My mother always told me not to call people stupid, and I tried. However, the word exists for a reason, and we would lose our freedom without it. Stupid is stupid. Now, it seems, the politics of stupid is upon us in earnest. I am speaking, of course, of socialism. Socialism requires stupidity in order to flourish. By stupidity, I mean that socialism is spread by ignorance, but then willful ignorance graduates to stupid. Without stupidity, socialism cannot exist. And somebody has to say so, especially for the health of our industry. The problem with stupidity is that it costs.
First, let’s get the language right. Socialists will tell you that socialism has nothing bad about it. They say it blends the best points of communism and democracy, and everybody benefits. They also point out that its unbroken chain of failures is the fault of its implementation. They say it would work, but it has not been done right, yet, leaving the clear inference that they are the ones that can do it this time. A socialist is simply a communist that does not control the military, yet.
For the sake of a historical reference point, the 16th Century political writer Niccolò Machiavelli said there are only two types of governance: a principality (under a principal leader, such as a monarchy, dictatorship, etc.) and a republic. As an aside, he also noted that once people live under a republic, they are almost impossible to control under a principality.
Socialism is a principality. The government controls the means of production and distributes the goods and services. You will hear socialism equated with capitalism as both being economic systems, but capitalism is an economic system in which the means of production are held in the hands of the producers, hence compatible with democracy or republic. In socialism, the reins are in the hands of the government. Socialism is a tyranny, even if you can point to a benevolent one, and the U.S. is a republic, even if the president irks you badly. In fact, I am convinced that the main reason Nancy Pelosi hates Trump so badly is that he has never been drunk or stoned in his life, so to her he looks demented.
Socialism does not work in an educated, disciplined environment, so any socialist movement is recognizable by its focus on cutting down education and discipline. That is why it is so important in socialist systems to subvert education and replace it with indoctrination. They try to confuse language, as in capitalism/socialism above, and they distort discipline. You can see evidence of socialistic principles in the elevation of slang to the status of a language of commerce, for example, and you see our mass media advancing the confusion of language under the guise of political correctness, contemporary wisdom or just plain made-up words and constructs. Cool.
Taken to a sharper focus, look at what socialist movements historically have done to the educated classes once they have achieved power. Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge killed almost everybody that had an education above high school. Mao did the same under his Cultural Revolution. Stalin is infamous for his killing of his top educators and generals, as well as vast millions of his less-established citizens. And Hitler – one of the left’s least-lauded socialists – killed off most of the professional military leadership of pre-war Germany and oppressed the country’s cultural elite. You can get a flavor of those antics by searching Dietrich Bonhoeffer. As with Hitler, all socialists attack religious institutions, which are clear, historical enclaves of education, history and discipline.
One clear hallmark of socialist tyrannies is their focus on and idolization of youth. No other cult on earth so often evokes youth as a virtue and tradition as an evil. The possible exception is radical Islam, but that’s a lecture for another day.
The point is, youth, for all its freshness and energy, is not known for wisdom and there is no culture in history that thrived by looking to its children for direction. Socialism preys on the young, the naïve, the uneducated, the underprivileged and the bitter.
Our media are notable for their youth, naïvete, poor university performance, lack of options and bitterness. I often remarked in grad school how oddly underachieving the bulk of the students were. Most seemed as if they did not have the wit, the family connections, the social resources or the cash to become lawyers or doctors, so they, as Mark Twain remarked, “fetched up in journalism on their way to the poorhouse.”
I don’t want to get personal, but there actually is a need for specific examples, so let’s mention Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Did you see last week that AOC has identified cauliflower as a vegetable given to “colonialism” and to be rejected? This kind of thing should never get past the eighth-grade playground. It is not worthy of discussion. It is, frankly, stupid.
Coincidentally, on May 27, after this column had been set, the Daily Wire, headlined: “NBC Polling Data Shows Sanders Voters Are ‘Low Information’ And Sanders Voters AREN’T Happy.”
According to the story, a Sunday NBC poll on Meet the Press was not flattering toward Sanders’ voters. “’The less you are paying attention, the more likely you are a Bernie Sanders supporter,’ (Host Chuck) Todd says, pointing to a Monmouth poll taken recently …. The implication, of course, is that Sanders voters are ‘low information.’”
I suppose it’s rude to note, but if NBC can see it ….
We have somehow allowed the media to flood us with insane, drug-infested fantasies about words under the blanket of blank-slate newspeak to the point that we are actually equating people in the bottom 1.8 percent of behavior with people in the top 1.8 percent of ability as being equivalent criteria for leadership.
The problem is, words have meaning, and by now we have allowed the ignorant-to-stupid use of words drive us into a social milieu that requires us to swing society as a whole to address the imagined grievances of the most pitiable fools.
Do you think Ilhan Omar is a proper representative of the values and goals of America? Don’t bother worrying about it. It’s rhetorical. But I was raised in the upper Midwest, and I can say with assurance that the people of Minneapolis owe Minnesota and the rest of the country an apology. A big one. Why they stuck us with that ideologue marionette is a question for the ages. I assume they thought they were being “correct” by being diverse, which is stupid. A republic attends to the needs of the majority.
Of course, I have no evidence other than party affiliation that Omar is a socialist. She could be something entirely different, but not. An agent of tyranny, for example.
The evidence is mounting that there was a bureaucratic attempt to take over our elected president. That remains to be seen. But to the extent that such a thing may have occurred, and to the extent that PC, “conventional wisdom,” naivete, coolness and anarchy have been exhausting our resources, we need to look closely at how those movements are articulated, how they are presented and how they are distributed, and we need to quit being stupid. None of the agents of dissention noted above could have risen above the 30th percentile had the media not been on an agenda-driven pogrom against the very people that gave it life.
Socialism is not equality. Socialism is death.
Overstatement? I don’t think so. Not at all. In fact, I am ready to discuss any challenges right here, in print, from anybody that cares to respond. Deadline for submissions is June 11.