Wednesday, May 07, 2008

The Political Science is Settled!

Today at American Thinker there is an interesting piece on the dichotomy in "African American" life between what might be called the liberal descendants of Booker T. Washington and leftist spawn of W.E.B. DuBois. Unfortunately, the author makes a fundamental error in suggesting that Obama's split from Wright is an example of this dichotomy, but otherwise the analysis is sound, and probably even deeper than the author realizes, since it is rooted in cosmic realities, not mere political or manmade ones.

(I see that they've already published a letter from a reader, correctly pointing out that Obama and Wright are in reality "two sides of the same coin, whereas Washington and DuBois were on entirely different coins in manifestly different currencies. Obama is the lipstick on the pig of socialism. You can put lipstick on a pig, but it is still a pig. Wright merely represents unadorned socialism. There is not much to differentiate the two. I would rather liken Wright and Obama to Lenin and Trotsky, fighting about details and appearances, yet seeking the same goal.")

This is indeed the Raccoon view. It becomes especially obvious when one listens to the words of Barack's bitter half,* Michelle Obama, the Queen of Soullessness. I'm sure her whining ways are vetted and approved by the campaign; she is the roiling id to Obama's smooth and superficial ego. (*I'm afraid that Michelle Malkin came up with that one before I could think of it.)

As a brief aside or possibly prelude or even coda, I can, to a certain extent, wimpathize with my critics who are drawn to my spiritual ideas but who detest my politics. For one thing, when one discusses politics in a spiritual context, one must be exceedingly careful to do so as a "prolongation" of the spiritual -- of intrinsically true vertical ideas reflected in the horizontal. One must never misuse perennial truth to "put lipstick on a pig" and to legitimize views that are entirely at odds with spiritual reality. One must be especially careful not to derive metaphysical truth from empirical reality, much less from the shifting political winds of the day, otherwise you end up sounding as trite and silly as, say, Alan Watts. For every sound thing Watts ever said or wrote, he said something else that makes a sensible person cringe.

Likewise, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was in many ways a brilliant philosopher, but what is one to think when one comes across the following insanity: "There is no doubt in Radhakrishnan's mind that violence and democracy are incompatible. He has therefore condemned in unequivocal terms the use of violence for the solution of any human problem." Or "Radhakrishna has always been a critic of capitalism; for he sees it as incompatible with democracy.... In his view capitalism is morally dangerous because it permits and encourages the growth of large disparities between the haves and have-nots," etc. Like virtually every innumerate leftist before and since, he believed in "zero-sum economics," which I believe is genetically programmed into us, since we evolved in small bands in which it was adaptive to be a "communist." But that was 50,000 years ago. Time to move on.

A contemporary example of this phenomenon might be, say, someone who argues that God approves of abortion because he is the author of our freedom and therefore wishes for women to do whatever they want with "their" bodies. Here you can see how a timeless spiritual truth is bent to a demonic end. This happens all the time. To a large extent, the left misuses the value of intellectual freedom -- which can only be rooted in a spiritual perception of its human necessity as a "mirror of truth" -- to undermine the very conditions for the intellect to operate. For example, the problem with political correctness is not just that it enforces error and constrains thought, but that it systematically undermines the very context in which truth can be spoken and heard.

I am often disappointed when I read a work by person of some genuine spiritual attainment, only to have the experience tainted or ruined by their delving into the temporal concerns of the day, in such a way that it makes them look like a dullard or a knave. When this happens, you cannot help thinking to yourself, "how bright could this person be?," or even questioning their spiritual insights. Prior to even thirty years ago, it was common for spiritual writers to embrace some form of Marxism, which ends up making them look like asses, dupes, and useful idiots in hindsight.

But this problem is obviously still endemic to the "new age" and "integral" movements, which can trace their provenance to the counter-cultural movement of the 1950s and '60s, so that to this day they are full of neo-Marxist babble, anti-capitalist rhetoric, pacifism, anti-Americanism, environmental hysteria, liberation theology, internationalism instead of patriotism, "sexual liberation," and the radical feminist and homosexual agendas. None of this has anything to do with prolonging the vertical into the horizontal; rather, it attempts to reduce the vertical to a narrow horizontal political agenda which is based on power, narcissism, and metaphysical ignorance, and is necessarily anti-human.

In the American Thinker piece, Taylor writes that "Every Black American is either Washington or Dr. DuBois. He either aspires to self-reliance, or feeds off white guilt. He either proactively affirms himself, or he perpetually reacts against his imagined white master."

