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Sunday, March 21, 2004

The Liberal-Socialist Mind As Farce

Socialism is based on abstract mind games that could pass as comedy routines if they weren’t so dangerously naive.

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The following news item appeared in the 3/19/04 edition of the Winnipeg [Canada] SunNews:

Stab-proof vests for guards nixed

EDMONTON—Corrections Canada won’t let guards at maximum-security prisons wear stab-proof vests because it sends a confrontational “signal” to prisoners, says a department spokesman.  “If you have that kind of presence symbolized by (a stab-proof vest), you’re sending a signal to the prisoner that you consider him to be a dangerous person,” said Tim Krause. “It interferes with what we call ‘dynamic security.’ We want staff to talk to prisoners, to see how they’re doing.”

Socialist Canada’s refusal to protect prison guards because it might offend prisoners’ feelings is paralleled by American liberal-socialists’ putting world opinion ahead of our national security in the war against terror.  God forbid we should upset the French and the Germans just because of 9/11.

On a limited, down-to-earth scale, this illustrates the sort of “thinking” that lies behind liberals’ faith in the UN as the ultimate arbiter in international affairs.  Boil it all down and it amounts to wishful thinking.

As noted in the March 16, 2004 post on “The Spanish Elections: Democracy and Mob Rule,” socialists work on the assumption that the only reality is their own mental processes.  History and tradition are dismissed as relics of ignorance. If intellectuals conceive a social justice ideal, then it’s presumed possible to implement it.

The paradox is that, while liberals talk about sensitivity and social-class rights, command-and-control power must be wielded at the national level to impose such “liberty.”  In no country have citizens willingly handed over their property and their individual rights to collectivized national administrations.  Lenin at least was forthright enough to state bluntly that social justice comes out of a gun barrel pointed at middle-class individualists.