The labyrinth connections of persuasion
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The more things change, the more they stay the same. — Translation of a French epigram by Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr: “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose”
Despite the kernel of truth in this famous epigram, the long sweep of history teaches us it is fundamentally false. About a millennium ago, the timescale on which human world views (weltanshauungen, religions, ideologies) were fundamentally changed was measured in centuries. In our time, however, with increasing connections between human minds offered by the internet and televised news, and with accelerating advances in science, this timescale has shortened to decades. It would be extremely expedient and opportune for us now to find yet another revolution in Western world views. The modern challenges the Western world faces are truly existential in nature. Neoliberal and progressive minds will have to adjust if we are to survive.
Violence between UC Berkeley students and Trump supporters on March 2, 2017
Screen capture from Fox News Youtube post
Over the past nine years the offenses progressives have made against the truth have multiplied. This was certainly true through all eight years of the Obama administration, but since the election of Donald Trump, these misrepresentations have positively bloomed. It may be a stretch to say they are actually lies since progressives themselves seem to actually believe many of these distortions of the truth. Yet those of us who are neoliberals (aka “conservatives”, a misnomer) need to point out to progressive friends and acquaintances what we consider their fallacies. Then, of course they can respond why they think we are desperately wrong, and we can respond in kind.
Whether or not neoliberals can actually persuade progressives to engage in such a conversation is uncertain, since many progressives, especially those in the progressive elites, consider most neoliberals to be despicable, immoral, barely human individuals. Nevertheless, neoliberals must hold themselves ready for such discussions, since coming to an agreement on the nature of social reality might be the only way to avoid a second American civil war.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), together with Democratic Senate and House leaders, announcing their “Better Deal” at Berryville, VA on July 24, 2017.
Screenshot from Newsy coverage.
Having taken a quick look at the Republican Party’s seemingly insurmountable problems in my last post, we should now consider the Democratic Party’s even more destructive, long-term problems. These difficulties are made all the worse by the fact most in the Democratic elites are unwilling even to acknowledge them.
The ultimate motto of the deep state, as enunciated by Napoleon the pig, the Supreme Leader of George Orwell’s Animal Farm.
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What is more important in our life on this world? Is it the confluence of values bound up in the notions of freedom, personal liberty, and freedom of thought and speech? Or is it government guaranteeing us the material conditions of a good life? Is the ability to think what you wish and fearlessly express your opinions openly to the entire world more important than the government providing everyone with healthcare, food, clothing, and other material necessities?
Anti-Trump Resistance protest
Screenshot of Youtube video from the Next News Network
American progressives are becoming increasingly unhinged as they push ever further toward the political Left. Their hysterical reaction to the political successes of the neoliberal Right is leading them to concentrate their attentions on innuendo and political smears; that is, on mostly emotional reactions to express how much they so thoroughly hate the American Right. They have become so rabid, one has to wonder if they may be about to commit political suicide inadvertently.
Protest march against the election of Donald Trump in Saint Paul, Minnesota on November 9, 2016
Wikimedia Commons / Fibonacci Blue
On many occasions I have mused about why anyone would want to be a member of the political Left. See my posts The Dirigiste Mind, Human Values and the Dictates of Reality, Delusions of Progressives and Other Dirigistes, and Values. Reality, and Politics for the products of this musing. This morning while reading the morning’s crop of posts, I came across a reason I had not seriously considered before: The power of human emotion.
Left: Jean-Baptiste Say (5 January 1787 – 15 November 1832), Wikimedia Commons
Right: John Maynard Keynes (5 June 1883 – 21 April 1946), Wikimedia Commons / National Portrait Gallery
At the very heart of the argument between neoclassical economists and Keynesians is the dispute over which economic law best reflects reality: Say’s Law of Markets or Keynes Law. Much of the discord between dirigistes and neoliberals (aka conservatives or classical liberals) would evaporate if this argument could be settled to general satisfaction. At its core the argument is about what changes affect market supply-demand balances the most: changes in supply or demand.
Karl Marx (5 May 1818 – 14 March 1883): Is his time finally finished?
Wikimedia Commons / John Jabez Edwin Mayall
The administration of President Barack Obama may have marked the high-water mark of dirigisme in the United States. Brexit in Europe may have done the same for that continent. Hopefully, before the end of my life, I will be able to witness this milestone for humanity in Japan, Russia, and China as well. For Iran to achieve this may take somewhat longer, as that country has to deal with the dirigisme of a theocracy, and it is next to impossible to contradict the diktat of a god. Continue Reading…