The Midas Touch and the Leftist Touch

King_MidasThe Midas touch is named for the mythological Greek King Midas who is said to have been able to turn everything he touched into gold.

The left has the opposite ability: to turn virtually everything it touches into rubble. Sometimes it happens quickly; sometimes it takes generations. But it is inevitable.

Almost the only time this is not true is when the left takes a position that is shared by non-leftists. But whatever the left transforms in its direction is damaged, and often destroyed.

Name the institution or the value transformed by the left and that institution or value is ruined.

Here is a partial list:


Since the left came to dominate universities, schools of education and, increasingly, high schools, each has becomes inferior to what it was prior to left-wing influence.

Universities have become to the left what seminaries are to religions — a place to indoctrinate students. Truth is derided as a false construct and is no longer the goal of most university professors (outside of math and the natural sciences). Schools of education teach left-wing doctrines and brand-new notions of teaching that are almost always inferior to what existed earlier.

—Art and Music

The left-wing influence on art and music has been almost entirely destructive. Notions of greatness in art have been deconstructed, if not ridiculed. There is no pursuit of excellence or of spiritual or moral elevation, and no aim to inspire. Indeed, the opposite is more often the rule. The ugly, the deliberately offensive, the moronic and the scatological are celebrated: The 24-foot sculpture of a dog lifting its leg and peeing in front of the Orange County Museum of Art; Piss Christ, the crucifix in the artist’s urine shown at galleries around America; and exhibits composed of menstrual blood are but a few examples.

—Environmental Laws

While all rational people want to protect the environment, environmentalism has become a destructive leftist religion. Millions of Africans have died of malaria because of the environmentalist-induced bans on DDT. Environmentalist opposition to modifying rice to include Vitamin A led to the deaths of about 8 million Third World children. In 2012 alone, wind turbines have created killing fields for birds and bats. The American prairies are being destroyed by the environmentalists’ push for ethanol.

—The Culture

The cultural left has created and celebrated an unbelievable coarsening of the culture, especially injurious to the young. Examples of Hollywood’s degradation of culture in film and on television are too numerous to mention. We will suffice with mentioning only MTV, one of the most damaging cultural forces in the lives of American young people; and the sex-drenched universities from an f-saw exhibition to the ubiquitous “sex week.”

—The Military

For decades, the left has sought to weaken the American military, the most potent force for peace and liberty on planet earth — by, among other things, obtaining huge cuts in military spending (not only through sequestration) and social engineering experiments such as placing women in combat units.


Thanks to the left’s total dominance of California political life, the left, in the words of the most respected observer of California life, Chapman University’s Joel Kotkin, “has turned the California Dream into a nightmare.”

—Black America

Left-wing policies have done incalculable to damage to black America. Left-wing mayors of nearly every major American city have supervised the economic ruin of many of those cities. Decades of rhetoric reinforcing black victimhood have served only to stymie black progress and increase anger. And left-wing welfare policies have been the primary contributor to the 70 percent rate for children born out-of-wedlock and the concomitant decline of black fatherhood.

—The Economy

The left-engineered welfare state with its monumental national debts is crushing the economies of virtually every European country that has adopted them, and it will do the same to the American economy. Even the proudest achievements of the left — Medicare and Medicaid — will soon be unsustainable, as will Social security if the retirement age is not raised by at least a few years.

—Men and Women

Thanks to left-wing attitudes inculcated in women from high school on, more and more women consider marriage and family second in importance to career success. This will lead, as it already has, to unhappiness among vast numbers of women who eventually realize that career isn’t nearly as meaningful to them as it is to most men. Meanwhile, the anti-boy policies in elementary schools and high schools — books assigned that appeal far more to girls, the end of games at recess that boys enjoy and need — have directly led to boys falling more and more behind girls in academic and professional achievement.

Meanwhile, left-wing denigration of marriage (except same-sex marriage) has led to the lowest rates of marriage in Western history, and the left-wing-induced secularization of society has massively contributed to historically low birth rates in America and Europe.

—God and Religion

For over half a century, the left has made war on Judeo-Christian religions in the popular culture and through legislation, beginning with the Supreme Court’s 1962 decision banning this voluntary and non-denominational prayer in New York State schools: “Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our country.” The consequences of this enforced secularization of American life in terms of human happiness and ethical behavior are — and will increasingly be — disastrous.

It turns out that there is little difference between the Midas touch and the leftist touch. Both end up destroying everything.

