While going through the list of the first article — from Jean-Baptiste Say’s insights (although, among the French Classical Liberals, I prefer Bastiat) and the cant of Henri de Saint-Simon, all the way to Obama and his ties to Goldman Sachs — I decided to look for a quick summary of Libertarian Class Analysis.
And – hey, presto! – there it is!
A snippet from Sheldon Richman’s article at FFE:
Indeed, Raico emphasizes, the Manchester School understood that war and other political intrigue were motivated by the political class’s quest for unearned wealth. Such ideas were also present among other liberal thinkers, including Thomas Paine, John Taylor of Caroline, John C. Calhoun, Albert Jay Nock, and Ludwig von Mises.
Class warfare and statism
What is the upshot of this admittedly truncated overview? The government’s coercive taxing power necessarily creates two classes: those who create and those who consume the wealth expropriated and transferred by that power. Those who create the wealth naturally want to keep it and devote it to their own purposes. Those who wish to expropriate it look for ever more-clever ways to acquire it without inciting resistance. One of those ways is the spreading of an elaborate ideology of statism, which teaches that the people are the state and that therefore they are only paying themselves when they pay taxes.
The state’s officers and the court intellectuals at universities and the news media go to great lengths to have people believe this fantastic story, including the setting up of schools. Alas, most people come to believe it. The role of war is to scare people into paying taxes for their own alleged protection and to keep the wealth flowing to the exploiters with a minimum of grousing.
What can libertarians do about it? First, they must themselves understand liberal class theory. They must not shy away from it because it was hijacked by the Marxists. Second, they should use whatever influence they have to raise the class-consciousness of all honest, productive people. That is, the industrious must be shown that they are daily victims of the ruling political class.
A better grip of Libertarian Class Theory helps with the second great article, Angelo M. Codevilla’s The Rise of Political Correctness.
Codevilla has an entire series of intelligent and powerful articles under his belt, from The Lost Decade to “America’s Ruling Cass and the Perils of Revolution” (See North’s analysis of this article here).
That is because a majority of Americans–realizing that the Constitution and the laws have ceased to protect them from unending injuries to their way of life; aggravated by being insulted as “irredemable” and “deplorable” racists, sexists, etc.; eager for relief and, yes, for payback with interest; knowing that the ruling class is closed to argument from those it considers its inferiors–have no option but to turn the tables in the hope that, suffering the same kind of insulting oppression, the ruling class might learn the value of treating others as they themselves like to be treated. More likely, doing this would be one more turn in the spiral of reprisals typical of revolutions. And yet, there seems no way of avoiding this.
It look likes the American People, at long last, finally accepts the Establishment’s perspective that the Constitution is just a piece of paper, to be reinterpreted as arbitrarily as needed.
Why does the American Left demand ever-new P.C. obeisances? In 2012 no one would have thought that defining marriage between one man and one woman, as enshrined in U.S. law, would brand those who do so as motivated by a culpable psychopathology called “homophobia,” subject to fines and near-outlaw status. Not until 2015-16 did it occur to anyone that requiring persons with male personal plumbing to use public bathrooms reserved for men was a sign of the same pathology. Why had not these become part of the P.C. demands previously? Why is there no canon of P.C. that, once filled, would require no further additions?
Because the point of P.C. is not and has never been merely about any of the items that it imposes, but about the imposition itself. Much less is it about creating a definable common culture or achieving some definable good. On the retail level, it is about the American’s ruling class’s felt need to squeeze the last drops of voter participation out of the Democratic Party’s habitual constituencies. On the wholesale level, it is a war on civilization waged to indulge identity politics.
How Does This Movie End?
The imposition of P.C. has no logical end because feeling better about one’s self by confessing other people’s sins, humiliating and hurting them, is an addictive pleasure the appetite for which grows with each satisfaction. The more fault I find in thee, the holier (or, at least, the trendier) I am than thou. The worse you are, the better I am and the more power I should have over you. America’s ruling class seems to have adopted the view that the rest of America should be treated as inmates in reeducation camps. As Harvard Law School Professor Mark Tushnet argued earlier this year in a blog post, this means not “trying to accommodate the losers, who—remember—defended, and are defending, positions that liberals regard as having no normative pull at all. Trying to be nice to the losers didn’t work well after the Civil War.”
This vicarious yearning for the power of victors in civil war, however, has nothing to do with Gramsci, never mind with Machiavelli, who thought in terms of subverting the enemies one does not kill, rather than of reveling in breaking their spirit by inflicting indignities. People, he wrote, “are to be caressed or extinguished.” Insulting people who are not permanently disempowered is fun—but of the expensive and dangerous kind, because it engenders at least as much sullenness and revolt as submission.
