Friday, July 30, 2010

Totalitarianism Defined

“We should understand totalitarianism to refer not to the severity of the regime, its propensity to use such tools as terror and concentration camps, but rather the scope of its purview. A totalitarian regime is one that seeks to control every aspect of communal life, and to bring as much of private life as possible into the sphere of the communal.” (Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, p. 222).

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Positivist Law and Prophets

“The Old Testament records numerous cases in which rules adopted a theory that thousands of years later would be called substantive or positivist law. When that happened, a prophet stood ready to knowck on the king’s door and tell him that there was a law higher than himself, that he was the creature and not the creator. “Hence the state does not decide what is good or what is law,” says Ellul, “but the good and the law determine the action of the state.” Without recognizing that principle, all the procedural safeguards in the administration of justice—constitutions, ballots, court systems, and the like—end up serving evil.” (Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, p. 208-209).

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

The New Class

“It is not an exaggeration to say that the intellectuals who exercise or aspire to exercise the dominant influence on the state constitute a class. Kristol has popularized the expression “the new class,” and M.I.T. linguist Noam Chomsky coined the appellation “the new mandarins” in reference to them. Chomsky documents case after case in which the intellectual elite justify policies with intellectual dishonesty, immoral sacrifices to pragmatic ends, and outright lies. Kristol distinguishes the new class from the bureaucrats who, by and large, are timid and conservative, content to draw salaries without taking risks. The new class, in contrast, is made up of crusaders who consider it squalid to earn a living in commercial activity, who think that “private” is demeaning and “public” ennobling, and whose every word on capitalism is intended to convey the impression of exploitation and injustice.

It is not likely that the line between the bureaucracy and the new class can be drawn as finely as Kristol thinks. Both prosper as the private sector declines and as the state absorbs and expends a greater proportion of the national weatlth. In the redistributionary society, the main redistribution that takes place is the flow of power from the periphery to the center where the new class awaits. The despoiled are the possessors of private power, against whom the elites still warn us, while they quietly accrue that power to themselves. But the former power was decentralized and to some extent self-neutralizing, because competitive. Power that is concentrated is to a much greater extent inescapable.” (Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, p. 199-200).

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Where Ideologies Meet Reality

“Self-delusion about human nature is the reef waiting to make wreck out of ideologies that wander out of a narrow channel.” (Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, p. 190).

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Idolatry of the Paternal State

“The paternal state not only feeds its children, but nurtures, educates, comforts, and disciplines them, providing all they need for their security. This appears to be a mildly insulting way to treat adults, but it is really a great crime because it transforms the state from being a gift of God, given to protect against violence, into an idol. It supplies us with all blessings, and we look to it for all our needs. Once we sink to that level, as Lewis says, there is no point in telling state officials to mind their own business. “Our whole lives are their business.” The paternalism of the state is that of the bad parent who wants his children dependent on him forever. That is an evil impulse. The good parent prepares his children for independence, trains them to make responsible decisions, knows that he harms them by not helping them to break loose. The paternal state thrives on dependency. When the dependents free themselves, it loses power. It is, therefore, parasitic on the very persons whom it turns into parasites. Thus, the state and its dependents march symbiotically to destruction.

When the provision of paternal security replace the provision of justice as the function of the state, the state stops providing justice. The ersatz parent ceases executing judgment against those who violate the law, and the nation begins losing the benefits of justice. Those who are concerned about the chaos into which the criminal justice system has fallen should consider what the state’s function has become. Because the state can only be a bad imitation of a father, as a dancing bear act is of a ballerina, the protection of this Leviathan of a father turns out to be a bear hug.” (Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, p. 184).


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The Ethic of "Too Big to Fail"

“Those who can be convinced that survival is at stake are likely to agree to almost any remedy, since extinction seems worse than all the alternatives. If placing extraordinary powers in the hands of political leaders will truly stave off the ultimate disaster, then those who demur can be made to appear as enemies of the human race. That is why arguments based on survival are so effective in persuading people to permit actions that violate their moral code.” (Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, p. 181).

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

House Prices in Gold

Here is an interesting article on what to expect in the housing market in the next decade.  

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God Marching on Earth

“One would have to search hard to find a modern social theorist acknowledging that Hegel was right to say that the state is God marching on earth, but at every turn we stumble over those who advocate actions that can be logical inferences only from such a position. For them the state is the only savior we can expect on earth. Salvation is to be found in the messianic state, or it is to be found nowhere. Therefore, the only branch of human endeavor that can save us is politics… We should not make the mistake of thinking that the religious language is purely literary form. The state, for these devotees, is messianic in all its essentials, and their politics are directed toward religious ends. The state will provide for us whatever prosperity could not, because it has replaced God. In the hands of theologians of political redemption, therefore, the state is an idol.” (Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, p. 178-179).

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America's Ruling Class -- And the Perils of Revolution

The Spectator has an excellent article by Angelo Codevilla, on the conflict between America's ruling class and that of mainstream America.  It is one of the best articles I've encountered on our current political situation, how we got here, and what must be done to bring reformation.

