This is a guest-piece from my good friend and mentor, Russ Farris; author of the ground-breaking book, “The Pot Belly Syndrome“.
After seeing the film, 2016: Omama’s America, he shared these thoughts regarding the differences between American liberals and really hard-core Leftists, which often call themselves “progressives”; and which Russ Farris refers to as “Super liberals”.
The difference between the two is a matter of degrees; of what corollaries of liberal thought one is willing to accept, and how far one is willing to take these.
2016:Obama’s America got me to thinking about ordinary liberals and super liberals.
- If we are plastic, we can be molded into anything.
- If anyone can be anything, then everyone is fundamentallyequal.
- If we are fundamentally equal, then only our circumstances make us unequal.
- If circumstances make us unequal, then the circumstances can be adjusted to eliminate inequalities.
- If the differences between us are due to our circumstances, then there is nothing special about anyone.
- If no one is special, then individual hopes, accomplishments, and failures mean nothing.
- If individual hopes, accomplishments, and failures mean nothing, then individual rights are unimportant.
- In a perfected state, no one is special.
- When societies are perfected, people will be perfected (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soviet_man).
- It’s not enough to perfect my city, my state, or my country, I have to perfect the world.
- [Many other proposed corollaries deleted]
- Walter Duranty who wrote glowing accounts of the Soviet Union while the Gulags were being filled and millions of Ukrainians were being starved.
- The American journalists who praised Stalin for exterminating most of his senior army officers before Stalin joined Hitler to invade Poland.
- The union leaders and university professors who accepted Soviet funds from Soviet agent Jan Valtin in the Thirties.
- Community organizers like Saul Alinsky and Frank Marshall Davis (President Obama’s mentor).