Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Liberalism in Decline...

... or, rather, its true colors. Roger L. Simon observes:
Liberalism as practiced in today’s America is a chimera, not actually an ideology but an alliance of interest groups controlled by elites for the preservation of their (the elites’) wealth and power. The interest groups often seem to be working against their own advantage by being so affiliated (e. g. African-Americans are in the worst shape in years under Obama), but not the elites who have been able to thrive. These elites are also able to appear altruistic to themselves and others while behaving in manners that are hideously selfish and atrocious to the common good. Liberalism is not so much an ideology in our society as it is a shield, a defense mechanism for a lifestyle.
... Some accuse liberals of being “statists,” but they are actually more confused than that. They don’t know what they think. But it doesn’t matter because they know what they want — power, control, and the wealth that comes along with it. (Does Al Gore believe in cataclysmic global warming anymore in the face of all the contrary evidence? Who knows? But he has to say he does.)
I think it has always been about the power and lifestyle--at least to the main leaders and the body of followers. Sure, there are some true disciples that stupidly think forcing people to be "generous" is the best way to help the disadvantages. But the majority of "liberals" expect some benefit, whether it is the naked power and wealth for the elites, the "bread and circuses" for the poor and beholden, or just feeling superior to the proletariat for those in the middle.

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