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The Modern Phenomena of the Nation-State

“Perhaps the most characteristic feature of modern history, one which impinges upon virtually every area of life, has been the development of the nation-state. So pervasive is its influence, so “normal” do its vast powers seem, that to read a document that seeks to limit severely the scope of those powers—even so recent a one as the Constitution of the United States—evokes a sense of great antiquity and strangeness.” (Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, p. 177).

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Pragmatism's Bloody Hands

“If moral values and reason are no more than epiphenomena of natural origins, where can the line be drawn between acceptable and unacceptable behavior? There is no answer to that except a pragmatic one. But the pragmatic answer, as the pragmatist will agree, disappears into smoke when the circumstances change. If there may be said to be any unchanging norms they will be drawn from nature, where, it is plain, personal relations are red in tooth and claw.” (Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, p. 172).

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The Bottomless Pit

“When humanity is not distinguished from nature, there is almost no limit to the extent of its debasement. The fact that homosexuals once had to remain in the closet was a sign of sanity in the society. Now that sexual perversion is being touted as an alternative life-style, and politicians in some jurisdictions cater to it, we must wonder if the pit has any bottom. We are now publishing serious treatises arguing for the benefits of incest. The naturalist assumptions that remove sexual practices from the realms of morality remove everything from the realm of morality. Animals do not act morally or immorally; they only act naturally. A system of ethics that says human beings ought to base their behavior on nature therefore justifies any behavior, because nature knows no ethic. If naturalism rules, it means there is no bar to adultery, which is all right with many naturalists, but it also means there is no bar to murder. Natrualism in ethics moves persistently to fulfill the logical mandate of its assumptions. If man is only one of the animals, it makes no sense to grant him a privileged position over the other animals. It is by a logical inference that some are now proclaiming the rights of animals and proposing vegetarianism as a moral imperative. To say that man is qualitatively superior to animals is to be guilty of the sin of “speciesism.” (Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, p. 171).

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Friday, July 23, 2010

The Ethics of PETA

“Richard Neuhaus has rightly called attention to the irony in the fact that people now wish to counter the dangers of scientism by appealing to nature. That is to appeal from one face of Janus to the other. Now that nature is no longer to be exploited, it is ready to be worshipped. It is still the whole show and we are still part of it, but now being part of it means that we no longer recognize anything that transcends it. For this mentality, the closer we are to nature and the further from civilization, the better off we are. The extreme hatred for human beings and corresponding love for animals that fills the satires of Jonathan Swift is coming into vogue.” (Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, p. 170).

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Theism, Science, and The Divine

“The doctrine of creation meant that there was nothing of the divine in a rock, a plant, or a human body, permitting them to be studied rather than feared or worshipped. Clearing the world of spooks made it possible for us to learn about it.” (Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, p. 169).

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Crying Nazis

“Delving into the self in search of ultimate significance has serious consequences, as do all forms of egoism. One of these is the increase of sentimentality. This destructive impulse, often highly regarded as somehow being “idealistic,” is self-regarding, concerned with feeling good rather than doing good, and thrives on the falsehood that feelings are interchangeable with external realities. Historian Henry May examined its increasing force early in the twentieth century and concluded that it is inseparable from naturalism. The callousness of sentimentality is beyond dispute. There is no incongruity in weeping over the beauty of a flower or a Mozart concerto in between tours of duty in the torture chamber. The sentimentality of some of the most vicious members of the Nazi hierarchy is almost legendary. Solzhenitsyn noticed the same thing in the Soviet concentration camps. In 1984, the state music department programs a machine to write sentimental songs that it uses as an anodyne, so that the masses will be less able to understand what is being done to them.” (Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, p. 168).

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Materialism, Narcissism, and Sensations

“Psychologies of narcissism fall into the mainstream of the new American society in stressing the importance of the experiences of life. As materialism gives way to the new spiritualism, what is possessed seems less important than what is experienced. People would rather save for a luxurious vacation than a luxurious car. Experience is important because it is composed of sensations, and sensations are all that is left of man after the reductionisms of both behaviorism and pantheism destroy his being. For both behaviorists and pantheists human life consists of a succession of sensations inhering in nothing. Without experiencing sensations, then, man loses his identity, even his significance.” (Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, p. 167).

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Chance is All That is Left

“The sands of Kantian rationality are running out in the West. People who depend on the human mind to shape nature’s configuration are in an unenviable position when they come to believe, after decades of being taught otherwise, that reason is a weak and uncertain reed on which to lean. If everything depends on rationality and reason is dead, then there is only chance. That is when Tyche, the goddess of fortune, comes into her own. Daniel Bell is on the right track in seeing tychism—a reality dominated by unknown forces—making a resurgence. “When life has grown arbitrary one becomes obsessed with, and prays to, chance.” (Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, p. 166).

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There is No Reason Apart from God

“Idolizing nature, whether we think it all material or all spiritual, leads us down the blind alley of the Kantian dualism. Those of an older generation usually choose the phenomenal fork and end up in one of the scientisms, such as behaviorism. In this view, life began by chance chemical encounters in the rich primordial soup that once covered the earth; developed into higher forms through the genetic selection of characteristics that enhanced survival; produced the human species; and eventually will pass into extinction.

