Dennis Prager fancies himself an intellectual, as do most of his followers. In reality, he’s at about the Rush Limbaugh level, a purveyor of little more than bland catchphrases and platitudes in the service of his right wing ideology. And he’s completely oblivious to his own internal contradictions. Like this one:
You cannot understand the left if you do not understand that Leftism is a religion. It is not God-based (some left-wing Christians’ and Jews’ claims notwithstanding), but otherwise it has every characteristic of a religion. The most blatant of those characteristics is dogma. People who believe in Leftism have as many dogmas as the most fundamentalist Christian.
Is there anything more ridiculous than when religious people accuse others of being religious? Or when they throw around blanket accusations at a particular belief that actually apply to any belief? Every system of thought has “dogmas,” at least in the sense of having strongly held positions that they are unlikely to change. Prager makes this accusation as though he were exempt from it himself, as though he didn’t have his own set of dogmas and ideologies.
One of them is material equality as the pre-eminent moral goal. Another is the villainy of corporations. The bigger the corporation, the greater the villainy. Thus, instead of the devil, the left has Big Pharma, Big Tobacco, Big Oil, the “military-industrial complex” and the like. Meanwhile, Big Labor, Big Trial Lawyers, and, of course, Big Government are left-wing angels. And why is that? Why, to be specific, does the left fear big corporations but not big government? The answer is dogma – a belief system that transcends reason. No rational person can deny that big governments have caused almost all the great evils of the last century, arguably the bloodiest in history. Who killed the 20-30 million Soviet citizens in the Gulag Archipelago – big government or big business? Hint: There were no private businesses in the Soviet Union. Who deliberately caused 75 million Chinese to starve to death – big government or big business? Hint: See previous hint. Did Coca Cola kill 5 million Ukrainians? Did Big Oil slaughter a quarter of the Cambodian population? Would there have been a Holocaust without the huge Nazi state?
Whatever bad big corporations have done is dwarfed by the monstrous crimes – the mass enslavement of people, the deprivation of the most basic human rights, not to mention the mass murder and torture and genocide – committed by big governments.
How can anyone who thinks rationally believe that big corporations rather than big governments pose the greatest threat to humanity? The answer is that it takes a mind distorted by leftist dogma. If there is another explanation, I do not know what it is.
It’s really a lovely false dichotomy, don’t you think? Not to mention the complete lack of irony. His argument could easily be flipped around, of course. Who does the right insist that nearly all government action is evil — except when it puts someone to death, goes to war against an enemy that does not threaten or harm us, tortures people or violates their rights in the name of stopping terrorism, of course — but that it is “socialism” to advocate preventing corporations from violating the rights of workers, squandering the hard-earned money of investors and depositors, or destroying the environment?
Of course giving any government too much power is dangerous, but so is giving a corporation too much power. It wasn’t the government that polluted hundreds of square miles of the state I live in with dioxin, or created more than 1200 Superfund sites in the US, or was so negligent that they caused a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. It wasn’t the government that created the Bhopal disaster or that used hired thugs to kill union organizers. Unchecked corporate power may be less dangerous on a global scale because they don’t command armies, but that hardly justifies letting them do whatever they want to do.
This false dichotomy obscures what should be obvious to any thinking person, which is that the most dangerous situation is when corporate power and government power are wedded, when the government is virtually a subsidiary of big business. That’s when you get inadequate regulation that creates the housing crisis. That’s when you get agencies bought off by corporate interests to look the other way rather than protect innocent people.
Religious Christians and Jews also have some irrational beliefs, but their irrationality is overwhelmingly confined to theological matters; and these theological irrationalities have no deleterious impact on religious Jews’ and Christians’ ability to see the world rationally and morally. Few religious Jews or Christians believe that big corporations are in any way analogous to big government in terms of evil done. And the few who do are leftists.
Holy crap, what universe does Prager live in? On this planet, religious people have all sorts of irrational beliefs that far too often does have a hugely deleterious impact on their ability to see the world rationally. Just look at their utterly irrational objection to equality for LGBT people and their support for many other theocratic policies. Dennis Prager is not an intellectual, he’s a poser. He’s Rush Limbaugh with a thesaurus.
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