Homo Lefticus – Ecce Novum Americanus!
From a recent Mark Steyn post with a marvelous title: The Moronization Of The Republic:
…What "terrified" me and others about Caitlyn and her débutante’s balls was the ruthlessly enforced celebratory tone. When the Queen marks her Diamond Jubilee or the Duchess of Cambridge has a baby, you’re allowed to roll your eyes and say "God, aren’t you sick of these bloody royal parasites?" or "Who cares about one more sponger in the palace?" Even "state" media like the BBC and CBC accept that there are a wide range of views on the head of state. But if you watched the coverage of Caitlyn on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN et al you would have had no idea that there are people out there for whom this was not cause for joyous celebration. There was something not "terrifying" – not yet – but coercive and authoritarian in the uniformity of the mandatory jubilation. Even Fox News seemed to intuit that this was something that they had no choice but to cover in a life-affirming way.
I found that disturbing – because, at a stroke, everyone who matters from the Obamas to Hollywood seemed to have decided that this is one more area of discussion it’s safe to shut down, permanently. And there’s way too much of that….
Indeed. The Left In America is trying to fashion, to build, a new kind of American, Homo Lefticus, much in the same way the Bolsheviks tried to create Homo Sovieticus.
I was reading Daniel Mahoney’s wonderful book The Other Solzhenitsyn and came across these remarks in a chapter discussing the philosophical agreements between the great Russian Thinker and French Philosopher Raymond Aron:
…In a negative way, the Soviet regime succeeded in creating homo sovieticus whose habits of servility are indeed incompatible with the enterprise, initiatives, and self-government characteristic of a free society. [Chapter 6]
It took but a generation or so to create the New Soviet Man because the Bolsheviks had the advantage of near full Power And Control – they certainly had achieved control over Life and Death.
In America the process has taken much longer – over a century – and it has been sped-up considerably in the past seven years. What we have been experiencing is a Soft Revolution. The Left here has been smart enough to realize that only via a slow infection can they metastasize throughout the whole Freedom- and Liberty-loving American Body. If they had proceeded any faster in the past, the Left would have found itself, figuratively and literally, riddled with bullets.
However, they believe that enough of the American people are softened-up to Servility now that they can proceed at a faster pace in creating the New American Man – Homo [in both Latin and English senses] Lefticus, a mewling and puking and docile creature who voluntarily submits to Tyranny.
And we can’t complain that we were blindsided and sandbagged by the Left. Enough prophets have warned us over the past century-plus of what was happening, enough signs were placed on our Road To perdition, but we refused to listen. We let our Lusts [of the sexual and other kinds] guide us. We took full advantage of our Freedoms and Liberties, but refused to pull guard duty now and again for The Republic. We gorged ourselves on a happy meal and refused to pay the bill.
So: Ecce Novum Americanus! Behold the New American Man!
There he stands snapping the lock of his chains into place.
There he should stand ashamed.