Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Left to Obama: Less Trotsky, More Stalin Please

In this MSNBC round table, fuming liberals lash out at Obama's feckless handling of the oil spill - a phenomenon I described in a previous post as a form of "metaphysical frustration":
Note that they urge him to "get loud" and "take charge" yet none of these types can offer an actual solution. In this instance, the left is experiencing a form of metaphysical frustration. In other words, they are angry that the world is what it is and no amount of yelling and screaming will make it conform to their wish.
The spectacle of watching an actual physical fact of reality playing out before this kind of mindset is both humorous and tragic. After all, there is no option in the leftist playbook for dealing with a fact of reality. Can Obama pass a law forbidding the oil to leak? The oil can't be put in prison. Can he expropriate BP's cash or imprison the BP executives? BP needs money to pay for the clean up and he needs the technical know how of the company. Can he convene a panel of experts and central planning apparatchicks? He has appointed an oil cleanup czar which Matthews and Olbermann rightly excoriate as "a lot of blue ribbon talk" accusing Obama of being a mere "Vatican observer" and threatening to "barf" if he mentions the Nobel prize credentials of his Secretary of Energy again. In other words, they recognize this is all talk and no action.

Yet, the oil continues to spill.

Within this frothing assault on Obama's helpless ineptitude, another principle can be observed albeit, somewhat indirectly - that is, the principle that faith and force are corollaries. In other words, those that dispense with reason and rational persuasion must eventually turn to physical violence. In Rand's lucid formulation:
...mysticism will always lead to the rule of brutality. The cause of it is contained in the very nature of mysticism. Reason is the only objective means of communication and of understanding among men; when men deal with one another by means of reason, reality is their objective standard and frame of reference. But when men claim to possess supernatural means of knowledge, no persuasion, communication or understanding are possible.

The left fundamentally suffers from a primacy of consciousness orientation. They wish that reality were something that it is not. They wish everyone could have the most advanced health care at no cost. They wish the government could counterfeit money and it would make everyone rich. They wish we could have costless, abundant energy that involves drilling offshore, instead of on land, yet, occurs without accidents and spills. Fundamentally, leftists are indeed mystics, and, at root, this is why socialism entails violence.

Olbermann et al. want Obama to take charge and do...something...somehow. In the video, note Matthews call for a "command and control" response or "executive command." They literally appear to be yearning for some kind of dictator or strongman, as every socialist must, to attempt to implement their contradictory wishes. However, as the video showed, they are getting more vociferous and more specific as to the kind of dictator. They want less Trotsky and more Stalin.

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