I've been thinking about the subject of Words again recently, and the notion that they can’t hurt us – what a friggin crock o’ crap that is! The manipulation and redefinition of reality through words, has nearly destroyed the system of the most powerful nation on earth. A Nation founded upon Liberty and Freedom, founded through the ideas of Classical Liberalism, merely by the shaving and spinning of words by dishonest people who wish to bury reality and all that is good and beautiful and true.
Our Founding Fathers were THE Classical Liberals, devoted to the free and independent soul of Man, and the belief that a free and virtuous people would be a prosperous light unto themselves and to the world.
They, and we, are now routinely smeared, reviled and apologized for by an un… no… Anti-American President of the United States of America, belittling our history and our principles, and abandoning our allies, to an audience of thugs, murderers and dictators at the U.N..
We’ve allowed our message of freedom and liberty to be stolen, STOLEN, by a bunch of God Damned ignorant fools and/or demagogues, intent on swindling the American people, and by extension the world, of their Individual Rights, in exchange for trinkets and pittances tossed at their needs.
How in the hell have we allowed this to happen?
How did we allow the focus to be taken off of what was truly important, taken off of the core of our message, and put instead upon an incidental by-product, ‘capital’? We now confine ourselves to talk about political parties, talk about business practices and policies, we talk about money and it's management- and in the process freedom and liberty are lost in the shuffle.
Karl Marx tagged us with the name "Capitalism", and we took it, and they ran(t) with it.
This has been bugging me for awhile, and it came to a head recently in some discussions on One Cosmos and The Gunslinger, last night especially after skimming back through Jean Baptiste Say's A Catechism of Political Economy and his "A Treatise on Political Economy", which focuses as it does on the decisions and choices of free people, such as this:
"No one, however, has ever denied that the writings of the economists have uniformly been favourable to the strictest morality, and to the liberty which every human being ought to possess, of disposing of his person, fortune, and talents, according to the bent of his inclination; without which, indeed, individual happiness and national prosperity are but empty and unmeaning sounds. These opinions alone entitle their authors to universal gratitude and esteem. I do not, moreover, believe that a dishonest man or bad citizen can be found among their number...
...The best mode of retaining and attracting mankind is, to treat them with justice and benevolence; to protect every one in the enjoyment of the rights he regards with the highest reverence; to allow the free disposition of person and property, the liberty of continuing or changing his residence, of speaking, reading, and writing in perfect security."
This, our world changing movement, from the very beginning, was the argument from and for our side, the side of mankind, and it seems to me that if we ever want to regain our rightful position in the argument between freedom and tyranny, our argument needs to come again from where it began - standing shoulder to shoulder with people like Jean Baptiste Say, Frederic Bastiat, Richard Cobden, John Bright, Frederick Douglass... these were people who passionately fought for liberty, people devoted to freedom, activists for Individual Rights and against the arbitrary, dehumanizing power of illiberal govt ... that is the true heart and soul of 'Capitalism'... Classical Liberalism was highly focused upon liberty and morality and the prosperity and happiness they could and would foster - how stupid are we to allow not only the name, but the issue of true freedom to get redefined out from under our intellectual feet.
Leftists at root, as I have argued over and again in the past, from its modern roots in Descartes, is a philosophy of assertions, attempts to redefine reality as they wishes it were. They have NO arguments that are rooted in reality, the closest, and last honest attempt (though completely in error) was Hume's, whose argument was that we could not know reality!
THIS IS THE PITIFUL QUALITY OF OUR ENEMIES! AND YET WE CEDE THE ARGUMENT... TO THEM!?
I for one am damn sick of it, and not the least reason why, is that they are unable and unworthy to win any reasoned argument with us!
You will not find a single leftist who will argue their positions back down to that issues roots in reality. They will first attempt to equivocate on terms such as ‘freedom’, ‘equality’, ‘a hungry man is not free’ and the like. As you call them on that, they will come back by with further attempts at conflating ‘Needs’ with ‘Rights’, as FDR attempted to overshadow our Bill of Rights, with his warm bowl of crap ‘economic bill of rights’ - nothing but slavery all dolled up in a pretence of manners. And that is just about the end of their possible zigs and zags, because when you ask them to define what Rights are, they are fully self disarmed - they have nothing, no Reasoning whatsoever with which they can answer.
