This article focuses on three core concepts: realism, capitalism, and freedom.
Realism is the acceptance of reality as it is. This means accepting the fact that human nature exists. It’s not a social construct and it’s not always pretty:
- Tribalism, religious fanaticism, and genocide are par for the historical course
- Violence flows from our savage nature, not from flaws in our institutions
- Government power attracts domination-obsessed psychopaths
- Domination-obsessed psychopaths attract hot women
Until the rise of the robots turns us all into humanoids (I honestly can’t wait), no act of government or PC speech code will change the fact that our brains evolved with certain hardwired tendencies.
Our brains evolved with good software as well. Cooperation, compassion, reason, an instinct to look after our families. Aristotle made a distinction between these “higher” elements of our nature and the aforementioned “lower” ones.
Freedom creates opportunity and abundance. It thereby enables the higher elements of our nature and minimizes the lower ones.
Attacks on freedom are attacks on human nature operating at its highest potential.
Freedom does not create utopia. Capitalizing on this fact, the utopian left tries to replace cooperation with government programs, compassion with forced redistribution, reason with groupthink, and familial instinct with collectivism.
America is the only country on earth founded on the idea of freedom. You don’t have to be a flag-waving patriot to see that the alternatives to American freedom are quite grim. You just have to be a realist.
Libertarians and liberals (now socialists) who obsess over the stupidity of our foreign interventions miss the point of America, who like any human creation, has her flaws, both structural and strategic.
Which brings us to…
Capitalism means separation of the State and the economy. Minimal taxes for a minimal government that creates minimal regulations.
It means FREE MARKETS.
Instead, we have a labyrinthine tax code with loopholes for the elite. Mandatory insurance laws eat away at our bank accounts. Great startups fold because they can’t afford to comply with our annual $2 trillion in regulations. Corporations use government to consolidate their power, buy politicians and control the media.
Even our cable bills suck because local government barriers to entry are only affordable for the same handful of mega-corporations.
This isn’t capitalism. It’s corporatism.
Keeping government out of our wallets will be harder than keeping Bill Clinton out of a private plane filled with C-list, D-cup porn stars. Voters need to take on the establishment and change all the rules.
Government expansion is like gravity. This is a structural flaw within democracy. The only solution may be a constitutional amendment that enforces term limits for members of Congress, bans them for life from corporate lobbying, and thoroughly destroys the intricate webs manufactured between crony capitalists and political opportunists.
To the extent that we blame “capitalism” for our corporatist mess, we guarantee the eventuality of totalitarianism.
There is one minor counterbalance to continual government expansion. For the left, capitalist innovation is a Pandora’s box. Technology creates faster than government destroys; new regulations of any kind merely create arbitrage opportunities. The left can distort and erase the Enlightenment, but it cannot roll back the Industrial Revolution.
The internet stands out as a shining example of capitalism at its best. Government has not yet figured out how to control and regulate internet content. Alternatives to the mainstream media, like the Drudge Report, arise because each participant votes with her or her attention span. Political hacks in D.C. and dying news companies dream of conquering the internet by force.
Freedom of expression lives on the internet because it is a true economic democracy. It operates on the exact opposite of the principles underlying democratic socialism. It is not compatible with a system in which “the people” vote away each other’s resources using federal tax and regulatory powers.
And this, of course, brings us to…
The social justice crowd is a left-fringe lynch mob in America, but their friends in Europe have already started passing laws against politically incorrect speech. No wonder the left idolizes European-style, “democratic” socialism.
Freedom doesn’t begin with laws. It doesn’t even begin with the absence of laws. It begins with a mentality that is the opposite of victimhood. This mentality is individualism. It requires the rejection of social constructs and privileges as meaningless concepts.
They are worse than meaningless concepts. They are Trojan horses designed to destroy freedom of expression and, eventually, whatever remnants of capitalism we have left.
Social justice warriors claim that human nature doesn’t exist, that individuals don’t exist, that race and gender are social constructs—and that justice is simply the inversion of these same social constructs. They substitute racial relativism for objective truth and historical privilege for original sin. Within this framework, their primary goal is retribution.
These are the same people who oppose the death penalty “because two wrongs don’t make a right!”
Social justice is a non-sequitur and a mental disease. Political correctness is a joke.
In our polarized society, you either stand with freedom or cultural totalitarianism.
Where do you stand?