I think part of the problem our “friends” on the left are having is that when the mask slips once you can hide it. When it keeps slipping it becomes …. obvious.
I come from a far distant time, called the seventies. Perhaps because everyone was doing mescaline-like-substances, the seventies were crazier than those of you who weren’t adults then can even imagine.
One of the strangest things was how everyone assumed communists and socialists were the GOOD GUYS.
Sure, there are some people who still vehemently believe that. They are either children who were treated like mushrooms all through school and who haven’t yet popped out of their indoctrination, or people who have some reason to hold on to this nonsense.
But in the seventies — and I’ll admit part of it was probably because the newsmedia proclaimed it and there was only one newsmedia — these ideas were mainstream. They were considered sane.
Being a conservative — or, like me, simply an anti-communist — in the seventies was fighting a rear-guard action, with the certainty we were going to lose. It was like being one of the warriors at Ragnarok. You fought as hard as you could and you knew you’d lose.
The assumption was that communism was more efficient. Central, top-down planing just eliminated waste more, which is why we needed it when we were all heading for the world of “make room, make room.” Most anti-communists opposed communism because they thought life under it would be worse for the individual, but agreed that due to its incredible efficiency it would win out.
This wasn’t me, btw. Perhaps because I lived in Europe. Perhaps because by the age of 14 I’d never been present at any newsworthy event that the press reported right. (And I’d been present at a few newsworthy events by then. BTW, the track record continues.) Also, I’m not by nature a very trusting person. I looked at the glossy pictures of Soviet Life and I could smell a rat. I knew that it was impossible that a regime which de-emphasized THE VALUE OF THE INDIVIDUAL HUMAN could be good. Finding and reading the Gulag archipelago was actually a relief, because it confirmed for me that I wasn’t, actually, completely batshit crazy.
BUT most people are more trusting than I. And they want to believe that the people who smile to their faces have good intentions.
Those of you who are young and who get furious with the Republican establishment: I FEEL YOUR PAIN. But remember people like McCain came of age before I did. Opposing communism was this doomed gallant fight you had no hope of winning and weren’t supposed to.
BTW, despite the defenders of “socialism with an human face” socialism is getting more and more amalgamated to communism, as it should be. Everyone always knew it was a phase “on the way to communism” and in fact the communist countries always called themselves socialist (while the European “democracies” call themselves social democrat and are on the same greased chute to hell.)
The thing is they are the same thing. They both take away from the individual that most fundamental of rights “the pursuit of happiness.” Life, liberty and property usually follow.
Beyond all the tragic misunderstandings about human nature, socialism, communism and all societies in which the state arrogates for itself the right to control the daily life of individuals “for the good of all” (as opposed to “for common defense” or “to keep peace” at a distance, mind, and not in minutia) it fails because the good of all can be defined anyway you want. The “all” like the “none” has no specific voice. Leaving aside who counts the votes (and in the US that’s almost impossible, given the serial corruption of voting rolls) there are polls and interpretations and the massaging of public opinion to say what the “people” should say.
When they had full control of the press, this got really weird. And in countries where blogs aren’t as prevalent they still do.
But here, we’re ah… talking truth to power. Which seriously disturbs the left narrative of the happy people of Brutopia being incredibly happy with its wise planners.
And they don’t know what to do. And the mask keeps slipping. They say things like they want to restrict the first amendment. Or they burn their own college to prevent a talk by a single, mostly harmless fabulous faggot. OR they armor it in case the little Jewish man and his talk will physically attack him. They see Nazis everywhere. They start banning people on the net. They defend the NHS. Yeah, that same NHS that forced a baby to die when his parents had the money to try a last ditch treatment for him. Because the “right to die with dignity” is in their constitution, and the pursuit of happiness isn’t. You see, they love death more than we love life. (Where have I heard that before?)
Now Hillary says she wants to contest the elections NOW.
A lot of people are discouraged by this, and by the soft acceptance of the antifa property destroyers and head breakers.
BE NOT AFRAID.
If the left were secure they would be keeping their mask of “reasonable people” in place. A friend of mine, in the run up to 04 said they become louder as they start losing.
We haven’t reached peak loud yet.
Get yourself a beer or a soda and a bunch of popcorn. Things are about to get interesting.
Prepare yourself in case your area is one of those where things get violent. And other than that, just smile.
The pictures from Soviet Life lie burning in the ruins of the dream of a planned economy. The defenders of socialism now try to claim spiritual virtues for it, just like the defenders of the free economy used to object to planning on almost aesthetic terms.
A man — or a form of governance — may smile and smile and be a villain, but sooner or later the mask slips and shatters, and boy, howdy, has it.
Now we can look on the monstrous form we knew was there all along, and possess ourselves in patience as our less politically aware brethren catch on.
In the end, we win, they lose. Never doubt it. This is no time to go wobbly.