This picture is drawn entirely from materialist premises, without the interposition of the spirit or mind. It depends, however, on rational inferences from the observed facts. Yet it gives us no cause to believe that reason exists except as a fortuitous advent in the continuous and meaningless flux, on that may disappear soon, to be replaced by another biological event. Reason is thus discredited as a reliable interpreter of reality by a system whose very formulation depends on the rational process.

If the noumenal path is chosen, we end up in the miasma of mysticism, merging with the cosmos, teasing gods and demands out of the subconscious, deliberately cultivating the irrational. This is the murder of reason. It should be no surprise that our age is filled with the recrudescence of superstitions that the scientific revolution was thought to have conquered with the proud victory of phenomena. Society is awash with witchcraft, astrology, reincarnation, magic, alchemy, and hallucinatory drugs.” (Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, p. 164-165).


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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Repentance and Faith

“The prophets did not describe a technical fix for the economic desolation that comes from greed and idolatry. Only repentance and faith would serve. Our own economic difficulties seem to bear no relationship to those times, but the differences are only superficial. Idols of mammon invite us, too, to place our hopes on wealth, tell us that taking is better than giving, tempt us to covet what our neighbor has, convice us that we have been wronged because we do not possess as much as we desire, and finally, pervert the sense of justice that lone can preserve peace. If we continue to worship them, the unrest and discontent that mark our society now are only a sample of the destruction that is to come. Insatiable greed placing infinite claims on finite resources can have no other end.” (Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, p. 139).

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The Latrine Bucket

“The imagination of writers is poverty-stricken in regard to the native life and customs of the Archipelago. When they want to write about the most reprehensible and disgraceful aspect of prison, they always accuse the latrine bucket. In literature the latrine bucket has become the symbol of humiliation, or stink. Oh, how frivolous can you be? Now was the latrine bucket really an evil for the prisoner? On the contrary, it was the most merciful device of the prison administration. The actual horror began the moment there was no latrine bucket in the cell.

In 1937there were no latrine buckets in certain Siberian prisons, or there weren’t enough. Not enough of them had been made ahead of time—Siberian industry hadn’t caught up with the full scope of arrests. There were no latrine barrels in the warehouses for the newly created cells. There were old latrine buckets in the cells, but they were antiquated and small, and the only reasonable thing to do at that point was to remove them, since they amounted to nothing at all for the new reinforcements of prisoners. So if long ago the Minusinsk Prison had been built for five hundred people (Vladimir Ilyich Lenin was never inside it; he moved about freely), and there were now ten thousand in it, it meant that each latrine bucket ought to have become twenty times bigger. But it had not.

Our Russian pens write only in large letters. We have lived through so very much, and almost none of it has been described and called by its right name. But, for western authors, peering through a microscope at the living cells of everyday life, shaking a test tube in the beam of strong light, this is after all a whole epic, another ten volumes of Remembrance of Things Past: to describe the perturbation of a human soul placed in a cell filled to twenty times its capacity and with no latrine bucket, where prisoners are taken out to the toilet only once a day! Of course, much of the texture of this life is bound to be quite unknown to Western writers; they wouldn’t realize that in this situation one solution was to urinate in your canvas hood, nor would they at all understand one prisoner’s advice to another to urinate in his boot! And yet that advice was the fruit of wisdom derived from vast experience, and it didn’t involve spoiling the boot and it didn’t reduce the boot to the status of a pail. It meant that the boot had to be taken off, turned upside down, the boot tops turned inside out and up—and thus a cylindrical vessel was formed that constituted the much-needed container. But, at the same time, with that psychological twists and turns Western writers could enrich their literature (without in the least risking any banal repetition of the famous masters) if they only knew about the scheme of things in that same Minusinsk Prison: there was only one food bowl for every four prisoners; and one mug of drinking water per day was issued to each (there were enough mugs to go around). And it could happen that one of the four contrived to use the bowl allotted to him and three others to relieve his internal pressure and then refuse to hand over his daily water ration to wash it out before lunch. What a conflict! What a clash of four personalities! What nuances! (And I am not joking. That is when the rock bottom of a human being is revealed. It is only that Russian pens are too busy to write about it, and Russian eyes don’t have time to read about it. I am not joking—because only doctors can tell us how months in such a cell will ruin a human beings health for his entire life, even if he wasn’t shot under Yezhov and was rehabilitated under Kruschchev.) (Aleksandr Solzhenistyn The Gulag Archipelago, Volume I page 540-542)


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Judgment Falls

“Judgment falls in ways that are appropriate to the evils that provoke it. Our policies of greed have brought an end to the increase of wealth to which we have become accustomed, and we have begun to destroy the capital resources that have taken three centuries to build. In so doing, we have spurned the biblical principle that we are stewards of the material goods entrusted to us and not their masters. The ancient kingdoms of Israel and Judah committed similar deeds, and the prophetic voices raised at that time warned that their crimes would call forth judgment that would shatter their economic well being.