The love of arbitrary, ever-expanding power, to be used against believing Christians — individually and especially as a body — as vigorously and aggressively as possible, has always been the central aim of all secular establishments.
Political Correctness is merely the Left-Enlightenment Marxist vision of endless revolutionary power (Red Socialism) as opposed to the Right-Enlightenment Fascist dream of endless tribal power (Black Socialism).
Both forms of political atheism (a.k.a. Collectivism, a.k.a. Leader-Worship, a.k.a. Idolatry) lead not only to hell for those Party Men who adore Power over Righteousness, and not only a hell on Earth for those poor commoners who decided to back it, but also to the abject failure and disgrace of those nations who support it… in time, and on earth.
So it is with all forms of secularism: it always and everywhere leads to collectivism, and collectivism always and everywhere leads to poverty, oppression, willful ignorance, sterility, and defeat.
[Addendum: Jan 16, 2017
Just in case, I am providing links to PDFs to two of Codevilla’s excellent essays here:
OK everyone, all together now…
- There is No Neutrality.
- If you do not rule yourself, you will most certainly be ruled by those who despise you.
- If you do not uphold the public, universal authority of the Laws of God, you will most certainly have the laws of those who hate you fastened on you neck…. and tightened until you and yours are exterminated.
The Political Polytheism built in all secular governments is maturing nicely to its end state. After its bankruptcy, its arbitrary laws, its seething contempt for its populace, and the failure of its promises, all secular governments will be discredited.
North’s comments on the coming delegitimization:
The Era of the Revived Pagan Roman Empire, a.k.a. the Renaissance/Enlightenment/Statist/Collectivist period, draws to its close. Europe is sterile, pleasure-focused, finished: certainly the West, and probably the East as well.
(Unless Putin gets serious about upholding the Law of Moses, banning abortion and building free markets…
…something I sincerely doubt, and is probably too much to expect from a Russian Orthodox believer, focused more on the suffering of Christ than on His victorious resurrection, His humbling for ~30 years rather than His rule and might as the Rightful Heir, dating from His Ascension to the Right Hand of God until… well, for all eternity, everywhere.
“Christ has left the cross, people!”
“Christ has left the tomb, men!”
“Christ is Lord and King and Master of all Creation right now, Church!”
Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.
Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;
He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.
This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.
Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.
For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,
Until I make thy foes thy footstool.
Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. — Acts 2:29-36)
The Enlightenment dream of the Centralized Universal Empire of Man, grounded in Unaccountable, Absolute Power, is dead.
Which leaves Christians to pursue the Decentralized Kingdom of God, grounded in Divine Law and Grace. Many spheres of sovereignty, many peoples, many nations… but only one Divine King, with one Divine Law-Word.
Now, it is a given that most Christians loathe the Commandments and Laws of God: this is demonstratively true by their actions, both as individuals (see: the comprehensive support for the anti-Christian public schools) and as church bodies, as well as nations.
“We will have this Man rule over us only as individuals, in the churches, and as families, and never as Lord over our politics, our culture, or our business”
inevitably and always shifts into
“We will not have this Man reign over us at all!”
But I wouldn’t worry about the sterile and gelded rebels: God will reward them for their hostility for the reign and rule of Christ, in time and on earth.
(Actually, He is rewarding them for their hatred at this very moment: as the most casual glance at the culture surrounding you will reveal. Matthew 5:13, people!)
At the end, it will be better for the ignorant and violent Muslims and Marxists than for those Christians who knew Christ… and then chose to spit on His Crown, on His Commanding Word, in time and on earth.
“If you love Me, Keep my Commandments!” This is what Christ wants, and this is what those who are to be victors in this world (as well as the next) must recognize and uphold.
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. — Matthew 7:21
The secularist New Order is being delegitimized, quickly.
(And the swiftly-dying Islamic cultures will follow them as well. My guess? In three generations… and I could well be too pessimistic!)
It’s time for Covenant-Keeping Christians, guided and directed by the Holy Spirit, to lay down the foundations of an enduring Kingdom.
A Kingdom grounded on the Law-Word of Christ.
They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. — Isaiah 11:9
For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. — Habakkuk 2:14
And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. — Matthew 16:18-19
There will come a time, when faithful and reverent Christians (as opposed to spiritually-gelded, seminary-trained compromisers) will lead the Church, and take the words of Christ seriously.
That day will shake the world.
That day is coming: and we must hasten it, as Christ demands!
If you are interested in a different discussion on Codevilla – from the perspective of a science-fiction roleplaying game, with all sorts of rambling asides tossed in – see my Traveller Blog.