Still, I am persuaded by some recent offline conversations that framing it as socialism obscures more than it illuminates. Two points a friend made bring this out:It is related to the idea that you don't have to teach cats to catch mice. Nor does the government have to insist that cats catch mice. Many conservatives are worried about what the government will make us do or allow us to do, and I don't call that negligible. Yet it may be a smaller factor than the cultural change, and ultimately, cultural enforcement.
I find these points to be unanswerable. Maybe you disagree.
- This phenomenon is not driven only by the state (and maybe not even primarily by the state), but by private actors, especially educational institutions and big corporations. How is that socialism?
- If we elected Republicans — members of the supposedly anti-socialist party — from now until forever, and if we left the free market unchanged, that would make no meaningful difference in stopping the progress of this disintegration. So how can we honestly tag this as socialism?
Sunday, March 10, 2019
Beating The Cultural Revolution
Dreher always comes from a different angle from what I am used to. Beating the Cultural Revolution.
Posted by Assistant Village Idiot at 8:15 PM