Saturday, 14 March 2009

Leftism is Criminal

Despite reading Atlas Shrugged three times, I'd managed to miss the money shot, but luckily DK picks up on it for me:

The only power any government has says Dr Ferris is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What's there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be enforced nor objectively interpreted—and you create a nation of law-breakers—and then you cash in on guilt. Now that's the system, Mr Rearden, that's the game, and once you understand it, you'll be much easier to deal with.

And you know, the willingness of the left to resort to lawfare, to codes of practice that employees can neither amend nor negotiate, to principles of equality and diversity that magically entail restrictions of freedom of speech and thought, to antidemocratically enforcing their worldview through state-funded charities and NGOs and QUANGOs; their desire to have dissent criminalised, or as we see in California, their willingess physically to intimidate opponents when lawfare fails(and to publish their names in newspapers - the left are _very_ keen that others are held accountable to them for their differing opinions), and as we see in the "respectable" intellectual press, their willingness to deny the crimes of leftism (and you don't have to be an extremist to deny the Holodomor or the import of the gulags, or the forty five year slavery of Eastern Europe, or the thirty million victims of Mao - who, disgustingly, appears in the game Civilisation: Revolution for the XBox - or the Soviet Union's pivotal role in starting WWII, not that you'd think it) justifies this very long sentence.

And rightly so.

For there are worse things in life than a long sentence.

Such an evil, power grabbing weltanshaung that attempts to work from an ideology of victimhood. Which restricts your freedoms because of made up complaints from groups in the pay of the authorities. Which just fucking goes on and on passing laws that are designed, in each and every case, to make an individual's life a little bit harder.

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