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From the Pen of David Horowitz: September 20, 2009

September 20, 2009

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“To the devoted, the source of human misery can not be located in a deficiency of self, let alone the wish to escape it.  That would diminish the suffering and make human beings responsible for themselves.  To the revolutionary, the source of this misery can only be a corruption in “society,” a fault in the work that other men have made.  The revolutionary mission is to cleanse the world of this corruption and its agents, and reverse the human fall.  The secular purification of the world has a name: social justice.  It is the sharia of political faith.”

- The End of Time

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20 Comments
  1. September 20, 2009 1:53 am

    This proves that man of himself can do nothing and that left to his own devices he will fail.
    We are left with generational swings of good and evil, history teaches us so.

  2. September 20, 2009 5:08 am

    The assertion of the uninterrupted self (pride) is the basic human condition.

    ‘Social justice’ is the natural outlet for such human hubris and pride.

    Please…all you do-gooders out there…just leave me alone!

  3. Julie Trevor permalink
    September 20, 2009 5:19 am

    David, you mean the Government isn’t the golden calf?

    Religious leaders nationwide are concerned about their falling masses; they are being proseltyzed by the social justice do gooders aka the Government who is here to save them.
    Julie

    • Julie Trevor permalink
      September 20, 2009 5:42 am

      Having thought about my previous comment…there should be the letter l inserted in the word save – slave.

  4. September 20, 2009 5:46 am

    The amazing thing for those who pursue ‘social justice’ in their quest for nirvana or the
    illusive utopia, is that the end result is always a nightmare, with everyone(its victims)
    so much worse off than the beginning.

  5. carterthewriter permalink
    September 20, 2009 7:10 am

    The pendulum seems to swing left to right, but never stops in the middle.

    • Hamish permalink
      September 20, 2009 12:37 pm

      ‘The left ‘ and ‘the right’ are just different ends of a socialist scale, different ways of running the all-planning state, slightly different forms of totalitarianism. ‘The middle’ thus is just a further permutation of socialism. A different scale is needed if any other view of government is to be considered. To get government only considered on a socialist scale has been a highly successful coup for socialist semantics. Its use has deprived other views of government of meaningful terms in the common vernacular.

  6. gatekeeper96740 permalink
    September 20, 2009 8:20 am

    It is just this type of thinking that the NEW AGE movement is based on.NEW AGERS believe spritualy,that the Hundreth monkey” theory works and if they can convert enough people to their beliefs that we will achieve enlightenment.They have also linked that event to the coming alignment to the galactic center in 2012.The history channel is doing a bang up job for them with the propaganda on this event….. but this alignment is not only found in Nostradamus’ work but in Fulcanelli’s work as well.The cross of Hendaye is the same Galactic alignment that the NEW AGE is focusing on and why the leaders of our country are in such a big rush to get the job done.Utopia is within sight.

  7. NightLight permalink
    September 20, 2009 8:53 am

    The pendulum seems to swing left to right, never stopping in the middle. If the pendulum stops. It may stop on the wrong side.What side would you like the pendulum to stop?

    • carterthewriter permalink
      September 20, 2009 10:19 am

      Where it never stops! The center where most of us reside.

      • September 20, 2009 10:21 am

        I’m working on it Carter. Defining the “New Center” is one of the themes of my book that I’m working on.

  8. Cas Balicki permalink
    September 20, 2009 10:42 am

    Social Justice is the justification for all things Left because it proves the individual’s bona fides. It would not by hyperbole to say this concern makes the Left, in its own eyes at least, more Christ like although the Leftist would never use such a term. What is important to recognize is that the Leftist must appear to be all for others, he cannot be for himself because that would make him no different than, gasp, a capitalist.

    What this signals is an inability to think to the next level of depth, for there are a myriad of ways of advancing an individual’s cause, and one of the most important of these is to let the individual profit (yes I know a dirty word to a Leftist) from his own labours. But to do that would be to increase that individual’s independence, which fact is anathema to a Left concerned with nothing but group- action and rights.

    The Left makes a habit of condemning based on the lack of perfection. So capitalism–the mechanism that feeds most of the world, provides almost all our medicine, delivers almost all our comforts and diversions–is evil because it has not eliminated ALL poverty or cured ALL sickness.

