The View From 1776
Friday, May 21, 2010
Charles Krauthammer assesses the failure of Obama’s Mr. Nice Guy diplomacy in Iran.
If we are to experience liberal-progressives’ dream of world government, it won’t be under the direction of Ivy League academics, as they presume. Despite the expectations of socialists, from Rousseau to Obama, human nature has not been transformed by the prospect of economic equality administered by bureaucrats. There will always be brutal aggressor nations that can be stopped only by military force.
President Obama’s liberal-progressive vision of economic equality as the means of transforming human nature into universal benevolence is, instead, the sure and certain road to the totalitarianism we have seen in the Soviet Union, Mao’s Red China, and Castro’s Cuba.
No matter how alluring Utopia may be for Ivy League egg heads and the the two generations of American students they have condemned to ignorance, the great mass of citizens want to keep the fruits of their own effort and won’t surrender them without the brutal force of a powerfully centralized political state. Lenin was correct that socialism emanates from the business end of a gun barrel.
Kow-towing to Muslim dictators and Obamacare are just different facets of the secular paganism we know as socialism.