"Their goods shall be plundered,
and their houses laid waste.
Though they build houses,
they shall not inhabit them;
though they plant vineyards,
they shall not drink wine from them."
(Zephaniah 1:13 ESV)

You have sown much, and harvested little. You eat, but you never have enough; you drink, but you never have your fill. You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm. And he who earns wages does so to put them into a bag with holes.
(Haggai 1:6 ESV)

Shall I acquit the man with wicked scales
and with a bag of deceitful weights?
Your rich men are full of violence;
your inhabitants speak lies,
and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth.
Therefore I strike you with a grievous blow,
making you desolate because of your sins.
You shall eat, but not be satisfied,
and there shall be hunger within you;
you shall put away, but not preserve,
and what you preserve I will give to the sword.
You shall sow, but not reap;
you shall tread olives, but not anoint yourselves with oil;
you shall tread grapes, but not drink wine.
(Micah 6:11-15 ESV)

(Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, p. 138)

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Monday, July 19, 2010

The Ethics of Mammon

“Idolatries of mammon are unanimous in their insistence that it is more blessed to receive than to give; their ethic therefore is one of taking. Political economies that follow them are inflationary and redistributive. They elevate respectable forms of stealing into principles of virtue, putting themselves in the position of those whom the prophet denounced: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil” (Is. 5:20). That is why it is not the worst elements of society that are the most dangerous but those whom society has judged the most worthy of respect and trust, just as in the Old Testament: the objects of the prophets’ wrath were the princes, judges, and religious leaders.” (Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, p. 137).
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The Love of Money

“It is the constant claim of ideologies of the left that capitalism has not satisfied people. That is perfectly true, because it is not in the nature of economic systems to satisfy anyone. Economic ideologies ranging across the entire political spectrum promise a cornucopia of material prosperity that will wipe away all tears. In so doing, they become idolatrous. The Christian position from the beginning has been that people are satisfied by becoming reconciled with God, not by acquiring wealth. Idolatries of mammon are in fundamental disagreement with the warning of Jesus that “a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (Luke 12:15). The ethical injunction that has to accompany such a position is contentment; therefore, the apostle says that “if we have food and clothing, with these we shall be content” (1 Tim. 6:8). And again, “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have” (Heb. 13:5). That is why Marx called religion the opium of the people, he rightly saw that Christian faith is antithetical to the envy, the grasping for more, on which his revolution depends.” (Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, p. 136-137).

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Friday, July 16, 2010

Stuck in Enlightenment Thinking

“In the late-twentieth century, most of the competing socio-political systems embody one version or another of the Enlightenment mindset, which cannot understand the nature of evil. Only that kind of error could place the powers in the hands of officials that we have placed there and expect anything good to come of it. Those, on the other hand, who see all our troubles in the modern state and think they will be solved by a libertarian solution make the same error. Both ideologies are environmentalisms that place the blame for social malfunction everywhere but where it belongs: on man itself. The apologists for modern capitalism distorted Adam Smith’s vision to mean that when people do evil, those acts are somehow not permitted to bear their evil fruits. The invisible hand solves the problem of evil by taking from it all its consequences. (Herbert Schlossberg,Idols for Destruction, p. 135).

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

The (Im)Permanence of Soviet Law

“During the years of World War II, the use of capital punishment was occasionally extended for various reasons (as, for example, by the militarization of the railroads), and, at times, was broadened as to method (from April, 1943, on, for example, with the decree on hanging).

All these events delayed to a certain extent the promised full, final, and perpetual repeal of the death penalty. However, the patience and loyalty of our people finally earned them this reward. In May, 1947, Iosif Vissarionivich inspected his new starched dickey in his mirror, liked it, and dictated to the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet the Decree on the Abolition of Capital Punishment in peacetime (replacing it with a new maximum term of twenty-five years—it was a good pretext for introducing the so-called quarter).

But our people are ungrateful, criminal, and incapable of appreciating generosity. Therefore, after the rulers had creaked along and eked out two and a half years without the death penalty, on January 12, 1950, a new decree was published that constituted an about-face: “In view of petitions pouring in from the national republics [the Ukraine?], from the trade unions [oh, those lovely trade unions; they always know what’s needed], from peasant organizations [this was dictated by a sleepwalker: the Gracious Sovereign had stomped to death all peasant organizations way back in the Year of the Great Turning Point], and also from cultural leaders [now, that is quite likely],” capital punishment was restored for a conglomeration of “traitors of the Motherland, spies, and subversives-diversionists.” (And, of course, they forgot to repeal the quarter, the twenty-five year sentence, which remained in force.)

And once this return to our familiar friend, to our beheading blade, had begun, things went further with no effort at all: in 1954, for premeditated murder; in May 1961, for theft of state property, and counterfeiting, and terrorism in places of imprisonment (this was directed especially at prisoners who killed informers and terrorized the camp administration); in July 1961, for violating the rules governing foreign currency transactions; in February, 1962, for threatening the lives of (shaking a fist at) policemen or Communist vigilantes, the so-called “druzhinniki”; then for rape; and immediately thereafter for bribery.
But all of this is simply temporary—until complete abolition. And that’s how it’s described today too.” (Aleksandr Solzhenistyn The Gulag Archipelago, Volume I page 439-440).

