Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Quote of the Day - George Bernard Shaw Edition

George Bernard Shaw was a socialist. There is no doubt about that. He was also a promoter of eugenics.

The two ideas are not mutually exclusive. They are, as Jonah Goldberg pointed out in his Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Change, commonly associated.

They are commonly associated because socialism requires a "New Man" in order to succeed. For the Russian Communists, it was the "New Soviet Man." For the Nazis it was their "master race" of Übermenschen, but either way, it requires those "others" to cease to exist so that they'll stop gumming up the works of their scientifically- and socially-engineered utopia.

Yes, the socialists were all in favor of "the workers," as long as they were the right type:

Source: The Soviet Story

It is suggested that Shaw was using satire here, to poke holes in (as Wikipedia puts it) "the eugenicists' wilder dreams," but the fact of the matter is, joking or not, his call for chemists to "discover a lethal gas" for carrying out mass killings was eventually taken seriously.  And it wasn't satire that killed millions of Ukrainian kulaks, it was deliberate starvation, starvation that the New York Times' Walter Duranty covered up, saying "Must all of them and their families be physically abolished? Of course not - they must be 'liquidated' or melted in the hot fire of exile and labor into the proletarian mass."  Nor was that the first - or the last - mass murder carried out in the name of socialist utopianism.

Mass murder isn't a bug with socialism, it's a feature.

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