Although the women of the United States are confined within the narrow circle of domestic life, and their situation is, in some respects, one of extreme dependence, I have nowhere seen woman occupying a loftier position; and if I were asked... in which I have spoken of so many important things done by Americans, to what the singular prosperity and growing strength of that people ought mainly to be attributed, I should reply, To the superiority of their women.

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Two Trends Destroying America

Turning a comment of  mine into a post at the suggestion of The Country Thinker. Saw this wonder article at The Classic Liberal on pragmatism and egalitarianism, which was reposted from "Two Insidious Trends in America" by Tibor Machan.

Two powerful intellectual developments are ruining America. One is egalitarianism, the other pragmatism.
The former is an effort at the highest levels of American education, at institutions such as Harvard University and the University of Chicago, for example, to help establish a regime or political system that has as its firm and unrelenting goal to make all people equal in the benefits and burdens they enjoy and shoulder in their lives – economic, educational, medical, psychological, etc. The clarion call of this movement is to demand government mandated fairness for everyone.
The latter, pragmatism, is also being promulgated at some of the most prominent and prestigious institutions of higher education. This is a broad philosophical school of thought, originally forged on American soil by the likes of Charles Peirce, William James, C. I. Lewis, John Dewey, and numerous others, including the most radical member of the school, the later Richard Rorty; it insists that no basic principles can be identified in any area of human concern, not in ethics, not politics, not even metaphysics or epistemology (or theory of knowledge). Instead of finding basic principles on which to rest one's reasoning and actions – in morality or law, for instance – an attitude of practical expediency is all that human beings can hope for.
"Whatever works," is the simplified motto of pragmatism but there is a big problem with this, since things work always with respect to some goal and certain goals are clearly not worth pursuing, others are. Pragmatism insists, however, that there is no way to tell which goals are important, which are trivial and which are out and out insidious. That is all a matter of the intuitions of those who are in charge of calling the shots. (Currently, for example, President Obama and his team – most notably Professor Cass Sunstein of the Harvard Law School – proclaim the superior merit of pragmatism and pursue workable approaches to solving problems they feel need solving.)
Both egalitarianism and pragmatism tend to unleash an army of government regulators upon members of society, in the effort to cut everyone down to the same size and achieve goals the leaders believe need to be achieved, respectively. But both of these outlooks are hopeless, futile and must produce confusion and the tyranny of some people over others. As a result, the egalitarian objectives will mostly turn out exactly as George Orwell indicated in his novella, Animal Farm, namely, a group of members of society will be running the show and thus defeat the very idea of equality among human beings. And given how unprincipled conduct also encourages the rise of elites and petty tyrants, pragmatism also produces very bad public policies. Moreover, the pragmatist agenda flies directly in the face of some of the most noble aspects of the American political tradition, namely, the rule of law and the Founders' declaration of the vital need for basic principles, such as individual human rights within the legal system. (Cass Sunstein explicitly insists that such rights do not exist and the only "rights" you have is what the government grants you!)

Which got me thinking about all I have learned and discovered over the last year, making me comment thusly:

Both of these trends were set into motion by the monied interests who gave us the Fed and the IRS.
They took over education in this country starting with the General Education Board and then using their Foundations. These aren’t ideas that flow naturally, like a strip mall placed in a serene meadow, they vex the very souls of men. 

  • Feminism, to destroy the family.
  •  A permanent warfare state, to destroy peace. 
  • Devalued currency, to destroy opportunity.
  •  A socialist workforce public education, to destroy the mind.
  •  A tax-exempt beholden church, to stymie God’s Word. 
All of these ills came from these two ideas, and one can trace it all back to that same bunch who wrote that they wanted a planned society. Like the Tower of Babel, man’s plans will surely be altered.

So all you Christians out there, we've all got our different epistemologies, but in the end, I think we can see that the Antichrist's kingdom is taking shape all around us. We see that old snake ever so stealthily putting in regulations, granting licenses to work, tracking who is born and their immunization levels, monitoring our bank records, phone calls, and movements. And its always, always for our own good.
Vintage Bohemian Grove pic. Nixon did say it was the faggiest thing you could possibly imagine!

For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. I Thes 5:3

Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus!

1 comment:

  1. Pragmatism and egalitarianism is poisonous. Some human always determines what isn't pragmatic or equal. And it never seems to occur to anyone to ask how do those humans get chosen for that task and what appeal do we have from decisions that we don't like. Imperfect traditionalists and whites are responsible for the ills of the world but unblemished progressives with perfect judgment will make it all right.


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