As we have noted before, "left" and "right" are not complementarities but opposites, in that classical liberalism is essentially true, while leftism is essentially false. Likewise, as Taylor writes, "Washington's philosophy of self-reliance and Dr. DuBois' sophisticated resentment are contradictions, not contraries. One is true and the other is false. For the modes of existence available to Black America -- self-help or protest -- are not mutually inclusive, like yin or yang. Black existential choice comes down to Washington or Dr. DuBois."

In Washington's case, he "established the prototype for modern Black civilization. His school encouraged enterprise and industry.... He understood that property rights, to wit 'life, liberty and property,' are the soul of citizenship; that protection of property is the US government's basic purpose. He designed his educational system and economic policy to build a nation within a nation of property-owners."

Conversely, DuBois "dismissed Washington's emphasis on property rights as a sellout. He libeled the Black capitalist as an 'Uncle Tom.'" DuBois discarded capitalist enterprise "in favor of protest." DuBois's followers "resent their liberal white masters. But they most passionately hate the Black who would master the universe. They exemplify the crabs that Washington once described, jealously combining to pull back into the barrel the one crab that would climb out." As such, a great man such as Clarence Thomas is despised by these people, while they simply ignore a man of genius such as Thomas Sowell.

Anyway, when I discuss politics, I try to do so by relying upon intrinsically true cosmic principles that can have no expiration date. One such principle -- from which all other political principles must flow -- is that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, and that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Once you reject this principle, all kinds of political mischief follow.

I'd better stop now. Need to get some work done.

The Man can't stop us on the road to freedom:


Blogger Captain Ramen said...

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was right. Thank God our founding fathers had the foresight to establish a republic and reduce the franchise to the haves. When the have-nots vote, they will always vote to take from the haves.

Then the owl said to the other animals:
"Now the Man knows much and is able to do many things...
"Suddenly I am afraid."
The deer said: "The Man has all that he needs."
"Now his sadness will stop."
But the owl replied: "No."
"I saw a hole in the Man...
"Deep like a hunger he will never fill...
"It is what makes him sad and what makes him want."
"He will go on taking and taking...
"until one day the World will say:
"I am no more and I have nothing left to give."
- Some old man from Apocalypto

5/07/2008 10:55:00 AM  
Blogger Van said...

top romen said "Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was right. Thank God our founding fathers had the foresight to establish a republic and reduce the franchise to the haves."

Because Sarver..SavrpR.. SR accurately described a view that is shared by many others, does not make him, or them, right. Your comment suggests that the Founders were nothing more than clever Thracymacus's, declaring 'might makes right', and affixing a tie to it. Not only wrong, ignorant of the facts, and cheaply cynical, but offensive to boot.

"One such principle -- from which all other political principles must flow -- is that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, and that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Once you reject this principle, all kinds of political mischief follow. "


5/07/2008 11:14:00 AM  
Anonymous hoarhey said...

It appears that Michelle Obama is one of the crabs who physically made it out of the barrel but hasn't realized that fact mentally or incorporated that reality into her being or bearing, thus the continued crabiness.
I don't trust the motives or agenda behind whatever kind of "change" is being pushed on me by anyone lacking even a modicum of gratitude for a life that has been blessed in a country where those blessings are there for the taking. And don't tell me that Barak neither agrees with her or his Spiritual Mentor.
Too many malcontents rising to political power throughout history have given me a healthy skepticism.

5/07/2008 12:29:00 PM  
Anonymous cousin Dupree said...

I just don't understand liberals. Anyone who wishes to give more of their money than they have to to the government is free to do so, but they never do. Why not?

5/07/2008 12:38:00 PM  
Blogger River Cocytus said...

MO Theme Song, Tears For Fears: Woman In Chains?

5/07/2008 12:40:00 PM  
Blogger Van said...

Cousin Dupree said...
I just don't understand liberals. Anyone who wishes to give more of their money than they have to to the government is free to do so, but they never do. Why not?

I suspect it's sort of like why duck hunters don't hunt their decoy's... they might look alike, but it's just not the same - lefties want the thrill of the crab hunt and blooded money, OPB (Other Peoples Blood) money.

5/07/2008 01:25:00 PM  
Blogger Ricky Raccoon said...

“Anyone who wishes to give more of their money than they have to the government is free to do so, but they never do. Why not?”

That’s asking for an audit.

It makes as much sense as the same crowd so worried about global warming is now complaining about the price of gasoline. They should be happy about it. As long as it doesn’t affect their lives…

Why don’t they ever complain about “skyrocketing” property taxes?...or cost of education? No…those are sacred. You never question that authority. How dare me.

5/07/2008 03:15:00 PM  
Blogger Ricky Raccoon said...

