On the birthday of Karl Marx, let me count some of the ways fear is being used during the Corona-virus pandemic and has been used to spread Socialism and attack Human Freedom:
1. Premier of the Police State of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, has banned golf and said “I don’t need to play golf, and me playing golf is not worth someone’s life.” As if golf courses are not big enough to allow social distancing.
2. We are scared of approaching and touching each other.
3. Human contact is illegal.
4. Leaving our homes is also against the law.
5. Around the world countless threatened businesses want government bailouts. Is there a government in the world which can afford to give everybody everything they want?
6. U.S. Congress Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez uses the occasion of the pandemic to write, “We have to start demanding ……. that we strip profit motive out of our decisions and reprioritize for the public good …….” Whether this is right or wrong, it is not capitalism. It is not free enterprise. It IS socialism. How many of the congresswoman’s “demands” are affordable?
7. Marx himself wrote: ” ……. there is only one way in which the murderous death agonies of the old society and the bloody birth throes of the new society can be shortened, simplified and concentrated, and that way is revolutionary terror.”
8. In 1927 Mao Tse Tung first used the statement, “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” at the start of the Chinese Civil War. Many other people like me prefer to follow Abraham Lincoln in believing that legitimate power is of, by and for the people. History has shown that Abe was right. Will the future agree?
Guys like President Lincoln didn’t just spread the Christmas spirit all year round.
The American Revolution began on this day 245 years ago.
The great gift to the world of this revolution is a profound commitment to freedom.
As Walt Whitman put it: “What do you suppose will satisfy the soul, except to walk free and own no superior?”
Whitman’s vision was was not of a totally anarchic freedom but of a Mighty Union: he believed that shallow people “consider liberty a release from all law, from every constraint. The wise see in it, on the contrary, the potent Law of Laws.”
To this very day the British culture, which the American revolution rejected, has in it a cringing fear of dictatorial authority which America cannot stomache.
Neither can I.
When Boris Johnson called on his people to embrace Herd Immunity, he was shouted down and he then retreated.
I don’t believe mankind has a better weapon against this virus than our own God-given immunological systems.
In My HUMBLE Opinion.
(I am not God. I am not omniscient. I admit this is an opinion not knowledge. But I don’t believe any mortal human being knows for sure where the right balance is between the demands of economics and “safety” here.)
Is the race for herd immunity the real race between America and China now?
I offer an arrangement of the thoughts of Walt Whitman for reflection at a very strange time for the people of this world.
“O public road …….. you express me better than I can express myself.” ……. “My words itch at your ears till you understand them ……”
Whitman did not reject the place of science but he also saw: “……. the fossil theology of the mythic – materialistic, superstitious, untaught and credulous, fable-loving, primitive ages of humanity.”
“And as to me, I know nothing else but miracles …….”
……. “From this hour I ordain myself loos’d of limits and imaginary lines.”
……. “In the faces of men and women, I see God.”
…… “Do I contradict myself? Very well, then, I contradict myself; I am large — I contain multitudes.”
……. “I exist as I am, that is enough,”
When Walt wrote, “I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world.” did he foreshadow POTUS 45’s reinvention of presidential communication to the people via Twitter? And then some of the world’s reactions to Trump …… “I find no sweeter fat than sticks to my own bones.”
In this time of a terrified rush to isolation, is it more important than ever for America to remember these words: …….. “TO the States or any one of them, or any city of the States, Resist much, obey little, Once unquestioning obedience, once fully enslaved, no nation, state, city of this earth, ever after-ward resumes its liberty.”
“Unscrew the locks from the doors ! Unscrew the doors themselves from their jambs !”
“……. we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion.”
On the first of December 1862, with his country torn apart in Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln told America, “In giving freedom to the slave we assure freedom to the free — honorable alike in what we give and what we preserve.”
On Christmas Day that year Lincoln visited soldiers in hospitals. Then the president commissioned artist Thomas Nash to create the first modern image of Santa Claus, in the cause of freedom.
What a wonderful Christmas spirit that was: visiting those wounded in a righteous cause and creating art celebrating generosity.
In the modern world, freedom is under constant threat.