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Sunday, July 08, 2012

Will Obama Destroy Socialism?

You can make corncob pipes, eighteen wheel trucks or microprocessors-- but you can't make jobs. Jobs are not a commodity or a service. They cannot be created independently through a job creating program. Rather they are the side-effect of a working economy. Trying to short circuit the economy with job creation programs is like trying to run a fruit orchard by neglecting the trees and instead buying fruit at inflated prices to resell to your customers at a lower price. It's feasible, but not sustainable.

The government can promote job creation through subsidized education and training, but there is a ceiling on such efforts, since government programs still have to be paid for through taxation. It can encourage companies to do business locally through tax breaks, though this is an admission that the tax rates are an obstacle to job growth. But what it cannot do is create jobs out of whole cloth. Except for government jobs.

Just about anyone in the White House this term would have launched job creation programs. And like most such efforts they would have been a wash. But Barack Hussein Obama's approach was different in that he did not even pretend to make the effort. His economic programs went by business friendly names, but invariably turned out to be concerned with only one kind of job creation. The creation of public sector jobs.

The spoils system has a long history in American politics, but it was never as spoiled as all this. There is no parallel in American history for the spoils system being used not just to rotate out supporters of the old administration and replace them with your lackeys, but to hijack the economy as your own spoils system to the tune of trillions of dollars.

Obama responded to an economic crisis by working to create two kinds of jobs. Government and union jobs. This was not about anything as simple as rewarding his supporters. The Black community got very little in exchange for supporting him. The Hispanic community similarly ended up with some token appointments, but not much to show for it. This was about shifting jobs from the private sector into the public sector and its feeders. To manufacture the types of jobs that feed money back into the Democratic party and expand the scope of the government bureaucracy.

No previous administration has as thoroughly disdained and tried to crush the private sector. But then none of them were nearly as clueless or irresponsible when it come to basic economics. The Democrats who had spent eight years mocking Reaganomics, practiced a Krugmanonics that treated money like an imaginary number. In Krugmanomics wealth is created through spending, and poverty is created by practicing wise fiscal management. The whole premise of Krugmanomics makes no sense, unless you have already decided that the private sector is a mythical beast with no room in the socialist bestiary.

This wasn't even Keynesian, it most closely resembled the Bolshevik radicalism that destroyed the Russian economy, right down to the belated realization that only by assigning some limited role to the private sector could the situation be salvaged. Obama's pre-election turn echoes Lenin's New Economic Program. But like Lenin, Obama hasn't embraced the free market. All he has done is tried to retreat to it after the spend and burn economics of his brightest radicals had ignited too much public fury.

Obama has only one idea. The same one idea that the left has beaten into the ground repeatedly. The monopolization of power. This monopolization is disguised behind organizations claiming to represent the people, community activists, unions and public interest lobbies, whose only message is the vital necessity of a government monopoly in every economic area of life.

It's the old Soviet strategy writ large. Every red error brought back to life and pushed forward with cunning and brute force, but no understanding of why it failed last time around. The slower transition of Wells' "Open Conspiracy" does not make them any better at running a country, than the radical armed revolts of the Bolsheviks did. Repeating the same mistakes at 1/20th the speed does not lead to a better outcome. Only to more chances to see that they are going the wrong way.

The left's total abandonment of individual choice, its insistence that a moral society can only come from total submission to the rule of the enlightened, does not just lead to tyranny, but to economic disaster. The last term has been another reminder of why the enlightened are not qualified to to run every aspect of a society, and why economic collectivism is no substitute for individualism. A healthy society gains its energy from individual decision making, a diversity of choices leading to a diversity of outcomes. An unhealthy one is tightly constrained by the five or ten year plan of a dictator and his cronies.

The left has never questioned the rightness of its destination, only the best way to get there. And that is its greatest blind spot. Within the left there has been debate on the speed of the transition and the best way to achieve it. Violent revolution or a slow takeover from within. Stamp out the bourgeoisie or brainwash their children into joining your ranks. But these concerns with tactics and the political correctness of one approach over another, always end up overlooking the larger questions. Because it is taken for granted that the system of collective tyranny they champion is bound to work.