Slightly off-topic, but not really…

I was listening to a guy filling in for Laura Ingram over lunch today. He was a bit upset that no one in the media was asking Hillary what would happen to the price of oil/gasoline if she were to “take” the [evil] oil company’s profits. He played the audio clip. I’m not sure what she said she would do with the profits because I forgot everything after the word “take”. She actually said take. Have she no shame?

But you see his complaint was that no one in the media asks these clowns these basic questions. It’s valid and important. I completely agree that they should be asked. However, what he (and often others on our right side) seem to miss is her strategy. Hillary knows her audience. She knows it will never happen, just as the summer break from the fed gas tax will never happen. (Can you imagine the anger when the tax is put back on?) All she is interested in is getting points for agreeing with her perpetually miserable audience. She feels their pain and they buy it. It has nothing to do with solving problems.

5/07/2008 03:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Petey said...

The Democrats would be out of business if more people understood even basic economics, such as supply and demand and the function of price.

5/07/2008 03:28:00 PM  
Blogger julie said...

Or the law of diminishing returns. Penalizing people for being successful (via ridiculously high taxes for the upper-middle class) merely guarantees that fewer people will aspire to earn more money (I actually quit a job once because I risked costing us more in taxes than I could earn in a year; I would have been paying the government for the privilege of working).

5/07/2008 03:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Petey said...

Also, no leftist has ever offered gratitude to a wealthy person who pays his taxes. To the contrary, it's always "we want more!" Very corrupting to the recipient, since humans tend to devalue what they don't have to pay for.

5/07/2008 04:27:00 PM  
Blogger Ricky Raccoon said...

“out of business”
Good one, Petey. I wish they’d stay otta mine.

RE “corrupting to the recipient”, that cuts both ways, as in “Hillary or her audience?” The upside for her is their incredibly short attention spans. She can’t lose. If the price of gas goes up they will just agree with her that it’s the evil oil companys’ fault. If it goes down, they forget all about it. The downside to this is Hillary has to keep feeding the crowd. Over and over AND often. She rings the bell and they come running. Pavlov’s Dems. But it doesn’t last. She’s really a slave to them too.

5/07/2008 05:47:00 PM  
Blogger Ricky Raccoon said...

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5/07/2008 05:47:00 PM  
Anonymous hoarhey said...

How would an author go about deleting a post? I was under the impression that only Bob had that power.

5/07/2008 05:58:00 PM  
Blogger Van said...

Hoarhey, I think it's a black & blue issue - if you're logged in with an id you have the power to delete!

5/07/2008 06:43:00 PM  
Blogger Van said...

Ricky said "She’s really a slave to them too."

That's very true, the manipulator is bound to the manipulated by a chain of fools. They gain their power by their ability to fool others, and they are restrained to a range of movement within which those same fools won't suspect as being other than what they've been fooled into accepting.

They are enslaved to eachothers failings ... something usually left out of PowerLusting 101.

5/07/2008 06:57:00 PM  
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5/07/2008 09:07:00 PM  
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5/07/2008 09:08:00 PM  
Blogger NoMo said...

Sorry, the power went to my head.

5/07/2008 09:09:00 PM  
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5/07/2008 09:11:00 PM  
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5/07/2008 09:33:00 PM  
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5/07/2008 09:40:00 PM  
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5/07/2008 09:45:00 PM  
Anonymous harrystruman said...

The post stops here.

5/07/2008 09:54:00 PM  
Anonymous hoarhey said...


So you're saying that us Black posters can't delete?
When our boy Obama gets in, we'll just see about that!

5/07/2008 10:01:00 PM  
Blogger Ricky Raccoon said...

You guys…

Here’s a funny story. Well…maybe a little. When I hit the publish button at 5:47, Blogger just sat there. So I hit the publish button again. Then the Blooger screen of death. When I finally crawled back up to the comments section, I saw that Blogger published my comment twice. The nerve. I deleted the second one. The second one. The second one. rrrrrrrrrrrrrEEEEERip!

You know, to keep things tidy around here. Just doing my part to save the planet. All these wasted electrons…doesn’t anyone care?

So I delete my second post and look around. Ahhh..nice and clean. Hit the light and hit the sack. I get up this morning and it’s like a bunch of raccoons got in here! Trashcans knocked over, muddy prints…

I’m just glad Mr. Truman showed up when he did.

5/08/2008 04:54:00 AM  
Blogger Van said...


Speaking of Raccoon pic's, that new one on the page, of the Raccoon reaching through the cage... I think that's the about the last image my daughters bird saw... when I'd set it's cage on the porch one night last summer, and forgot to bring it back in.
The next morning... a few prints...lots of blood and feathers... everywhere... but no bird.

Talk about trauma.

5/08/2008 06:19:00 AM  
Blogger Captain Ramen said...