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The Profiteers in the Redistributive State

“Those who bought stock in the redistributive state before it began its dizzying rise have done well. Professors of the social sciences, powerful business executives, high government officials, successful politicians, recipients of tax money and implicit grants in an almost infinite variety of forms, heads of research institutes, lecture-circuit gurus, international consultants, humanitarian leaders with well-watered reputations for benevolence—they all radiate the aura of wisdom belonging only to those who buy at the bottom and ride their investment up a one-way escalator.” (Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, p. 134-135).

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Free Action vs. Coercion

"The alternative to free economic activity is not cooperation but coercion . . . Redistribution is absolutely incompatible with peace. Accepted as a norm for civil life, it means that social strife is inevitable" (Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, p. 134).

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Capital Consumption, Part II

“An economy living on capital rather than income resembles a body deprived of nourishment, living off its own tissues and wasting away. But this is not an organism that is starving because of external factors beyond its control. It is, rather, suffering from an infantile inability to discipline itself and provide for its future. The irresponsibility of a government that behaves as ours does reflects the irresponsibility of its electorate. “There is a bias,” concludes Edward Tufte, “toward policies with immediate, highly visible benefits and deferred, hidden costs—myopic policies for myopic voters.” This is the mentality that refuses to plant a tree, that consumes the seed corn. The point of the proverb that warns against killing the goose that lays the golden eggs is that capital must be preserved in order to provide income. If you enjoy raost goose today, you cannot have golden eggs tomorrow. The present consumption of capital—often capital accumulated by previous generations—bears ominous tidings for the future, when people will seek income from capital that is no longer there. That is why the outcome of greed is poverty.” (Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, p. 131-132).
“Taxes reduce the production of what is taxed: industry, profitability, thrift, and investment. Subsidies increase the production of what is subsidized, and in the redistributive society that means idleness and parasitism. It also means cynicism, because redistribution is invariably done in the name of justice. It is not an ideological preference to say that a state-directed economy tends to reduce wealth and a free one to increase it. It is, rather, a matter of observation. That was also the experience of the Roman Empire. The first two centuries were prosperous ones, buoyed by the unfettered opportunities for private initiative. After that the heavy hand of the state brought both poverty and oppression. People that choose wealth over freedom can have neither.” (Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, p. 132-133).


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Capital Consumption, Part I

“Capital that is not invested is consumed one way or another. Keynes wrote that one of the evils of a depreciating currency is that it confuses the distinction between income and capital, making it likely that people will live on the latter while thinking they are living on the former. “The increasing money value of the community’s capital goods obscures temporarily a diminution in the real quantity in the stock.” A family that borrows against the increased equity in a house in order to buy a car is living on capital. A city in which the roads, buildings, and parks are deteriorating is doing the same thing. And so is a business that is not depreciating its machinery sufficiently because accounting procedures and tax laws do not fully recognize the effects of inflation.

Capital that is neither invested nor spent voluntarily is taxed away and consumed away. When capital is taxed by the state, it is diverted from an investment role to a consumption role. The social democracies specialize in this, but it is an ancient practice. The rules of the late Roman Empire, desperate for funds and having already taxed income unbearably, resorted to taxing capital, with disastrous results.” (Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, p. 130-131).

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Savings, Investment, and Wealth Redistribution

“It is only a slight oversimplification to say that prosperity is largely a matter of saving and investment. The enemy of saving is consumption. What is consumed cannot be saved, and what is not saved cannot be invested. Resources that are not invested cannot be used to replace machinery that is worn out or to increase productivity.” (Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, p. 128).

“…only redistributive processes are zero-sum games: protective tariffs, mortgage subsidies, and armed robberies all transfer wealth forcibly from one person to another. Economic transactions are voluntary exchanges, which means that both parties perceive themselves as benefitting. A given economic transaction is zero-sum only if one party has miscalculated or been deceived. The principle of redistribution is exploitation and the principle of economics is cooperation. Applying zero-sum theory inappropriately to economic thinking has reinforced the damage done by making envy a normative principle. Both assume that economic activities are analogous to a series of feuds in which every winner implies a loser.” (Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, p. 128).


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Monday, July 12, 2010

Enlightenment Values vs. The Economics of Reality

“The basic assumption justifying the extension of government power over economic life is the Enlightenment conviction that people have the goodness and wisdom to control other people. Much has been made in recent years over the debates between Keynesian and monetarist economists, but this is just a family feud. Both agree that the state has the right to control economic relations. This means that politics replaces economics, and compulsion replaces freedom. That is the meaning of Ludwig von Mises’ remark that the “outstanding fact of the intellectual history of the last hundred years is the struggle against economics.” One of the conditions of a society in which politics replaces economics is that wealth is obtained not so much from production as from pull. Robert Bork concludes that antitrust law cannot be enforced uniformly because the damage done to the economy would overwhelm it. But if the law cannot be enforced uniformly, then it cannot be enforced justly; the selectivity of its enforcement makes the law a weapon. State officials decide against whom it is to be used. That is not the kind of power that anyone can be expected to handle with justice.
“Trusting officialdom with control of our economic destiny is the foundation for both tyranny and economic futility.” (Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, p. 126).


