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Civilization’s Wrecking Crew

Posted on February 20 2010 10:15 am
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by J. R. Nyquist

Joseph Schumpeter once explained that many Marxists and Keynesians never read a line of Marx or Keynes. According to Thomas Sowell, “They have gotten their ideas second- or third-hand from the intelligentsia.” One might say that Marxism and Keynesianism bear a resemblance to disease. If Bubonic plague is carried by flea-infested rats, Marxism and Keynesianism are carried by intellectuals. In the first instance, we are dealing with dangerous bacteria; in the second instance, we are dealing with dangerous ideas.

It was Richard Weaver who wrote Ideas Have Consequences, warning that bad ideas were unsafe at any speed; especially those that rejected universal truth and/or universal morality. Such a rejection, he explained, encouraged men to become morally ambivalent materialists or anarchists. Without universal principles, hierarchy and noble aspiration could not be defended. Order would be undermined and all mankind would sink into hellish egalitarianism. The interior world of man would be shattered. What would come in its place? A system based on “suspicion, hostility, and lack of trust and loyalty.”

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