The Grand Delusion: The Road To Annihilation
From the Mark Levin Show Daily Recap for 04 June:
On Thursday’s Mark Levin Show: China is committing cyber warfare against the United States by hacking our federal database and stealing the information of 4 million federal employees. Our enemies abroad are tapping into our financial systems and government agencies, stealing technology and personal information, and the Obama administration has demonstrated they aren’t up to the task to stop it. This latest Chinese hack is just another example of the incompetence of the federal government and President Obama. Red China is becoming the most powerful military force on the face of the Earth because of the cowardice and ideology of the Commander in Chief and the Democrat party.
And, also, the aiding and abetting of the Leftist Cause by the Quislings of the GOP.
The Administration [aka: The Jarrett Junto] is helped greatly by the fact that, I believe, most Americans have still not wrapped their heads around the idea that real, destructive War in the Modern Age can be waged in Cyber-Space.
The Leftists are determined to evade the Truth that Islam is at War with us, Russia is at War with us, Red China is at War with us. And, since, the national government [the Executive and the Congress] refuses to acknowledge Reality, we are losing these Wars.
Now, I suspect that this evasion is the result of two Sur-Realities at play that the Left [again: aided and abetted by the Quislings] believes in, two contradictory views of things that are held by each one of them within the same body [aka: Cognitive Dissonance]: (1) America deserves to be put in it’s ‘proper place’ [just another nation among others that are as good and legitimate as it is (ie: Moral Equivalence)] and (2) a refusal to see that all of their foreign policies, all of their initiatives and efforts, have failed epically.
There’s much about the philosophy of Ayn Rand that is plain-out wrong and misguided [the fact that it is Ideological is the main problem], but every now and again — when, I think, she thought like a true Russian [ie: like a Solzhenitsyn or a Dostoevsky] — she would, not simply, get it right, but get it dead solid perfectly right.
An example is Ayn Rand on Evasion:
…[Man’s] basic vice, the source of all his evils, is that nameless act which all of you practice, but struggle never to admit: the act of blanking out, the willful suspension of one’s consciousness, the refusal to think —not blindness, but the refusal to see; not ignorance, but the refusal to know. It is the act of unfocusing your mind and inducing an inner fog to escape the responsibility of judgment —on the unstated premise that a thing will not exist if only you refuse to identify it, that A will not be A so long as you do not pronounce the verdict “It is.” Non-thinking is an act of annihilation, a wish to negate existence, an attempt to wipe out reality. But existence exists; reality is not to be wiped out, it will merely wipe out the wiper. By refusing to say “It is,” you are refusing to say “I am.” By suspending your judgment, you are negating your person. When a man declares: “Who am I to know?” he is declaring: “Who am I to live?”
This is the kind of thinking usually, we think, is reserved for juveniles, but, since the Triumph Of Ideology in our Culture, has become the dominant way of interpreting events in the World.
To avoid [often crippling] punishments of varying kinds, the Leftist Masterminds demand that those of us who are not totally willfully blind engage in legitimizing The Big Lies — the all-encompassing delusions, the refusal to confront Life as it is — put forward by them. As Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wrote: ‘The permanent lie becomes the only safe form of existence’. The Lie eventually becomes ‘the continuing basis of life’, the standard practice, because, if you fail to play along with The Grand Delusion, you will be denounced, labeled ‘extreme’, and suffer varying penalties, such as economic ones and being marginalized. And the majority of Society will endorse your punishment because they fear the Truth as much as the Masterminds do. [Both quotes by Mr. Solzhenitsyn come from The Gulag Archipelago, Volume II, Part IV, Chapter 3: Our Muzzled Freedom.]
Another product of The Grand Delusion is the utter corruption of language — an act that is necessary to give The Big Lies legitimacy. As Friend In The Ether Steve Skubinna writes:
Orwell was probably not the first to note that totalitarian movements always try to seize control of the language, redefine words, and insist upon patently nonsensical beliefs. Solzhenitsen also wrote of it, and maintained it was because if you can be made to accept small falsehoods, larger ones become easier. There is no such thing as a small erosion of integrity — you either have it or you do not. But it is easier to surrender it on a trivial point and pretend that you still have it regarding things that mater. But that’s false.
I expect that is part of it…it is also to cloak their true intentions. Statists know better than to try selling “We’re going to dispossess and enslave everyone and then start mass murder!” Instead it’s “Free ice cream for everyone!”
America — and the whole of The West — is perishing in a wild orgy of Self-Deception, and our Enemies know this and are using it against us in their quests for Power And Control.
War is here, both the foreign and domestic kind.
…we are willing to abandon all our principles, our souls, and all the efforts of our predecessors and all opportunities for our descendants — but just don’t disturb our fragile existence. We lack staunchness, pride and enthusiasm. We don’t even fear universal nuclear death, and we don’t fear a third world war. We have already taken refuge in the crevices. We just fear acts of civil courage.
—Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Live Not By Lies