The Withered Arc of the Socialist Dream

wasteland22by Glenn Fairman   6/13/14
I think that deep within myself, in a place deeper than the not inconsiderable layers of books, meditations and lectures that have collectively formed my world view, I should desire that the earth be a place of plenty, equality, happiness, and harmony. It would not surprise me that this hope was, in some variation or another, a universal dream of light and life — as is the deeper than genetically imprinted moral law of which all human laws are but a shadow. Moreover, I am sure that my particular idyllic vision is somewhat more attuned to my nascent understanding of God’s beatific plan of paradise for mankind, and subsequently reflects perhaps only an inkling of the reward that awaits those who would draw near to Him. Indeed, every political and economic system through which man has engineered throughout history, are but crude and faltering attempts to bring to fruition this Shining City in parchment and mortar.

But children grow old; and those innocent dreams are eventually dashed against the unsparing granite of the natural world and the unruly resolve sequestered within men’s hearts. In hungering for the simplistic embrace of Socialism: that Gnostic Citadel of Equality constructed in beautiful words and mellifluous intent, we once again resurrect those impossible youthful fictions. But if we have not drank deeply enough of His wisdom that saturates the world, bought dearly with suffering and introspection, we will never duly perceive that humanity can never again return to the warm innocence of womb and breast – at least in the lifetimes in which the flesh partakes. Accordingly, there comes a day when we must spread our wings and take flight, even should we plummet and nobly die, or diminish and wither in the pathos of the mind and soul’s arrested development. Failure to apprehend this leaves us suspended in the withered arc of the socialist dream.

To those of you fair readers who long for shelter and spiritual completion within the bosom of the collectivist aura, please answer me this: Can an economic system truly be morally superior if it is buttressed by lovely lies, altruistic thefts, has an unsustainable longevity, and ultimately– leads humanity into stylized moral degradation, fawning credulity, unspeakable material ruin — and at its shallow terminus, exponentially magnified sorrows?


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5 Responses to The Withered Arc of the Socialist Dream

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    One difference between genuine liberals (such as remain) and leftists is that the former have general societal goals much like yours (which are also the general goals of conservatives). Leftists, by contrast, dream of the power of their group. It may not be quite as sadistic as O’Brien’s “a boot stamping on a human face — forever”, but the dream is only mildly less vile. All the other alleged goals (as O’Brien pointed out to Winston Smith, and called him stupid for thinking otherwise) are merely the excuses to enable them to seize and maintain power. Other than that, the ruling class has no interest in the fate of their subjects.

  2. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Man’s sinful nature will forever make it difficult to construct that Shinning City on the Hill, although many say America is as close as we’ve ever come.

    Part of the problem is the Seven Deadly Sins. But I think an under-rated problem is that people (and I find this particularly true of women) love drama. We get bored with a life where everything is smooth and going well. It reminds me of the conversation Agent Smith had with Morpheus.

    Have you ever stood and stared at it, marveled at it’s beauty, it’s genius? Billions of people just living out their lives, oblivious. Did you know that the first Matrix was designed to be a perfect human world, where none suffered, where everyone would be happy? It was a disaster. No one would accept the program. Entire crops were lost. Some believed that we lacked the programming language to describe your perfect world. But I believe that, as a species, human beings define their reality through misery and suffering. The perfect world was a dream that your primitive cerebrum kept trying to wake up from. Which is why the Matrix was redesigned to this, the peak of your civilization. I say your civilization because as soon as we started thinking for you it really became our civilization which is of course what this is all about.

    And I never really noted that line before of, “…as we started thinking for you it really became our civilization which is of course what this is all about.”

    This is the world that Mark Steyn parodies in his books and articles. It’s a world where you don’t have to think about anything and can remain a juvenile forever. The state will take care of all the adult decisions leaving you free to deal with such weighty ones as to where to go on vacation or what color of cover to buy for your iPhone.

    The Second Amendment will finally be overcome (and it will be overcome) not because of legal trickery but because there will eventually be bred out of us even the notion that there are dangers in the world that require our immediate attention. The world we signed up for when we gave our hearts, minds, and testicles to the socialists was one where they would take care of all this stuff.

    That belief might not make the harsh realities go away. But we see today this longing for a forever-juvenile utopia. And if it’s slow in coming, people just tend to double-down on the belief. How else could otherwise sensible people (if they were indeed sensible) believe the obvious juvenile lies of Obama and the Democrats? The settlers who braved an ocean (and an ocean of unknowns) to try to carve out a free and prosperous life in America would be shocked that their ancestors expected Mommy Government to be their health care provider, among other adult functions taken over by the state.

    And, no, it’s not heartening to see the Establishment Republicans don this same mindset — which might explain their distaste for adults such as Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz or anyone who wants to put a limit on this big ol’ ongoing party being catered at our expense.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      In essence, the leftist dream is that they will be the Morlocks (though they won’t be nocturnal) and everyone else will be the Eloi. (Ironically, Wells saw the Morlocks as the descendants of the workers and the Eloi as the descendants of the bourgeoisie, which is the reverse of the modern leftist origin, but never mind.) And you may recall what use the Morlocks actually had for the Eloi.

    • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

      I think an under-rated problem is that people (and I find this particularly true of women) love drama

      This fact is latched upon and corrupted further by the media, the guiding principle of which is, “simplify and then exaggerate.” Truth is too boring for them.

      • Timothy Lane says:

        Truth is also too inconvenient for liberals. (Given the liberal predilection for projection, one can say that this is why Gore chose that particular book title.)

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