I was watching some video the other day of William Ayers speaking on capitalism. You may have just cringed, but I engage in such activity concerning those with whom I vehemently disagree because I believe that, if I am to refer to someone as a societal parasite or ambulating excrement, it is my responsibility to have a sound basis for doing so. As you may know, Ayers is the unrepentant domestic terrorist from the 1970s who participated in the bombings of New York City police headquarters, the Capitol building in Washington and the Pentagon.
Bill Ayers was never successfully prosecuted due to legal technicalities, and later served on the boards of two far left nonprofits with Barack Obama – yes, our illustrious president. During the 2008 presidential campaign, in fact, Obama claimed to know next to nothing about him, despite Ayers' international infamy and Obama having been a "fellow traveler" (an insider expression among Marxists for those who share an affinity for Marxist philosophy). In his heyday (when he was bombing government buildings), Ayers, his wife, Bernardine Dohrn, and the Weather Underground terrorist group they founded advocated for a communist revolution in America.
I wound up seething (after watching the video) and wondered how it was that someone had not treated this man's grey matter to the light of day decades ago. Ayers' distinguished professorship (at the University of Illinois at Chicago) and his popularity on the lecture circuit speak to the fountain of subversion and mediocrity American academics has become. What's far more disturbing is that he and his ilk are not laughed out of lecture halls for the profoundly juvenile temperament of their political philosophy. Indeed, though couched in intellectual trappings and mock sagacity, it is little more than the expression of deep spitefulness and envy. The more I am exposed to the insipid, toxic mouthings of far-left icons, the more they come off like spoiled children who believe they have a right to that which another other child has, simply because they desire it.
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As a Christian, in my view, all of the good things we've come by have been due to the grace of God. In the operational sense, they've come to us through the vehicles of capitalism and a free society.
Look around you. Yes, right now. Have you ever thought about the difficulty and level of effort it took to bring even the simplest of things you utilize every day into being? I'm not even talking about your computer; how about a notebook, or a shoe? Could you produce one as good as that which you might find in your home right now? All of these goods, from notebooks to emerging nanotechnology, have been the product of an idea, years of mental gymnastics, risk, and the investment of time and capital. Often, the invention of new technologies has been necessary simply to bring one new product to market!
That – not posturing bloodsuckers in government or the industry of activism – has always been what creates jobs and wealth, from the days of the Fertile Crescent up to the present.
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However, people like Bill Ayers, President Obama and the latter's acolytes believe that now, having set the wheels conveniently in motion, the creative ones should step aside and let government ("the people" is the language they invariably employ in order to garner public support) administer the means of production, if not own it all outright. Short-sighted, avaricious upper-echelon corporate types even assist in hammering nails into the proverbial coffin through the medium of crony capitalism. Personally, they become fabulously wealthy; so what if the government winds up owning the corporation they work for – or the entire industry – in another five or 10 years?
And what happens then? Well, as we've seen, the machine grinds to a halt, as has occurred in all communist and highly socialistic nations. On a smaller scale, this is even beginning to come about in the state of California. Government cannot squeeze productivity – never mind creativity – out of an enslaved population in perpetuity. There's no incentive. The ego-gratification creative individuals experience in developing their ideas cannot fill their bellies.
To the Ayerses and the Obamas of the world, this doesn't matter, you see, because it never was about creating a more equitable paradigm of society. It was about the walking mediocrities among us – them – attaining power that they never could have attained in a reward-based system. Their rhetoric – preaching parity and equality while fomenting class envy – was just a device by which they obtained your cooperation; a selfish, schoolyard ruse employed to best another kid and take his stuff.
Where do you and I come in? By propagating the concept that these children should be seen but not heard. Then we can make some progress.