Thursday, October 09, 2008

Popular Leftwing Misconceptions about the Right

After my last post, four Masters Students from Ontario have invited me to critically assess some of their articles they have published on their new blog. They are interested in a counter view point. I can respect that. As Hegel proclaimed higher ideas are born out of the thesis— antithesis=synthesis dialectic. So let’s give it a shot a roughneck against university academics.

The article historically traces ideology in Canada (from Keynes to Neo-conservatism) and offers us the chance to begin to make some conclusions about the consequences of those changes— albeit through a socialist filter. The conclusions are too broad to argue in 500 words, so let’s start with some of the premises. The article is predicated on popular leftwing misconceptions about the movement toward liberal markets and greater freedoms.

“to maximum state involvement of the Keynesian policies and recently back towards a minimalist neo-conservative view.”

Keynsian economics is a monetary policy not a political one. Keynsian monetary policy dictates that the government should inflate the money supply to match the demands of production. In that sense Keynsian economics is still the order of the day. The Austrian economists would never have advised a 700 billion dollar bailout. In fact Austrian economics predicted the financial collapse which we are now witnessing.

Also neo-conservatism is hardly the Stephen Harper Conservative model. Neo-conservatism believes in world building, big military and are hardly opposed to deficit spending—see George Bush.

“and more specifically Ontario, the reigning political ideology favours minimal state involvement in economic life.”

I don’t consider the Canadian government to be anything near “minimalist intervention”. Powerful unions, crown corporations, wealth transfer payments, some of the highest tax rates in the world… the list could go on, but the point being that any interpretations that are to be made about the Canadian standard of living/economy should be made with the understanding that Canada is closer to socialism than it is to truly capitalist world.

This ideology (free market) rests on the theory that everyone will benefit from free market societies as wealth tends to have a trickle down effect.

Not exactly, the higher premise is that a free individual living in a free world will be better suited to produce wealth without the interfering of a distant bureaucrat. People are better left to making their own decisions than being led about by a powerful government. See the difference between Russia and North America.

"The social spending that is under greatest attack in Ontario is income maintenance programs….This program subsequently works to maintain inequalities, not lessen them."

All socialist schemes entrench class rigidity. Since the Paris Union man has been limited in the wealth he can produce he has none to pass onto his children, instead he passes on his title (job status), and his rent controlled apartment. This is all well and good, but what about the immigrants, the youngster with no nepotistic connections? Government control and high taxes have limited the private sphere and the public sphere/ and unions are being blocked by the third and fourth generation workers so what are the options for outsiders?

5 Comments:

At 5:18 PM, Blogger Richard said...

Aw dude... You fell into their trap...

It's called the Hegelian dialectic: Thesis, anti-thesis = synthesis... That'd be fine but all they're offering is the opportunity to make a bad idea less bad. Look at it this way:

Picture the color white as truth... picture the color black as deception... They're offering up the color black as their argument (thesis) and they're allowing you to offer up the color white (antithesis). No matter how much white is added, the resulting mixture will always be a shade of grey (synthesis)... The end result is that the deception is advanced, though in incremental amounts...

 
At 5:22 PM, Blogger djxtreme said...

farts. Just about as intelligent as anything I see here.

 
At 6:40 PM, Blogger angryroughneck said...

Thanks Richard, of course you are right. I was looking where to run before I had even caught the ball.

 
At 7:21 PM, Blogger JMK said...

"I don’t consider the Canadian government to be anything near “minimalist intervention”. Powerful unions, crown corporations, wealth transfer payments, some of the highest tax rates in the world… the list could go on, but the point being that any interpretations that are to be made about the Canadian standard of living/economy should be made with the understanding that Canada is closer to socialism than it is to truly capitalist world." Angryroughneck)
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Same thing can be said about America. We haven't had the "free market" since 1912.

Since that date, we've had the government-regulated economy.

We moved slightly toward Supply-Side policies after Jimmy Carter's debacle, but over the last few years we've been flirting with Keynesian socialism again...and things are NOT looking up!

 
At 9:50 PM, Blogger Joe Green said...

Canada is the best place in the whole world to live. Three of the ten best cities in the world are Canadian.

What has saved Canada from the wrenching economic contractions in the USA, is our "mixed economy" and our emphasis on "peace, order and good government", something that the Americans do not have, and something that has served us well over our long history as one of the oldest functioning democracies in the world.

The real problem with Ayn Rand fascists is that they just cannot get used to the idea, that laisse faire capitalism is as dead as a doo doo bird, and has suffered the same precise fate that has visited communism.

"Free Markets are not Free". They are manipulated by cynical seedy little bastards with no redeeming social value who pretend to contribute to society by shuffling paper and clipping coupons.

Right wing politics in North America is suffering the same death throes that communism suffered with the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Its really worth the effort to destroy corporate fascism today, just like it was when Canadian troops landed on the beaches of Normandy and fought in the streets of Ortona in Italy in WWII.

The inevitable end game of "corporate fascism" is violence, murder and mayhem and ultimately warfare.

That is what the quarter million Americanistas in Calgary actually foster and promote in Alberta.

Like roughneck, they should all point their noses south, and then follow it.

And we certainly do not need to read any more fairy tales by Ayn Rand whose heroes promoted perpetual motion machines, and who kept asking themselves who they were.

We all know "who is John Galt". He was a nobody, a fraud and a fake. A character created to milk gullible people like Roughneck of their scarce funds and their even more scarce humanity and compassion.

If you really want to see the face of "compassion" from "conservative fascists", just have a good look at New Orleans.

When you let pirate killers loose from Galt's Gulch, you get New Orleans, murder, mayhem and all.

Bye Bye Ms. Amerikan Pie!

 

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