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Why Liberals Hate Inequality Dr. Ben Carson and the Responsible Self

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The Liberal Bubble of Self-Deceit

by Christopher Chantrill
February 12, 2013 at 11:56 am


BACK IN 2008 I decided to vote for Barack Obama because I wanted the Democrats in charge of foreign policy. I never thought that they would do a good job, but I felt they needed to own US foreign policy for a while. For eight years they had been ragging on President Bush as the stupidest, most warmongering president in history, who was flushing civil liberties down the toilet with his Patriot Act. But now, Andrew McCarthy writes:

After four years of watching Obama enthusiastically adopt what he once condemned, we now know Bush detractors were animated by politics, not conviction. We now know that, across a broad spectrum of Obama progressives and national-security conservatives, there is consensus about an aggressive counterterrorism model.

OK, so the liberals finally signed onto the war on terror, kinda, sorta, but don’t tell anyone. Now, McCarthy urges, we need the president to push for a “national security court to deal with the unique legal challenges of a war against transnational terrorists.”

President Obama could do it — he could deliver plenty of Democrats. Together with the strong Republican support that is guaranteed, we could very quickly have an enduring, constitutionally sound counterterrorism framework. We could craft legislation that provides broad executive discretion but avoids the dangerous excesses of the Justice Department white paper.

Only President Obama won’t lead. He just had the Attorney General produce a secret white paper that authorizes him to kill Americans that act as enemy combatants. But forget about formalizing his policy in legislation.

You can see why. The president and his fellow Democrats are afraid to lead their progressive base back onto the reservation. They spent the entire decade of the 2000s raging about Bush the mad bomber and human-rights violator, and now they can’t face their base and break the bubble of deceit.

It’s the same with domestic policy. Democrats won’t touch entitlement reform. Instead they keep driving their voters towards the buffalo jump that will send grannie’s Medicare over the cliff.

And so on, with welfare, global warming, mortgage mayhem. Arthur Laffer has a piece in the Wall Street Journal about how a woman on welfare with two kids usually faces a marginal tax rate of about 100 percent if she starts to work. No wonder the president wants to increase the marginal tax rate on the rich—just to make it fair.

What do Democrats really think is right for the country? Never mind. If it doesn’t keep the Democratic majority steadily emerging they are not interested.

So liberals have to deceive themselves. It all started right after the Great Society legislation. According to Charles Murray in Losing Ground liberals had instrumented their new programs with lots of reporting so they could measure and trumpet their success to the world. When the programs didn’t work out, and the reports showed it, liberals sent the reports straight to the stacks. It’s been that way ever since.

Here’s some reality for you. Mr. Skinflint here has finally sprung for a copy of Thomas Sowell’s Basic Economics at Half Price Books. At $9.99, why not?

Dr. Sowell sensibly starts out his book with “The Role of Prices.” Really, everyone should read Sowell on prices once a year. You need to do that in order to flush out all the mainstream media misdirection, not to mention the special-interest ifs, ands and buts, that endlessly muddy your brain.

Sowell writes about price controls, especially rent controls. The science is in on rent controls: has been for decades. They reduce the supply of housing, they result in housing decay and abandonment. And the rich benefit while the poor get screwed. Still, even the black Sowell family got to benefit from the rent control in New York City in World War II and actually contributed to the housing shortage. But they didn’t have a clue what was wrong. Sowell admits the shameful truth:

My own family, which occupied a two-bedroom apartment in 1939, before the war, occupied two apartments with a total of four bedrooms in 1944, and of course two kitchens and two bathrooms. Yet we were as baffled as everyone else as to why there was a housing shortage.

It’s not too hard to understand how liberals manage to live in denial about rent control. Maybe they have a friend with a rent-controlled apartment. Maybe grannie is panicking at giving up the apartment she’s had for 50 years. And of course, if you were the New York Times, you wouldn’t want to rile up your liberal readers with unpleasant truths about basic economics.

I suppose that’s the reason we have speech codes, and the mainstream media doesn’t want to talk about the lefty politics of the LA police killer. Liberals need to stay safe in their bubble of self-deceit.

Christopher Chantrill blogs at www.roadtothemiddleclass.com.

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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


[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.

Religion, Property, and Family

But the only religions that have survived are those which support property and the family. Thus the outlook for communism, which is both anti-property and anti-family, (and also anti-religion), is not promising.
F.A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit

Racial Discrimination

[T]he way “to achieve a system of determining admission to the public schools on a nonracial basis,” Brown II, 349 U. S., at 300–301, is to stop assigning students on a racial basis. The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.
Roberts, C.J., Parents Involved in Community Schools vs. Seattle School District


A writer who says that there are no truths, or that all truth is ’merely relative’, is asking you not to believe him. So don’t.
Roger Scruton, Modern Philosophy

Physics, Religion, and Psychology

Paul Dirac: “When I was talking with Lemaître about [the expanding universe] and feeling stimulated by the grandeur of the picture that he has given us, I told him that I thought cosmology was the branch of science that lies closest to religion. However [Georges] Lemaître [Catholic priest, physicist, and inventor of the Big Bang Theory] did not agree with me. After thinking it over he suggested psychology as lying closest to religion.”
John Farrell, “The Creation Myth”


Within Pentecostalism the injurious hierarchies of the wider world are abrogated and replaced by a single hierarchy of faith, grace, and the empowerments of the spirit... where groups gather on rafts to take them through the turbulence of the great journey from extensive rural networks to the mega-city and the nuclear family...
David Martin, On Secularization

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