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Liberal Apologetics

Nov 21, 2009

When examining reasons for the modern continuation of poverty and war, one can find a number of major factors that are neither subtle or obscure. There exist direct lines between the policies and actions of first world nations and international crises. What is however subtle, and profoundly so, are the webs of self-serving rationalization that comfortable and uncritical observers, elite bureaucrats, and well off citizen-elites construct in order to preserve and increase status and private wealth, regardless of social cost. If some activity is perceived as hindering or not contributing directly to either of these all important objectives then it is rationalized out of existence. Consequently there often remains no space, "free" time, or palpable reason to reflect on intangibles such as poverty and war, and accordingly, such considerations carry no weight in the realm of well-deserved stock options, lottery ticket pools, retirement calculations, and otherwise perfectly ordered systems.

Of course, "[n]o rational person would deny that Gulag is not entirely unrelated to the deeply elitistic character of Leninism or Fascism anymore than they would deny that Hiroshima, Nagasaki and the merciless bombing of Indochina are not entirely unrelated to the deeply elitistic character of 'liberalism.' " Indeed. The destructive consequences of Liberalism, as characterized for example in the atomic bombings of Japan, place American style Liberalism (at least in its circa 1945 Harry Truman Democrat variety, although I would argue this includes modern American Liberalism as well, but I digress) squarely in contradistinction to ideas such as the equal importance of all life. American Liberalism exists then in contradistinction to ideas such as political and social equality. If Liberalism is not built on political equality, then it can not be built on the idea of government by the people. If Liberalism is not built on the idea of government by the people, then it can't actualize democracy. If Liberalism doesn't actualize democracy, then what does it actualize?

Exhibit A: former White House Press Secretary Bill Moyers' documentary The Secret Government: The Constitution in Crisis. Here Moyers presents a "scathing critique of the criminal subterfuge carried out by the Executive Branch of the United States Government to carry out operations which are clearly contrary to the wishes and values of the American people," discussing the nature of covert operations across South America and the Middle East, as carried out since the inception of the CIA.

At this point you have two major options: 1) watch the aforementioned documentary, perhaps more than once, paying attention to specific problems in order to abstract away some general theories for further study, or 2) rationalize this blog out of existence.