To argue that very bad people have taken over an idea and that, therefore, the idea itself was never good is like arguing that since hijackers took over a plane, the plane was a despicable object altogether and probably deserved to be stolen or blown up.
Once the core ideas and ideals of the American Republic are destroyed, new ideas inevitably take their place. The possibilities are endless. But here is, in fact, what has happened:
Instead of the sanctity of private property and right of its owner to protect it, we now have, coming into vogue, “assigned use.” This means someone somewhere at the top of the food chain will decide how property should be deployed for the greatest good of the greatest number.
He determines the definition of greatest good.
Instead of individual freedom, we have the collective need. Behavior should be adapted to the group. How this is defined falls to our leaders.
The free market becomes central planning and distribution of goods and services.
It can be quite interesting to discuss these matters with people who have been educated “in the new way.”
On the issue of the free market, a Ph.D. candidate told me this: “The idea of the free market was a smokescreen. It was proposed as a way for the very rich to dominate commerce. The ‘free market’ was a non-concept. It never existed. It was an illusion, like people sprouting wings and flying.”
You might be surprised by the number of people who believe this. They are essentially saying that the very existence of an idea depends on who expressed the idea. If the wrong person first expressed it, it was never real.
Students with a vast sense of self-entitlement and meaningless self-esteem love this stuff. It allows them to parade around and call the shots and decide which ideas are worthy and which aren’t, without reflection. They have a scorecard of good guys and bad guys, and that’s all they need.
In the world of social engineering, here is the larger program:
- First, make every idea dependent for its value on who proposed it.
- Attack the men who created the Constitution and, thereby, trash all the founding ideas of the Republic.
- Instead, substitute the notion of oppressors and the oppressed — all the bad people who founded the Republic were the oppressors.
- Cultivate, encourage and create many groups within society as “the oppressed.”
- Come in behind that with big government as the answer to the problems of the oppressed.
- Ratchet up dependence and government control to new heights.
Of course, big government, under its humanitarian banners, is a dictator. To maintain the illusion that it is not, there must be new oppressed people, new victims, new helpless people coming out of the woodwork all the time whom the government can help.
From this angle, it doesn’t matter whether the ever-growing dependent population is genuine. Sorting out the real from the imaginary obviously isn’t part of the program. Nor does it matter how government is disenfranchising people to make them into victims.
Some people see labeling themselves victims as a winning strategy for their lives. Others actually are getting their noses shoved down into the mud.
In our teaching institutions, you could look in vain to find courses on the individual, his freedom, his power. That’s gone.
It’s all about: What group do you belong to? What are the needs of that group? Who is oppressing your group? How can you get government to solve the problem?
Once the oppressor-oppression model is set in stone, everything that follows is a disaster.
Oppressor-oppression equals victim-rescuer. The rescuer turns out to be a tyrant. He gives and he takes. He makes the rules. He builds his power.
If you can educate the young to make snap judgments about core ideas, you eliminate their capacity to reason. You own them.
You turn them out as programmed androids. They follow your game plan.
From that point on, they hold a hostile attitude toward anyone who can discuss and analyze ideas. They look at such people as an entitled and privileged class that is speaking a foreign language. If overnight you discovered that the most elevated members of society were all speaking Hungarian and nothing else, do you think you could maintain a friendly attitude toward them?
Here is another tool of the new education. Blur over the distinction between a widespread condition and a universal defining condition. For example, yes, there are oppressors and there are people they are oppressing. True. But to move from that and say the very ideas at the core of society were designed, everywhere and at all times, to create only oppressors and the oppressed, that’s a vast generality which leads to all-inclusive programmatic general solutions.
And those solutions, voilà, turn out to be the means of making slaves.
Criticizing America is productive only when it has a reference point for comparison. A rational discussion to establish the reference point is essential. Are we going to hold up a mirror to the founding ideas of the Republic, or are we going to say, for example, that the true and proper purpose of government should be to alleviate suffering? And if the latter, what exactly does that alleviation entail? How far does it go? Who does it punish in the process?
This isn’t a brush-off conversation. In order to participate in it, people have to be able to follow a train of thought. If they can’t, because they were educated not to, where are we? We’re in the dark. We’re living by slogans.
Freedom? Liberty? Collective need? Responsibility? It doesn’t matter what ideas are on the table, because the overwhelming number of people don’t know what an idea is. They don’t know how to walk up to one and look at it from several sides. They don’t know how to trace its implications. They don’t know how to fit that idea alongside its cousins. They don’t see a whole. They see the ceaseless spinning machinery of an alien process from which they’ve been excluded.
Then, no matter what shape society takes, it’s a dumb show, as far the majority of its citizens are concerned.
Who solves that?
The invasive state takes charge. It picks up the pieces of the wreckage it was a key actor in delivering.