Socrates (470-399 B.C.) was a famous Greek philosopher from Athens who taught Plato, and Plato taught Aristotle, and Aristotle taught Alexander the Great. Socrates used a simple but ingeniously profound method of teaching by asking philosophical and revelatory questions. The Greeks called this form “dialectic” – starting from a thesis or question, then discussing ideas by moving back and forth between points of view to determine how well ideas stand up to critical review, with the ultimate principle of the dialogue being Veritas – Truth.

Note: This Symposium is based in part on an article by Arnold Ahler, “ObamaCare: ‘Liberating’ the Workers,” in Daily Mailer, FrontPage, Feb. 6, 2014.

“Bureaucracy is the death of all sound work.”

~ Einstein

“I cannot persuade myself that a beneficent and omnipotent God [the State] would have designedly created parasitic wasps [abled welfare recipients] with the express intention of their feeding within the living bodies of caterpillars [workers/hosts].”

~ Darwin

Characters:

Socrates

Congressional Budget Office (CBO)

Propaganda Press, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Scott Pelley, CBS News anchor

Democratic Socialist Party, Sen. Harry Reid, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, White House Secretary of Misinformation & Lies Jay Carney

Mark Steyn, conservative writer, radio talk-show host

{Setting: Symposium of Socrates, Washington, D.C.}

Socrates: We are gathered here today at my Symposium to discuss the gift of work. Two theories of work predominate history – God vs. Man. God, in his Holy Word commanded, “If a man doesn’t work, a man doesn’t eat.” From earliest antiquity, in the Garden of Eden, man was given work to do before he knew what a women was, before he had children, even before he became fully self-aware.

Psychologist Dr. Alfred Adler incorporated Nietzsche’s Will to Power into his individual psychology. This can be contrasted to the other Viennese schools of psychotherapy: Sigmund Freud’s Pleasure Principle (Will to Pleasure) and Viktor Frankl’s logo therapy (Will to Meaning). Each of these schools promotes and teaches a very different primary dynamic force in Man.

CBO: In our February 2014 Congressional Budget Office report, it was revealed that Obamacare will have a “substantially larger” impact on the job market than the originally anticipated reduction of 800,000 full-time workers. Instead, the CBO predicts that the law will reduce the workforce by the equivalent of 2.3 million full-time jobs by 2021, and 2.5 million over the next decade.

Socrates: Most people would consider that bad news. Yet according to the propaganda media organizations that have devolved into little more than Obama administration cheerleaders, most people are wrong. In short, the Democratic Socialist Party seems to be working overtime to save the ongoing disaster known as Obamacare. Ergo, bad news is good news.

Propaganda Press: The New York Times has trumpeted the good news that under the progressive Obama administration there has been more than tripling in the reduction of workforce participation; indeed this is liberating the worker from having to work. Obamacare will free people, young and old, to pursue careers or retirement without having to worry about health coverage. Workers can seek positions they are most qualified for and will no longer need to feel locked into a job they don’t like because they need insurance for themselves or their families. It is hard to view this as any kind of purposeful disaster.

White House Minister of Misinformation & Lies: In a released statement, I explained that individuals will be empowered to make choices about their own lives and livelihoods, and that they “would have the opportunity to pursue their dreams.”

Socrates: Yet who exactly is being liberated? Logically, does it follow that millions of people forced into welfare, forced not to work in order to try to obtain their health care through Obamacare is a good thing? Not working isn’t liberation, but voluntary slavery! In reality such subsidies and relieved burdens amount to nothing more than cost shifting. That means millions of Americans will indeed be bound to their jobs to pay for the subsidies and burdens of other dependent-class Americans through Obamacare, Americans the Democratic Socialist Party gleefully heralds are now “liberated” from work. Adding insult to injury, in Nancy Pelosi’s universe, much of those costs will apparently be borne by those less artistically inclined and/or creative.

CBO: Unfortunately, Obamacare provides a massive disincentive to work more, or even work at all. If those subsidies are phased out with rising income in order to limit their total costs, the phase-out effectively raises people’s marginal tax rates thus discouraging work.

Democratic Socialist Party: The idea that people are better off due to increased dependency on government is the essence of progressivism. Gene Sperling, Obama’s top economic policy adviser, made a rather obvious point, which is that as people have greater access to health care, there will be some two-parent families in which someone says, I’m going to work a little less because we can get health care and I’m going spend time raising my children.

Socrates: Wrong. The Obama administration, Democrats and their media allies apparently believe such dependency is, as the New York Times puts it, “liberating.” Perhaps it is, as long as one ignores the reality that, more often than not, it is achieved by kicking one’s dignity, decency and ambition to the curb.

Mark Steyn: Work and purpose are intimately connected: Researchers at the University of Michigan, for example, found that welfare payments make one unhappier than a modest income honestly earned and used to provide for one’s family. “It drains too much of the life from life,” said Charles Murray in a speech in 2009. “And that statement applies as much to the lives of janitors – even more to the lives of janitors – as it does to the lives of CEOs.” Self-reliance – “work” – is intimately connected to human dignity – “purpose.”

Socrates: Let us hear the conclusion of this matter. Should a man work all the days of his life by the sweat of his brow as God commanded, or, following Freud’s Pleasure Principle, allow hedonism to become humanity’s god? This brings to mind Ann Rule’s famous aphorism: “Lazy people tend not to take chances, but express themselves by tearing down other’s work.”

Thus, now it seems that the globalist pendulum has swung away from Darwin’s savage struggle for survival of the fittest, away from Marx’s triumph of the proletariat over the bourgeoisie, away from Nietzsche’s Ubermenchen, his hyper-ambitious Will to Power, away from Mussolini’s god-State paradigm, to Sigmund Freud’s Will to Pleasure or Pleasure Principle by which, as the Bible states, “Every man does that which is right in his own eyes” … even if that means creating a fraudulent “right” for others to pay for one’s “welfare.”

Yet, I hear the leitmotiv of God whispering through the Ages … “If a man doesn’t work, a man doesn’t eat.”

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