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Price Controls

“Modern [price] controls are issued for the same reasons as the ancient ones: they serve to hide the reason for the price increases. Diocletian’s problem with rising prices came from the fact that he was depreciating the money by issuing large amounts of debased coins. Given that, prices had to rise. People could not comply with the law, which eventually fell into disuse after casuing great hardship and many deaths.” (Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, p. 125).

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Friday, July 09, 2010

The Modern State Destroys

“…there is scarcely a field of endeavor in which the modern centralized state has come close to achieving the avowed purpose of a major initiative without also bringing into existence destructive, usually unanticipated, side effects. Welfare, urban renewal, and macroeconomic policies are only the most visible of a long list of unacknowledged disasters. Even the Federal Reserve System, now two-thirds of a century old and almost without fundamental challenge as to its powers, has failed utterly to achieve its basic purpose. It was supposed to ensure monetary stability, but its establishment was followed by a period of instability greater than any since the Civil War and possibly than any period of American history after the Revolution. Planned economies, far from being efficient, are notable for their inability to match supply and demad with anything like the effectiveness of the free market system.” (Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, p. 123).

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The Arrogation of Power

“Modern idolatries of mammon rely largely on the enhancements of the power of the state in economic affairs in order to attain their ends. Along with historicist perspectives that speak of the inevitability of this development, we are given arguments that purport to show the dire consequences of hesitating to give economic authority to the state. The young Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., raised the Communist bogeyman in 1949 to justify the arrogation of power by the federal government. We are to be grateful to the New Deal, he said, because without it communism would have appealed to the masses after “orthodoxy” failed to end the depression.” (Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, p. 118).

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Thursday, July 08, 2010

Capitalists Hate Competition

“From the avidity with which businessmen seek to avoid having competitors, we can infer that competition is at least as distasteful to capitalists as it is to socialists. They may praise it on the lecture tour, but when it comes to questions of public policy, they seem to believe that it works well only in other industries. Tariffs are always popular with the protected industries because they reduce the threat of foreign competition. And if tariffs are reduced by negotiation, then nontariff barriers may work as well: quotas, standards, and irrelevant requirements can protect a domestic industry as well as a tariff.” (Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, p. 112.)

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Ignoring Evil

“In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousandfold in the future. When we neither punish nor reproach evildoers, we are not simply protecting their trivial old age, we are thereby ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations. It is for this reason, and not because of the “weakness of indoctrinational work,” that they are growing up “indifferent.” Young people are acquiring the conviction that foul deeds are never punished on earth, that they always bring prosperity.
It is going to be uncomfortable, horrible, to live in such a country.” (Aleksandr Solzhenistyn, The Gulag Archipelago, Volume I page 178)


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The Destruction of Government Credit

“The schemes by which people get economic benefit at the expense of others are almost endless in variety. There are many kinds of credit assistance, for example, and it is widely considered that they are conferred at no cost. But that is not true. Credit is a valuable and scarce commodity, and when it is subsidized by loan guarantees, such as those given to veterans to help them purchase houses, or to Lockheed to bail it out of the consequences of gross mismanagement, that credit is taken away from individuals and companies who are better risks and would receive preference from lenders. Further, it stimulates demands from those deprived sectors for similar subsidies.” (Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, p. 110.)

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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Glimpses of Humanity in the Torturer

“N. P-----va recalls the time when she was being taken to interrogation by an impassive, silent woman guard with unseeing eyes—when suddenly the bombs began to explode right next to the Big House and it sounded as if at the next moment they would fall directly on them. The terrified guard threw her arms around her prisoner and embraced her, desperate for human companionship and sympathy. Then the bombings stopped. And her eyes became unseeing again. “Hands behind your back! Move along.”

Well…of course, there was no great merit in that—to become a human being at the moment of death. Similarly, loving one’s own children is no proof of virtue. (People often try to excuse scoundrels by saying: “He’s a good family man!”) The Chairman of the Supreme Court, I.T. Golyakov, is praised: he enjoyed digging in his garden, he loved books, he used to browse around used- and rare-book stores, he knew the work of Tolstoy, Korolenko, and Chekhov. Well, what did he learn from them? How many thousands did he destroy? Or, for example, that colonel, Konkordiya Iosse’s friend, who had roared with laughter in the Vladimir Detention Prison at the memory of locking up a group of old Jews in an ice-filled root cellar, had been afraid of one thing only during all his debaucheries: that his wife might find out about them. She believe in him, regarded him as noble, and this faith of hers was precious to him. But do we dare accept that feeling as a bridgehead to virtue in his heart?” (Aleksandr Solzhenistyn The Gulag Archipelago, Volume I page 172)


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Solzhenitsyn on Evil and the Human Heart

“If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?

