Saturday, January 28, 2006

Liberal's Deep Freeze

As an ideological liberal since I first voted for John Kennedy in 1960, and until I absent mindedly voted for Al Gore in 2000 (mea maxima culpa), I have spent a good deal of time trying to understand how I could have been so wrong for so long.

In a Tech Central Station piece called “Stuck on 1968Arnold Kling examined the “stuck on stupid” phenomenon that has afflicted most liberals and Democrats since their golden age of the 1960s. Kling posits that the Conventional Wisdom among well-educated liberals in 1968 included the following beliefs:

1. Anti-Communism was a greater menace than Communism.

2. The planet could not possibly support the population increases that would take place by the end of the twentieth century.

3. Conservatives stood in the way of progress for minorities.

4. Government programs were the best way to lift people out of poverty.

5. What underdeveloped countries needed were large capital investments, financed by foreign aid from the rich countries.

6. Inflation was a cost-push phenomenon, requiring government intervention in wage and price setting.

Liberal’s confidence in these beliefs at that time was so strong that they sincerely believed that Anyone who is not a liberal must be incorrigibly stupid.

Given the state of the world in the 1960s, it is understandable that an intelligent person might have believed in the Conventional Wisdom at that time. Since then, however, we have seen every one of these tenets of liberal faith dashed on the anvil of history. Yet we find that elements of the liberal myth persist in the Democratic Party to this day and amount to an irrational denial of reality.

Since the 1960s, we have seen:

A. The collapse of Soviet Communism, revealing that the system did much broader and deeper damage than most people realized. (eg. note the huge gap between the two Koreas)

B. The mass starvation predicted by Erlich and other liberal thinkers did not occur and instead it is now believed that population is
The Ultimate Resource.

C. After fighting to pass Civil Rights legislation, liberals now oppose policies that might really help minorities, such as school vouchers to release them from the obligation to attend failed public schools.

D. Foreign aid has been found to be a tool used by tyrants to entrench their corrupt governments.

E. Paul Samuelson’s liberal ideas that the economy could be fine tuned by government to reduce the unemployment rate, with a trade-off of higher inflation, in turn curbed by government action to control prices and wages, have been completely abandoned by all the free world economies.

Liberals seem to be stuck in a 1960s ideological deep freeze pessimistic about the well being of Americans and the environment; opposed to corporations and free markets; and against trusting people to make their own decisions on schools, health care and retirement.

Perhaps the problem is that liberals are “godless unpatriotic pierced-nose Volvo-driving France-loving leftwing Communist latte-sucking tofu-chomping holistic-wacko neurotic vegan weenie perverts” as Dave Barry put it. Perhaps.

Or perhaps they just need to grow up.


Blogger Free Agency Rules said...

Right On!

Great Post with great wisdom.



10:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said... put, in writing, some very good perspectives on this subject, Bill. Perhaps when reading the words in black and white, those who persist in believing the liberal lie will see how unrational they are.

You hit the nail on the head...for some it requires growing up and taking responsibility to see the truth. I say "for some" because at an early age when I became politically interested/aware I saw that the liberal mindset was stupid at best and evil at worst. I was about 12 when it started to dawn on me...the differences between the two. Thank God!

10:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad you are back******


10:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! Concerning Dave Berry's intelligent remarks, I was an extra on "Dave's World", a short lived series based loosely on Dave Berry's life/observations...I don't remember him feeling that way in the 90's! Maybe, like you, his experience and astute observations are shaping his views today, instead of the old party line (Democrat) poop...people do change.


10:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I'm not sure I can get my tongue around that last phrase by Dave Barry....................
but I concur.


10:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess the message is clear, and I'm sure there are statistics to prove it...... When people get old, and especially if they're self-satisfied, complacent, set in their ways, unimaginative and narrow in their thinking, then they tend to end up as conservatives! It's not their fault; it just happens.


12:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

O.K. Bill – when are you going to do a piece on that wonderful diplomat, cindy sheehan?? Have you seen the latest: her snuggling with – figuratively and literally –hugo chavez? I wanted to throw up. And then there’s her challenge to diane feinstein: oppose Alito or I’ll run against you for the senate! Her poor son must be rolling in his grave.


2:31 PM  

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