Fanatics rarely question their own motives or the rightness of their beliefs. And the left breeds that brand of fanaticism the way the sewers of Paris bred rats. That makes them capable of ruthlessly pursuing a course, but not of recognizing that the course itself is wrong. The left spends so much time fighting to seize a country, unable to realize that it cannot keep it as anything more than a backward dictatorship with nuclear weapons and widespread hunger.

The fanatic's greatest error is to believe that he shapes reality, rather than reality shaping him. And that is an error which Obama catastrophically fell into. The more his imagemakers surrounded him with an aura of invincibility, the less aware he and they became of the possibility of failure. The very halo that they planted on his head, made his abuses of power inevitable, and also his downfall. To pose in a halo is to deny human error. And that denial of human error by those who are born to the red leads the left to ideological disputes that can only be settled with purges and to economic disasters that cannot happen because their politically correct positions have endowed them with a sense of inevitable historical destiny.

The manifest destiny of socialism has been the left's greatest article of faith. It says that one way or another they must win. The stages of history make it inevitable. That knowledge of inevitable progression, from feudalism to capitalism to socialism blinds them to the realization that their way is nothing more than feudalism under a red flag. Which is exactly what it became in the Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China.

Obama's greatest asset was that sense of inevitability which he projected as confidence. But that confidence is now at odds with a country where massive unemployment has led to resentment of his Versailles lifestyle, the parties, globe trotting tours and vacations more appropriate to royalty, than the elected official of a republic. The public has never shared the left's sense of historical inevitability. It does not understand why Obama is so cheerful when the rest of the country is suffering. It is less interested in Isms, than in functionality. And the state of nation under Obama is a state of extreme dysfunction.

That dysfunction is causing Americans to question many elements of the left's slow takeover, elements that they would have left alone if the radicalism of their new masters had not occasioned a blowback that is sweeping well beyond a mere repeal of the Obama years. The media had positioned Obama as a new FDR, but instead he is emerging as the Anti-FDR. Not the man who will sell Americans on socialism, but the man who will finally turn them against it.

The left mistook the economic disaster they had orchestrated as the end of capitalism. It was however a premature celebration. While the media rebukes the public for its glumness, its unwillingness to see that the time of hope and change means that the economy no longer matters, that a bad economy becomes a good one if we say so-- the recovery that comes may be an ideological one. A recovery from the ideology which first brought on the disaster. While the left had hoped to use the economy to destroy the free market as a vital force, it may be that their own attempt to do so will instead destroy socialism.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

They are the 99%.

Anonymous said...

And from Soros on, the leftards are indeed the 1%.

Their motivation is not to do good, even if that is what they claim to believe. Their motivation is to steer the unwashed because they know better what is best for them. After all, they are the academics, urinalists, etc, credentialed elites.

They personify the "Let them eat cake" attitude.

Hope they end just as abruptly.

trappedintrudopia

fsy said...

Today's post should come with a paper bag like they give on the airplanes (three pictures of him!)

fsy said...


The very halo that they planted on his head, made his abuses of power inevitable, and also his downfall.


We pray.

Edward Cline said...

One of Daniel's more hard-hitting columns, in which he identifies Obama et al. as Marxists, something no MSM "Face the Nation" or "Washington Week" panelist has had the courage to do, not even Charles Krauthammer. This is one of the best summary critiques of the Obama years around.

Unfortunately, Romney is not much of an alternative. He's a pragmatic "functionalist," he'll propose something that "works." But come November, that isn't what voters will be voting for. They'll be voting against the Prince of Dialectical Materialism and ration cards and the New Secret Police putting plastic handcuffs on Americans for not buying health insurance.

Mr ED said...

Will Obama Destroy Socialism?

As promising as that sounds, you have to consider the Libfilth who control the media. By the time they have rewritten the "facts" to suit their desires, the socialists will appear as innocent, courageous victims of those evil right wingers, not of their own stupid and inept policies based on Leftist fantasy.

Anonymous said...

resist we much


firefirefire

Ar'nun said...

I always said that the reason Obama and those like him are elected is because the generation voting today have yet to experience the rule of Progressives like those who can remember Carter. I think the more power Obama takes and the more Liberals that take-over the Legislature, the closer we will get to the extinction of such illogical creatures.

