When the Saints Go Marching In


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As I’ve written before, our social and political redeemers refuse to see how their passion for self-flagellation and their assumption of moral rectitude are only the reflex and obverse of their overweening conceit in the hieratic authority they have conferred upon themselves to cense and purify the world. They have become the Fifth Monarchy Men of the modern era, descendants of Praise-God Barebone who gave his name to a parliament dominated by chiliastic fervour and the conviction of sainthood. In the name of “peace,” the “brotherhood of man,” and what the Quakers, to take a resonant illustration, call “the transforming power of love, human and divine,” social, political and economic systems predicated on the liberty of the individual and the principle of a just meritocracy are considered ethically suspicious and ideologically opprobrious. The Left now seems to be quaking to the same carphological rhythms.

The Quakers provide an expository object lesson—what academic philosophers call a mise en abyme, or revelatory inset of the kind we see on the Quaker Oats box—for current political thought. It’s pro forma that the Quakers, that sect of self-professed saints, who in the 17th century threw in their lot with the Fifth Monarchy, the Ranters and the Diggers, have now clutched the leftist creed and project to their bosom. No surprise, then, that the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a Quaker branch plant, lauded the genocidal Cambodian dictator Pol Pot for providing an “example of an alternative model of development and social organization.” It does not impact the Quaker sensibility that two million Cambodians found their egalitarian consummation in death, but then death ensures the leveling of the playing field and guarantees equality of outcome.

Is this not what the Left is striving for? Political thought in the contemporary West, while remaining resolutely profane (i.e., “outside the temple”), seems to be converging on the Quaker worldview, exemplified most conspicuously in Noam Chomsky’s still unrepudiated apology for Pol Pot and in his virulent hatred of everything America represents. Chomsky, of course, is not alone in promoting such lethal imbecility; he is surrounded and supported by a veritable New Model Army of leftist agitators and intellectual commissars, many of whom are now in power or ensconced in positions of academic authority.

Unbeknownst to themselves, however, these strangely aggressive pietists are consecrated to a program of self-immolation and a reductive and indigent life for their victims. They are convinced that after an interregnum of cleansing devastation, a brave new world shall be built upon presumably unshakeable foundations and peace will reign over the entire planet, protected by the mystical talismans of the Left and the Sword of Statist Collectivism. But such glorious conclusions are obviously never to be taken for granted by the priests and paladins of the Left. They must remain vigilant against the saboteurs of metamorphic aspirations. They must demonize those whom they consider as their enemies—conservative thinkers, Tea Partiers, supporters of Israel, reputable scientists who present damning evidence countering the global warming scam, scholars who point to the threat of militant Islam, the slender remnant of journalists and writers who still believe in the duty to investigate and report impartially, ordinary citizens who insist upon their democratic rights, and wealth-creating entrepreneurs who wish to retain the fruits of their labors, or at least a meaningful slice thereof.

Regardless of the suffering they cause and the deprivations they inflict, our righteous dabblers and contemporary evangelists—the “destroyers of reason”—are not to be deflected from their goal. It is tantamount to a divinely ordained mission. Having turned politics into an implicit religion, they must continue in their quest to fundamentally transform our lives and thus bring us into harm’s way while assuming the mantle of infallibility. Since the rest of us are either traitors to the cause or poor sinners with undeveloped minds, the elect have no choice but to think and act on our behalf, until we see the light. The saints must keep on marching.

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  • Mr. X

    These pompous elites wish to be all controlling, and all creating Gods. But they are just over reaching children who underneath it all want to be brought down to size. But democracy is too weak to bring them down to size. Its hard to rein in these skunks as they spray us with the taint of racism and sexism. An example of the elitist left desiring subjugation, feminist women havve a sexual inclination to be dominated. The Western male is defeated, is dominated to the point of subjugation and cannot stand up to them. Thus, the Sharia inspired man is attractive. The future looks rosey.

  • flyingtiger

    The irony is that the intellectuals are supporting the ideologies that won't hesitate to round them up and shoot them.

  • Cindy

    Basically I'm in agreement with Solway, but he mentions militant atheism as part of the characteristics of these folks. I'm an athiest – or at least at agnostic, and I'm otherwise in almost complete agreement with everything that appears on this website. Believing in God is not a pre-requisite for believing in fiscal responsiblilty, defeating sharia, giving everyone as much freedom to fullfill themselves as possible, etc.
    I guess it does raise some moral questions though.

    • Rocky M.

      I'm an athiest

      What's that? Is that someone who does not believe in correct spelling? :)

      (Sorry,Cindy… couldn't help it… didn't mean to bust your (proverbial) balls.)

      Actually there are a lot of non-religious people who see the radical Left as it truly is – another form of a secular religion, and whose adherents wrap themselves in a cloak of rationality and reason, but in reality they are as irrational as Jihadists, flat-earthers, Nazis, UFO nuts, 9/11 truthers etc.

      So the conservative movement should not drive us out.

  • USMCSniper

    If an honest person asks these intellectuals: “How?”—they answer with righteous scorn that a “how” is the concept of vulgar realists; the concept of superior spirits is “Somehow.” On this earth restricted by matter and profit, rewards are achieved by thought; in a world set free of such restrictions rewards are achieved by wishing. And that is the whole of their shabby secret. The secret of all their esoteric philosophies, of all their dialectics and super-senses, of their evasive eyes and snarling words, the secret for which they destroy civilization, language, industries and lives, the secret for which they pierce their own eyes and eardrums, grind out their senses, blank out their minds, the purpose for which they dissolve the absolutes of reason, logic, matter, existence, reality—is to erect upon that plastic fog a single holy absolute: their Wish

    • Stephen

      Could you write it again, but now in English?

      • USMCSniper

        Listen retard, some of us have advanced beyond "Look Jane, see Spot run" Dick said.

      • USMCSniper

        Man in his arrogance blurted out to the Universe. "I exist"

        The Universe replied: "That was in spite of you fondest and most sincere wishes, never a permanent arrangement."

      • Guest

        He's quoting from Atlas Shrugged, Galt's speech. Read the whole book.

  • Guest

    Per Solway: "Regardless of the suffering they cause and the deprivations they inflict, our righteous dabblers and contemporary evangelists—the “destroyers of reason”—are not to be deflected from their goal. It is tantamount to a divinely ordained mission."

    Would that "divinely ordained mission" have its roots in the Lurianic Doctrine? Your thoughts on this would be of interest.

  • dawning

    I agree completely with flyingtiger. Just like all dictators who use thugs and ruffians to help bring them into power once their power is established those are the first ones to go. So shall these apeasers and truth twisters be the first to go if islam should gain the upper hand. Useful idiots the lot of them.

  • phoenix

    check out my iphone/ipad app that teaches how to play this song on piano ….
    Its all for a good cause! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1ttgKUc98Y&fehttp://www.appsforhunger.com

  • phoenix

    check out my iphone/ipad app that teaches how to play this song on piano ….
    Its all for a good cause! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1ttgKUc98Y&fehttp://www.appsforhunger.com