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  • M. Archer

    It has been said by someone that the belief and practice of the principles of the left is a proof of that practitioner’s mental illness. Through out the centuries the various examples of the left’s principle’s in practice have indeed led to the collapse of the gov’t or economy of every example; and the death of millions of people. with all the examples proving the corruption of the choice it remains a mystery why the voting populace inflicts this curse upon their fellow man. It is indeed a mental illness that causes a person to drill holes in the boat that carries himself and his fellow man; the adage proves to be true.

    • Rocky Mountain

      Prager’s summary is excellent and I will be passing it on to my soon to be college-bound son, but I don’t think the left as we understand it and as Prager eviscerates it, has been practiced for centuries.

    • rg

      The populace “votes” this ways because it is always given a choice between two false alternatives, “move to the left fast, or move to the left slightly slower.” Additionally, conservative politicians don’t deliver when they win elections. Bush Jr. promised smaller government, a modest foreign policy, and an end to nation building. Also, they don’t even try to deliver on moral issues. Back when anti-abortion politicians were winning elections, the Republican establishment declared that they couldn’t win elections being anti-abortion. The dems do deliver. They promise bigger government, and sexual immorality (freedom of choice in all matters sexual and nothing else) and they deliver. Worse still, both parties continue to send jobs overseas and allow the mass importation of surplus labor to drive down wages and benefits while crippling our tax base.
      So, who’s to vote for?

      • Ace



    An excellent summary Mr Prager. I wrote a 3 part article recently titled “How To Destroy A Country” aimed at exposing the deliberate Leftist destruction of Western civilisation. May I be cheeky enough to latch them onto your wonderful article?

    How To Destroy A Country. Part 1

    How To Destroy A Country. Part 2

    How To Destroy A Country. Part 3

  • Nixys

    There are two essential problems with the left:

    1. It is a fundamentally reactionary ideology that requires an enemy. Progressives require a negative, terrible past and present to transcend. If the left cannot find something to transcend, it dies. Therefore, it must create problems to solve.

    2. True believers in the left, who really and honestly want to solve problems in society, would ideally “legislate themselves out of existence” – like the firefighter with no fires to fight, or George Washington giving up the Crown, or a cop with no crime left in his small town. It is an extremely, extremely rare man who will do this. Most of them will look around and say, “Well, maybe there could still be a few fires….maybe I had better stick around and stay in power just in case.”

    These two unsolvable problems are why the left is a self-cannibalizing, negative ideology that must either kill itself or its host in time. So it has always been, so it shall always be.

  • Red Baker

    Liberal policies’ effects on the six largest portions of a typical household budget
    1. Housing – HUD quotas for low-to-moderate income housing caused the housing bubble and inevitable collapse. Aided by the Fed’s easy money, and by the seven layers of federal regulators ignoring the bubble.
    2. Food – prices are much higher than they ought to be because of ethanol, consuming 40% of all corn, our largest crop (30% net after feeding the leftover mash to farm animals).
    3. Energy – EPA and other agencies hostility to oil, gas and nuclear drives prices higher. Federal lands’ net production is down, even as fracking strikes gold.
    4. Education – third rate government schools for 85% of our students. Liberal opposition to all alternatives.
    5. Medicine – the marketplace functions of price competition are gone. 90% of all bills are paid by insurance or government. Nobody knows prices or cares because they don’t have to know. Jackpot justice drives up prices. Fraud is rampant.
    6. Retirement savings – social security and Medicare are Ponzi schemes which are now no where near self-funding. The alternative, private accounts for that 15.3% of payrolls, would make virtually all lifelong workers into millionaires by retirement.

  • Chris Shugart

    Rubble? Prager is too kind. I would have used a different word.

  • A Z

    Prager has been really angry lately. He has not been rude and he still has his happiness hour, but the left has just been over the top.

    I wonder how he feels about the Bureau of Labor Statistics cooking the books on the unemployment #s last year for the election?

    I follow Zero Hedge so I knew they were cooking the books, but now it is official.

    and yet the left seems not to care.

    Jack Welch will not get an apology for correctly suspecting that the the U3 numbers were a lie.

  • cacslewisfan

    In other words: Everything they touch turns to crap.

  • T-Rex

    Gone are the days when a father could support a family and household. Gone are the days when a mother could raise children at home. Gone are the days when you could save enough money for a down payment on a home or buy a new car with cash. Gone are the days when teaching was a labor of love and working for the government was a civic duty. Gone are the days when families, churches or private charities stood to help the unfortunate. Gone are the days when pursuing the American Dream was considered noble and patriotic. Gone are the days when government allowed the people to decide what was in their own best interests.

    The longer this “progressive” march to Utopia continues, the closer we get to barbarism.