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The Statist Art of Crisis Management

08 Feb

Consider this an open thread for opinions (are we still allowed to have opinions?) on the theories of big government, or statism, most often advocated by the left, to that of a smaller, more decentralized government most often advocated by the right. I found this article from Red State columnist John Hayward to be not only humorous but poignant as well. Here’s an excerpt:

Statism is an inherently pessimistic philosophy.  Its core assumption is that people will not do the right thing, if left to their own devices.  Private workers, investors, and managers are tried in absentia, found guilty of callous greed, and sentenced to life in Big Government’s work-release programs.  Government is force.  There is no need to force people to do what they would have done willingly.  Therefore, the core assumption of activist government is that people must be forced into socially beneficial activities they would not have freely chosen. The much-mocked Pajama Boy ad for ObamaCare was a visual Freudian slip that revealed the truth of how liberals view their child-subjects.  Virtually everything the Left says to American citizens is the language of adults addressing children, right down to the new obsession with making sure we eat good food.

One other thing that John touches on, and something that has always annoyed me, is the perpetual state of crisis that leftists love to manipulate and beat people up with.

It’s an old statist trick to phrase every item on its agenda as an “emergency” or the “moral equivalent of war” to stampede voters into compliance.  If this rhetoric is taken seriously, and in total, it tells us that our nation is perpetually in crises, eternally in needed of rescue from persistent “emergencies” it can never resolve on its own. What upbeat message can be found in that?

Indeed. Gong from crisis to crisis sucks the life blood out of anyone. In this respect, leftist governments remind me of that dysfunctional, mal adjusted, drama filled person we all are familiar, who is always making bad decisions and constantly in search of the next life change that will finally make them happy. Of course happiness most always eludes them, as does social justice and income equality always elude the leftist pursuit. Why? Because it’s impossible to reengineer the human condition, and it is impossible to legislate equal outcome. Two things that I wish more progressives understood – wealth is not a zero sum game, and life is unfair, and both concepts are adversely affected when over legislated.

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7 Comments

Posted by on February 8, 2014 in Open Thread

 

7 responses to “The Statist Art of Crisis Management

  1. Cluster

    February 8, 2014 at 7:15 am

    Russian exceptionalism – through the eyes of NBC. This is touching:

     
  2. casper

    February 8, 2014 at 8:42 am

    “Indeed. Gong from crisis to crisis sucks the life blood out of anyone.”

    Then why do you think Republicans are constantly creating crises (holding the government hostage).

     
    • Cluster

      February 8, 2014 at 9:05 am

      LMAO. Questions: Can we pay our obligations without raising the debt ceiling? Have debt celling increases in the past been met with compromise?

      And wouldn’t it have saved everyone a lot of grief last time had Obama just delayed the individual mandate as requested and not shut down the government as he unilaterally had to do after the fact?

       
      • rustybrown2012

        February 8, 2014 at 11:00 am

        And wouldn’t it have saved everyone a lot of grief last time had Obama just delayed the individual mandate as requested and not shut down the government as he unilaterally had to do after the fact?

        No, it wouldn’t have. The President had absolutely no obligation to compromise on his historic signature legislative accomplishment. And Obama did not shut down the government, Cruz and the Republicans have that noble distinction.

         
    • rustybrown2012

      February 8, 2014 at 10:53 am

      Yeah, or how about the ultimate Republican government created crises, the immediate need to kick out weapons inspectors and invade Iraq because Saddam was an imminent threat. Boy, that one must’ve REALLY pissed off Cluster.

       
  3. bardolf2

    February 8, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    “Statism is an inherently pessimistic philosophy.” True

    “Its core assumption is that PEOPLE … ” False

    Big government basically came about at the end of the 19th century. It came about to restrict large corporations like Standard Oil and GE which practiced naked capitalism, buying the presidency, bribing judges, stealing competitors ideas, erecting legal barriers etc. to market competition etc.

    Maybe these days there is no need to protect the wages of the middle class from erosion because of the directive to place profits above all other matters, but the core assumption of statism is that the market system has the equivalent of bullies who need to have their power checked.

     
  4. Marner

    February 8, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    It’s an old statist trick to phrase every item on its agenda as an “emergency” or the “moral equivalent of war”

    Like the emergency we supposedly face with the deficit or the debt? Or the war on guns, Christians, Christmas, marriage, etc.? It seems that Hayward tells us that we cannot take conservative rhetoric seriously.

     
 
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