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Progressivism: An Inevitable March From Unicorns To Gulags [UPDATED]

24 November 2013 @ 19:42

Once you become a card-carrying member of the Left In America™, you end-up having to engage in deceptions in all areas of your life.

-You must spend all of your time deceiving those around you, as Stacy McCain explains in a brilliant summation:

The various “-isms” of left-wing ideology are really just variations of a destructive anti-social nihilism, whose purpose was forever defined more than 150 years ago when, in their Communist Manifesto, Marx and Engels declared: “The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.” Once you understand this profound hostility to social order — the misfit’s appetite for anarchy — then you realize that whatever grievance they complain of is really just a pretext. They do not actually wish to reform society. Rather, they seek revenge against society, and don’t care that others are harmed by their acts of destruction, except insofar as they actively desire such harm.

The Left hates America not for its failures, but for its successes. Our peace, prosperity and liberty are a rebuke to the hateful fanaticism of our nation’s enemies, both foreign and domestic. If the Left told the truth about its intentions, they could never succeed. Their dishonesty is therefore integral to their destructive purposes.

-In the Comments section of Stacy’s post, Adjoran offers his take on the Left In America’s motivations:

It’s all about power, nothing else. “Equality” and “social justice” are vague terms, but that fits well because the socialists’ goal is to assume power. They NEED power to bring “equality” and “social justice.”

Once they get power, they find it isn’t enough to effect full equality and social justice. So they need MORE power. And when that also just isn’t quite enough, they need more, and so on and so on until they have absolute power.

After they have absolute power, they send anyone who speaks of “equality” or “social justice” to the gulag as an Enemy of the State.

While it ultimately ends up being about gaining Power and Control and maintaining it, in the vast majority of cases, the desire for Power and Control arises out of a starting belief in wanting to ‘teach the world to sing in perfect harmony’, as it were.

Eventually, the believer in Heaven On Earth comes to realize that most people have no desire for their rose-colored world, scented with lovely unicorn farts, so, having rejected Morality and Truth in order to believe the Eschaton can be Immanentized, the Utopians turn to brutality, to force the unbelievers into either accepting their Illumination at the point of a gun or by eliminating the heretics, so they can ‘get on with it’.

-To be a member-in-good-standing of the Left In America also requires — and this may be the toughest burden each one of them has to carry — that they engage in a relentless self-deception.  As every Leftist scheme is based in what Richard Pipes calls ‘sur-reality’ [ie: surreal reality], none of them will ever work as planned.  All of such schemes, developed as they were in the sterile laboratories of deluded minds, far away from Realty, are forever to be EPIC FAIL’s and, damaged as they are psychologically and considering that their Ideology crumbles easily when exposed to the clear light of Truth, they react defensively and take refuge in further and increasingly bizarre delusions.

-Such people are to be pitied and prevented from wielding any power and control.

SIDENOTE: Mr. Pipes explains sur-reality in the context of The Russian Revolution:

This kind of thinking led to a progressive estrangement from life. Cochin’s description of the atmosphere  in  the  French sociétés  de  pensée of the late eighteenth century perfectly fits that prevailing in intelligentsia circles in Russia a century later:

Whereas in the real world the arbiter of all thought is proof and its issue is the effect, in this world the arbiter is the opinion of others, and the aim their approbation.… All thought, all intellectual effort here exists only by way of concurrence. It is opinion that makes for existence. That is real which others see, that true which they say, that good of which they approve. Thus the natural order is reversed: opinion here is the cause, and not, as in real life, the effect. Appearance takes the place of being, speaking, doing.… And the goal … of that passive  work is destruction.  It consists, in sum, of eliminating, of reducing.  Thought which submits to this initially loses the concern for the real, and then, little by little, the sense of the real. And it is precisely to this deprivation that it owes its freedom. It does not gain in freedom, orderliness, clarity except to the extent that it sheds its real content, its hold on that which
exists.

It is only with the help of this insight that we can understand the seeming paradoxes in the mentality of the genus intelligentsia, and especially its more extreme species, the Russian intelligentsia. Theories and programs, on which Russian intellectuals spent their waking hours, were indeed evaluated in relation not to life but to other theories and programs: the criterion of their validity was consistency and conformity. Live reality was treated as a perversion or caricature of “genuine” reality, believed to lurk invisible behind appearances and waiting to be set free by the Revolution. This attitude would enable the intelligentsia to accept as true propositions at total variance with demonstrable fact as well as common sense—for example, that the living standards of European workers in the nineteenth century were steadily declining, that the Russian peasant in 1900 was on the verge of starvation, that it was legitimate, in the name of democracy, to disperse in January 1918 the democratically elected Constituent Assembly, or that, more generally, freedom meant bowing to necessity. To understand the behavior of the intelligentsia it is imperative to keep in mind at all times its deliberate detachment from reality: for while the revolutionaries can be ruthlessly pragmatic in exploiting, for tactical purposes, the people’s grievances, their notion of what the people desire is the product of sheer abstraction. Not surprisingly, when they come to power, revolutionary intellectuals immediately seize control of the means of information and institute a tight censorship: for it is only by suppressing free speech that they can impose their “sur-reality” on ordinary people bogged down in the quagmire of facts.

—Richard Pipes, The Russian Revolution, Chapter 4

UPDATE at 2017…

In his latest column for USA Today, Instapundit explains how sur-reality governed and continues to govern the whole Obamacare Rollout.

A highlight [big tip of the fedora to Dan ‘Book ‘Em Dano’ Collins]:

What engineers know that lawyers and politicians often don’t is that in the world of things, as opposed to people, there’s no escaping the sharp teeth of reality. But in law, and especially politics, inconvenient facts are merely inconvenient, something to be rationalized away.

Reality is a harsh mistress and a stern taskmaster that cannot be wished away — or divorced.

5 Comments
  1. genomega1 permalink
    24 November 2013 @ 19:45 19:45

    Reblogged this on News You May Have Missed and commented:
    Progressivism: An Inevitable March From Unicorns To Gulags

  2. 24 November 2013 @ 20:53 20:53

    Totally agree it is all about power and control. Plus they want us all to join hands and sing Kumbaya. Of course that means we all have to be in harmony with what the ruling progressive class believes is “good”.

  3. M. Thompson permalink
    24 November 2013 @ 21:53 21:53

    More of the disgusting slouch.

  4. indyjonesouthere permalink
    25 November 2013 @ 12:27 12:27

    We need to take the drug war to D.C. The sooner we get all the Utopians off of Utopiates the sooner we can get back to our libertarian roots. And once the Utopians are cleaned up lets get them out of government and require productive service or exile.

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