by Brad Nelson
There are basically two opposing forces we’re dealing with today. One is Marxism. Marxism is simple enough to understand. It’s the plundering of others under the guise of “fairness” or “equality.” But we know from experience that Marxism/socialism only ever produces equal misery or mediocrity. Many heartily like the idea of Marxism-socialism because it has the appeal of getting something for nothing.
The other side of this isn’t exactly a new discovery, but I do think it is far more central than I had understood. It is the fact that people now are looking toward their government to be therapeutic rather than as a protector of their rights and the facilitator of commerce. Much of this is due to feminism and the girlification of men. And you see this dynamic in effect when you hear so much talk about emotion, rather than reason, now guiding our affairs. It is at the root of “hate speech” laws where the point is that no one ever hear a discomforting word. But free speech doesn’t care about protecting you from mental distress. It’s considered a necessary part of freedom. But those who think all aspects of life should be therapeutic and service some “social” cause will disagree.
This also explains why Christianity — which is arguably the only cultural force or idea capable of displacing Leftism — has become so goofily therapeutic-based in many cases. It, too, has drunk the therapeutic kool-aid. It’s about making everyone feel they are wanted, cared for, respected, etc. And it’s not that that’s wrong. In fact, it’s a quite good idea on a personal level. But now people expect government to share that goal. But it’s not government’s job to make everyone “feel” accepted, respected, loved, etc. Many Christians have completely forgotten the “onward Christian soldier” or “wrath of god” aspect where one is to hate evil and injustice, not make friends with it so that nobody’s feelings are hurt. Sometimes the truth must simply be spoken, no matter how unflattering it may be to some people.
This is primarily why we are running up such debt. It’s not that people don’t understand that the numbers just aren’t sustainable and will bankrupt our country. It’s that bankrupting the country (a more abstract notion) is a lesser priority than “helping” other people (a more immediately pleasing notion). And pleasing ourselves in this increasingly narcissistic culture is what it is really all about. Never mind the carnage that Marxism-socialism and the therapeutic “feel-good” mindset is creating in terms of doing vast harm to people. That, again, is a more abstract notion that requires foresight and not just feelings-based thinking. But when our immediate sense of being a “do-gooder” is all that matters, there is then no principled way to deny anybody anything, thus our spiraling debt, vanishing freedoms, and declining moral standards. • (767 views)