Author: William Baumgarth
Now before I begin I want to let the reader know that I am talking about a very specific group, a group known as the authoritarian left. The authoritarian left believes that anybody who is not an extreme leftist is an idiot, racist, or hates the poor. On the contrary I have met liberals who are not this disillusioned.
These people tend to come from large cities with high taxes and high incomes. This is in part because they believe they are the “chosen people,” let me explain. Every single leftist authoritarian I have ever met has told me that he/she believed in his/her brand of politics because people aren’t as “fortunate” as they are. These same people will then proceed to tell you about how they grew up with so much privilege, and how they feel so bad for people who don’t share this same privilege.
It may all seem well-intentioned at this point, however I take the left’s claims to be downright condescending. The real moral of their claim is “isn’t it a shame that others don’t have as great of a life as I do.” First, this assumes that wealth or “privilege” is what makes someone happy. Second, it assumes that these leftists are happy themselves. I wager that if the left is always in a state of frustration due to the fact that people don’t live their lives in accordance to “progressive” values, then they can’t necessarily be content with their lives either.
I find it ironic that the left denounces “the evils” capitalism, however, the majority of the cities they live in contain Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Whole Foods, and Starbucks. If there is anyone benefiting from “the evils” of capitalism, it is certainly the leftists. They drink Starbucks coffee, possess college degrees, have higher amounts of income, and eat organic foods, and there is nothing wrong with that, in fact I fully support it. It only becomes a problem when it leads to ironic classism. The common leftist stereotype for right wingers is that right wingers are uneducated, stupid, hick, rednecks who are also poor to make matters worse. And the leftists hate the people on the right, because of this. It becomes ironic, because it would seem that the “uneducated and poor” would be exactly the type of people the leftists are supposed to support.
I find it ironic that the leftists claim to be champions for equality. However, it is the liberal states that are becoming increasingly segregated including New York and California. New York actually has the highest amount of segregation.
“That means that in 2009, black and Latino students in New York “had the highest concentration in intensely-segregated public schools,” in which white students made up less than 10 percent of enrollment and “the lowest exposure to white students,” wrote John Kucsera, a UCLA researcher, and Gary Orfield, a UCLA professor and the project’s director. “For several decades, the state has been more segregated for blacks than any Southern state, though the South has a much higher percent of African American students,” the authors wrote. The report, “New York State’s Extreme School Segregation,” looked at 60 years of data up to 2010, from various demographics and other research,” (Huffpost).**
If even the leftist Huffpost claims you’re segregated that’s not a very good sign. It seems ironic that the southern states would compose of the racists, especially since they have the lowest amounts of segregation. It continues “The Civil Rights Project considers 73 percent of New York City charters to be “apartheid schools,” in which less than 1 percent of students are white, and 90 percent were “intensely segregated,” (Huffpost).** This is largely due to neighborhoods being dominated by a single class. So why should school choice be considered “racist”? If school choice were in place, a student from the South Bronx would be able to attend school in Park Slope and vice versa.
The left thinks that the right and libertarians are the enemies of progressive and inequality. When in fact, we want ALL Americans to live a good life. We are very much friends of improvement. We all want good for the world, however we find your tactics ineffective and ironic. The outcome of them is always contrary to what the incentive was. We believe that hard-work and minimal regulation are going to be the factors that drive people out of poverty. I do not oppose excessive taxation, excessive laws, and excessive regulation because I am evil, I oppose them because they’re hurting the people they are supposed to help. Look at communism for instance, in theory it would be the perfect world. Nobody would be jealous of one another if communism worked because we would all “be the same.” However that ended up not being the case, what ended up happening was a reinstatement of a new class based on connections and less upon merit.
Capitalism is what allows people to move up in the world. I’m not talking about crony capitalism such as rent control, which more often than not, helps the wealthy rather than the working class it is intended for. Capitalism is a system based upon merit, it gives a human being purpose. Capitalism allows human beings to pursue their dreams. Crony-capitalism and injustice are what liberals (rightfully) get angry about, however they unknowingly support it every time it comes up as government legislation. In fact, segregation in the south was a government mandated regulation. The Jim Crow Laws forced (emphasize forced) white business owners to not serve black customers. The reason the law was passed was to make sure that if a white business owner pursued his capitalistic desire, he would then be punished.
Capitalism, fewer regulations, and school choice are the only ways to mitigate injustice and inequality. The left always demonstrates the clear difference between outcome and intention. I do not see an end to the excessive law-making anytime soon, however, I hope some of them will come to realize that the irony that is associated with their actions has to end somewhere.
**– Link to the HuffingtonPost Article