Monday, October 12, 2015

Liberal Rubbish on Columbus Day

I get what liberals are about in their attack on Columbus Day. They want to taint the triumphant story of the Rise of the United States to world leadership. They want to replace the story of reciprocal justice and individual freedom with their own story of social justice and liberation and emancipation.

And of course the history of Euro-dominated America is a grubby and shameful story. And that's to say nothing of the Columbian Exchange, the extraordinary tale of the consequence of ocean travel between Europe and the Americas and also Asia and the Americas.

Did you know, for example, that corn and sweet potatoes traveled to China and were grown by the landless pengmin or "shack people" on hillsides all over China -- resulting in disastrous floods when the hillsides came down into the valleys and sent great floods down the Yellow River and the Yangtze River?

The point is that migration and war and colonization and disease is as human as homo sapiens and humans have always been pretty ruthless about it.

However, our modern era probably takes the biscuit when it comes to war and colonization. There is a movement of educated youth and "best men" that arose in Europe and North America in the 19th century that has brutally conducted a war of what J├╝rgen Habermas and others have termed "internal colonization" with the naked goal of destroying the culture of responsible individualism that flourished in Europe starting with the birth of the monotheistic religions three thousand years ago. The idea is to institute a regime of "creative individualism" in the stead of the responsible individualism that created Europe and capitalism and the Great Enrichment of the last 200 years. This culture of creative individualism will be led by the best and the educated, and you will like it or else.

Of course this movement of the best and the educated has provoked the most depraved and cruel political regimes in history, with a death toll in the hundreds of millions. It takes an educated man to think up really sordid cruelties.

You can say that working-class Columbus and his pals accidentally set in motion a huge demographic and flora/fauna tsunami by connecting Europe with the Americas. But the result of Columbus and the "discovery" of America was, as we say, mostly unanticipated consequence, pirates and merchants and adventurers stumbling and bumbling their way around the world.

But the progressive movement of the best and the educated has been a self-conscious semi-religious movement determined to save the world from its superstitions and its follies, or else.

We will see, courtesy of the best and the educated, more evils and more follies, and we will see more heaps of skulls as their poisonous conceits and delusions wreak more havoc across the world.

Perhaps it is time for the People of the Responsible Self to start trashing the favorite holiday of the progressives, May Day, as the very omphalos of death and destruction and the inspiration of the anti-human cult of Big Government and Totalitarian Injustice.

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