To every action there’s an equal and opposite reaction.
This is not just physics. It’s life.
I mean it doesn’t even need a second person involved. If I push too hard on the writing/working, I’m going to get sick, and it’s going to cost me way more time than it would have taken if I just took the occasional day off now and then. (Yeah, despite that I never learn. Part of it is that the twenty year old in my brain doesn’t get the body is older.)
But it turns out that the Ancient Greeks were right. Not about that, no. Or that. And good Lord, definitely not that. But they were right about the whole balance thing and middle of the road and stuff.
The problem is that most people interpret that need for balance as “there is no right or wrong, so we should both give a little.” Which is stupid, because there is right and wrong, particularly about what to do to societies and economies, and how to run both (to the extent they can be run) those and industries, etc.
Watering the right way with half the wrong way is not going to work well. Most of the complaints about how capitalism “just doesn’t work” aren’t about capitalism, but about “capitalism” watered down with socialism. And the problems it causes are … well… those of socialism. Including adulterated markets, excluded people, and general economic misery. Which then the “right thinking” people suggest more socialism to solve, and that taken in half… This is known as “How to kill an economy in slow steps.”
No, what you need balance in is not “middle of the road decisions” but “voices.”
Because you know, there’s wrong or right, but there’s always the chance we’re wrong. I know, I know, unpossible, but it’s possible. Or at least that we’re interpreting something wrong. And sometimes dissenting voices, no matter how crazy, show us where we went off the rails.
Look, everyone has different experiences, and sometimes it causes them to know things we don’t.
Take the whole open borders thing. As someone who has acculturated, I can say “Oooh, bad idea.” And I have some (if not indisputable) authority to do that from. Authority that’s as little appreciated on the left as among Libertarians. And yet, I KNOW it would be a bad bad idea, and I know the results are not what they’d expect. Not because acculturation is impossible, or because culture is genetic, but because it’s very, very difficult, you have to be wholly committed to it, and the more people you ask to do it, the greater the failure rate. (Particularly in an anti-assimilation culture, but that’s something else.)
Or take Europe. Our left is convinced it’s all that and a pair of new skates. That’s because they either visit or go on local reports from either a biased media, or the people who always lived there and only know the US from (also biased, against us) movies or TV. This is why they’re so ready to trade all we have for the European model.
But I lived there long enough to know the tragedy of the missing squid farms. Yes, they have things we don’t have, like “security” and more “equality” of outcome, for those who consider that a plus. The problem is it’s done at the expense of innovation AND opportunity, particularly for young people. Europe ain’t bad, for an old age home, but I wouldn’t want my kids growing up in it.
Anyway, these things I know because I lived them, and anyone with SOME honesty has to stop and at least consider them before dismissing them because my experience is too particular or whatever.
The problem is the left, partly because they’re an heresy of Christianity, and therefore religious in nature, as their “ideal systems” get disproved has hardened into a position of not wanting to hear any other opinions.
This is not just uncomfortable for the ones silenced, it’s a problem for the left too.
Look, this is akin to turning off your fire alarm because your cooking keeps setting it off. One day you’ll be tired enough and leave something on on the stove and go to bed… and die of smoke inhalation.
What the left has done, partly to keep their converts who as I pointed out are mostly young and mal-educated, is to stop the fire alarm. Or at least to stop every contrary opinion they can and de-legitimize the others.
Last week, when I was arguing from something I KNOW a lefty told me to stop watching Fox news. Or someone at Fox news. Because he’s been told all disagreement comes from Fox News which is not legitimate. Or something.
I don’t watch Fox News. We haven’t had a TV in the house for close on to 20 years. Dan watches some movies and series on the computer, but that’s it, and even then it’s not a regular thing. And at any rate, what I was telling the idiot was something (I THINK in Europe) which I’d experienced myself
But they’ve turned off the fire alarm. That means we don’t get to salvage (read pick away) their newly indoctrinated and misinformed, true.
But it also means they missing the size of the backlash forming.
Again and again, we see their “leaders” say things that beggar belief.
Hillary Clinton thinks she lost, not because we couldn’t trust her further than we could throw her lardbutt, or because even were she and Trump the same (turns out, no. Interesting) that she was the one the press covered for and fawned on, and thus less capable of being checked, but because she’s insufficiently SOCIALIST.
Novelist after novelist, sports team after sports team, public figure after public figure come out and solemnly declare they don’t want anyone to the right of Lenin to buy them/support them/help them. One after the other they tell more than half of the country that we’re bad and evil, and call us a lot of things we not only aren’t but despise.
And then they wonder how they got Trump.
They got Trump because they silenced the fire alarm. They told my kids, even in high school, after Obama’s win that there would never again be a Republican president. They told everyone from their publications that the Republicans were now a small regional party. They published magazines with covers proclaiming “We’re all socialists now.”
They thought they were safe picking (yes, she is crooked) Hillary, because they were destined to win every time anyway, and it was her turn.
They turned off the fire alarm. Their house is full of smoke and they don’t notice.
This is a public service announcement. In the culture wars, in economics, everywhere, stop pushing.
Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. You guys called us “reactionaries” but apparently have forgotten what that means.
I think the socialist way is dead wrong. I think the internationalist way is not only wrong but will kill the west. I think that feminism as it exists now is insanity. I despise the idea some races are better than others, which is why I oppose stupidity like “White Privilege.”
But the left is pushing these ideas so hard the reaction that is starting to build is horrific, and if it reaches its full blow up, will take with it things like acceptance that the weaker have a right to live, or that charity is a good thing, or that women aren’t mentally handicapped children, or that we should judge the individual, not the skin color.
It will in fact destroy western civilization as we know it, as effectively as the full blown progressives would destroy it.
I don’t want that, you see. I believe in life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness. For everyone. And I believe in being left alone.
So… we need to take off our gloves and get them to stop pushing.
Before it’s too late.