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No, Dennis Prager; the Left Does Not Run on "Feelings"

ONE of radio host Dennis Prager's recurrent memes is that the left runs on feelings. It's not grounded in the Judeo-Christian intellectual tradition, but encourages free-floating "feelings." Here is Prager in the aftermath of the Supreme Court on gay marriage and the end of Judeo-Christian America.

Americans, from the Founders on, understood that without God, there is no moral truth, only moral opinion -- and assumed that those truths were to be gleaned from the Bible more than anywhere else.
But now the Judeo-Christianity in America's public square has been tossed in the garbage can.
And what has replaced Judaism, Christianity, Judeo-Christian values and the Bible?

The answer is: feelings. More and more Americans rely on feelings to make moral decisions. The heart has taken the place of the Bible.

Years ago, I recorded an interview with a Swedish graduate student. I began by asking her whether she believed in God. Of course not. Did she believe in religion? Of course not.

"Where, then, do you get your notion of right and wrong?" I asked.

"From my heart," she responded. 
I love Dennis Prager, but I think that he misunderstands the issue here. That Swedish graduate student's "heart" was not getting its notions from free-floating "moral opinions."  It was getting a new moral law from a new "god" and a new "bible." To quote Oscar Hammerstein II: "you've got to be carefully taught." The feelings we all experience as natural and right are in fact the end product of careful ideological education.

The new god is the god of creativity and identity. The new bible is the intellectual output of 150 years of leftist thought, from the Enlightenment and Romanticism and Fourier and Saint-Simon and Marx and Engels to the Frankfurt School to feminism to environmentalism to the Empire trilogy of Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri.

I try to understand the modern era by dividing its people into three tribes. There are the people of the creative self who experience themselves as evolved and educated beyond the norm, and ordained by reason and inspiration to be first an avant-garde and then the cultural and political ruling class. There are the people of the responsible self that believe in freedom and responsibility, and experience themselves as part of a community of free people worldwide that live by serving each other. Then there are the people of the subordinate self that live by attaching themselves to a powerful lord and think of themselves as a tribe united by kin or race or gender or other tribal identity against the world.

The left has constructed a secular religion based on the notion that the people of the responsible self are not free and responsible persons but exploiters and oppressors who are grinding the people of the subordinate self into the ground with their oppressive politics and their exploitative economics; they aren't very nice to creative people either because they want to cut funding to the arts. The people of the creative self are called by everything that's creative and compassionate to protect the people of the subordinate self from this reign of oppression and to create a better world for all through fundamental transformation of politics and culture.

It's a pity, of course, that the left's Marxian and Fabian economics was exploded over a century ago as false and chimerical. It's a shame that its anti-bourgeois culture that is really neo-feudal in character results in cultural chaos for the poor and slows the assimilation of immigrants to the city into the international capitalist economy where they eventually take their place as people of the responsible self. It's ominous that its cultural norms discourage people from having children. It's an outrage that the leftist god and leftist bible have visited death and misery on the world ever since they went on-line in the mid 19th century.

The fact that failures and famines and terrors have not discredited the left proves that the left's belief system is not founded on un-directed "feelings" but is in fact the "true religion" to its priests and its adherents. We may say that the core of its church community is the educated young Swedish woman who thinks that she acts from her "heart" when in fact she is a nice young lady that just graduated from progressive finishing school and passed all the classes in progressive moral law.

The task before conservatives is to change the culture so that well-bred young Swedish graduate students will be obtaining their notions of right and wrong from hearts undamaged by the follies and crimes of the left.


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It's the Pensions, Stupid.

ON July 5, writes John Fund, "the Greek people will be asked to make a choice: either 'surrender' and give in to cuts in pensions and higher taxes or refuse and perhaps be forced to exit the euro and go back to a depreciated drachma as their national currency." The Greek people are of one mind on all this. About 80 percent of them want to stay in the Euro; and about 80 percent of them are ...

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The "Frozen" Girls "Inside Out" the Boat

AT the end of The Boys in the Boat, Daniel James Brown's book about the University of Washington varsity crew that went to the 1936 Berlin Olympics, oarsman Joe Rantz marries Joyce, his faithful high-school sweetheart, and lives happily ever after. The Boys in the Boat is narrative non-fiction that mixes male athletic competition with the hard-scrabble story of Joe Rantz and the horrible fact ...

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The Chantrill Rule on Debt

DEBT is a big deal these days, what with the National Debt, the Greek debt, the student debt. And who can forget that the current sluggish Obama economy is a consequence of the Big One, the mortgage debt meltdown of 2007-09 and the Crash of 2008? Today Victor Davis Hanson is writing at National Review about the current concept of debt, which is that you really don't have to pay if you are a ...

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 FEATURED:

“I Want a President”

Georg Simmel’s Sociology

Charles Murray’s By The People

Thomas Piketty’s Capital

The Spirit Level

McCloskey’s “Bourgeois Era”

 OPED


Charles Murray Wants to Pull Aside the Curtain on Stupid Government

IF ANYONE DESERVES a lifetime achievement award in the liberal virtue of “speaking truth to power” it would have to be Charles Murray. Back in the 1980s he wrote Losing Ground to tell the truth that liberals knew, by the mid 1970s, that their Great Society programs weren’t working. But they did nothing to fix them.

Then Murray wrote The Bell Curve with Richard Herrnstein, telling the truth about IQ. For that he got branded as a racist.

So Murray confined his statistics ...

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The Progressives' Thug Agenda

If you think that government is force, you probably don’t think much President Obama’s deceptive line about government being the name for things we do together. ...

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What Do 21st Century Mothers Want?

