Sunday, July 1, 2012

A Multitude of Incompatible Desires

In 2010 Dr. Benjamin Wiker wrote a book entitle 10 Books Every Conservative Must Read.  The first book discussed is Aritstotle's The Politics, then G.K. Chersterton's Orthodoxy and eventually Wiker comes to C.S. Lewis' The Abolition of Man.  

Abolition is a compact erudite analysis of the Innovator and his impact on society through his devotion to Instinct.  When it suits.  In his introduction to Lewis, Wiker writes:  That is why the inherent drive of liberalism to remove all limits to the human will inevitably bring it to transform, stage by stage, a good form of government into its evil opposite, a republic into a mild democracy, a mild democracy into extreme democracy, and extreme democracy into tyranny. (emphasis mine) 

While it might, in the abstract, sound delightfully libertarian to allow everyone to "live as he wants to whatever end he happens to crave," the reality is that it leads not to a society of sturdy, self-reliant citizens (Aristotle would have been all in favor of that), but to a selfish, pleasure addicted populace pulling government in manifold and contradictory directions to satisfy a multitude of incompatible desires.

Wiker explains that the politicians make promises to fulfill the "multitude of incompatible desires."  To meet these promises, they print reams of money and borrow in epic proportions.  As the system becomes unstable and begins to collapse, the people call for a leader to "bring them out of the crisis."  The result is concentrating ever more power in government, which is how extreme democracy leads to tyranny. 

Healthcare for all.  Free Contraception. Abortion on Demand.  Taxpayer funded cell phones for the poor.  Government advertisements recruiting  Food Stamp recipients to refer their friends.  Porous borders to beef up liberal voting rolls.  Less military.  More entitlement.  Less salt and sugar. More pot.  A multitude of incompatible desires courtesy of an extraordinary liberal government.

Right out of the Progressive textbook.    

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