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January 22nd, 2013

The “good man” fallacy is just that: a fallacy. Also irrelevant, in the end.

Part of the problem lies in the meaning of the word “malicious”. Erickson seems to think that if Obama believes that good will result from his actions, then he is to be treated as absent of malice. But these terms are very slippery. Almost certainly, Obama believes that if he gets his way, the result for America will be a net positive. But he knows perfectly well that it will be a net negative for great numbers of individual Americans. He knows what it means to “spread the wealth around.” He knows what it means to force people onto government healthcare exchanges. He knows that eggs will have to be broken. But he, like all progressives, is fine with that, because of the Grand Omelet.

That is what Obama wants. This is not a debate about what in America needs reforming. Obama wants to reform everything about this country. He wants to change, utterly, the relationship of the citizen and the state. He has in mind some benevolent ant colony where all the good things in Julia’s life proceed from the wisdom of the enlightened ruling class. All things within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state.

So no, Erick, Obama doesn’t need to be giggling in the dark to himself like a tanner version of Mr. Burns in order to be malicious. He needs only to be tyrannical at heart, to be working ever doggedly to replace our natural liberties with the crumbs of the all-powerful God-State. He needs only to act as though the Constitution doesn’t apply to him. That will do to make him the enemy of our society’s very basis.

And if we judge on that standard, we start finding a great many people to be enemies in the same way. Which is a scary thought, to be sure. But we can no longer pretend that we share common ground with progressives. They despise us as sinful reminders of what this country must overcome. In this, they may be fools more than monsters. But the folly is one they freely, and persistently, choose. So what difference does it make?

None whatever. “Fool” and “monster” aren’t by any means mutually exclusive, anyway, any more than “cunning” and “stupid” are. Via Jeff, who adds:

Of course Obama doesn’t see what he’s doing as malicious. But that’s only because he believes what he’s doing — and it’d be God’s work, if there were such a thing as that ridiculous man-made construct — is helping eradicate what is: namely, classical liberalism, Enlightenment thinking, individual liberty, and a competitive free market capitalist system wherein there are no permanent classes for us to settle comfortably into.

That is, because he believes it to be good and right, and is so confident that he can run the world more adeptly through his natural brilliance and charisma than can some invisible hand, he’s out to demonize and then destroy the foundational principles of this country as envisioned — and to so he’s willing to demonize and destroy those in principled opposition to his ideology. For the greater good, of course.
One of his mentors, Bill Ayers, thought that might require some camps and maybe 25 million dead.

And as I happen to be one of those, I take offense. Pardon fucking me.

I’ll refrain from asking pardon, myself–even sarcastically, as Jeff does. I’ll just leave it at: watch your step, douchebags. You’re very close to crossing a very dangerous line, and as such you need to think very carefully about how much seizing absolute power really means to you.

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  1. January 22nd, 2013 at 14:59 | #1
    Thanks for the link. I suspect that no one thinks about what absolute power really requires, due to the blind spot about that being what they're actually after. Doublethink makes for some fun contortions.
  2. Rob Crawford
    January 22nd, 2013 at 15:39 | #2
    I think people need to be reminded that Hitler, Stalin, and Mao thought they were doing the correct thing.
  3. SDN
    January 22nd, 2013 at 17:25 | #3
    If they could think, Mike, we wouldn't be where we are. And they've heard so many warnings they don't believe we'll do anything.

    In one of David Drake's books (The Tyrant), the main character put it very well: "The only way to avoid spilling an ocean of blood eventually is prove you'll spill a lake of it instantly."

  4. January 22nd, 2013 at 19:02 | #4
    Really Destructive Maniacs
    04/2012 - Dr. Sanity  [edited, rearranged, emphasis added]
    === ===
    The compassionate type of narcissist is more subtle and equally destructive. He pursues an aggressive idealism/utopianism despite the misery it causes in other people's lives, and despite the dead bodies left behind. This malignant narcissism is always justified because it is for "your own good", "the common good", or "to make people better".

    The selfish narcissist is preoccupied with "Me, Me, Me" and uses others for his own aggrandizement and reward. Both he and the compassionate narcissist ("Look at how wonderful I am for making you better!") do not see other people as distinct individuals with needs and desires of their own, but only as fodder for the expression of some ideal, or as pawns to achieve the utopian fantasies of their own ideology.

    Both types think they are superior and know what is best for all. If they happen to personally benefit financially, socially, and culturally, then all the better! They deserve it for their extraordinary compassion and good works.
    === ===

    Image: Mother Theresa with an automatic weapon.

  5. BillyB
    January 22nd, 2013 at 21:59 | #5
    Evil is as evil does.
  6. RDG
    January 23rd, 2013 at 23:28 | #6
    Bill Ayres expects to have to kill 25 million. I offer you the backup for that number. Romney/Ryan got roughly 50 million votes. Roughly half were men. That's the 25 million about whom he speaks. No tyrant ever needs to kill women. Bill Ayres knows who won't get into line when it's time to get in line. I love women, but they will all get with the program when ordered to do so. The men will be killed.
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