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Also, it's equality gone berserk

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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.

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