Chamberlain’s Disease

  • Baltimore police chief apologizes for 200 years of policing.
  • Starbucks apologizes to blacks and closes for a day of “unconscious bias” training.
  • California cities apologize to illegal aliens for our laws.
  • Universities apologize to student mobs for allowing conservative thought on campus.

America is suffering from Chamberlain’s Disease.

No, we aren’t kowtowing to Nazi Germany for “peace in our time”, we are cowering in the face of other, internal authoritarian movements seeking the power to shut down opposition – and in some cases, make opposition (including speech they don’t like) illegal.

None of these movements – #blm, #metoo, Women’s March, March for Life, ANTIFA, Fight for 15…and a myriad of others, are about freedom. They are founded on the idea that “we are good, you are bad and therefore we have a right to close you down” – except they aren’t good, they are just after unelected power over others. As F.A. Hayek notes, socialism and fascism are twin sons of different mothers:

“To those who have watched the transition from socialism to fascism at close quarters, the connection between the two systems is obvious. The realization of the socialist program means the destruction of freedom. Democratic socialism, the great utopia of the last few generations, is simply not achievable.”

Many of our liberal/socialist/Marxist/friends propose that we need to bend to the will of democratic socialism; all that we need to do is to eliminate the bourgeois and cleave to the will of the dictatorship of the proletariat.

I have argued that the idea of a “democratic” socialist/Marxist/communist state is impossible, and the majority of our current problems are this incompatibility of “what must be true” for a socialist/Marxist/communist system to function and the individual freedom that is the basis for America. I have made many of these points before in the back and forth over this subject but again, Hayek sums it up quite well:

“Democratic assemblies cannot function as planning agencies. They cannot produce agreement on everything — the whole direction of the resources of the nation-for the number of possible courses of action will be legion. Even if a congress could, by proceeding step by step and compromising at each point, agree on some scheme, it would certainly in the end satisfy nobody…

There is no justification for the widespread belief that, so long as power is conferred by democratic procedure, it cannot be arbitrary; it is not the source of power which prevents it from being arbitrary; to be free from dictatorial qualities, the power must also be limited. A true “dictatorship of the proletariat,” even if democratic in form, if it undertook centrally to direct the economic system, would probably destroy personal freedom as completely as any autocracy has ever done.

Individual freedom cannot be reconciled with the supremacy of one single purpose to which the whole of society is permanently subordinated. To a limited extent we ourselves experience this fact in wartime, when subordination of almost everything to the immediate and pressing need is the price at which we preserve our freedom in the long run. The fashionable phrases about doing for the purposes of peace what we have learned to do for the purposes of war are completely misleading, for it is sensible temporarily to sacrifice freedom in order to make it more secure in the future, but it is quite a different thing to sacrifice liberty permanently in the interests of a planned economy.

It is no coincidence that as America becomes more socialist, government involvement, control and power grow as well, and it must be noted the poorest, most oppressed people in the world do not live in capitalist countries.

Parse the definition of socialism as you will but in every historical case, the countries with the social, political and economic systems that have most closely matched the Marxist ideal have also been the most autocratic and totalitarian. The fact progressives continue to pursue these ends indicate that the real goal is the total control, a totalitarian, dictatorial government in America.

Socialism/Marxism/communism are fundamentally incompatible with the Constitution and the founding ideals of this country.

One thought on “Chamberlain’s Disease

  1. I know we are moving very quickly in that direction, but I hope I personally never see the time when a Henry Ford or a Steve Jobs or a Mark Zuckerberg is no longer financially rewarded for developing a new product. I am afraid that once compensating a developer for his product disappears to keep anyone from financially separating themselves from the common man, we won’t see any great developments.

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