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What Their Folly Accomplishes

December 13th, 2008 by Myrhaf · 1 Comment · Politics

Conservatives criticize Obama’s spending plans as impractical. Here’s John Hawkins:

Barack Obama and the Democratic Party seem to have fallen in love with the idea of “make work” jobs. In other words, they’re going to take money from taxpayers and then use it to “create green jobs,” work projects, and other marginally useful government programs. Then, to add insult to injury, these very same politicians who’ve taken the money out of working people’s pockets will pat themselves on their backs for being compassionate enough to put people to work.

What shouldn’t be missed is the other side of the equation: much of the money paid in taxes to the government would otherwise be spent, thereby creating jobs. Furthermore, since the government is less efficient than private industry and because in most cases, people are better able to fill their own needs with their own money than the government can, the “make work” job process is inherently inefficient.

All of this is true and important to remember, but it misses the point of the spending. The left really does not care if government spending creates wealth. In fact, environmentalists would be horrified if it did; they want less production and less prosperity. To statists the expansion of state power is an end in itself.

The left wants to destroy capitalism and replace it with socialism. To do so, it must first destroy America’s culture of individualism, its heritage of freedom from the 18th and 19th centuries. Obama knows his “make work” jobs will not produce wealth; that is not their purpose. No, those jobs are meant to produce the socialization of America.

Collectivism is the logical politics of the morality of altruism. If self-interested action, individualism, is bad, then it makes sense to reorganize society so that the individual serves the collective. The only way to get this service is through state power. The state must get people used to the idea of working for the state and the collective. Once the principle of sacrifice to the collective is established and people are used to it, then further expansion toward the total state will be easier.

Remember Ellsworth Toohey’s line from The Fountainhead: “Don’t bother to examine a folly — ask yourself only what it accomplishes.” The people in power know exactly what they are doing. They know what their folly is meant to accomplish. The reasons they give about “creating jobs” and “stimulating the economy” are just lies to cover their power grabs. Don’t be misled because their lies will not work. They were never meant to work.

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  • L-C

    “I want YOU hooked” said Uncle Sam whilst toting a giant syringe filled with green matter.