In A Perfect World: ObamaCare
In a supreme disconnect with reality the Left is pushing for a single payer health care program. Needless to say, ‘single payer’ translates to ‘government run’. It cannot effectively be otherwise. An astouding desire for a political grouping that decries oppression and advocates choice. How can this be?
We are undeniably within a transitional era marked by crony capitalism morphing into national socialism. With the groundwork laid by the Neocons, the Obama administration will continue to build the total surveillance State. This is not an option cooked up by radical social engineers. It will be out of necessity.
Much of our industrial base has been moved overseas. The once prospering and comfortable middle class is shrinking and in panic mode. Mainstream prognosticators now acknowledge that massive civil unrest looms as the value of the dollar plunges and the central private banks continue their looting spree unabated and backed by a complicit federal government.
The Marxist View
Our country’s founders knew well the painful tyranny of despotic monarchy. In a unique and singular event in all of history they created a constitutional republic endeavoring to legally enshrine freedom for generations to come. Rightfully so, it was a government structure that reflected free enterprise. Classical capitalism depends on the free movement of labor and capital. Each man and woman were free to choose their livelihood. Marx described the government of a capitalist economy as, “but a committee for managing the common affairs of the bourgeoisie as a whole.” (Manifesto, Marx, 1848)
Marx went on to say that capital inevitably concentrates. Financial assets flow to even fewer bank accounts as more small businesses fail and corporations merge. Correspondingly, the State, as an evolving structure dedicated to the current needs of the bourgeosie, must defend the gains made by its paymasters and initiate more police state measures to repress rebellion engendered by growing impoverishment and discontent. Fascism, Marx said, is the inescapable (dialectical) outcome in the later stages of capitalism. The Republic is falling. The Empire is emerging.
Curiously oblivious to a pragmatic and materialist conception of capitalist class relations socialists, and leftists in general, now desire the federal government to dispense and/or supervise our nation’s health care. In a brazen abandonment of their Marxist ideological roots, they expect the Feds to humanely care for our health. Am I missing something here?!! The last I knew, Marxists regard the government as merely the executor and protector of the exploitative capitalist ruling class.
So where did this idealism come from? An astute Marxist-Leninist will admit the futility of this thinking and note that it is only a stratagem. It is an ‘issue’ to promote in order to raise class consciousness. In other words, as the people struggle for socialized medicine, or any other ‘human right’, such as free housing, guaranteed employment, etc., the masses will be educated as to the true nature of capitalism and, disgruntled, be easily led to overthrow the government.., and seize the means of production. The ‘issue’ is solely a means to an end. And, in theory, thenceforward a workers’ state would be established to eradicate all vestiges of capitalist behavior and thought; Totalitarianism.
Today’s ‘Liberals’ would abhor Soviet or Chicom forms of government. However, in his controversial book, “Liberal Fascism”, Jonah Goldberg argues that modern Liberals are philosophically descended from 19th and 20th century Progressives.* Then, as now, Progressives have in common an undying faith that only an all powerful government can cure society’s ills and right all wrongs. All answers can be found within varying degrees of statism. It is an idealist mindset. At best, it is naivete often used by others with dark motives. It is an invitation to totalitarianism and worse horrors. Horrors produced when self-righteous elitism is unleashed.
For example, eugenics was popular among early Progressives. It was of necessity a program that could only be carried out by government force. The thought of relying on individual choice as a way to sterilize and abort humans with ‘inferior’ genes to create a racially pure utopia was anathema.., obviously. Although it could be argued that Planned Parenthood, and similar progeny of the Eugenics movement, work quite well without government enforcement to trim the population, they fall short of Margaret Sanger’s** ideal, as well as the ideal of one of her avid supporters, Hitler.
The Progressive movement is also marked by what I call, ‘good will imperialism’. Jeffersonian “peace and commerce with all nations” and the acknowledgement of the right of national self-determination are replaced with aggression against other countries if they do not conform to our version of enlightenment and democracy.., the perfect cloak for wars of occupation and corporate pillage.
Intrinsically philosophically idealist, Progressivism ideology stands in contrast to classical Marxist philosophical materialism that is normally associated with true left-wing politics. Based on Marxist reasoning alone, progressive left thinking is closer to fascism than it is to democratic socialism.
In an ideal and perfect world wise and compassionate rulers would lovingly administer health care to all according to the Progressive Left faithful. This type of socialism promoted by the Progressive Left has less to do with a workers’ revolution than what it does with a Huxlian Brave New World mentality. It is mindset ripe to be cultivated and managed by charismatic fascist leaders promising Change. This is not conjecture. It is well documented that social progressives supported Mussolini in his rise to power. Mussolini, another socialist change politician, promised improved economic conditions and ‘holistic’ solutions, as well.
‘ObamaCare’, or any other stripe of a single payer health care system, would be a ready made launch platform for eugenics and even outright genocide. Socialists, and the fashionably socialist, who pay intellectual homage to Marx, should reexamine their own fundamental ideologies. As freedom lovers and patriots, we would do well to point out these inconsistencies to those Americans on the left interested in critical and independent thinking.
* “Liberal Fascism” by Jonah Goldberg: http://www.randomhouse.com/broadway/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780767917186
** Blackgenocide.org: http://blackgenocide.org/sanger.html
In future posts we will explore further the current false Left/Right dichotomy. Presently, we are asked to choose between fascism or communism, i.e., Dictatorship A or Dictatorship B.