Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Poking Holes in the “Anti-War” Left

This past Sunday, David Stockman’s Contra Corner ran an article entitled Lyndon Baines Kerry telling the sad tale of how the idealist young anti-war crusader grew up to become his arch nemesis. Like the President who sent him into combat a half century ago, Secretary of State, John Kerry has morphed in into a spewer of lies, distortions and half truths, all the while pushing America to the brink of war.  It happened with Syria.  It’s now happening with the Ukraine.

But this is not about Kerry.  It’s about the delusion that the American Left is the bulwark of non-aggression and pacifism.  Nothing can be further from the truth. 

It is true that in Sixties, the Left led the way in protesting the Viet Nam war.  However their objection was not based in principle.  It was based on sympathy with the Viet Cong cause which they viewed as a war of liberation.  Far from being peaceniks as the purported to be, American Leftists cheered on murderous regimes in Russia, China and Latin America.  They deified cold blooded killers Lenin to Mao, from Stalin to Castro.  From Pol Pot to Che Guevara.

Their cold blooded attitude towards human life was summed up perfectly by Stalin’s quip to Truman, "The death of one man is a tragedy, the death of millions is a statistic."  A century and a half earlier, the collectivist French revolutionary justified the Reign of Terror with another off hand quip, "One can't expect to make an omelet without breaking eggs."  

The vanguard of America’s left wing stood in firm support Soviet communism until it became too embarrassing to endorse the 100+ million people Stalin killed once his successor revealed it to the world.

America’s collectivists have not yet given us gulags and reeducation camps, though it not necessarily a mark of their virtue.  Violence is part and parcel of the ideological DNA.  Progressives from Wilson onward have not shrunk from forcibly trying to export democracy, our own brand collectivism, via the force of arms.  This is Lyndon Baines Kerry’s agenda here in the 21st century.

In his treatise, Power and Market, Murray Rothbard is bemused to find that “people tend to regard government as a quasi-divine, selfless, Santa Claus organization. Government was constructed neither for ability nor for the exercise of loving care; government was built for the use of force”.

Rothbard correctly points out that, “There are two and only two ways that an economy can be organized. One is by freedom and voluntary choice—the way of the market. The other is by force and dictation—the way of the State.”
In his words, collectivism “is the violent abolition of the market.”

Thus when a government imposes its will upon its constituents via coercive force, it is at war with them.  John Locke explains:

“….that he who attempts to get another man into his absolute power, does thereby put, himself into a slate of war with him: it being to be understood as a declaration of a design upon his life : for I have reason to conclude, that he who would get me into his power without my consent, would use me as he pleased when he had got me there, and destroy me too when he had a fancy to it; for nobody can desire to have me in his absolute power, unless it be to compel me by force to that which is against the right of my freedom , i. e. make me a slave.”

“A slave”, he says?  Yes, that is why Hayek entitled his monumental best seller, The Road to Serfdom.  He dedicated the book to "The socialists of all parties" be they communists, social democrats, fascists, American style left-liberals or today’s elite corporatist--globalists.  In the end, their programs cannot tolerate dissent and must, by necessity, devolve into force and coercion – to the point of death if need be.

Thus the left cannot be anti-war as they are, by nature and definition, in a state of continual war with the individuals that they govern, who they strive to bend to their will.  In America their favored tools are fines, confiscations, garnishment and imprisonment.   Through political correctness, they curtail debate and honest critical thinking.  Occasionally they like to make a bold faced show of force as they did at the Bundy ranch. 

Fortunately Americans are still a well armed people so the Feds were force to back down for a moment.  Thus it is that all collectivists disarm their citizens.  A well armed citizenry is the last best defense against tyranny.  It is the only language that the warrior-collectivists truly understand and respect.  

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