The New Aristocracy includes our political class and its hangers on, crony capitalists, most bureaucrats, “public servants” like Eliot Spitzer, “celebrities”, most journalists, “the media”, limousine liberals, big banks, Wall Street, most academics, public employee unions, race hustlers, diversity “trainers”, “environmentalists”, and “progressives” of all stripes.
One of the strangest things about the modern progression in liberal thought is its increasing comfort with elitism and high style. Over the last 30 years, the enjoyment of refined tastes, both material and psychological, has become a hallmark of liberalism — hand in glove with the art of professional altruism, so necessary to the guilt-free enjoyment of the good life. Take most any contemporary issue, and the theme of elite progressivism predominates.
In his misguided and clumsy attempt to redistribute, the president has created a new aristocracy of politically favored big companies and members of the government. We have replaced “creative destruction” with stifling security. Established companies are protected, and new, innovative companies are handicapped. Government pay and benefits are dwarfing what most private companies can pay. The First Lady condemns those who use their education to seek “merely” better pay instead of public service. Exactly who is supposed to pay the taxes they intend to distribute?
In their world, economic self-interest is evil, and political self-interest is good. History confirms the opposite.
All of a piece: Liberal Fascism, Statolatry, Moral Preening, Crony Capitalism.
Beachfront homeowners in the exclusive L.A. neighborhood of Malibu are up in arms about a new smartphone app which provides anyone using it with evaluable information about how to get to the area’s hard to reach public beaches.
Environmental writer Jenny Price passionately believes that everyone deserves access to the area’s public beaches but with 20 of Malibu’s 27 miles of coastline lined with private developments trying to access the beaches has long been a complicated business.
Homeowners in Malibu – include some of the wealthiest and most famous people in the country – have long used a variety of means to keep the beaches to themselves including padlocks, gates, menacing signs, security guards and lawsuits.
Laws are for the little people.
Whether they’re banning bake sales, federalizing school lunch menus, or criminalizing Big Gulps, the nanny-staters feel they have some special wisdom that gives them the right to tell other people how to live their lives.
This irks libertarians since we value human liberty, even if it means people sometimes make foolish choices. But so long as you’re not interfering with someone else’s rights, we don’t think government should dictate your private behavior.
Government is just not big enough: “Medicare scammer’s luxe life – on your dime”
What I find most stunning—I really can’t emphasize this enough—is that our culture has devolved to the point where one person feels comfortable writing another person she does not know in order to inquire if that second person has any intention of denouncing a third person (who the first person, I assume, also does not know).
What madness is this? How can we expect to have a fully functioning society if we spend all of our time adjudicating whether or not the people we read and the culture we consume is of the correct political persuasion?
This is a horribly corrosive state of affairs. And, I fear, it’s not going away any time soon.
As the state grows larger, intruding on more aspects of daily life, as politics takes on more of the trappings of religion and religious fervor, gradually shutting down liberty, expect these kinds of purity tests to increase. Statolatry, the worship of the state, the state as idol.
Unfortunately, it seems that the future Aldous Huxley predicted in 1932, in Brave New World, is arriving early. Mockery, truculence, and minimalist living are best, then enjoy the decline. However, we do need a Revolving Door Tax (RDT), learn what Members of Congress pay in taxes, and prosecute politicians and staff and their “family and friends” who profit from insider trading. Oh, and pay “public servants” what they are worth.
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