Dems Reach Out to the White Working Class

Is Hillary Clinton Ready for the Real Story of the Patriarchy?

Opeds


 RMC CHAPTER-A-DAY


RMC Contents
Chapter 1: After the Welfare State
Chapter 2: Down in South Carolina and Out in Brooklyn

THE CONVENTIONAL WISDOM among western cultural elites is that God is dead and we are well rid of him.... more


Chapter 3: Awakenings of Monotheism
Chapter 4: The Nineteenth Century From the Top Down
Chapter 5: The Nineteenth Century From the Bottom Up
Chapter 6: Popular Religion in the Nineteenth Century

 RMC BOOKS


RMC Book of the Day

Thoreau, Henry David, Walden


RMC Books on Education

Andrew Coulson, Market Education
How universal literacy was achieved before government education

Carl Kaestle, Pillars of the Republic
How we got our education system

James Tooley, The Miseducation of Women
How the feminists wrecked education for boys and for girls

James Tooley, Reclaiming Education
How only a market in education will provide opportunity for the poor

E.G. West, Education and the State
How education was doing fine before the government muscled in


RMC Books on Law

Hernando De Soto, The Mystery of Capital
How ordinary people in the United States wrote the law during the 19th century

F. A. Hayek, Law Legislation and Liberty, Vol 1
How to build a society based upon law

Henry Maine, Ancient Law
How the movement of progressive peoples is from status to contract

John Zane, The Story of Law
How law developed from early times down to the present


RMC Books on Mutual Aid

James Bartholomew, The Welfare State We're In
How the welfare state makes crime, education, families, and health care worse.

David Beito, From Mutual Aid to the Welfare State
How ordinary people built a sturdy social safety net in the 19th century

David Green, Before Beveridge: Welfare Before the Welfare State
How ordinary people built themselves a sturdy safety net before the welfare state

Theda Skocpol, Diminished Democracy
How the US used to thrive under membership associations and could do again

David Stevenson, The Origins of Freemasonry
How modern freemasonry got started in Scotland


RMC Books on Religion

David Aikman, Jesus in Beijing
How Christianity is booming in China

Finke & Stark, The Churching of America, 1776-1990
How the United States grew into a religious nation

Robert William Fogel, The Fourth Great Awakening and the Future of Egalitarianism
How progressives must act fast if they want to save the welfare state

David Martin, Pentecostalism: The World Their Parish
How Pentecostalism is spreading across the world


 READINGS:

15 Reasons ‘Marriage Equality’ Is About Neither
instead, it will grow the state.

Debt and Austerity: Greece and Ireland
an Irish journalists compares Greece and Ireland in the welfare state austerity stakes.

America's Ruling Class -- And the Perils of Revolution
Angelo Codevilla's seminal piece on America's ruling class.

Hatemongering in Obamaville
"hate is lightning in a bottle" which is why politicians exploit it.

Hillary Will Glide Above It All
Peggy Noonan tells us how Democratic Party discipline works.

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Take the Test!

 THE PROJECT

Work to restore the Road to the Middle Class. Here’s how. Ground it in faith. Grade it with education. Protect it with mutual aid. Defend it with the law. more>>

 THE ARGUMENT

The Road to the Middle Class is a journey from a world of power to a world of trust and love. In religion, it is a journey from power gods that respond to sacrifice and augury to the God who makes a covenant with mankind. In education, it is a journey from the world of the spoken word to the world of the written word. In community, it is the journey from dependence on blood kin and upon clientage under a great lord to the mutual aid and the rules of the self-governing fraternal association. In law it is the journey from the violence of force and feud to the kingŽs peace, the law of contract, and private property.


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What Liberals Think About Conservatives

[W]hen I asked a liberal longtime editor I know with a mainstream [publishing] house for a candid, shorthand version of the assumptions she and her colleagues make about conservatives, she didn't hesitate. “Racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-choice fascists,” she offered, smiling but meaning it.
Harry Stein, I Can't Believe I'm Sitting Next to a Republican


US Life in 1842

Families helped each other putting up homes and barns. Together, they built churches, schools, and common civic buildings. They collaborated to build roads and bridges. They took pride in being free persons, independent, and self-reliant; but the texture of their lives was cooperative and fraternal.
Michael Novak, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism


Taking Responsibility

[To make] of each individual member of the army a soldier who, in character, capability, and knowledge, is self-reliant, self-confident, dedicated, and joyful in taking responsibility [verantwortungsfreudig] as a man and a soldier. — Gen. Hans von Seeckt
MacGregor Knox, Williamson Murray, ed., The dynamics of military revolution, 1300-2050


Society and State

For [the left] there is only the state and the individual, nothing in between. No family to rely on, no friend to depend on, no community to call on. No neighbourhood to grow in, no faith to share in, no charities to work in. No-one but the Minister, nowhere but Whitehall, no such thing as society - just them, and their laws, and their rules, and their arrogance.
David Cameron, Conference Speech 2008


Socialism equals Animism

Imagining that all order is the result of design, socialists conclude that order must be improvable by better design of some superior mind.
F.A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit


Sacrifice

[Every] sacrifice is an act of impurity that pays for a prior act of greater impurity... without its participants having to suffer the full consequences incurred by its predecessor. The punishment is commuted in a process that strangely combines and finesses the deep contradiction between justice and mercy.
Frederick Turner, Beauty: The Value of Values


Responsible Self

[The Axial Age] highlights the conception of a responsible self... [that] promise[s] man for the first time that he can understand the fundamental structure of reality and through salvation participate actively in it.
Robert N Bellah, "Religious Evolution", American Sociological Review, Vol. 29, No. 3.


 

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