November 22, 2005


The left hates inequality, not evil (Dennis Prager, Nov 22, 2005, Townhall)

If you want to understand the Left, most of what you need to know can be summarized thus: The Left hates inequality, not evil.

As one raised as a New York Jew (who, moreover, attended an Ivy League university) and therefore liberal -- it took me a while to recognize this fatal moral characteristic of the Left. But the moment I realized it, it became immoral not to oppose leftist values. [...]

Today, this inability to either recognize or to hate evil is manifested in the liberal opposition to the war in Iraq. As I pointed out in a previous column, opponents of the war should be asked to at least acknowledge that America is fighting evil people and an evil doctrine in Iraq. But even that is difficult, if not impossible, for most people on the Left.

As noted above, everyone hates someone, and that includes people on the Left. The problem is that because they don't hate evil, they hate those who oppose evil. That is how liberals went from anti-communist to anti-anti-communist. To paraphrase one of the greatest moral insights of the Talmud, those who show mercy to the cruel will be cruel to the merciful. So, George W. Bush, not the Islamic terror world, is the Left's villain; life-embracing Israel is the Left's villain, not their death-loving enemies; and religious Christians who note moral weaknesses within the Islamic world are the real danger, not the moral weaknesses within the Islamic world. [...]

[T]he inability to acknowledge the greatest evils, let alone to join in fighting them, is the defining characteristic of the Left.

The pursuit of equality is, of course, the French Proposition and was carried to its logical extreme by Communism. That this pursuit necessarily ends in what even they can recognize as evil -- at least in their hearts, if not their heads -- is why the French and the Left are become deranged.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 22, 2005 8:52 AM

...opponents of the war should be asked to at least acknowledge that America is fighting evil people and an evil doctrine in Iraq. But even that is difficult, if not impossible, for most people on the Left
As someone who is skeptical of the practicability of the neocons' plans I couldn't agree, or lament, more. It shouldn't be lost on anyone, left or right, that during the sixties the radicals set their sights on the liberals, seeking to destroy whatever sense of civic fair play they thought stood in the way of their ideas of economic or political equality. Equality of opportunity can only lead to unequal results, and conversely, equality of results can only be achieved by contravening equality of opportunity.
The Marxist impulse is impatient with, and hostile toward, democratic process and public debate. Perhaps this same arrogance is what makes their opposition to the war the shrill cacaphony that it is, drowning out more reasonable voices of dissent.

Posted by: Dennis at November 22, 2005 10:59 AM

The other thing to mention is while the left may hate inequality, all but a few hate it only in abstract, or as something they're completely detatched from. They hate the corporation owners who make millions while the workers slave, unless they happen to be millionaires, or in the mid-to-upper six figures of annual income themselves. Then they still hate the corporate masters, but mentally give themselves an exemption because of their own caring nature, which then justifies whatever efforts they make via tax avoidance or other special perks that can maintain their own privleged lifestyles.

Posted by: John at November 22, 2005 10:59 AM

I'd suggest that the derangement comes from a simpler source: they continue to take the same actions and expect different results. It hasn't worked so far, but that only means they need to do it again.

Posted by: Arnold F Williams at November 22, 2005 11:02 AM

they to do it again .... harder.

Posted by: erp at November 22, 2005 1:59 PM

Dennis: Spot on, but Marx isnt' the original source of hostility to democracy: that was the French Enlightenment perspective, which viewed the "legislator" in the singular in all situations, and generally thought of themselves as encouraging philosopher kings.

John: Very GOOD POINT. That's been one of the hobbyhorses the leftist millionaires have ridden for years: because they think correctly, they are entitled to money. Oddly enough, this means that Hilary Clinton was right to resent them: because she also thought correctly, but didn't have their money.

Posted by: Arnold F Williams at November 22, 2005 6:54 PM