Wednesday, May 04, 2011
The Psychotic Denial
They think they're laughing at us uneducated dummies.
They don't know how dumb they look to us dummies.
CURMUDGEON REACTION (SEE COMMENTS). I'm weary of having to make comments like this:
[Quoting Pete] "So now is a great time to end the Terrorist Recruitment Project/Government Empowerment Project that is American foreign policy. If you love the state, go ahead and disagree. Actually, it will end. Doing it proactively and now would ensure it doesn't end because government checks to soldiers are no longer any good (per IP's admission that inflation IS coming.)"
Phooey. You're a broken record on the foreign policy polemics. And btw, love your reference to my "admission" that inflation is coming. If you took the links, you'd find that I started "admitting" it in January 2009, with specific reference to Obama's massive new federal spending orgy in his very first month in office.And weary of having to make posts like this. (To which there was never any response from its addressee.)
I'm in favor of youthful idealism until it becomes rigid, blind, and liturgically repetitive. Which is when, however smart and well read it is, it ceases to be intelligent or capable of learning. It becomes mindless cant. There's an arrogance at work which assumes that we just don't get how much smarter they are than we are, that if only they could drum another 5,000 words of reason into our dim brains we'd see the world the way they do. There's never any listening going on.
Which is why I don't expect any listening to this, either, but it's time to lay out a few basic truths that don't accord with the purist model of the Paulistas.
Conservatives don't like the Federal Reserve, either. We entirely understand your objections and the economics of your argument. But doing away with it isn't going to happen except as the end-product of a long process of political discourse and legislation based on much less abstract objectives.
Similarly, we have no objections whatever to shutting down huge cabinet departments/agencies like education, energy, EPA, the IRS, etc. We agree. It's not that we don't understand your zeal for revolution. It's that we live in the real world. The American people have to be convinced, not stampeded by yet another contingent of intellectuals who are certain they know better than the rest of us what's "good for them," as determined by the smarter folks.
When you start talking about foreign policy, you are almost literally shooting yourselves in the head. The last worst moment in conservative history was not McCarthyism; it was the isolationists who insisted we had no business intervening to stop Hitler (You could look it up...). But we did have to stop Hitler. Even if all you are is a pure Randian capitalist. An economy built on conquest is not about prosperity and trade. It's about looting and theft and extortion, tribute and slavery. In other words, what happens in the rest of the world matters a lot, expecially if you're the world's largest economy. You can't afford to let it descend into barbarity and chaos. Not if you care about the things you claim to care about -- freedom, liberty, self-determination, and let me smoke dope if I want to. Since 1900, it has been impossible for the United States to turn its back on the world and pretend that we can go it alone without paying attention to all the madmen, fanatics and feckless destroyers at large on the world stage.
The Paulista response to what is obviously and inevitably an intricately interrelated world economy is to put their fingers in their ears and shout "la la la la la la la" whenever anyone mentions that the United States is a net importer of energy, that virtually no sophisticated American consumer products can be produced without parts or assembly from dozens of other nations, and that there are irrational agents of chaos and destruction who would be quite pleased to see the edifice of contemporary civilization reduced to the subsistence level of sixth century medievalism. Which kind of means we have to have a foreign policy. And a competent military.
To proclaim belief in unfettered capitalism and yet turn your back on all the explicitly hostile and/or predatory threats to America's enjoyment of capitalist benefits is to be supremely, almost incredibly, stupid.
When the middle east declines into endless civil war that halts oil production, when the two Koreas embark on nuclear war over ancient grievances, when India and Pakistan embark on nuclear war over Kashmir, when Russia reinstates the soviet policy of using nuclear extortion to make money in the hotspots of tribal fury and genocide, when the U.N. ratifies the nuclear annihilation by Iran of of Israel... guess what? The United States will also be impoverished and devastated.
Why? Because the single dumbest thing about all you Paulista isolationists is that you've forgotten that the beginning of what we today call foreign policy is trade. If there's no one to trade with, there's no route to long-term prosperity. You're just sharing general scarcity and swapping spit with each other.
You get all fired up about the "waste" of military spending. How do you explain away the Marshall Plan? We rebuilt Europe after World War II so they could trade with us. They're richer, and we're richer as a result. Anything 'capitalist' in there you might recognize on a good day amongst your delusional jags?
I'm guessing you're uncomfortable with the idea of American Empire. Yeah, we are an empire. Fact of history. But we're the kindest and gentlest empire in the history of life on earth. We have not imposed ourselves and laws on everyone else. We have encouraged them to be free, to compete with us, and to become rich through our mantra of individual freedom and rights,
But you insist you have a monopoly on the idea of freedom. Live and let die. Cool. There are no moral imperatives except when it comes to the Federal Reserve and the IRS. Cool. Fine if Israel disappears in all the excitement about the end of the Federal Reserve... I get it.
Fed up, Pete. If you don't start thinking outside of the Ron Paul box, I will begin to despair of you. Fact.