A century into the progressive domination of politics, and the slow creep of statism has led to a massive government promising its citizens everything from subsidized childcare and medical care to free education and retirement pensions. Of course, these benefits of simply being born in this country are being financed by productive citizens, while liberals accrue all the credit by merely waving their hands from the lofty seats of government.
Many conservatives grumble about this state of affairs but accept as a way of life the perquisites, which allow progressives to act like all good comes from the state’s magical money tree.
But contrary to common belief, there is so such a thing as an opportunity cost. We cannot continue to have freedom and fiat, economic dependency and social license, mediocrity and prosperity. Americans appear to believe that society can be rearranged like modular furniture, and liberty and tyranny can coexist side by side. But these are antitheses – eventually one will win out.
The leftist sees absolutely nothing wrong with the government controlling ever more of the economy and society. Like a baby animal born in a state of captivity, he lacks certain basic instincts. Most of humanity is mentally equipped enough to realize that yielding power to the state is an eternally dangerous proposition.
This is fairly simple to illuminate, and just as easy for the liberal to emotionally reject. The state is essentially a group of men with guns; giving it the power to control who wins and loses in the economy eventually means it wins and we lose. Ceding it the power to “regulate” guns, means it will eventually disarm us, making it that much easier for it to have its way with us. Eventually, that is what happens.
The left can live in denial, but it can’t whitewash the historical record showing this to be the case, even as the impending verdicts of European social welfare states now beginning to collapse into chaos awaits. Of course, through revisionist history, the left can try.
The welfare state has approached in incremental fait accompli, a Fabian socialist march conditioning people to become accustomed to tyranny. Accepting the easy allure of social welfare, which we ourselves pay for, leads to mutual enslavement and dependency on government for our livelihoods. There can be no true democracy, no real choice, under such continual compulsion. It is impossible to be free in such conditions; and what eventually results is a thoroughly corrupt, patron-client economy degrading into a demoralized and collapsing political community.
The core psychological issue is that the left perceives that freedom comes from yielding one’s ego to society and the state; while the right perceives this attitude, correctly, as dangerously allowing oneself to be manipulated and taken advantage of. Those on the right want to act themselves, knowing the democracy means an engaged and self-reliant citizenry; while those on the left want to be acted upon, along with everyone else. That is why the rich on the left will not simply cut a check to the treasury to finance social welfare. It emotionally needs the government to compel them, along with everyone else.
The twilight period of American prosperity, yoked under with unsustainable debt and declining under the weight of big government, has led many to believe that we can continue to have freedom of opportunity and government control over every aspect of our lives. But men will abuse power to protect their social status and benefits, whether money is at issue or not. This is the big lie socialists have fallen for.
If we believe it is fine to go after the rich and to seize their property for our own personal benefit, then ours becomes game as well. The death of principle will usher in the death of freedom, and all its attendant benefits.
As posted on Political Crush.