via The Daily Caller
Here’s a short clip on the concept best explained by Thomas Sowell, in my favorite book A Conflict Of Visions. Sowell does a very good job describing in great detail why Liberal/Progressives think the way they do and why Conservatives think the way they do.
via The Right Scoop
I just bought the book on CD and will listen to it on my 8 hour drive to Wash DC for CPAC 2012. Here Lee Doren says it’s similar to one of my favorite books – Thomas Sowell;s “Conflict of Visions.”
Two from Bill Whittle:
The Tea Party vs. Occupy Wall Street
via Verum Serum
Good article by Ross Douthat:
The story of the last three decades, in other words, is not the story of a benevolent government starved of funds by selfish rich people and fanatical Republicans. It’s a story of a public sector that has consistently done less with more, and a liberalism that has often defended the interests of narrow constituencies — public-employee unions, affluent seniors, the education bureaucracy — rather than the broader middle class.
Interesting, well constructed video.
I like the Libertarian side of this. He appreciates “Individual Liberty” saying things like “people should be allowed to do whatever they please as long as they do not harm another person or another person’s possessions. But most of it is: “We (the collective We) should be the ones making the decisions. We work for CEO’s who steal a portion of our labor for their personal gain. They are thieves living off of our blood, sweat & tears.”
They believe they can create a Utopia for all… if only.
What people on the left cannot accept is the unfairness of Life itself. We are not created equal in terms of ability and intelligence. I am just not smart enough to achieve what my employer has managing a 1 1/2 billion dollar company hiring 4000 people.
Long ago I accepted that there will always be people “above” me and “below” me, in many different aspects. I accept life as it is and not life as it should be.
via Big Government
Under collectivism, powers of determination rest with the entire citizenry instead of with the specific citizens. Individual decision-making is replaced by the political process. Suddenly, the system that elected the prom queen at your high school is in charge of your whole life. Besides, individuals are smarter than groups, as anybody who is a member of a committee or of a large Irish family after six in the evening can tell you. The difference between individual intelligence and group intelligence is the difference between Harvard University and the Harvard University football team. [snip]
Collectivism makes for a very large and, hence, very powerful group. This power is centralized in the government. Any power is open to abuse.
Government power is not necessarily abused more often than personal power, but when the abuse does come, it’s a lulu. At work, power over the whole supply cabinet is concentrated in the person of the office manager. In government, power over the entire military is concentrated in the person of the commander-in-chief. You steal felt tip pens. Hitler invades Poland.
Most government abuse of power is practiced openly, and much of it is heartily approved by The Washington Post editorial board and other such proponents of the good and the fair. But any time the government treats one person differently than another because of the group to which that person belongs — whether it’s a group of rich, special-interest tax dodgers or a group of impoverished, minority job-seekers — individual equality is lessened and freedom is diminished. Any time the government gives away goods and services — even if it gives them away to all people equally — individual dependence is increased and freedom is diminished. Any time the government makes rules about people’s behavior when that behavior does not occasion real and provable harm to others — telling you to buckle your seat belt or forbidding you to publish pornography on the Internet — respect for the individual is reduced and freedom is diminished.
From one of my very favorite websites, Monty Pelerin’s World, here’s a good idea, that will never happen (I think).
I’ve been wishing there was a way to do this for years. After all, Progressives are so sure that they are right, and that their way would really be best for everyone, so why not let them have their way?
Dear American liberals, leftists, social progressives, socialists, Marxists and Obama supporters, et al:
We have stuck together since the late 1950′s for the sake of the kids, but the whole of this latest election process has made me realize that I want a divorce. I know we tolerated each other for many years for the sake of future generations, but sadly, this relationship has clearly run its course.
Our two ideological sides of America cannot and will not ever agree on what is right for us all, so let’s just end it on friendly terms. We can smile and chalk it up to irreconcilable differences and go our own way.
Here is a model separation agreement:
–Our two groups can equitably divide up the country by landmass each taking a similar portion. That will be the difficult part, but I am sure our two sides can come to a friendly agreement. After that, it should be relatively easy! Our respective representatives can effortlessly divide other assets since both sides have such distinct and disparate tastes.
–We don’t like redistributive taxes so you can keep them.
–You are welcome to the liberal judges and the ACLU.
–Since you hate guns and war, we’ll take our firearms, the cops, the NRA and the military.
–We’ll take the nasty, smelly oil industry and you can go with wind, solar and bio diesel.
–You can keep Oprah, Michael Moore and Rosie O’Donnell. You are, however, responsible for finding a bio diesel vehicle big enough to move all three of them.
–We’ll keep capitalism, greedy corporations, pharmaceutical companies, Wal-Mart and Wall Street.
–You can have your beloved lifelong welfare dwellers, food stamps, homeless, home boys, hippies, druggies and illegal aliens.
–We’ll keep the hot Alaskan hockey moms, greedy CEO’s and rednecks.
–We’ll keep the Bibles and give you NBC and Hollywood .
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The intentions of Democrats are only the best. They want all of the old to have lavish retirements, all of the young to have scholarships, and everyone to have access to all the best health care, at no cost to himself.
In the face of a huge wave of debt swamping all western nations, this is the core of their argument: They want a fair society, and their critics do not; they want to help, and their opponents like to see people suffer; they want a world filled with love and caring, and their opponents want one of callous indifference, in which the helpless must fend for themselves.
We could achieve all these wonderful things if we only had a money tree.
