3 readers online now  |  69 million page views

Also, it's equality gone berserk

Reader comment on item: The Demon in Liberalism

Submitted by Dave, Jul 15, 2019 at 09:50

Thanks for the review, I want to read the book.

My own sense is that after the Holocaust, people around the world were horrified at the effects of racism, and rightly so. In reaction, it became something of a crusade to eliminate not only such toxic racism, but all forms of discrimination, no matter how rational. That's when virtue became the vice of extremism as the whole process has gone way too far.

Instead of discriminating in the sense of good taste and parsing evident differences in quality, we see a militant opposition to any constructive form of criticism involving relative value. And so, we have cultural relativism, where NY Times columnists lecture us on how immigration from third world countries is just like when the Irish and Italians first came to America, as though Somalia and Syria are no different than Ireland or Italy (somehow I missed the Renaissance in Mogadishu). And if that's the case, if all cultures are the same, then why have the nation state, which by it very borders is exclusionary; defense spending is always too high.

So, open the borders and let's give everyone free health care and free everything, because denying anyone, even if they hail from Yemen, is discriminatory. And let's not segregate our bathrooms, because the sexes are really no different, and there are no real differences in sexual orientation; to think otherwise is sinful. And we must not criticize Islam, because then we would be discriminating against another religion and Islamic culture is just as good as western culture, and Israel, which uses force to preserve its nation state from Islamic attacks, is uber discriminatory. Plus, the more Islamic terror attacks there are, and the bloodier they are, the harder these egalitarians work defend Islam, since reality threatens their dogma. If anyone publicly dissents from this, than they are racist Nazis and should not be allowed to speak. And why should there be gaps in wealth, which must be due to discrimination as everyone is inherently as worthy as everyone else? So, let's soak the rich and take over private businesses which have the gall to discriminate by rewarding performance, and are staffed by undeserving elites. Marxism and Communism are virtuous ideologies in this sense, as they want to enforce economic equality through the might of the state. This is where anti-discrimination intersects Communism, where Lenin comes together with Lennon, and Robespierre.

I think George Orwell foresaw all of this when he wrote Animal Farm, because, human nature being what it is, all animals may be equal, but some animals are more equal than others.


Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

Submitting....

Submit a comment on this item

Reader comments (19) on this item

Title Commenter Date Thread
1The Sacralization of Politics [244 words]ReverendAug 3, 2019 13:06252284
The Idol in liberalism [138 words]aidan maconachyAug 23, 2019 16:11252284
Drift from moderation to extreme.... [177 words]AaronAug 1, 2019 19:20252187
Liberals have used WW2 as [87 words]aidan maconachyAug 23, 2019 16:21252187
2A Terrible Nexus: Islamic minority and liberal democratic politicians [319 words]PrashantJul 31, 2019 21:51252135
Dangers inherent in liberal positions [17 words]aidan maconachyAug 23, 2019 16:24252135
terminology suggestion [37 words]Alex EizenbergJul 22, 2019 05:13251777
If only conservatives believed in noncoercion! [99 words]SteinJul 24, 2019 15:53251777
Personalized attacks on gay people is wrong [103 words]aidan maconachyAug 23, 2019 16:35251777
3The liberal/progressive con job [396 words]aidan maconachyJul 21, 2019 01:43251738
Problems with liberal education [107 words]aishaJul 31, 2019 00:59251738
1The leftist progressive threat to values and beliefs [504 words]aidan maconachyAug 2, 2019 14:11251738
2Also, it's equality gone berserk [435 words]DaveJul 15, 2019 09:50251551
Stalin's policies resulted in the death of millions [92 words]aidan maconachyAug 23, 2019 16:52251551
Since they're illiberal, one ought not refer to them as 'liberals'. [8 words]Anon.Jul 15, 2019 05:44251542
semantic confusion [26 words]Paul RothbergJul 15, 2019 14:32251542
Liberalism and Communism Have Exactly One Difference [335 words]David RyanJul 15, 2019 00:33251538
Leftism is simply a con game. [59 words]Michael SJul 15, 2019 21:44251538
Liberal appropriations [23 words]aidan maconachyAug 23, 2019 16:56251538

Comment on this item

Mark my comment as a response to Also, it's equality gone berserk by Dave

Email me if someone replies to my comment

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

See recent outstanding comments.

Follow Daniel Pipes

Facebook   Twitter   RSS   Join Mailing List

ADVERTISEMENTS

eXTReMe Tracker

All materials by Daniel Pipes on this site: © 1968-2019 Daniel Pipes. daniel.pipes@gmail.com and @DanielPipes

Support Daniel Pipes' work with a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum.Daniel J. Pipes

(The MEF is a publicly supported, nonprofit organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Tax-ID 23-774-9796, approved Apr. 27, 1998.

For more information, view our IRS letter of determination.)