Thursday, June 15, 2006

Social justice, the green eyed monster

Found in comments at Belmont Club, this interesting essay from Jack Wheeler on the strange phenomenon of liberal auto-racism and distaste for Western culture.

The primitive atavism of left-wing bromides like "the rich get richer and the poor get poorer" is best illustrated by arguing that one can be healthy only at the expense of others. That in order to be in superior health, bursting with energy and vitality, one has to make someone else sick or in poor health -- just as in order to be rich you have to make others poor.

The healthy are healthy because they unjustly exploited and ripped off the sick, spiriting away the sick's fair share of health with black magic. In fact, the sick are sick because the healthy are healthy. If this is absurd, then claiming the poor are poor because they have been exploited by the rich is equally absurd.
(Unfortunately, in Canada, this may not be the best analogy to illustrate this principle. My friend, the witch doctor, he told me about the zero sum juju of two tier magic.)
The three great political pathologies of the 20th century are all religions of envy: Nazism, preaching race envy toward "rich, exploitative Jews"; Communism, preaching class envy toward the "rich, exploitative bourgeoisie"; and Moslem terrorism, preaching culture envy toward the "rich, exploitative West."

...So here we discover the secret fear at the source of the suicidal liberal mind. It is envy that makes a Nazi, a Communist or a terrorist. It is the fear of being envied that makes a liberal and is the source of "liberal guilt."
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1 Comment:

Honey Pot said...

The end of a civilazatiion is usually bought on by racism, hoarding, and arrogance...see *Decline of the Roman Empire*