"Anyone who calls me a conservative gets a punch in the nose." -- Frank Chodorov
That statement holds 80 years later. For those who do not recognize the name, calling Chodorov a liberal would have resulted in the same response.
The Hess conservative is a liberal 5 years later. Nevertheless, Hess is correct in his undertones: We are moving toward a confluence of ideologies; a confluence where there is not even a dime's worth of difference separating the means and ends of the two sides of the aisle. The debate over big government versus small government has given way to the debate over the degree of big government -- a government bigger than could have even been conceived just 8 years ago.
The past few months have been an interesting lesson in dialectics and its evil twin: consensus. Where once the parties would have debated the evils and the benefits of repeated almost $1 trillion interventions, the debate has shifted to the synthesis of views. Now the interventions are the correct course, and all that remains is the debate over whose friends receive what.
Instead of being a principled man, Hess joins the rush to consensus by presenting the middle ground (synthesis) as the correct position. Hess wants to play with the Leviathan because either he believes in its goals, or he benefits from its largess, or both. On one hand, he is a fool. On the hand other, a thief. Neither speaks well of him.
Government and its agent of change -- government schools -- created this mess. Today, children in the government's schools were being told that this latest stimulus package is the best solution for our ills. Sure, it puffs up the pockets of government school employees, but it also robs our posterity of a future similar to ours.
Anyone who thinks pounding another $100 billion -- give or take -- down the rat hole of government schools is going to correct any of our ills needs to write his posterity a note: Your mess was my doing. I sold you out for a few pieces of paper.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Billions down the rat hole
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