The View From 1776
Friday, September 02, 2005
New Orleans: The Harsh Moral and Political Realities
The barbaric savagery of roaming bands in New Orleans, looting, raping, and murdering, is fundamentally attributable to the atheistic secularity increasingly imposed upon the United States by liberal-socialists during the past 80 years.
What I am about to write is not intended to be racist.
But it is a fact that the violence in New Orleans is is being committed by gangs of blacks, mostly against other blacks. It is also a fact that the city itself has a very high population percentage of blacks, that the mayor and most administrative officials and the bulk of the civil service employees are blacks, as are members of the police force. These facts make it hard to establish a case that black violence is a justified reaction to white oppression.
What then is the cause?
Some commentators, especially in Europe, have declared that blacks’ lawlessness in New Orleans demonstrates the insufficiency of welfare-state benefits. The opposite is true.
The answer is rather the liberal-socialist culture that has relentlessly pushed principles of so-called social justice that have here, as everywhere else they have been tried, eroded the foundations of civilization. The socialism of the French Revolution produced the Reign of Terror that slaughtered more than 70,000 French citizens. In the Soviet Union it resulted in the liquidation of an estimated 20 million Russians. In Germany, socialism produced Hitler’s National Socialist Holocaust.
The horrors of lawlessness we are witnessing in New Orleans are simply the inevitable effects of liberal-socialism in action, in the same ghastly tradition.
* The atheistic rejection of morality and the corresponding pragmatic philosophy that all that counts is getting what you want, by whatever means will accomplish your desires. This philosophical legacy from John Dewey is the looters’ code.
* The theory that people would all be benevolent and there would be no aggression, crime, or wars, if all property were socialized, that is, placed under complete regulatory control of intellectual councils. This permits black “leaders” to teach their constituents that, if they don’t have everything they desire, it’s because whitey stole it from them.
* The corollary that criminals are therefore the victims of a society that permits the private ownership of property. By that construction, the gangs with AK-47s, who are stealing everything in sight and assaulting or murdering anyone who stands in the way, are being impelled to their behavior by blacks and whites who legitimately work for a living and save for their families’ futures.
* The atheistic and secular belief that, theoretically lacking moral souls, humans are governed only by hedonistic sensual gratification and grasping for material goods. This is the basis of the welfare-state, which intentionally undermines moral rectitude and self-reliance to the end of making as many people as possible dependent upon politicians for their daily bread.
At the outset I stated that this is not intended to be a racist attack. To emphasize the point, let me remind us that we all are equally children of God and equally cursed by Original Sin, that all of us have the potential for good or evil. The civilizing effects of religious morality are the only barriers against evil.
In particular, with regard to the black community, we must remember that in the 1920s, before the Roosevelt New Deal, black communities in places like Harlem were hardworking, law abiding, and upwardly striving people who valued education. Their families were intact, without the rampant sexual promiscuity and single-parent family rates that plague both whites and blacks today. Most importantly, those communities were anchored by strong black churches that taught a culture of moral rectitude.
All of that was wiped out by the successive waves of welfare-state paternalism championed by white liberals and cynically adopted by black political “leaders.” Liberals have, in effect, remanded blacks in communities like New Orleans to slavery.
So long as the majority of blacks remain slaves to the bureaucracy of liberal-socialist government, we may expect to see repetitions of the riots, looting, burning, and murders of 1965 in Watts, 1967 in Detroit and Newark, 1992 elsewhere in Los Angeles, and now in New Orleans.