Sunday, January 26, 2014
Are Leftists just looters?
An interesting email from a reader below. I add some comments at the foot of it -- JR
You claimed about Leftism: "Until you accept that the aim of Leftists is to hurt, not help, none of their actions makes sense. Leftism, Liberalism, Progressivism are all words for the politics of hate. They hate the world about them. And with motivations like that behind them, principles pass them by like a fart in a breeze"
I think I must disagree with you, based on my own experience with Leftists (particularly those one might label as "limousine Leftists"). Leftism, of whatever variety, appears to be much more about power and control, and about making a profit from the work of others through the process of managing economic activity.
Leftism shares the characteristics of a religion in that the founding ideology is axiomatic, and that any argument or dissent against their fundamental principles as stated is immoral. These principles can me quite flimsy and situational - for example, during the global cooling scare, arguing against the anthropomorphic global cooling theory was immoral and dangerous, until such time as empirical evidence transformed this thesis into an anthropomorphic global warming theory, after which arguing against the anthropomorphic global warming theory (or reflecting upon the earlier cooling theory) was immoral and dangerous, after which this changed to an anthropomorphic "climate change" theory, etc. This "Leftspeak" phenomenon is best described in the afterword of George Orwell's book, 1984.
Leftists may use the politics of hate to demean and isolate targets of opportunity, but this is not their defining characteristic. Leftists are just as likely to laud and promote some faction or class of people when such a strategy might be to their advantage. This may be as benign as the promotion of vegetarians or as destructive as the promotion of illegal drug traffickers, but the primary end is the empowerment and enrichment of the Leftist elite. Thus why, for example, Leftists who might go to excess to promote the civil rights of Muslims in Western countries preach non-interference with the extermination of Muslims in Syria. So also why Leftists who bristle at the slightest indignity to American Blacks will demean Blacks who vote Republican or who are known to be prominent conservative theorists as "race traitors".
Perhaps the best way to understand the Left is as a transnational criminal mafia, which are made up of a loose confederation of national socialist gangs that tend to co-operate to loot non-Leftist nations for their mutual benefit. Much like any other organized crime syndicate, they may certainly wreak havoc on the societies they inflict themselves upon and do frequently turn to fraud and violence to achieve their aims, but they do not do so simply in the name of spite or vindictiveness, no more than a bank robber's ultimate goal is to inconvenience banks. The bottom line for all Leftist entities is monetary gain and for a growth in prosperity and influence for their leadership elite. Absent this dynamic, Leftist factions tend to wither away.
That Leftist principles are merely whatever makes good propaganda at the time and that Leftists are power-mad I agree with. The flexibility of their principles is certainly notorious, as their embrace of Islam shows. If Leftists had ANY sincerely-held principles, they would be relentless enemies of Islam.
What I think the above account overlooks however is the passion of Leftists. They are not just looters. They are driven. And hate is the driver. They want power mainly to hurt others or to hurt whole societies -- as we saw with Pol Pot, Stalin etc. They actually have a bloodlust towards those as they see as standing in the way of their ideal society -- which is a society with them at the top running everything and dispensing favours, of course. They normally have to mask that bloodlust but it soon pops out once they gain unrestrained power -- as after a communist revolution --JR.
Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).