He’s a communitarian – who knew?
Or so says Gregory Ferenstein of the Daily Beast. In Obama’s Shift Toward Communitarianism, he creates a logical impossibility proving that “communitarianism” in the Obama sense is just another word for totalitarian communism:
Barack Obama was never going to be a champion of civil liberties; he leads a very old and quickly growing strain of the Democratic party that prioritizes the collective good over individual rights [i.e. communists – Ed.]. This coercively inclusive worldview feels that every business, government agency, country, and citizen has an obligation to contribute to the greater good [“You didn’t build that.” – Ed.].
Obama will mandate universal health coverage but let private insurers run the programs, he’ll maintain Middle East wars but work with Russia on global nuclear disarmament, expand the education budget but give more resources to union-less charter schools, and build online tools to monitor stimulus spending while collecting phone records of every American.
While this fiercely anti-individualist, anti-authoritarian
philosophy goes by many names, political scientists generally refer to it as “communitarianism,” named after the decentralized yet collectivist orientation of communities. “In the my wildest dreams, during 18 years of championing communitarianism, I did not expect a presidential candidate to be as strongly identified with this political philosophy as Obama is,” gushed George Washington professor of philosophy Amatai Eztioni.
“He is a communitarian,” said former Obama advisor Van Jones in an interview with Breitbart News. “I think we’ve overbalanced the individualistic direction and I think he’s trying to rebalance toward communitarianism.”
[Bolded text is mine – Ed.]
You really don’t have to read any more to understand that this is another “journalist” with a partially functioning brain. Here’s why:
Modern-day communitarianism began in the upper reaches of Anglo-American academia in the form of a critical reaction to John Rawls’ landmark 1971 book, A Theory of Justice (Rawls 1971). Rawls’ brand of communitarianism assumed that the principal task of government is to secure and distribute fairly the liberties and economic resources individuals need to lead freely chosen lives.
Right away, the issues described by F.A. Hayek almost 70 years ago are introduced – remember the “Who, Whom?” conundrum? If a government is to “secure and distribute fairly the liberties and economic resources individuals need to lead freely chosen lives”, how can such a government with finite resources provide everything for every individual to “lead freely chosen lives”? How would such a government even know what and how much to provide in a collective system where entropy derived from individual choice (i.e. freedom) was the rule? How does he get everyone to play along?
Ferenstein alludes to it in the first sentence – coercion.
As far as the assertion that Obama is anti-authoritarian, that claim is laughable.
- Obama will mandate universal health coverage but let private insurers run the programs while controlling exactly what plans they can offer and how much profit they can make. Corporatism, cronyism and checkbook socialism ring a bell?
- He’ll maintain Middle East wars to help his Islamic supremacist friends but work with Russia on global nuclear disarmament by unilaterally giving Russia what they want.
- He’ll expand the education budget but give more resources to union-less charter schools as long as they go along federal directives…like Common Core.
- He’ll build online tools to monitor stimulus spending while collecting phone records of every American. WTF? We are supposed to exchange civil rights so that Obama can use a souped-up enterprise edition of Quicken?
Obama has consolidated power into the Executive more than any president since FDR through executive orders and “executive actions”.
It is all a steaming pile of male bovine fecal matter – add coercion to “communitarian” and you just have another American communist politician who can’t go the full Monty while the Constitution is alive.