Monday, October 6, 2014

It's Not Time for Reading Books, It's Time for Action

With the ruin of the Obama presidency we have arrived at what President Obama likes to call a “teachable moment.” So finally, writes Bill Kristol, we can get the kids to go read a book: Hayek on intellectual conceit, James Q. Wilson on bureaucracy, Banfield on the city, Churchill on war, Orwell on the obvious, Lewis on chests. Not to mention his dad on “unanticipated consequences.”

But really, what good will it do?

Karl Marx on Feuerbach: “Philosophers have hitherto only interpreted the world in various ways; the point is to change it."

When the Marxist predictions had clearly failed by the end of World War I, the Frankfurt School refounded the Marxian movement as “critical theory.” In Max Horkheimer's notion critical theory attempts "to liberate human beings from the circumstances that enslave them.”

Then Habermas defined critical theory as devoted to “a form of life free from unnecessary domination in all its forms.”

Hello? Unnecessary domination? How about this:
Government dominating parents in with divisive government education
Government dominating workers with government entitlements
Government dominating physicians and patients with government healthcare
Government dominating workers with unjust taxes on labor
Government dominating students with unjust student loans
Government dominating business with unjust regulations on free exchange of goods and services
And let's not forget our favorite little liberal darlings:
Social justice warriors trying to dominate everyone in sight.
I could go on.

But the point is that the time for reading books is over. The human race has had cogent and understandable diagnoses of the last century's big government cancer for ages. Now it's time to treat the patient, before the disease of big government kills it.

Here, for example, is a young woman in Time of all places telling her cohort that it's crazy to go $30,000 into debt when “you probably could have gotten your education/accounting/psychology degree at a much more affordable university closer to home.”

Yet millions of twentysomethings deep in debt are standing around meekly serving overpriced coffee drinks to other twentysomethings. If they read anyone it's probably Naomi Klein.

I will tell you why. It is because conservatives are too busy reading books. Instead, conservatives should be organizing the wretched of the Obama earth and getting them plenty mad.

That is Marx's great insight. His idea of “class” was that people form a class when they organize for political struggle around an idea that they are oppressed and exploited by some other group.

Now, we know that the core components of the Emerging Democratic Majority are getting restless after six years of Obama. Women, minorities, educated, youth: all of these voters that were going to keep the Democrats in power for a generation are falling off.  Why? Because liberalism is a crock. It's the wet dream of an educated elite that thinks that society is something for them to organize into proper ranks and files. Or, as Jonah Goldberg writes:
Liberalism, as an ideology, insists that government can do good and great things for the people and the world if the people running the government are smart liberals.
Now liberals are big on psychology. So they probably know there's a category in psychopathology for people that think that the world would work if only they could rule it.

Meanwhile, median income is going down. Yay, kids! Under Obama inequality is going up!

It reminds me of the Clinton campaign's famous catchphrase from 1992: “everything that should be down is up; everything that should be up is down.” And that was after the mildest recession since World War II. Worst economy in 50 years, the Clintons called it.

What do you call the sixth year of the worst economic recovery since whenever? Time for a change or time for a revolution? Yet the only people in the streets are the blacks of Ferguson and Robert F. Kennedy and his People's Climate March.

Liberals are in the position of climate warmist Kevin Trenberth, who emailed hockey pro Michael E. Mann on October 12, 2009 to say:
The fact is that we can’t account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can’t.
It's great that liberals are hopelessly at sea with their conceit that we rubes should leave climate to the smart liberals. No doubt there are similar emails about the economy that have now been carefully destroyed by the IRS.

Forget about teaching the kids to read conservatives. How about we form the ordinary middle class into a class that experiences itself as oppressed and exploited on the one hand by fatally conceited liberals and on the other by terminally dependent government clients. Then we do something about it.

This is not a time for reading; this is a time for doing.

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