The Moral Bankruptcy Of The Left
A few days ago John C. Goodman published an article entitled “Why Are We So Divided?”
From the article:
“The left in America is intellectually bankrupt. And this is a worldwide phenomenon. For most of the 20th Century the ideological left controlled the policy agenda. But in the last quarter of that century, they experienced a complete intellectual collapse. Ronald Reagan was elected. So was Margaret Thatcher. The world saw a surge in privatization and deregulation. Eastern European countries turned to the flat tax. More than 30 countries either fully or partially privatized their social security systems. Sweden adopted a national system of school vouchers.
On reflection, the left was wrong about everything. They were wrong about communism. They were wrong about socialism. They were wrong about the welfare state. Given that history, why would they want to talk about ideas?”
I have long asserted that in regard to economics the Democrats/Progressives/Liberals are not arguing against Republicans/Conservatives/Libertarians but that they are arguing against math. The present mathematical economic argument of the Left boils down to:
If we can keep interest rates at zero or lower and continue to create endless amounts of credit then we might get ten more years without an economic collapse.
To describe Leftist economics as being a zero-sum game is far too kind a description. The Left would prefer collapsing the global economy instead of saying “I am sorry, I was wrong.” To the point Goodman makes, the more evident the intellectual bankruptcy of the Left becomes the less inclined they are to reassess and the farther they retreat into moral and intellectual fantasy.
I often quote James Kunstler, “Sometimes societies just collectively go insane.” Our societal insanity originates in the moral logic of the Progressive movement – moral logic which essentially is reduced to nothing more than “Someone somewhere at sometime did something wrong hence that entitles me to do anything wrong that I wish – and if I do it then it is not morally wrong simply by the virtue that I am doing it.” That is insane – but that is genuinely and sincerely what they believe. If the Progressives cannot find something someone actually did in order to justify their lack of morals – they just make it up! I cannot recount how many times over the last week I have been told that because Rand Paul and Ted Cruz proclaimed that the Second Amendment exist in order that American citizens may have the tools to resist tyrannical government that it justifies murdering congressman.
That line of thinking is pretty much the mother of all false equivalencies – but to the Progressive mind the truth or anything approaching morals and human decency – is an irrelevancy. All that matters is “someone somewhere at sometime did something wrong hence that entitles me to do anything wrong that I wish to do” – even if that someone somewhere at sometime is manufactured out of whole cloth.
This is an ideology that rationalizes its’ very own continued existence with false moral equivalencies. Without false moral equivalencies Progressivism melts away like snow on a summer day – because Progressivism is a slap in the face to every moral code the world has accepted. Theft, using force to require others to violate their conscience, rationalizing murder – there is no moral bottom to this ideology.
It is not an exaggeration to say that Progressives believe themselves to be gods – that they and they alone are empowered to determine truth from fiction, that they can create truth from fiction, that they are empowered to proclaim reality as fantasy and have exempted themselves from the reality the rest of us mere mortals must occupy. It is no doubt quite intoxicating to exempt oneself from moral and intellectual bankruptcy – that what ever preposterous absurdity one wishes to believe one can also assert is truth – and have other occupiers of the ideological bubble also proclaim your absurdity to be truth. Math, history, reality, truth, facts, data – they all bend a knee and bow to what ever absurdity a Progressive proclaims to be truth.
Or so they believe.
Anyone with half a brain understands that this will not end well. How it does not end well is still unknown – but it will not end well.