During the life of any heart this line keeps changing places; sometimes it is squeezed one way by exuberant evil and sometimes it shifts to allow enough space for good to flourish. One and the same human being is, at various ages, under various circumstances, a totally different human being. At times he is close to being a devil, at times to sainthood. But his name doesn’t change, and to that name we ascribe the whole lot, good and evil.” (Aleksandr Solzhenistyn The Gulag Archipelago, Volume I page 168)


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The Myth of the Infinite Growth Paradigm

“How does an economy produce all that is needed to satisfy a populace convinced that it is entitled to ever more resources? The common answer is economic growth. If desires are insatiable, the source needed to supply them must be infinite, with production graphs curving sharply upward ad infinitum. That leads us to what Gary North calls “the theology of the exponential curve.” Such curves always collapse after their meteoric rise. He cites the calculations of the biologist Garret Hardin who asks us to imagine the thirty pieces of silver that Judas received for betraying Jesus drawing 3 percent interest ever since that time. If they were silver dollars, there would now be more than $300,000 for every person on earth. Since that is far in excess of the real wealth on earth, the dollar wealth would be illusory.

In a world of scarcity, which is the one in which we live, compound interest without end and growth without end are in the same category as entitlements without end; they are illusions. But illusions in which people place their faith take on a sinister reality. When they are cashed in without sufficient resources to pay everyone off, then a process of allocation must be devised to settle claims. That process often is violence.” (Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, p. 108.)
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The Power of Foul Language

Chapter Three of Volume I of The Gulag Archipelago is devoted to methods of interrogation used by the GPU (what later became the KGB).  The third method of psychological torture employed is foul language.  It seems almost impossible to me that such a method could have any efficacy, particularly in our era.

As a bit of a side note, I was walking through the Minneapolis Farmer's Market held on Thursday's on Nicollet Mall, and overheard a black woman, probably in her late twenties, having a "conversation" on her cell phone in which she referred to the person on the other end of the line as a "bitch ass" and other such pronouns throughout the conversation.  She also used the f-word as her adjective of choice.  I had a similar experience at a restaurant near my house, only that time the conversation was in-person, and my oldest daughter heard the entire conversation.  It is alarming to me that our language is being reduced such that profanity has become the standard way of speaking. 

Here is Solzhenitsyn:

"Foul language is not a clever method, but it can have powerful impact on people who are well brought up, refined, delicate.  I know of two cases involving priests, who capitulated to foul language alone.  One of them, in the Butyrki in 1944, was being interrogated by a woman.  At first when he'd come back to our cell he couldn't say often enough how polite she was .  But once he came back very despondent, and for a long time refused to tell us how, with her legs crossed high, she had begun to curse."  (Aleksandr Solzhenistyn The Gulag Archipelago, Volume I page 93)

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Needs, Wants, and Legitimacy

“All true needs—such as food, drink, and companionship—are satiable. Illegitimate wants—pride, envy, greed—are insatiable. By their nature they cannot be satisfied. In that sense materialism is the opium of the people. Enough is never enough. Greater quantities are required for satisfaction, and each increment proves inadequate the next time. That is the horror of the giant in John Bunyan and the wicked witch in C.S. Lewis who give their victims food that causes greater hunger. The idolatries that promise wealth without end draw adherents as the tavern draws alcoholics. Ivan Illich calls this “the ethos of nonsatiety.” That is the sense in which the love of money is the root of all evils (1 Tim. 6:10).” (Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, p. 107-108).
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Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Fabricated Charges Inevitably Lead to Torture

"Once it was established that charges had to be brought at any cost and despite everything, threats, violence, tortures became inevitable.  And the more fantastic the charges were, the more ferocious the interrogation had to be in order to force the required confession.  Given the fact that the cases were always fabricated, violence and torture had to accompany them."  (Aleksandr Solzhenistyn The Gulag Archipelago, Volume I page 93)



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The Insane Prophets

"If the intellectuals in the plays of Chekhov who spent all their time guessing what would happen in twenty, thirty, or forty years had been told that in forty years interrogation by torture would be practiced in Russia; that prisoners would have their skulls squeezed within iron rings; that a human being would be lowered into an acid bath; that they would be trussed up naked to be bitten by ants and bedbugs; that a ramrod heated over a primus stove would be thrust up their anal canal (the "secret brand"); that a man's genitals would be slowly crushed beneath the toe of a jackboot; and that, in the luckiest possible circumstances, prisoners would be tortured by being kept from sleeping for a week, by thirst, and by being beaten to a bloody pulp, not one of Chekhov's plays would have gotten to its end because all the heroes would have gone off to insane asylums."  (Aleksandr Solzhenistyn The Gulag Archipelago, Volume I page 93)


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Moral Environment and Responsibility

“Avarice and envy do not come from a system; they are put into the system and change it. Conceptions that blame systems for the failures of people confuse cause and effect. Peter Drucker, who was forced out of Austria by the advance of Hitler’s forces, has called it a contradiction to ascribe anti-Catholic or anti-Semitic measures to the pressure of governments on the unwilling masses. He does not believe it possible for totalitarian regimes to act against the will of a people determined to oppose them. Similarly, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn has refused to absolve the Russian people, including himself, from the crimes that occurred under Stalin (or those that still occur). Resistance has always been possible, he says, and with enough participants, may be effective. It is even more clear that the citizens in democracies cannot be absolved from the crimes and stupidities of their leaders. There is no refuge in the cry that the system is responsible.” (Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, p. 106).

