27 May 2013

What they really want

An award-winning essay on today's liberalism:

As naked power-lust is a rather ugly motive, the Progressive rationalizes his desire to rule as a concern for human welfare, seeing himself as a great humanitarian, far superior morally to the lesser beings who pursue merely “materialist” ends such as their own prosperity and who frequently object to his program for achieving Utopia. This assumed moral superiority spills over into fields of practical accomplishment, and the Progressive imagines himself capable of allocating resources and even directing entire industries far more efficiently than a free market, often despite not even having any business or scientific experience. But despite what the Progressive believes about himself, the desire to compel others to obey his orders is what drives him forward. To satisfy this desire, there is ultimately no limit to what actions he will take, for he respects none of the restrictions on government officials intended to guarantee individual freedom that have been developed and set forth in written or unwritten constitutions.

For all their "good intentions," this is what's at the core of it all.  Be afraid.


  1. Heinlein said basically the same thing, more than once, and in more than one of his novels.

    1. True, but too many people today have no idea who Heinlein is, or what he wrote. "Like, is he related to the Kardashians or something? A writer? Like OMFG WTF LOL how like totally boring."

      However the message gets out, whoever gets the credit for it, whatever form it has to take to get people to think about it--that's what counts. 'There is no limit to what a man can accomplish if he doesn't care who gets the credit.'

      And, yes, that last sentence comes directly from President Reagan's ever-present desk plaque. He won't care if I pass it on.


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