Friday, January 4, 2013

Critique of Pure Politics

Our liberal friends like to make the rule of their administrative welfare state seem mild and beneficial, as all rulers do.  But we conservatives, trying to stem the tide, have a different idea of their politics.

We see four highly charged electrodes that will do serious damage to society unless carefully handled: government, politics, culture, and system.

Government is force.  This is so obvious that it often gets forgotten.  Government operates by taking money from people by force and spending that money on its supporters.  It starts with the money government takes to fund its armed forces and its police forces and goes on from there.  The question about any government program should be: "why does this need to be done by force?"

Politics is division.  If you put a bunch of Americans into a room to solve a problem they will solve it, and solve it in a way that gives everyone a piece of the action.  If you want to divide them then put a politician into the mix.  Politicians divide people into the 51% and the 49%.  Nothing wrong with that; it's just what they do.  But divide they will, wherever they go, and so it's a good idea to minimize the amount of politics going on.  Politics, after all, is civil war by other means.

Culture is power.  This is something that conservatives know to their cost.  You cannot speak to anyone unless you have standing in the culture.  When you are cut out of the conversation, as conservatives are in education and in media, you might as well not exist.  The way that liberals have shut conservatives out of the culture is an injustice and cries out fro redress.

System is domination.  There has to be a system, said a liberal friend about health care.  No there doesn't.  Anytime you have a social system you have domination, because the system declares that there is one way, the system way, to do things.  Everything that the government has reduced to a system, from health care to pensions to education to welfare, is a monstrosity.  Social animals don't work by system, they work by communication and consensus.

Of course, no society can do without government, politics, culture, and system.  The point is that they are like electrodes, highly charged with energy: they can be used for good and for ill.  The great temptation is to assume that if "I" ran the government, drove the politics, influenced the culture, organized the system, that all would be well.

No it wouldn't.  These four electrodes are like sirens, seducing us into evil.  The meaning of life cannot be precipitated into government, or politics, or culture, or system.  It can only be found in the actual living of life, and life is best lived at a respectful distance from these four highly charged electrodes.  Otherwise they might electrocute you.

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