From Monty Pelerin’s World:
And, from the same website, here’s a great explanation of the difference between a democracy and a republic.
George does a great job
From Big Government:
Here are fourteen errors Mr. Stengel has made in his Time Magazine article, starting with the most egregious errors. Here are the fourteen errors, in short:
1. The Constitution does not limit the Federal Government.
2. The Constitution is not law.
3. The Citizenship Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment emancipated the slaves.
4. The Citizenship Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment granted the right to vote to African Americans.
5. The original Constitution declared that black people were to be counted as three-fifths of a person.
6. The original, unamended Constitution prohibited women from voting.
7. The Commerce Clause grants Congress the power to tax individuals based on whether they buy a product or service.
8. Inter arma enim silent leges translates as “in time of war, the Constitution is silent.”
9. The War Powers Act allows the president to unilaterally wage war for sixty days.
10. We have only declared war five times.
11. Alexander Hamilton wanted a king for America.
12. Social Security is a debt within the meaning of Section Four of the Fourteenth Amendment.
13. Naturalization depends on your birth.
14. The Obamacare mandate is a tax.
In an excellent a 2007 article by Military Historian Victor Davis Hanson details how the Enlightened West, is shunning teaching the lessons of war, and thereby the lessons of how to avoid them.
Military history is as often the story of appeasement as of warmongering. The destructive military careers of Alexander the Great, Caesar, Napoleon, and Hitler would all have ended early had any of their numerous enemies united when the odds favored them. Western air power stopped Slobodan Milošević’s reign of terror at little cost to NATO forces—but only after a near-decade of inaction and dialogue had made possible the slaughter of tens of thousands. Affluent Western societies have often proved reluctant to use force to prevent greater future violence. “War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things,” observed the British philosopher John Stuart Mill. “The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse.”
Indeed, by ignoring history, the modern age is free to interpret war as a failure of communication, of diplomacy, of talking—as if aggressors don’t know exactly what they’re doing. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, frustrated by the Bush administration’s intransigence in the War on Terror, flew to Syria, hoping to persuade President Assad to stop funding terror in the Middle East. She assumed that Assad’s belligerence resulted from our aloofness and arrogance rather than from his dictatorship’s interest in destroying democracy in Lebanon and Iraq, before such contagious freedom might in fact destroy him. For a therapeutically inclined generation raised on Oprah and Dr. Phil—and not on the letters of William Tecumseh Sherman and William Shirer’s Berlin Diary—problems between states, like those in our personal lives, should be argued about by equally civilized and peaceful rivals, and so solved without resorting to violence.
He gives many examples of the consequences of believing that we have now matured to a point where war can be eliminated, as if human nature is now being perfected:
We must abandon the naive faith that with enough money, education, or good intentions we can change the nature of mankind so that conflict, as if by fiat, becomes a thing of the past. In the end, the study of war reminds us that we will never be gods. We will always just be men, it tells us. Some men will always prefer war to peace; and other men, we who have learned from the past, have a moral obligation to stop them.
Read it here.
Thomas Sowell Video on A Conflict of Visions
Want to know why conservatives think the way they do and why Progressives think the way they do? Here’s a short explanation from one of Sowell’s best books.
Great Moments in Unintended Consequences.
Waaaaaay back in the 1960′s, I was quite liberal.. But by the 70′s I vividly remember realizing that the Welfare system, especially in New York City, was making many things substantially worse for the very people that Liberals were trying to help. I knew that the program was started with the best of intentions. Slowly, I began analyzing results. What a concept!
The Left Owns Academics, the News Media, the Bureaucracy & the Judgeships. Why Should They Care About Elections?
In a post in the American Spectator, Peter Ferrara writes about Newt Gingrich explaining how the Left was rejected in 1972 when George McGovern only won one state (Mass). It was rejected in 1980 and again in 1984, when Walter Mondale won … only one state (Minnesota). In 1994, the Left was rejected and Republicans, for the first time in 40 years, got control of the House. Then, earlier this month, the Left got repudiated again, with Republicans gaining more House seats, by either party since 1932, plus 682 state legislative seats, restoring Republicans in the states to their high water mark in the 1920′s.
But Gingrich asks, do you think the Left even noticed this now long history of rejection? He answers:
The Left didn’t notice it because the power of the Left isn’t in popular elections. The power of the Left is in tenured academics. The power of the Left is the news media. The power of the Left is the bureaucracy. The power of the Left is union leadership. The power of the Left is inside the judgeships. The power of the Left is in the Hollywood literati. And so the Left just kept going further Left.
Newt, as usual, is very insightful and able to explain how difficult it will be to bring the country back to it’s original roots:
The fact is rejection is an inadequate, long term strategy if you are serious about saving America, because rejection doesn’t fix a center left coalition, which has been in power since 1932. And that requires us to adopt, I believe, a fundamentally new strategy: a strategy of replacement. We have to look at every level of American society, and every level of American government, and we have to decide that we are going to replace the Left, with policies, systems, and institutions that reflect the heart of the American tradition.
Gingrich explains the long term goal and vision:
And where we have to go is a goal to create a majority that’s governed so decisively, with such positive results, that in January, 2021, we are inaugurating a team which understands why it is continuing a center-right majority, understands why it is continuing a prosperous America, understands why it’s continuing a safe America, and understands why it is continuing the most free society in history. And only if you think out to that achievement, can you understand the challenge of the next two years, because this is an enormously complex country. [Emphasis added.]