Wednesday, October 13, 2010

socialists in Denial

Last night while I was touching up paint around the soffit in the kitchen, I was thinking. I do that. Hard to turn that ole noggin off. Now I knew this, but sometimes you have to re-arrange thoughts in your head like furniture in your living room until you see something that really works for you.

I was thinking about the fact that progressives get so defensive when you call them or their desired policies “socialist”. They’re like a cat surprised by a grizzly bear. Back arched, hair standing straight up, claws out, deep yowls and a lot of hissing. I’ve often noted before that the first reaction you get when you call something dear to them “socialist” is that they deny it. And the second reaction is usually some sort of defense of socialism. Usually ridicule for your “out-dated” ideas of personal liberty.

“I ain’t drunk, and what’s wrong with drinking anyway?”

Progressives are by and large Socialists in denial. You say “socialist” and they see those failed states and draconian systems just like you do. Only they’re convinced that it was just the wrong people in charge, not something inherent in socialism that is incompatible with human nature and a prosperous society. The Little Red Hen (ironic that that came from Russian folklore) should want to feed all of the animals who wouldn’t do the work to make the bread, and so she shouldn’t mind that the Government forces her to, and everyone will feel this way once they see the light. They don’t see that productivity will fall without coercion, and will probably fall even with it.

So they use another word to distinguish themselves from those systems, even though they espouse the same philosophy.  They see subtle differences in flavors of swamp water and chastize those who don't recognize them as ignorant.  Their swamp water will taste like rosewater.

To me, if it can be traced to Marxism, it's socialism.  Maybe I should stop using "socialism" and start using "Marxism" instead.  But I don't know.  I kind of like "Progressive" Rock, and that doesn't mean the exact same thing either.  So I use "socialism" with a lower case "s", like "libertarian" with a lower-case "l" to distinguish it from Webster's and Orthodoxy.

To them, using "socialist" threatens their defense mechanism, their denial -- that allows them to believe that they aren't what they are.  And that brings out the fright or flight reflex.
There are "S"ocialists who blend themselves into the flock of progressive "s"ocialists ... but the reason this is so easy is there really isn't a whole lot of difference in their philosophies.  The "s"ocialists, though, fool themselves into a separation of the philosophy and the distasteful measures needed to enforce it, as well as the effects it has on prosperity and self-worth.  Most of the "S"ocialists are very aware of this, and they just keep their mouths shut about it unless they're in a "safe" venue where they believe only friendly ears are listening.

But even the "s"ocialists know, on some level, that force will be required.  Here's one of the many slips, candid speech that reveals it -- this one from Michelle Obama during the campagin:
"Barack Obama will require you to work. He is going to demand that you shed your cynicism. That you put down your divisions. That you come out of your isolation, that you move out of your comfort zones. That you push yourselves to be better. And that you engage. Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual, uninvolved, uninformed."
Get that? RequireDemandPush you out of your comfort zone.  To be "better" (according to whom?) and to "engage" (in what?  how?  who decides?)   And he will never allow you to go back to your lives.  And, oh yes, he will make sure that you are informed(By the Ministry of Information, no doubt.)


Jewel said...

I paused to click the link to the Little Red Hen wiki...from there I went to Gutenberg project, and downloaded the epub version with images, and not being able to read the epub version, I had to go download the epub reader from Adobe, and once I got I registered at Adobe, I was able to install it and open it, and I started to read the book, but then, I went back to Gutenberg and got some more books and completely forgot that I started off at your site.
See what you did?

philmon said...

Ah, you went on a little Chataqua! Nice! ;-)