Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Utopia-Shmutopia

Matt Bailey said this some time ago, and I'm just now getting around to quibcagging it. Its truth is apparent to anybody who's been paying attention for the last few decades.The only thing I have to add here is that the liberal utopianism has contaminated both conservatism and libertarianism here and there, sometimes to the extent that they're no longer deserving of their names, but have become just fellow travelers with the liberals.

I speak mainly here of neocons and left-libertarians. Neocons — the word is so sloppily used these days that it's become just a pejorative word for 'conservative' among liberals — are, essentially, liberals who have taken on a couple of conservative ideas (sometimes) and/or who advocate being slow and prudent about adopting the liberal agenda. This includes most of the Republican politicians running for President right now, most especially the Bush contingent.

As for left-libertarians — who seem to be the majority, or at least the most vocal, of the libertarians — they have indeed kept to the libertarian custom of saying that they don't promise utopia, but when you listen further, you'll see that, in a way, they do, especially in the area where they agree most with the liberals and neocons.

A common refrain among all three groups — left-libertarias, liberals, and neocons — is that degenerate behavior like drug usage and gay marriage has zero effect on those of us who don't participate in it. This is nonsense, of course, because while there may be no direct effect on A if B does these things, enough B's tend to change the culture to where A's quality of life is changed as well. And if A is trying to bring up a family in the resulting cesspool, well.

Another thing all three groups agree on is the magic of immigration. If you've already read Steve Sailer's latest blog post [link] on the subject, go back to it, and read the comments, many of which are very insightful. Anyhow, all three believe in all kinds of contradictory things about immigration (that's called 'doublethink' —the ability to believe two contradictory ideas simultaneously). All three are multiculturalists — they believe that all cultures are equal. That's plainly idiotic, but they believe it anyway, and they call it 'bigotry' when somebody like Trump dissents. And while believing that all cultures are equal, they assure us that all these immigrants are just itching to assimilate to our culture, which they manifestly are not. As for the Muslim connection, they insist that we forget about the Tsarnaevs and the Farooks and 9/11, and concentrate on Steve Jobs instead. They forgot Danny Thomas.

But Matt is right. One thing real libertarians and conservatives have in common is the fact that not only do they not promise utopia, they usually explicitly state that utopia is impossible, and that attempts to impose it lead to dystopia.

So, when some self-proclaimed conservative or libertarian starts sounding utopian, and brushing aside serious objections to their plans, take a second look, and you'll no doubt find that they've largely accepted the liberal narrative, whether they realize it or not.
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Quibcag: This are some of the girls from Bodacious Space Pirates (モーレツ宇宙海賊パイレーツ Mōretsu Pairētsu), and somehow, they just look utopian.

2 comments:

  1. Weirdly I'm very reluctantly willing to accept someone who share's your distaste for Homosexuality as a fellow Libertarians since there is a lot of other precedent for it.

    But you just defended the logic of anti-drug laws. That is as anti-libertarian as it gets. The whole reason I came to libertarianism is because I thought that was the one political umbrella under which I could safely expect everyone to agree the War on Drugs is stupid.

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    1. While I do agree that the War on Drugs is a mess and that legalization should be implemented, that does not mean public usage cannot be regulated. Do you really think anyone would have issue with pot smoking being regulated to their own home and managed the same way alcohol is?

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