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The Muslims Aren’t The Only Ones With a Fervent Ideology

by Christopher Chantrill
July 19, 2016 at 12:00 am

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IN THE WAKE of the Nice terror attack Hillary Clinton had this to say:

Let’s be clear: Islam is not our adversary. Muslims are peaceful and tolerant people and have nothing whatever to do with terrorism.

Yes. Let’s be clear. Clinton’s statement, which is the default position of the regime ever since at least 9/11, is now, as they said back in the 1970s, “inoperative.”

In his commentary on the above Hillary Clinton fatuosity, Andrew C. McCarthy goes on to talk about the importance of recognizing the fervor of the Islamists’ ideology. Says he: “Because we don’t believe in much of anything anymore, we discount the pull of ideology.” We don’t understand that “everything about this enemy‚Ķ is all about ideology.”

I beg to differ. First of all, our ruling class does too believe in ideology, their ideology. And their ideology is that they are wise, evolved overlords that have everything under control. Their ideology, as I discussed on my blog last week, is that they have brought the benighted masses up from “traditional values” based on religion and superstition to a “secular-rational” culture that is “open to change, progress, and social engineering.” You probably won’t be beheaded or run over by a truck for challenging the ruling class ideology, but the ruling class has ways to make you wish you had never been born, you racist, sexist, homophobe.

How’s that ideology working out down in the inner city, ruling class? Better and better in every way, on every day?

If you are a leader of the Democrat regime party you believe fervently that you and your operatives are geniuses that are deftly managing all the groups in your Coalition of the Fringes to bend the arc of history towards justice. Rile up African Americans against the police, tell gays that they are lovers and straights are haters, and when the day is over you will have awed all the rubes into touching their forelocks every election in return for their entitlements.

If you are a leader of the Republican regime party you go along to get along with the reigning ideology, otherwise you will never get to work in this town again.

The regime party fervently believes that the Muslim problem is just like the race problem, or the woman problem, or the gay problem. Here’s a marginalized group that can be managed with the usual menu of patronizing rhetoric, co-opting of community organizers, government benefits, and the silencing of opponents, as in: you are all racist, sexist, homophobic, Islamophobic bigots.

I would say that our liberal friends believe in this ideology with a fervor that would make an average Muslim blanch. So what could go wrong?

Hey, let’s ask a different question. Let’s ask: what has already gone wrong? Probably the one thing that your average ruling class does well is blinding the people to the the truth of history as one stupid ruling-class disaster after another.

I like to think of our ruling class has having two factions, the revolutionary faction and the administrative faction. The revolutionary faction, that believes in the overthrow of capitalism and its replacement with charismatic revolutionary activists, brought ruin to Russia and China and is, right now, in the process of ruining Venezuela. What was the driving force behind all this misery? The fervent ideology of the revolutionary faction of the ruling class.

Then there is the administrative faction of our ruling class. Its record includes stumbling into World War I, a stupid Peace of Versailles followed by a credit boom and bust, with a ten year Great Depression ending in another World War. Compared to that its 1970s inflation and its Crash of 2008 were penny ante. What was the driving force behind this century of stupidity? The fervent ideology of the administrative faction of the ruling class.

Really, the Muslim problem has come along just at the right time to show to us all that Hillary Clinton is a truly clueless poster girl of our clueless ruling class, as the terrorists demonstrate to us all that our rulers, whose only real job is protection, are clueless when it comes to the job of protection. And so, in the wake of each successive terrorist outrage, the little Muslim boy is telling us that the emperor has no clothes.

What should we do? Where should we go? Don’t worry, we will work it all out in due course, and then the brainless Hillary Clintons of the ruling class will finally get it and start tweeting the new conventional wisdom.

But a good start is for all of us all to start acting on the fervent ideology that America is the best country in the world; Americans are the best people in the world; and American business is the best business in the world.

Christopher Chantrill blogs at www.roadtothemiddleclass.com.

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Faith & Purpose

“When we began first to preach these things, the people appeared as awakened from the sleep of ages—they seemed to see for the first time that they were responsible beings, and that a refusal to use the means appointed was a damning sin.”
Finke, Stark, The Churching of America, 1776-1990


Mutual Aid

In 1911... at least nine million of the 12 million covered by national insurance were already members of voluntary sick pay schemes. A similar proportion were also eligible for medical care.
Green, Reinventing Civil Society


Education

“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


Living Under Law

Law being too tenuous to rely upon in [Ulster and the Scottish borderlands], people developed patterns of settling differences by personal fighting and family feuds.
Thomas Sowell, Conquests and Cultures


German Philosophy

The primary thing to keep in mind about German and Russian thought since 1800 is that it takes for granted that the Cartesian, Lockean or Humean scientific and philosophical conception of man and nature... has been shown by indisputable evidence to be inadequate. 
F.S.C. Northrop, The Meeting of East and West


Knowledge

Inquiry does not start unless there is a problem... It is the problem and its characteristics revealed by analysis which guides one first to the relevant facts and then, once the relevant facts are known, to the relevant hypotheses.
F.S.C. Northrop, The Logic of the Sciences and the Humanities


Chappies

“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.”  —Freddy Arbuthnot
Dorothy L. Sayers, Strong Poison


Democratic Capitalism

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


Action

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


Churches

[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


Conversion

“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


Living Law

The recognition and integration of extralegal property rights [in the Homestead Act] was a key element in the United States becoming the most important market economy and producer of capital in the world.
Hernando de Soto, The Mystery of Capital


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