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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Men versus "The Man': Socialism versus Individualism

THERE ARE THOSE LIKE THE CURRENT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES THAT ACTUALLY BELIEVE THE PHRASE "FROM EACH ACCORDING TO HIS ABILITY TO EACH ACCORDING TO HIS NEEDS".  THEN THERE ARE OTHERS THAT BELIEVE  THAT THE RIGHTS OF THE INDIVIDUAL MOST ALWAYS BE PUT ABOVE THOSE OF THE COLLECTIVE.  AND BELIEVE THAT ALL PROGRESS HAS COME FROM THE LATTER.  IT'S AN OLD DEBATE, THAT'S BEEN WITH US FROM THE DAWN OF CIVILIZATION.  PRESIDENT OBAMA WILL CONTINUE HIS PROGRAM OF WEALTH REDISTRIBUTION BY WHATEVER MEANS POSSIBLE AS SHOW BY HIS "AFFORDABLE CARE ACT aka OBAMACARE".  AND WILL ALWAYS ATTEMPT TO DISGUISE SUCH EFFORTS AS HE HAS DONE WITH "OBAMACARE" AS SOME GRAND PROGRAM THAT WILL BENEFIT ALL, WITH ONLY WINNERS AND NO LOSERS.  AS WE HAVE SEEN IN THE EARLY ROLL OUT OF THE ACA THEIR ARE LOSERS (MILLIONS HAVE LOST THEIR DOCTORS AND INSURANCE) WHILE MILLIONS OF OTHERS WILL BE SUBJECTED TO SECOND CLASS MEDICAL CARE IN THE YEARS TO COME.  REDISTRIBUTION SCHEMES LIKE THIS LEAVE ALMOST EVERYONE AS LOSERS CONTRARY TO WHAT THE CENTRAL PLANNERS WOULD HAVE YOU BELIEVE.
THANKS TO THE PEOPLES CUBE  FOR THE ABOVE IMAGE.
 
There is no irony in the fact that H.L. Mencken is a tall figure in the history of letters, and Robert Rives La Monte is wholly forgotten. La Monte, who worked at the Baltimore News as well as being an editor for the International Socialist Review, was a true believer in the promise of Socialism. Here he writes six letters trying to convince H.L. Mencken to reject his selfish ways and become a comrade in the revolution, to usher in a perfect world of total equality and universal brotherhood. Mencken, long time writer for the Baltimore Sun, editor of The American Mercury, and prolific author and essayist, was the absolute worst choice of target for an evangelist of the common man. There have been few who were as openly resolved to a robust Nietzschean individualism. And so, in one of the turn of the last centuries greatest “flame wars,” we have the Bard of Baltimore’s six responses to those appeals. The battle of the “collective good” versus “individual liberty” still rages in pitched battles. La Monte’s voice is rightfully now just one of many faceless advocates of class-warfare, and Mencken’s personality survives as the greatest advocate of social Darwinism and thus ultimately Mencken’s own views. “(It) shows how (Mencken’s) political thinking had solidified—hardened, really. The law of the survival of the fittest, he declares, is “immutable,” thus making socialism an absurdity; human progress is the product of the will to power, and all social arrangements failing to take this fact into account are doomed to failure; inequality is natural, even desirable, both in and of itself and as an alternative to mob rule; the world exists to be run by “the first-caste man.” -Terry Teachout, The Skeptic: A Life of H.L. Mencken “The argument of Men versus the Man is one we are still having today. The content of the argument is the relative desirability of two approaches to our social life. On the one hand is proposed a society of men: a society in which none is allowed to rise too high above another, a society that subtracts great resources from the more able in an effort to raise up the less able. On the other hand is a society of the man: a society in which individuals are left to do what they can with their inherited capabilities, in conditions of maximum personal freedom and minimal state control.” -John Derbyshire, from the preface

1 comment:

Sandee said...

All three of these things I can get for myself. For now at least. Their kind want to take that all away so they have absolute control over the populace.

Have a terrific day. ☺