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The new barbarism: A return to feudalism

Jerry Stratton, February 6, 2019

Frederick Douglass: Slavery is barbarism

Imagine you’re an aspiring novelist who has left communist China, only to have your voice shut down by bullies inside what was supposed to be the free opposite of communism. It’s a heart-breaking story about finger nanny bullying. In many ways, bemoaning the barbarous nature of letting in persecutors along with refugees, of providing sanctuary to illegal immigrants who kill legal immigrants, is partly irrelevant. The progressive elite, the people Thomas Sowell calls the anointed, denigrate civilization just as much or more inside our borders. The establishment, mostly on the left but often on the collegiate right, doesn’t seem to realize that without civilization there is no United States. They don’t seem to realize what civilization even is.

Shortly after the American revolution, the Marquis de Lafayette wrote to his friends that “Humanity has gained its suit; Liberty will nevermore be without an asylum.” Without walls, that asylum will fail.

The no-borders mindset causes war. When you are a citizen of the world, why wouldn’t you be entitled to those oil fields a few countries over? It is no coincidence that the first World War was started by what had until then been the darling of the anointed, Germany’s so-called scientific state. It was anything but scientific. It was the same kind of barbarism that the left wants to force on us today.

The progress of progressives is retrograde, a return to barbarism. Sanctuary means fighting child sex trafficking, not enabling it by allowing traffickers to claim “family”. The left does not want to provide sanctuary. Sanctuary is provided by walls. They don’t want people in distressed communities to defend themselves or be defended. They talk up sanctuary while denigrating the border patrol, ICE, police, the military, every organization that provides sanctuary. Their actions make much more sense if you assume their goal is to force dependence and feudalism.

“Slavery,” wrote Frederick Douglass in The Constitution of the United States, “is essentially barbarous in its character. It, above all things else, dreads the presence of an advanced civilization.”

The same is true of dependence and those who promote it. Freedom is not normal. Slavery is normal. Encouraging dependence is promoting barbarism over civilization.

From anti-self-defense laws that put the individual at the mercy of violent mobs, to redistribution of property, which puts the individual at the mercy of greedy mobs, the progressive anointed act as if they have no idea what civilization is.

They justify mob violence against political opponents, then rile the mobs to violence, and even refuse to let their opponents call a mob a mob. They are barbaric.

Policies and attitudes that make it impossible for individuals to start businesses or hire more employees, that destroy entry-level jobs, lock people into their current status, or even force them into lower statuses they cannot escape. Their policies force reliance on partisan patronage. Patronage for education, self-defense, and economic necessities. This is, of course, the opposite of civilization; it is a return to feudalism.

Your city under Democrats

Your city under progressive rule.

A mugger, even an armed one, can only make a successful living in a society where the state has granted him a force monopoly. — Marko Kloos (why the gun is civilization)

Compassionate laws tend to be of this type: restricting what free people can do to protect themselves against muggers, pretending that they’re restricting what muggers will do. Civilization requires acknowledging that muggers don’t obey the law in the first place.

A humanitarian is always a hypocrite, and Kipling’s understanding of this is perhaps the central secret of his power to create telling phrases… He sees clearly that men can only be highly civilized while other men, inevitably less civilized, are there to guard and feed them. — George Orwell (Rudyard Kipling)

Orwell was right about the hypocrisy, but wrong about what civilization is. The left likes to pretend that they are the party of civilization, the party of the arts, painting, museums, music, zoos. But that’s not civilization. It is the artifacts of civilization. Civilization makes these things possible. Destroy the foundations of civilization and the fine arts cannot survive.

Civilization is not compassion; compassion is possible because of civilization. Too many people believe that we should interpret laws based not on what they say but on what the judge feels is fair for them to mean. That laws no longer need to be changed because they can be reinterpreted on the whim of compassionate judges and benevolent Presidents or bureaucratic czars. But philosopher-kings are barbarism, and government compassion is an oxymoron. Government is never compassionate. Government is bureaucratic, and everything good gets lost in the gears of the bureaucracy. Compassion is only possible when individuals are left free to be compassionate.

Is the power who is jealous of our prosperity, a proper power to govern us? — Thomas Paine (Common Sense)

The establishment is acting very much like the British that Thomas Paine talked about. They are more and more jealous of people who take it in their own hands to be compassionate, rather than leave the government free to create dependency.

The establishment cries that we must do something, and that those who oppose doing something, even if that something is counter-productive, are in favor of doing nothing. But that nothing is often civilization. It is the nothing that Sowell notes has taken hundreds of years to create.

Where government restricts its economic role to that of an enforcer of laws and contracts, some people say that such a policy amounts to “doing nothing.” However, what is called “nothing” has often taken centuries to achieve—namely, a reliable framework of laws, within which economic activity can flourish, and without which even vast riches in natural resources may go unused and the people remain much poorer than they need to be. — Thomas Sowell (Basic Economics: A Citizen’s Guide to the Economy)

Best guess: Democratic cities

Amusing: trying to find out what this image represents, Google didn’t know, but did realize it must be Democrat-run.

Much of what goes on in schools today is uncivilized. No space for hate, bias response teams, the entire culture of finger nannies, this is barbarism. Designating some speech hate speech, shouting down speech you disagree with, this is barbarism, literally so. It is Orwell’s Animal Farm sheep. Discouraging schools from disciplining students is barbaric both on its face and because it creates dependency—it breeds fear, just as denying sanctuary to legal immigrants by letting their persecutors in illegally breeds fear.

The Parkland murders weren’t an accidental side-effect of fake government compassion. It is what fake government compassion inevitably leads to.

This very obvious fact—that each generation is taught by an earlier generation—must be kept very firmly in mind… The moment we forget this we begin to talk nonsense about education. — C. S. Lewis (On the Transmission of Christianity)

The presumption of innocence itself is civilization. The insane mob-like allegations against Justice Kavanaugh, or the even more mob-like ganging up on the Covington boys, was literally barbaric. Pretending to take seriously an obvious lie that someone you don’t like attempted rape, and using that to destroy them, is barbarism. There is nothing out of the ordinary about it, and nothing civilized. It is the way people naturally act when not constrained by civilization. You can especially see it strewn about the history of slave-owning cultures. #BelieveHer is the same barbarism that led to lynchings in the old Democrat South.

The left tells us more and more that free speech is outdated—that the government ought to define some things that not only are illegal to say but that make the speaker a valid target for violence. You can’t get more barbaric than that.

Government by coercion is barbarism. Civilization is defined by how little coercion the government relies on. The police power of a free nation relies on people believing in civilization. The less people believe in civilization, the more they expect the government to use its police power to coerce their neighbors, the more police are needed to maintain the safety of the anointed. Everyone else is left to fend for themselves, after first being disarmed into feudalism. When the rabble complain about unfair treatment, their complaints are derided as whataboutism rather than valid complaints about basic fairness.

Progressivism’s defining flaw is its confusion and/or dishonesty about what exactly we are supposed to be progressing toward. — William Voegeli (Racism, Revised)

There’s an old joke about democracy, that the first thing a democracy votes for is a dictatorship. But the same is true of a Republic once politicians and voters do not understand the importance of respecting their neighbors’ freedoms.

Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded—here and there, now and then—are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.

This is known as “bad luck.” — Robert A. Heinlein (Time Enough for Love)

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