Leftists go from frightening to frightened

When someone chalked “vote for Trump” messages on the sidewalk, students at Emory University protested, saying seeing these words made them feel “frightened.”  The administration, playing the role of in loco helicopteris parentis, held their hands, offering counseling and promising to investigate who committed this brazen act of democracy.

Similarly, in Scripps College in California, someone wrote “Trump 2016” on a whiteboard, leading to charges of “racism” and the claim that the campaign slogan was an act of “violence.”  This is all of a piece with university students demanding “safe spaces” where they will be protected from any words or ideas that they find disturbing.

Leftists used to project a menacing swagger.  The old Marxists made posters of themselves as brawny workers with hammers and sickles and openly talked about “liquidating the bourgeoisie” (that is, exterminating the middle class).  In my day, the “new left” college radicals stencilled a clenched fist on sidewalks and whiteboards.  They taunted their opponents with “up against the wall, ************!” (referring to the use of a firing squad).

But now these “post-Marxist” leftists–who substitute race, gender, and sexual identity for the old left’s concern for economic justice and class struggle–are so timorous, so fragile, so easily frightened by opposition, that it’s hard to take them seriously. [Read more…]

Young voters prefer socialism, reject conservatism

A poll of first and second-time voters, age 18 to 26, has found that two-thirds prefer socialism or even communism to capitalism.  A majority believe that America is no better than any other country.  And only 15% favor Republicans.  This may spell doom for Republicans and conservatives in general for the next three decades.  So says pollster Frank Luntz.

I would say that once this cohort gains some life experience, some of their political beliefs will change.  That’s usually the pattern.  It certainly was for those of us in the Sixties generation.  I also suspect we are seeing the fruit of today’s educational system.  The founders believed that a free republic requires an educated citizenry.  Not just any kind of education, but a “liberal” education, the term coming from the Latin word for free citizens.  That is, the classical liberal education that expanded the mind, taught discernment, stressed the lessons of history, and studied the high points of our civilization.

When that kind of education is jettisoned in favor of relativism, revisionism, and leftist political indoctrination, what can we expect?  Why wouldn’t they think that socialism and communism are “more compassionate” than capitalism, if they know nothing about economics, history, or objective reality? [Read more…]

The problems with socialism

As we’ve been seeing, socialism of various flavors is back in vogue.  But, as University of Oklahoma professor David Deming points out, socialism not only has a bad track record, it is problematic morally. [Read more…]

Libertarian Socialism

Another take on the strange and contradictory political ideologies we are seeing today, such as we posted on yesterday.   In a recent book,William Gairdner  speaks of “libertarian socialism.”  It’s a political philosophy that basically will let the government be as powerful as it wants, as long as it allows sexual freedom.  See Gairdner’s  interview at Federalist Radio, excerpted after the jump, where you will also find a link to his book.

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Rand Paul quits–what happened to libertarianism?

Rand Paul is dropping out of the presidential race.  I’m disappointed.  To me, he represented a true anti-establishment voice, one based in his libertarian ideas and not just in being obnoxious.  Not that I fully buy into libertarianism, though I appreciate its concern for civil liberties.  But let me ask this:  What happened to libertarianism?  Supposedly the millennials, the internet subculture, the new entrepreneurs, and the zeitgeist in general are libertarian, wanting personal liberty, a free economy, and minimal government.  So why hasn’t libertarianism gotten more political traction?

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A cat trapped inside a human body

We have women born in a man’s body, and men born in a woman’s body.  Now there is a case in which supposedly a cat was born in a human body.  After the jump, read the article and watch the video of the young woman meowing, hissing at dogs, and grooming herself.

Notice the neoplatonic worldview here, as well as in the rhetoric of transgenderism, which suggests that we have an identity prior to our birth, a sort of  pre-existing spirit that is then embodied when it enters the world.  But the “soul,” the seat of one’s personal essence and identity, is separate from the “body.”

Many of the Greeks and Romans believed this, as did various Renaissance mystics.  The Mormons believe in something like this.  So do some Eastern religions.  Christianity, though, has always had a higher view of the body.  But it’s certainly hard to understand how scientific materialists can buy into this sort of thing, and yet they do.

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