Victor Davis Hanson: The Liberal Super Nova

By Victor Davis Hanson | June 11, 2012 | PJ Media

Two parties, left and right, are central to good consensual government — one the perennial check on the other, both within the general boundaries of constitutional free-market capitalism.

Yet the hard-Left takeover of the Democratic Party has meant that there is no longer a credible balance in our system, as almost all the tenets of contemporary left-wing ideology are blowing up, imploding super nova style — unsustainable ideas that are contrary to human nature and demand coercion for their implementation, given that they are increasingly anti-democratic and have to be implemented from high by an elite technocracy whether in Brussels, Sacramento, or Washington.

Far too much is always seen as not enough: Greeks are angry that there was too much “austerity” and not enough of the old borrow and spend; Obama is blamed for only borrowing $5 trillion for too “little” stimulus; Democrats threaten to withhold from the community-organizer Obama because he was not hard enough on “fat cats” and the capitalist state; in California, a 10.3% income tax is too low, not too high. When the remedy is seen worse than the disease, then the patient is indeed terminal.

Let me do a brief survey of the fissuring liberal world in which we live:

Economics

All of Europe to some degree is democratic socialist, but some states–the PIGS, for example — are more so than others. So the current meltdown is a morality tale of those nations and regions that sought to stay fiscally responsible — say, Germany, Scandinavia, the Netherlands — and those that did not: France to some degree, and, of course, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, and Spain. Cite geography, Catholicism versus Protestantism, weather, geography, history — any cultural barometer you like — but the truth is that one workable paradigm reflects human nature, of spending only what you make, and the other does not.

The latter insolvent states now call for “growth” instead of “austerity,” but what intellectually dishonest euphemisms! The choice is really between “borrowing to spend” and “fiscal discipline.” Frame it like that, and would Obama be demanding that Greece and Spain “borrow” more and not be fiscally disciplined? (OK, yes, he still would.)

The liberal model — borrowing huge sums, rigging interest and the currency to enable state profligacy, turning large swaths of the population into less productive unionized government workers or dependents on the dole who vote in thanks to political hacks — simply does not work. How could beautiful blue-state California lose almost a millions refugees to arid Texas? I like Texas, but Dallas had far less of nature to work with than did San Francisco. (It takes a lot of human failure for thousands to give up verdant California to move to Utah or the Nevada desert.) What we are witnessing is nothing short of surreal: in the manner that Tijuana was a different universe from San Diego, so too the entire state of California is becoming a different world from its neighbors. Whether one examines its near dead-last schools, its oppressive income and sales taxes, its decaying roads and infrastructure, its absurd prison system, its dysfunctional state offices (try the DMV), or its priestly public employee caste, California is becoming Detroit.

Do any believe pre-Walker Wisconsin was more viable than it is now? Did union memberships of public workers soar after Wisconsin state employees were given the chance to join or not join the union, or did they dip precipitously among the very class who protested the reforms? (So is it to scream publicly against Walker and then quietly go home to quit the union and get your dues back?)

From Greece to Italy to California to Wisconsin to Obama’s Washington, the verdict is in: the democratic statist model of trying to provide cradle-to-grave benefits, administered by an elite technocratic class, using demonization to bully the opposition and redistribute income, not only does not work, but cannot ever work. Note that President Obama — $5 trillion in new debt, “stimulus,” millions added to food stamps, unemployment benefits vastly expanded, near-zero interest rates, enormous subsidies for wind and solar — never concedes his blue-state neo-socialism is not working (even though it is almost impossible to stymie the U.S. economy).

Instead, the tsunami did it. No, it was the Republican Congress that after 2011 stopped all the good things he did between 2009-2010. No, it was automation like ATM machines. No, of course, George W. Bush damaged Obama’s economy in the manner that Reagan could not do anything because of Carter’s legacy. No, it was the EU and its failure to spend and “grow” more. No, the private sector is “fine”; the problem is cutting back like Walker is doing in Wisconsin.

Read the full article here.

Comments

  1. 1. If Mr. Hanson wants to talk about his “personal experiences” and what he thniks feminism “started out as”, thats fine. It can be dismissed as the irrelevant idiosyncracy it is. But he claims much more in his misty -eyed reminisciences of a feminism that never existed. His construction of Feminism-Before-The-Fall amounts to revisionist propaganda. He presumes to lecture us on what feminism really, really is or was ,and how it has gone astry. He is making fact-claims– not reporting his “personal experiences”. 2. His claims as to what feminism originally was are so absurd as to provoke shock , anger,or laughter from anyone who has actually read anything or listened to feminists– or values the truth. Virtually every position he attributes to this Mythological “good ole feminism” that “most of us (?) still believe in” (!)- is absurdly false… diametrically opposed to the recorded positions of feminists…(1)feminists don’t deny innate differences ?! ( that was and is the entire agenda of feminism — the social construction of gender ! feminists do recognize innate sex differences whenever it serves their interest, however)….. (2)don’t ask for special treatment ??! ( feminism IS a socio-political strategy to create special rights/priveleges for women)….. (3) feminism included the homeschoolin’ homemaker ?– when it specifically condemned that “role” in the most vile terms imaginable and stated that such “parastical dependency and infantilism ” was incompatible with being an adult person!… 4) feminism included women of ALL political and religious beliefs ?… so a conservative Catholic woman can be a feminist ? 3. In his hands, the term “feminism” has been stripped of historical content and meaning and re-defined as its opposite– basically, now, a feel-good, do-your-own-thing, tolerant, accepting , self-evident, majoritarian, moderate modernism.Thats propaganda.Hanson’s article is Orwellian in its reversal of the truth…and it should be exposed as such. I doubt he has sinister intent– or his comments would be more subtle and not so easly demonstrated to be false.– but the result is the same. This KOOL-AID he has imbibed and is now asking us to drink— needs to be labelled KOOL-AID . PS— The claim that “feminism” includes and embraces all religious faiths and political positions is breathtakingly ridiculous– to do so, feminism would have to be non-controversial, self-evident and utterly vanilla. Everyone would be a “feminist” then. Orwellian/ Lewis Carroll-like. Feminism is basically very dumb, warmed over neo-Marxism, with the family as the tool of oppression, women the oppressed proletariat, and all of human history , a history of men ( the ruling class) oppressing women ( the class struggle). Feminism is Marxism. –the goal of the dissolution of the family and public child care are both fundamental tenets of feminism. Once could go on indefintely, but being a feminist entails a very specific set of political and “religious” viewpoints, which are incompatible with other religious and political positions. And Mr Hanson resides at a “think tank” ?

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