I couldn’t get it throughthe head of a colleague from Sweden, writes Sarah Hoyt (obrigado para… Sarah Hoyt) in a post that reminds me of my own Americans Anonymous.
I just couldn’t make him understand the opposite of socialism is NOT absolute monarchyRead the whole thing™
I see this kind of dichotomy EVERYWHERE, and it’s crazy. It’s not just that they want you to choose between cake and death, is that they seem to assign cake and death arbitrarily.
For instance a colleague of mine (no, you don’t have to think very hard who) on a panel referred to the confrontation between Stalin and Hitler as the confrontation between socialism and capitalism. My reaction (after my head had spun around and I’d spit up pea soup in sheer shock) was “Those words don’t mean what you think they mean.” I mean, it wasn’t just that he was WAY maligning capitalism, he was even taking a hit on normal, run of the mill socialists, who are deluded and economic illiterates but not — as a normal thing — homicidal maniacs.
Then there is the snowflake in my comments yesterday. Apparently the opposite of “be an idiot national-socialist, who thinks that America belongs to anglo-saxons and capitalism is evil” is “be like Sweden and force people to accept unending hordes of unassimilated hostiles.”
Part of what makes my head hurt in that kind of statement is not even the distortion, it’s the simplification.
In fact, both of the behaviors are a subset of socialism, which assigns people a value at birth, which is dependent on the group they are identified with. Both national socialists (with extra racial identification sprinkles!) and international socialists think human beings are widgets. The ONLY difference is the values they assign to the groups. If you’re born with skin in a certain paint chip range, and you have hair and eyes this color, then you’re either extra evil or extra good. What you actually ARE as a human being doesn’t matter. It’s either cake or death, and what you do, what you think, what you choose don’t matter. Cake or death, and stay in line, and do what you’re assigned, peasant.
And this is why I’ve been sounding the alarm about kids being so maleducated in our schools they rebel against the status quo by embracing what is pushed as its opposite, but which is ACTUALLY another facet of the status quo.
Whenever people start saying they’re revolutionaries and what they’re actually doing is inverting the categories that the government “should” assist, instead of doing away with government assigning people “value” according to color, creed, orientation, I hear the refrain from A Canticle for Leibowitz “Yes, we’re simple. And we shall have a great simplification.” This of course ushered in a millenia long dark ages in the book.
As it does. Because it’s another of those things where if you’re not seeing reality and what is inside your head is so at odds with reality as to be another world, you’re not going to get the results you expect. And then you have to come up with conspiracy theories to explain why the world doesn’t conform to the pretty picture inside your head.
QUITE my “favorite” of those for lunacy as well as longevity is “the Jews done it to us.” It’s a hoot. And a scream, when you see what it leads to.
BUT my second favorite, far and above, is that “The US done it to us.”