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The Tenth Commandment and The Enlightenment

“The Tenth Commandment is based on a far wiser understanding of human nature because it recognizes that the covetousness that demands what its neighbor possesses is a personal failure that affects the environment, exactly the opposite of the Enlightenment view. And in saying, “you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife… or anything that is your neighbor’s” (Ex. 20:17), it shows that the field for envy is far wider than the constricted vision of modern materialism understands." (Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, p. 105).

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Friday, July 02, 2010

The Plunge

“The plunge is not sudden, for the habit of centuries is strong, built into the revered documents and the surviving institutions. Marriage, the ideal of love, respect for other persons, for the law, for work, for reason, the self-limitation on human autonomy, all remain. But cut off from the theological and moral foundations, these moral principles are gradually seen to be hanging in midair. People who are interested in ideas—the intellectuals—see this first. Perhaps what is now happening is that large numbers of people are realizing they believe in nothing fundamental that prohibits serial marriage, theft, and the taking of life. Finally, with the remnants of Christian principle entirely gone, sentiment will rule completely. We will have forced sterilization to improve the breeding stock. Infanticide will be practiced openly as it was in the paganism of antiquity; then geronticide to relieve financial pressures; and then anyone may be killed when sentiment wills it. In time, there should be no longer any need to speak of compassion. Without the overriding ethical requirements that the creator and sustainer of the universe expressed in normative statements, all of that will make sense.” (Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, pp. 86-87).

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The Arts as Prophets of Doom

“Herbert Read once remarked that “a society does not dethrone its flatterers.” After the vision of human perfectability was incorporated into the democratic faith, the biblical view of man as sinner began to fade in the popular consciousness. But now that the masses have been comfortable for several generations with that flattering portrait, it is about to be replaced by one they can hardly imagine. There are clues aplenty in the nihilism of the visual arts, the film, stage and fiction, but soon it will be plainer. F.A. Voigt has described how the crimes of National Socialism were all prefigured in the literature, stage, and film of inter-war Germany. “The transition from things imagined to things real is a very easy one, and men, no less than children, will suit action to fantasy.” (Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, p. 86).

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Thursday, July 01, 2010

What the Future Holds

“We cannot now see what kind of world it is that the forces of humanism are bringing us to, especially since history has a way of bringing the unexpected. A great catastrophe may lie in our future. Or, perhaps a Ninevah-like repentance of the whole society, with a general healing of the ravages caused by humanism. But if the present progress of humanism should continue, the immediate future will not be bright. “If God is dead,” said Dostoevsky, “everything is permitted.” The humanist insistence that its sentiment will not be hobbled by any outside restraint brings us the world he had in mind. Everywhere it is dominant it brings us “higher” morality, which never seems to work out as promised. The Enlightenment smuggled in teleology and ethics to its machine world, and it ended up in the blood bath of the 1790s. Why was that? Because, said Toynbee, the Enlightenment ethic was based on “Mephistophelian maladies of disillusionment, apprehension and cynicism,” rather than the Christian virtues of faith, hope, and charity. Toynbee saw the same features growing in our society.” “Herbert Read once remarked that “a society does not dethrone its flatterers.” After the vision of human perfectability was incorporated into the democratic faith, the biblical view of man as sinner began to fade in the popular consciousness. But now that the masses have been comfortable for several generations with that flattering portrait, it is about to be replaced by one they can hardly imagine. There are clues aplenty in the nihilism of the visual arts, the film, stage and fiction, but soon it will be plainer. F.A. Voigt has described how the crimes of National Socialism were all prefigured in the literature, stage, and film of inter-war Germany. “The transition from things imagined to things real is a very easy one, and men, no less than children, will suit action to fantasy.” (Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, pp. 85).

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Humanitarianism, Power, and the State

“The power behind the lever of modern humanitarianism is the state, that savior through which the apostles of ontological victimhood find a poor man in the slums and shower compassion on him in the form of other peoples’ property. That ensures that he will remain in the slums living off others, despising himself for it, and beholden to his humanitarian benefactors. He remains a ward of the compassionate ones and their political and bureaucratic allies.” (Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, p. 75).

“The humanitarian aim is to exercise power. Whether the ideology acknowledges this openly or not, all the policies converge on it. Ryan says as much when he urges us to stop the fruitless tinkering with the victim and focus on “the real targets—redistribution of money and power.” Christopher Jencks agrees. He wants to “establish political control over the economic institutions that shape our society.” The ultimate recipients of that money, power, and control will be Ryan and Jencks and their friends, the ideologues who wish to reshape the whole society and everyone in it, along with the bureaucrats and the political, business, and educational leaders who can profit from the process.” (Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, p. 76).

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