“Now I will tell you the answer to my question. It is this. The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just around the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now you begin to understand me.”
George Orwell: Nineteen-Eighty Four
Two items have just shown up in my inbox, reminding me that the love of political power is the strongest force in human life whose effects drive agendas we normals can never understand. First Mark Steyn on Tinker, Tailor, Clapper, Carter, Downer, Halper, Spy which translated comes down to this:
Brennan and Clapper and Comey and McCabe. They took tools designed to combat America’s foreign enemies and used them against their own citizens and their political opposition. It was an intentional subversion of the electoral process conducted at the highest level by agencies with almost unlimited power. And, if they get away with it, they will do it again, and again and again. That’s what Brennan’s telling us on Twitter and Clapper on “The View”:
Yeah? So what? Whatcha gonna do about it?
And then there’s this: T Minus Two Years for a War with China. And its conclusion:
After the war with China has started, whether in 2020 or a bit delayed, we are likely to say to ourselves that if we had known that was coming, we would have done things differently over the last two years. One important thing we should be doing right now is to have as little as possible to do with China, neither importing what they make nor letting them into the country. One of the first things the Trump administration did was to ban entry by people from countries that were sources of Muslim terrorists. China is setting out to kill a lot more Americans than the Muslims ever will. Proceed accordingly.
Things are never as clear looking ahead as looking back, and they’re not all that clear looking back either.
Some thoughts by Laura Rosen Cohen on why the left manages to get it together and the right does not. I am only going to repeat the first two because I think her third point is irrelevant if not actually wrong.
1) It’s about the end result and the power: Leftists are very serious about power and therefore have more solidarity. It’s all about the power. They may loathe each other personally, but the goal is power so they protect each other, till death do they part. There is no moral, financial, philosophical ‘outrage’ so large as to distract from the goal of complete power There is unity in their evil. They are ruthlessly loyal to one another as long as the party line is followed.
2) Corruption pays, lies and morally reprehensible behaviour is encouraged, tolerated and unpunished: There is very little amoral behaviour that gets punished nowadays. It emanates from the White House and that is the example being set by the former bastion of freedom and morality. Even when the disgusting stories of corruption, lies and tyranny get out in the open, most people heave a collective yawn. The individuals who do try to make a difference are punished with lawsuits, intimidation and personal threats to their safety. They are bankrupted, slandered and libeled. Not a single element of their personal or professional life goes unchecked and unexposed. Organs of democratic states are employed against them in order to destroy them.
We make a big deal out of the supposed hypocrisy of the left but there is almost none at all. If they believed what they said themselves, you could call it that. But when Julia was setting up her slush fund, or Hillary selling to the highest bidder, they were not unaware that these kinds of things must never see the light of day since they are indefensible. They did what they did to give themselves money and power, and they say what they say to protect their positions. They throw a few crumbs at the voting mob paid for invariably by others, but there is not the slightest chance that they would ever live amongst them, and they certainly do not like them. The elites hang out with others of the same class, while many of the fools who support them find their lives enveloped in hopelessness and misery.
On the right the major problem is that we do not protect our own. We allow the left to run over our people with lies and slander without rising up to defend and attack in turn. A strategy of defence is needed. Where I think it must begin is with a refusal to brand leftist actions as hypocrisy but as out and out falsehood intended to deceive. If you think that Bill Shorten or Julian Gillard or Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama care a fig for you or anything about you then you are a sucker. They are leading you around by your envy of the success others have had. If by now you haven’t worked out that the left is overwhelmingly led by people who are only in it for themselves, then you are merely deceiving yourself. But in your ignorance, you are not only making things worse for me, you are making things worse for yourself as well.