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New Class of Slaves
Helen & Peter Evans
12 June 2003
claims they create entitlement programs in the name of social
justice and compassion for the needy. However, if you listen carefully, their definition of "the needy" is actually, "they need me."
In our last article, we reported that "the poor" had enslaved "the rich," but it wasn't their fault.
The real oppressors of the rich are the left liberals (themselves usually
rich, well-educated and privileged) who use the poor, manipulating them by
their entitlement programs, to advance their own agenda. So, what is
the motivation behind the left's cultivation of a dependent underclass? And
if they feel sorry for the poor and unfortunate, why don't they feel a corresponding
admiration for the rich and successful?
The answer is two-fold, but first, a little history (with the grateful acknowledgment
of Michael Oakeshott's "The Masses in Representative Democracy"). When
the individual arose against the backdrop of Medieval society, the anti-individual
also came into being. The anti-individual doesn't believe in himself and
is afraid of his limitations. He seeks security in the collective herd and
seeks relief from personal responsibility by surrendering his decision-making
to the State. He becomes the mass man. He resents the free individual, and
calls him "arrogant," because he is reminded of his own inadequacy. He considers
the free individual a threat, and calls him "too powerful," because he is
reminded of his own weakness. We've come a long way from Medieval times,
and the mass man is still among us, in mass numbers.
You've heard it many times when someone says, "I feel important when I'm
needed." Such people need someone else's problems to feel OK about themselves.
These people are often the 'enablers' in our society. We bet you can
remember such a 'friend' who displayed the dripping sympathy that tried to
swallow you when times were tough, but turned into a hissing critic when
you started to pull yourself up by the bootstraps. For what would happen
if they couldn't feel superior to you anymore? Your success might actually
become a threat to them.
When asked, the Left will respond that they create entitlement programs in
the name of social justice and compassion for the needy. However, if
we listen carefully, their definition of "the needy" is, actually, "they
need me." Furthermore, if they actually helped the needy, the needy
would become self-sufficient. Then, the helpers would no longer have the
helpless looking up to them. They would no longer be needed. So, they
have to maintain the dependency of their constituency to ward off their own
feelings of inadequacy... not to mention getting re-elected.
By now it ought to be obvious why the Left can't sincerely admire the successful
individuals in our society. Through some mass-mind failure of imagination,
the Left cannot comfortably conceive of winners. Losers, yes. Victims...
aren't we all? Exploiters, of course. But winners? No. That's too free,
too dangerous, too much like getting away with something. It makes the rest
of us looks bad. It needs to be kept under control, regulated and taxed.
So, one side of the Left agenda is to cultivate more of a society that will
make them feel needed, adequate and even superior. The other side is
to regulate and limit those aspects of society that remind them of their
inadequacy and weakness. Overall, their aim is to create a society
that does not threaten their collective mentality.
husband and wife team - international teachers,and authors, write articles
and teach a philosophical approach to conservatism. They have helped thousands
of adults in more than thirty countries realize more of the best of themselves
through responsibility. new website is: http://peterandhelenevans.com.
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