It’s Not Just “You Didn’t Build That”

No, it turns out there is no “you”, either.

I’m reading this book, “Vindicating the Founders” … I think by some prof at Hillsdale … nice place. (Imprimis. I look forward to it in the mail, I think twice a month. It’s worth signing up. But you can just read it on the web as well.)

Anyway, as an Atmospheric Science/Computer Science major, I really didn’t dabble in polisci or philosophy … not formally, anyway. And over time, I’ve come to realize … probably largely due to Thomas Sowell’s writings, that there’s this fundamental difference in worldview … the tragic vision and the “progressive” vision of man.

I thought it was just an observation … a distillation of the assumptions that have to be being made for “progressives” to hew to their view and for classical liberals to hew to theirs.

I had no idea that they literally spelled this out.

John Dewey, according to this book, and they quote:

“Social arrangements, laws, institutions … are means of creating individuals. Individuality in a social and moral sense is something to be wrought out.”

They literally believe human nature is a product of social institutions (and apparently this goes back at lest to Rousseau). They literally therefore see social institutions as The Creator. As God. This makes their actions make perfect sense, if you look at them in that light.

Our worldview sees the Creator as something or someone outside of ourselves. That we have a nature the same way as a dog has a nature … something all dogs are born with. Dogs have no social institutions to “create” individual dogs. No… in our view, social institutions are there to constrain and channel human nature, a nature that is already there just like dog nature is already there. But humans, humans have self-awareness – and thus a conscience. Which is a part of human nature, and it is the part that is susceptible to social constructs … but it does not negate the animal nature we were born with. If social constructs don’t recognize and accommodate to some extent that part of our nature, the are doomed to fail. We know that.

But to the progressive, they are literally creating new humans, new individuals … themselves. No wonder they eventually justify genocide … or maybe “ideocide”, and simply try to advance the natural, Godless evolution of man by killing off those who profess any opposing belief.

They are God.

If the individual is born of “social constructs”, then we are not born with natural rights … our rights are merely “social constructs”. At that point, we are only entitled to life, liberty, and property (pursuit of happiness) …. as long as government says so.

Our laws are supposedly derived from our natural rights. They are designed to restrain the worst of our unchanging nature from interfering with our natural rights as individuals.

The progressives say we have no natural rights.  That our nature is whatever they make it. Our rights are what they say they are, depending on their mood this year.

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Part mountain junkie, part decent amateur photographer, part survivalist, part not-so-decent amateur musician, part sysadmin. Husband, step-dad, grandpa, and music freak who digs mechanical clocks, barometers, and Gil Elvgren pinups. Studied Meteorolgy & Computer Science. And the U.S. Constitution.

2 thoughts on “It’s Not Just “You Didn’t Build That”

  1. All this explains why they have no regard for the Declaration and the Constitution. As Ravi Zacharias points out they leave us in the morass of “relativism” which is systemically self defeating. They are “arbitrarily” assigning morality based on priorities set by them. Morality that benefits them and the retention of their power. Will their supporter see that this is the basis for tyranny everywhere it has taken cancerous root? Freedom in the U.S. was planted in the moral absolutes of Christianity and the inalienable rights (moral absolutes) our Founders articulated from their faith.

    Isn’t that ironic? Freedom from moral absolutes leads to despotism. The acknowledgement of moral absolutes led to freedom spanning the globe…

  2. Still thinking about this post. It makes perfect sense that they think of themselves as god. That is why it is assumed that they have a right to our tax dollars. They have a RIGHT to our tax dollars because they are responsible, as god, to fix all social ills and cure all diseases. Being god and having the responsibility to cure all ills justifies printing money out of nowhere to fund your good deeds. Being god justifies whatever collateral damage you may cause in exercising your “omnipotence” for the good of mankind.

    Whew, this is what scares me about the current administration and senate. What can cure the god complex?

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