique, and so it is. Except that we have seen all this before. Of course, when the Irish were tumbling off their coffin ships into New York and Boston they sent their own women out onto the streets, as the “nymphs of the paves,” whereas the Muslims of Rotherham sensibly use fatherless white girls for that purpose. But the Irish were lucky. They had Archbishop “Dagger John” Hughes to build St. Patrick’s Cathedral right there on Fifth Avenue, and the “shanty Irish” dragged themselves out of the gutter and became “lace-curtain Irish.”
History may not repeat itself, but it rhymes, and every immigrant wave, in the United States at least, has filled respectable people with terror. Angry, jobless males? Check. No-go areas? Check. Criminal gangs? Check. Liberals pandering to immigrants and delaying their integration into the market economy? Check.
All along, liberals have been playing with fire. Their conceit has been that they could control the tribalism in the latest immigrant wave in the same way that firefighters think they can fight wildfires with controlled burns. But the liberal record isn’t so great. Liberals legislated monopoly rights for unions, and the unions burned down big steel and big auto. How did that help the workers? Liberals encouraged African Americans with race quotas and tolerance for gangs, and blacks burned down their ghettos. Liberals vowed to smash the patriarchy by devaluing marriage and made a generation of women angry and desperate. Hey, why not encourage Muslims in their religious ghettos and no-go areas! What could go wrong?
Politics is violence, writes the great Kevin D. Williamson. But the corollary is that politics is needed where violence is needed, as in fighting urban crime, as in smashing urban gangs, as in breaking up no-go areas. That is what politicians are for: defending against enemies, foreign and domestic.
Liberals prefer to fight a different game; they only defend against enemies foreign and domestic after they have tried everything else. Instead, liberals “fight” for the victims du jour, encourage their pre-industrial era tribalism and buy their votes with other peoples’ money. All tremendous fun and it gives liberals power and trillions of other peoples’ money to spend on themselves.
Maybe the Muslims will be the victimized group whose tribalism educated evolved liberals cannot manage. Maybe liberals have been playing like kids with dangerous fireworks for decades, and the Muslim Candle is going to explode and blow their hands off, and a lot more besides.
There is nothing to make adults nervous like a kid playing with fireworks.
But pretty soon, the liberal kids are going to be called into the house and sent to their rooms, while the rest of us wage economic, political and moral/cultural war on Islamic extremism with a new ruling class. A good start would be “broken windows” policing with CompStat, similar to what Ted Cruz has just proposed.
The most obvious task in the war will be economic, making it really difficult for would-be terrorists to fry their brains on welfare. The worthy Muslim shopkeeper in Scotland, murdered for wishing his customers a Happy Easter, tells the story. When you are actively engaged in the global capitalist economy you want to be everyone’s friend — you must be everyone’s friend — because the whole world could be your customer, or your employer. When gainfully employed, your mind gets diverted from the vital task of blowing up the infidel to the more mundane task of how to keep your customer happy now that the schedule has slipped a couple of weeks.
Young men instinctively want to be warriors and plunderers. The great achievement of western civilization was to teach young men to battle over customer satisfaction and market share during the week, and simulated mob action at the game on the weekend.
The west has done an amazing job in turning its young men away from mayhem, no thanks at all to the left and to liberals.
For a start the next President of the United States could reverse the Obama executive repeal of the 1996 welfare reform act. That could put Muslims to work, and blacks, and the drugged-out white working class. Why, with a policy like that, we could make America great again.
Buy his Road to the Middle Class.
[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 300–301, 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