Retired Minister Plenipotentiary
A rebellion of all losers is underway on a global scale, with people unable to take advantage of the welfare society they intend to destroy. Today the foolish aspire to equal the learned, the powerless the powerful, the degenerate the normal, the weak the strong and the criminal the honest. It is this fatal attraction of egalitarianism that Tocqueville already perceived in the 19th century when he decreed that “democracy and socialism have only one word in common: equality. But note that while democracy seeks equality in freedom, socialism seeks it in limitation and servitude”. Equality of opportunity is not aspired to because those who have had it and have not taken advantage of it claim what their indolence has wasted.
It is very significant that today statues of eminent persons are being knocked down or painted by illiterates and indignant people who do not even know what incites them to such iconoclasm, but it is more pathetic to see that at least the Taliban, semi-literate as they also are, know very well why they are destroying the statues that bother them, while the children of welfare societies do not even know why they are doing it, beyond obeying a diffuse and imprecise feeling of destruction and chaos.
Having said that, we should not deceive ourselves, since not all the blame lies on the side of those ungrateful illiterates: without the invaluable collaboration of the select minorities who govern us, this state of affairs would never have been reached. The purpose of equality of opportunity has been degraded into an egalitarian wholesale that gives away undeserved qualifications without end that are a source of later frustration when they try to offer themselves in a market that rejects them for their obvious inanity. It is a paradigm of the irrelevance of good intentions in political action. Milton Friedman realized this when he said he was convinced that the minimum wage law in the United States was “the most anti-black law of our time: in its effects, not in its intentions”, which leads me to evoke Max Weber’s incisive perception in distinguishing between the ethics of principles (Gesinnungsethik) and that of responsibility (Verantwortungsethik), something that a ruler like Angela Merkel should have taken into account before accepting into her territory, in violation of European regulations, a million asylum seekers who triggered the rates of xenophobia in the country that she governs undermining its cultural foundations.
The fact that the destructive pandemic coincides with the no less destructive one in terms of health would give us pause for thought if those who govern us were not like those admirals who defined Ambrose Bierce as “That part of a warship which does the talking while the figurehead does the thinking”.
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