Supplying sound Reasons for Individual Rights, requires a sound basis in and reference to Reality and the nature of Man, and a firm disallowing of the arbitrary; Americanism - Classical Liberalism - is firmly rooted in the concept that reality is real, and that we can know it, and that Truth is discovered through our knowledge and understanding of what is real, and it will always end up with Political Rights rooted in Property Rights.
The only possible way to propose ‘Needs’ as being equal to or superior to Individual Rights, is through a series of bald faced, arbitrary assertions and equivocations, and a denial of our ever being able to know reality… and forcing that admission out of them will not come easy.
Before you ever hear them admit their intellectual and moral bankruptcy, you will first receive a full ration of belittling insults and slurs. You will be called an idiot, a fool, a pawn of the rich, racist, a bigot, a cold hearted meanie who just hates the poor and the minorities.
For the moderns, Reality isn't knowable and 'truth' is negotiable (Kant gave this position respectability... nothing true in his tomes, but he gave explanations so long and convoluted that everyone agreed to agree on what he said they meant, so that other people wouldn't think you were too stupid to understand him).
Any pressing argument with a leftist (democrat or republican (yeah, John McCain, Teddy Roosevelt, Mit Romney (B.S. he's a conservative), etc) must end in assertions and insults on their part, because they have no way to tie their arguments back to reality - Reality was not their starting point!
Their starting point is what they thought sounded pretty, and your challenging them on it sounds no different to them than calling them ugly (which their thoughts are, but that's beside the point) - their opinions are noting but opinion. They have no reasoning behind them, and when cornered by Reason they respond as does any unreasoning creature - by attacking.
It is the source of our modern plague of xspurts - the Proregressives version of an aristocracy -, people who think their conclusions are so purty, they just must be true, and true everywhere, regardless of silly considerations such as the context of a situation. Rather than discover and apply principles, which enable each person to consistently determine the best course of action in each situation, and be free to choose it, they prefer to force everyone to apply their prefabricated conclusions to every conceivable situation.
A prime example from the above comments at The Gunslingers, "Guns are dangerous? Well... then... only experts and professionals should be allowed to have or use them! Yep, I 'very clearly and distinctly conceive that must be true, so it MUST be! ", and another proregressive platform is born.
The proregressive leftist will always assert Conclusions over Principles - top down enforced stupidity, it is the leftist way.
The Ugly Truth
Our meekly having gone along with Marx's stamping of Liberalism as "Capitalism", and the proregressives later absconding of the name 'liberalism' after the embarrassment of Woodrow Wilson's proregressive distopia... enabled them to dehumanize us right off the bat. It took the emphasis off of living a full and prosperous life, and allowed it to be set on the material. On money, on business practices, mgmt policies... we gave up the fight before it was even engaged.
We deserve to be slapped... and worse... WE have let Freedom and Liberty down.
It is high time to fight back, and start with not allowing words to be misused, treat political correctness as the assault on reality, on truth and beauty, that it is. If you are a janitor, and some metrosexual calls you a 'Sanitation Engineer', slap them for the insult it was, and for the violence they did to reality.
When a leftist thug asserts that they are for more freedom through schemes such as healthcontrol, remind them of Calvin Coolidge's speech on the meaning of the Declaration of Independence, during his efforts at cleaning up Wilson's mess,
"About the Declaration there is a finality that is exceedingly restful. It is often asserted that the world has made a great deal of progress since 1776, that we have had new thoughts and new experiences which have given us a great advance over the people of that day, and that we may therefore very well discard their conclusions for something more modern. But that reasoning can not be applied to this great charter. If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions. If anyone wishes to deny their truth or their soundness, the only direction in which he can proceed historically is not forward, but backward toward the time when there was no equality, no rights of the individual, no rule of the people. Those who wish to proceed in that direction can not lay claim to progress. They are reactionary. Their ideas are not more modern, but more ancient, than those of the Revolutionary fathers."
Words must not be allowed to be misused, Words must not be allowed to distort reality, for they can most definitely hurt you – forbid it in your presence!