Van, that is not what I meant, and I certainly did not mean to offend. I think while the founders knew about man's transcendent purpose, their experiences told them that ( just as today) most people fail to get there.

If anything, the one-man-one-vote of pure democracy will lead to might makes right. It was the will of a large majority of San Fransiscans to take away handguns.

5/08/2008 11:08:00 AM  
Blogger hereticalpolemicist said...

From Ole Black Joe.

The micro mirrors the macro...

If the cosmos is a fluctuation between extremes-a great expansion that creates its own black hole that sucks it back into oblivion that reaches a heated critical mass for another expansion. Then disparities and inequalities are, also, apart of the natural order, BUT as with the macro the tension and friction exist in a cauldron of ontological agnostic violence. Stability, order, and "peace" are the artificial contrivances by human culture to control the natural process from its extremes.

The Booker-T and W.E.B. debate as the existential paradigm of black polarities is so euro-centric. Booker-T is the accomodationist to the contrived controls of the political status quo. W.E.B. represents the natural contra-forces equal energy of resistance that was eventually coopted by a white Texan US President saying "We shall OVercome on National TV", thus controlling the spreading of an energy force that had moved into the general white public.

The natural forces of inequalities and disparities are countered by the opposite forces that have their genesis in the tensions-valid and invalid- create the inequalities an disparities. Thus, those who see the rewards that can be obtained in the processes of the functions of inequalites and disparities, must face the equally natural reactions that smoulder in the embers of the subtle and profound violence of inequalities and disparities.

Violence is the cosmic instrument of entropy to bring the system back in the opposite direction of fluctuation. The inherent weaknesses in the protagonist fluctuation are the physics of violence upon it, from its own fallibilities.

That, which is sought as distinguishment and justification for a valid inequality and advantage, is just a blip of percolation on the surface in perpetual disturbance and fluctuation in which the distinguishing percolations are possible by their sibling depressions.

We are all of the same fate and destiny. We just have roles as transient props in this violent process.

Gratuities gladly accepted at account

5/08/2008 05:49:00 PM  
Blogger Van said...

Captain Ramen,
I'll take you at your word that you didn't intend that, but I think you need to investigate the matter further, because that is the inevitable conclusion from the idea that the Founders "had the foresight to establish a republic and reduce the franchise to the haves".

Certainly they had designed a hierarchical structure to the Gov't, Senator's used to be elected NOT by the people, but by the state legislators who were elected by the people, and yes they had property qualifications, but there was an intent to their thinking, and securing the franchise for the haves, wasn't it. Ensuring that responsible people, those with a stake in the polis, ensuring that their was a structure to the Gov't which rested upon the popular nature of the house, and rose to the deliberative level of wiser and cooler heads of statesmen in the senate, and led by a steady and independent (to an extent) executive in the President - with checking power in the Judiciary... all was Definitely to ensure that we would not become a democracy (they knew the historical track record of that form of Gov't all too well), but a Constitutional Republic with Representatives who are democratically elected, and who in turn elect higher levels of the Gov't.

But all of this, was designed to secure the equal rights before the law of all of the citizens of the United States, haves and have not's as well. The Declaration of Independence was so ingrained in the public mind, the philosophy of thinkers such as Locke was such common knowledge, that the Founders in teh Constitutional Convention didn't think that spelling those rights out was necessary - people like Patrick Henry and the population, reminded them how important it was that those rights be secured for all of the people, and the Constitution would not have been ratified without those rights being secured for all of the people.

In any fundamental sense, being a 'have' and a 'have not' is fleeting and nearly irrelevant - most people or families pass through have and have not status at least once in a generation, sometimes several. The Founders were not interested in haves and have nots in any primary sense, but in Individual Rights, which include Property Rights which must be equally respected no matter a persons status.

I strongly recommend the following site, the range of references and context it brings to not only understanding the Constitution, but Liberalism as the Founders understood it, is unmatched. If anyone wants to understand what they had in mind, what they agreed and disagreed upon and why, you’ll find no better presentation than what they've laid out in it's fully referenced line by line examination of the U.S. Constitution. It's The Founders Constitution, hosted by the University of Chicago Press and the Liberty Fund.

5/08/2008 06:00:00 PM  
Blogger Van said...

hairypolecat said "...ural forces of inequalities and disparities are countered by the opposite forces that have their genesis in the tensions-valid and invalid- create the inequalities an dispariti..."

Lose the pomofo generator, learn english, try again.

5/08/2008 06:05:00 PM  
Blogger Bob said...

I am glad to read Bob's affirmation of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. My pastor said Sunday such a pursuit was a lie.

5/09/2008 06:30:00 PM  

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