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Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Liberal-Socialism’s Messianic Impulse

The liberal-socialists’ collectivized National State requires powerful leaders who will subordinate individual rights to their abstract visions, because they see themselves as the saviors of humanity.

In the posting entitled How Socialists Stole Liberalism, Herbert Croly was quoted in a definitive statement of liberal-socialists’ objectives:

“The moral and social aspiration proper to American life is, of course, the aspiration described by the word democratic….A numerous and powerful group of reformers has been collecting whose whole political policy and action is based on the conviction that the ?common people? have not been getting the Square Deal to which they are entitled under the American system….The automatic fulfillment [that is, the free-market laissez-faire policy of Adam Smith?s original liberalism] of the American national Promise is to be abandoned, if at all, precisely because the traditional American confidence in individual freedom has resulted in a morally and socially undesirable distribution of wealth.?

It’s important to consider just what this “numerous and powerful group of reformers” would have to do to impose their definition of national purpose, in which,“The Land of Freedom became in the course of time also the Land of Equality.”

In the economic realm, where the aim is to equalize property distribution, the answer obviously is that it must be done ultimately by use of overwhelming political force.  As John Marshall, the greatest of our early Chief Justices of the Supreme Court, observed, “The power to tax is the power to destroy.”

People who have worked hard to save for themselves and their families’ futures don’t just hand everything over to intellectual planners on the vague promise that life will be better for everyone under a regime of socialistic equality.  In that regard, see Equality vs Liberty and Armageddon Tomorrow.

In the realm of spiritual religion and age-old cultural and legal traditions, liberal reformers must take control of the educational system and the judiciary.  We see their handiwork today in the discovery of abortion rights theoretically buried deep within the shadows of the Bill of Rights.  We see it in today’s drive to cheapen and discredit the religious sacrament of Holy Matrimony as a bond only between a man and a woman.  We see it today in the anti-Americanism taught in our colleges and universities.

Because of citizens’ resistance to such actions, liberal-socialist political states inherently tend toward despotism.  See Hillary’s Village.

A special personality is needed to lead a liberal-socialist regime that may have to resort to measures ranging from property confiscation, to imprisonment of opponents, to mass executions.  What’s necessary is a leader whose super-human vision of the perfect society is so powerful that it blots out all human consideration for individuals. 

Such leaders must think only in terms of the abstractions of social justice for broad social classes.  Such leaders must see themselves as the saviors of humanity, whose purpose is so important that it justifies any means necessary to impose it.

It’s no accident that the most notorious and bloody dictators of the 19th and 20th centuries were socialists: Napoleon Bonaparte in Revolutionary France, Vladimir Lenin, and Josef Stalin in the USSR,  Benito Mussolini in Fascist Italy, Adolph Hitler in Nazi Germany, and Chairman Mao in China.  In the United States, we came perilously close to this style of leadership after the election of Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) in 1932.  Even liberal historians like Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., later became alarmed about the development of the Imperial Presidency that originated with FDR.