This week in Illinois, local elections concluded. In some instances, liberal progressives were successful in their attempts to influence public policy, and in some instances not. By and large, though, liberals can be smiling at their success. In success and defeat, they demonstrated their worldview that government, and no other, is suited to solve the social ills facing education, city services, and public finance. For some their hearts are in the right place. For others, they see using government vehicles as a tool for financial gain. Regardless, they still cannot deny the truth of their actions – liberal progressives are incapable of maintaining their worldview without coercively threatening the lives of others. Their worldview is the epitome of immorality.
For the kind hearted progressives, society is a godsend for which we should be thankful. We enrich our lives from the people with live and work with. Therefore, we’re obligated to ensure that everyone has that same basic level of opportunity to engage society’s benefits. For those financially well off, it means your obligation is financial. For those of certain ethnic groups or genders, it means sacrificing your opportunity to others traditionally discriminated against. The ethics of society seek to protect the longevity of society, even if that means sacrificing the livelihood of others in the process. However, that goal is always couched in happy sounding terms – egalitarianism, social justice, human rights.
Liberals frankly are all wrong; nothing is more moral, at its core, than giving individuals the rights to live their lives and the responsibility required for their own well-being. Liberals state their undying love for education, except if that education means they have little control over it. They stress the importance of individualism in lifestyle choices, but decry the profits and success of the “rich and greedy” in America that use their individual talents to achieve happiness and economic stability. Frankly put, liberals are so infatuated with making sure everyone is the same that they have little regard for the people they dehumanize.
Liberals constantly try to paint the European brand of social justice as the ideal, but what makes their societies so prosperous is not egalitarianism. It’s entrepreneurialism, or essentially the ability to turn your concepts and ideas into successful business ventures, the impacts prosperity the most. In a large study of global prosperity, and ranking the most prosperous to the least, in 2011, Christopher Heiman has this to say:
Of perhaps utmost importance, nearly all the nations in the top 10 are adept at fostering entrepreneurship and opportunity. Legatum’s researchers concluded that a country’s ranking in this area is the clearest proxy of its overall ranking in the index.
This means low business startup costs, lots of cellphones, plenty of secure Internet servers, a history of high R&D spending and the perception that working hard gets you ahead.
Individualism is the ethic at the heart of entrepreneurialism. It is the firm belief that people matter; human rational capabilities are endless, and people with a dedication to preserving their life and liberty will always provide better solutions than the government. The private market is being relied on in education reform across the globe. Chile faced a similar public pension crisis as the United States, and found that transitioning from state to individualized pensions benefitted workers. Privatized markets and deregulated industries are stabilizing European societies. The liberal worldview is an utter failure. Government, the state, society – whatever term one chooses to use – is unsustainable without the dynamism of its individuals.
Beyond the empirical successes of removing the state from individual prosperity, liberals simply lack the moral clarity to have any justification for their actions. They want to help promote individual rights by taking the property of another. They justify the defense of “civil rights” by viciously attacking those they disagree with. They couch their ideals in terms of absolute human rights, but are more than willing to apply a utilitarian ethic to public policy. At their core, liberals want power over all individuals’ lives; they simply know the world would never allow their dehumanization to occur if given a truly free choice.
Liberals are ignorant of the moral framework necessary to understand that nobody’s life but their own is their responsibility. If they’re not willing to constantly work at securing their own prosperity, there’s little reason to think they’d be successful in securing anyone else’s. Challenge them to think on their feet, and press them to explain their philosophy with reason. More likely than not, the conversation won’t go much farther than that.