    In my mind the most accurate description of “social justice” is tyranny, for when scrutinized, any move toward social justice always comes at the expense of someone deemed, for whatever reason, to be less worthy of justice meaning defence. The classic example of course is the he’s-rich-he-can-afford-it argument. Just because someone is rich doesn’t mean they should be made to pay for another’s ill-choices or even for their ill-luck.

  9. September 20, 2009 11:25 am

    Which reminds me of the saying, “don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.”
    The Left will always seek perfection in an imperfect world. That’s why their vision
    is always frustrated. And then they blame their horrible results on capitalism,
    the best system for producing wealth known to man. The ‘individual’ leading his
    own life in cooperation with others in a voluntary system that produces wealth
    is anathema to the left. It leaves them with too little power to pursue their
    perverted and distorted aims.

  10. Brian permalink
    September 20, 2009 12:34 pm

    The parable of the wheat & the tares in Mt. 13 describes the attempt by any human agency to “fix” the world. No matter who is initiating it, it is always a matter of some one, some group, trying to do something that Jesus explicitly states is not their job- i.e., ” pulling the weeds”! Through out history, the practice of scape goating- most recently seen in radical Islam, but blatantly displayed by both Nazism & every form of “progressivism” -read Marxism- falls under this “double demonic” practice.

    When it shows up in the Church- it is called “millenialism” or chiliasm- the attempt to force the coming millenial reign of Christ upon the world now. Liberation Theology is an expression of this.

    The Founders’ ideas about limited government showed they clearly understood these things.

  11. September 20, 2009 4:21 pm

    And just because Jesus said, render unto Ceasar what is Ceasar’s and unto God
    what is God’s doesn’t mean at some point one wouldn’t want to change the
    status quo. Various Ceasars were tyrants, and just because they were followed and
    obeyed, doesn’t also mean you had to do it blindly.
    God does not promote defeatism and a life of futility. Otherwise Nazism, Facism,
    and Communism would never have been defeated.
    Jesus also said, “you can’t serve two masters. You will love one and hate the other.
    We have Liberty, and we have Tyranny. Which will you choose?

  12. Brian permalink
    September 20, 2009 9:44 pm

    Looks like there is a misunderstanding… my point is that scripture gives a descriptive explanation of the human condition and the problem of evil… with the practice of scape goating or “weed pulling” being at the top of the list of evils practiced by all ideologues & ideologies which think they are improving the world by ridding it of a certain classes of people… Mt. 13, the parable of the wheat & the tares, is profound in what it says and profound in what it implies… and it should be studied by all serious students of the human condition, IMHO. It jives with DH’s views on utopian efforts this side of heaven…

  13. Brian permalink
    September 20, 2009 9:54 pm

    I’m basically re-phrasing & expanding David’s quote above… ” the revolutionary mission is to cleanse the world of this corruption and it’s agents and reverse the human fall.” “Pulling weeds” is what the Left is all about. The Killing Fields (movie) was perhaps the clearest depiction of that.

  14. Julie Trevor permalink
    September 21, 2009 4:39 am

    I think the Left is not about pulling weeds; often they are the weeds.

    The Left is about not allowing the human condition with all it’s pain to exists in it’s natural form. The goal is to ease the suffering of the down trodden; those they believe are taken advantage of by the “free” (because in their view there are so many of them). That is a lofty goal; no one wants to suffer or see others suffer. However, those that are suffering are in the best position to ease their condition; not the statist.

    And since the “relief” comes from forced participation of all the neighbors; all eventually suffer under the choking grasp of the statist (aka the left aka the weeds).

    Incremental “relief” of suffering via the redistribution of human goods results in total misery for the masses; the down trodden still suffer and the free are no longer. All the Left needs is time and sheep.

  15. September 21, 2009 7:22 pm

    I like what Thomas Sowell said in a recent article, “Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom.
    We have heard that many times. What is also the price of freedom is the toleration of
    imperfections. If everything that is wrong with the world becomes a reason to turn more power over to some political savior, then freedom is going to erode away, while we are
    mindlessly repeating the catchwords of the hour, whether “change,” “universal healthcare”
    or “social justice.””

    (The rest of the article can be found in the archives of townhall.com, Thomas Sowell,
    columnist.)

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