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Political Gods and Demons

January 27th, 2010 by Mike N · 5 Comments · Politics, Uncategorized

Ever since Obama was elected president the conservative press has been referring to him as the ‘Messiah,’ the ‘anointed one,’ the ‘savior,’ and so on largely in response to how the liberal press fawned and cooed over him and was loath to question or mention any criticism of him.While it is true that modern politicians like to posture as our saviors it is the press that continuously gives us deities to worship and demons to fear. In recent years we have been told that, in economics alone, speculators, bonuses, stock options, credit default swaps, and according to Obama recently, bankers and hedge funds are to be hated and condemned.

Demonic practices include short selling, making a profit, acting on inside information, making ‘too much’ profit and defending one’s right to do so. I’m sure there are some I’ve missed.

The gods we’ve been urged to worship by the press are government politicians and regulators who know what’s best for us. Noble and virtuous practices are complying with our regulatory masters and having a willingness to find our happiness by sacrificing all those things that make us happy, like our money and freedom and rights, for a non-existent public good.

Obama will give his first SOTU address tonight. It will be interesting to see what demons we will be urged to destroy and what gods to worship. Some have speculated that because of recent setbacks to the Democratic Party’s agenda, Obama will move to the center of the political spectrum. If he uses those kinds of words tonight it will be only appearance. In substance I see Obama following FDR’s lead. He will continue to meddle in the market, causing a prolonged depression, yet blaming all of it on the greed and selfishness of evil businessmen. The people, like they did for FDR, will believe it hook line and sinker and will call for more of the same poison that’s making them sick now.

But there are these differences: Objectivism wasn’t around back then and the middle class today has a lot more to lose by buying into the government-knows-best nonsense being peddled today. We’ll see.

5 Comments so far ↓

  • John Venlet

    But there are these differences: Objectivism wasn’t around back then and the middle class today has a lot more to lose by buying into the government-knows-best nonsense being peddled today. We’ll see.

    Mike N. – While I would like to believe that individuals who understand Objectivism, or Market-anarchism, or even simply free markets, can make a difference, I do not think they necessarily will.

    I am not encouraged when I note that the individuals who voted in the State of Oregon, voted to further punish the wealthy, corporations, and those “upper-level” profits, via higher taxes with the State as their enforcer.

    I have no data to back this up, but I would wager that the Oreganians who voted to do just this, were the middle class.

    I would like to be incorrect.

  • Myrhaf

    “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”
    H. L. Mencken

  • Jim May

    John: I would not make that bet. Rather, I suspect Oregon is another one of the states where the tax eaters outnumber the tax payers.

    The scary thing to consider is that this situation may actually be close to true nationwide, but is only being held back so far by the not-quite-democratic institutions in this country… and by that I mean things like the Electoral College.

  • Mike N

    John: Your point is well taken. But I think many of those who voted for taxing the rich were lower class economically and conditioned to live a life on handouts as if they have a right to them. But I’m also sure some were middle class.

    Now that the SOTU speech is over we see that Obama is staying the course ala FDR. No matter how much he destroys the economy, he is unable to see his policies as a cause because he means well and in his mind good intentions can’t possibly have bad results.

    I do think the American people are quite capable of committing economic suicide by slaying the demon of banks and finance companies. I mention the differences above as signs of slight optimism. If the American sense of life can hang in there a while longer, Objectivism has a chance to make a difference.

  • John Venlet

    Mike,

    I too search for signs of “slight optimism” within America. They are there, hence this blog, and multiple others, chronicling the gradual legislative destruction of American (freedom’s) values.

    Will actual freedom loving Americans be able to fend off the taxeaters, which Jim mentions? I do not know at this point in time. I can only attempt to bring the continued gradual destruction of America, “The Endarkenment,” to the forefront of individuals thoughts.

    A real problem, though, is that the hobgoblins, imaginary though they be, are more welcomed by the mass of Americans than reality.