Thursday, July 01, 2010

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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