Keliata said...

Obama is the epitome of a confidence man (con man for short).

Keliata said...

"The fanatic's greatest error is to believe that he shapes reality, rather than reality shaping him."

Well as I've said, Obama is the left's Build-a-Bear president. They decided what they wanted in a president and built him and marketed him.

Keliata said...

OT but did anyone notice why Joe Williams from Politico was fired? He said Romney is only comfortable with those who are like him.

His bosses apparently thought that was a racial slur (Williams in African American). But the way I took it to mean, is that Romney being a very wealthy Republican probably does feel more comfortable with wealthy Republicsns.

Nothing more nothing less. People said the same think about Al Gore. And I said the samething pretty much about Obama either during his camppaign or shortly after it.

He seemed like a total foreigner doing something as simple as ordering a cheeseburger. My first impression was "poor little rich boy." He can't relate to average Americans. Obama is quite wealthy as well as Romney.

And for all of Obama's criticism of Romney's fund raising and wealth Obama is getting more than his share of donations from Wall Street.

FYI: I don't think Williams deserved to be fired for his comment about Romney on air. But his comments about Romney on his personal Twitter page were vulgar and showed a clear bias against him.

While it may have been his personal Twitter account he has name recognition and is associated with Politico.

But what got me is that his statements alone online were not racist in the least

Anonymous said...

I really have to take exception with the characterization of Obama's jobs policy as "Bolshevik radicalization." In my elementary understanding, Bolvshevik economics entail murdering landowners, stealing their property, and redistributing it to the working class. It should go without saying that that's not happening in the US. At any rate, I think that under Obama the poor have on the contrary taken a massive beating, with their ranks swelling and state and federal assistance programs being draconically cut by Republican governors and their, in my opinion, quite callous counterparts in Congress.

I also have to say I have no idea what the author is referring to by an Obama spoils system. I gather federal jobs are in fact growing at a slow pace (or so I infer from usajobs.gov). But the only legislative attempt at job growth I know Obama to have made was the stimulus of 2009. Passing the baton to Congress, he let a lot of the simulus money go to favored Democratic programs like Head Start, and that didn't really create jobs. The worst you could say of the stimulus, though, is that it was ineffective. But I haven't seen the effort repeated, and the author doesn't provide one example of the "spoils system."

I guess what I find frustrating about the author's point of view, which appears to have found a place within the mainstream these days, is that while he depicts Obama as a conspiratorial, somehow un-American socialist (the insinuation of the comparisons to Lenin, etc.), I think his policies are pretty plutocratic, which is to say the exact OPPOSITE of the accusations. The preferential treatment of big financial institutions, and above all the inaction on job creation... I think Obama has much, much more in common with, say, Reagan than someone like Lenin.

Then again, an even-handed evaluation of the sitting, democratically-elected president (and thus worthy of more respect than you give him, Mr. Greenfield) isn't a way for Republicans to pursue their agenda of regaining power at all costs. I guess demonizing him to the max is the way to go.

And by the way, no one in the Obama administration follows Krugman's views (if I'm wrong, can someone name one example of one suggestion from Krugman that Obama has adopted?). And as for the contention in the pithy lead, one could say the New Deal, with programs like the WPA, proved you can in fact legislate jobs into existence.

John dePrekker said...

@anonymous
"I think his policies are pretty plutocratic, which is to say the exact OPPOSITE of the accusations. The preferential treatment of big financial institutions, and above all the inaction on job creation... I think Obama has much, much more in common with, say, Reagan than someone like Lenin."

Agreed

LemonLimeMoon said...

Williams was suspended because his remark was racially motivated. His employers who know him well knew what he meant.
Williams said that the candidate appears "very comfortable" around "white folks."
Williams should be fired but he is only suspended.
His remarks on his twitter are, according to the news, disgusting and seriously low class.

Leah said...

Excellent article, Daniel. I especially like the trillion dollar bill ...so true.

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...

it's not my work, but thank you

Keliata said...

In that case, he should be fired. I can't imagine making comments like that online or in the paper and not get fired.

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