When the Berlin Wall fell it was widely assumed that liberal democracy had triumphantly overwhelmed communist tyranny.
This view of events is an extreme error of judgement. In fact, prior to the communist collapse, convergence had already been taking place between collectivist dictatorships and the flagship individualist nations. The evil genius of the communist countries was that they forced the Western democracies to become more like them and resort to rule by pre-emptive suspicion, deterrance and punishment of personal initiative.
Hatred of the owners of capital and more generally of what the Stalinists condemned and persecuted as kulaks - or, in those days, petty agricultural entrepreneurs - became a badge of honour in the democratic countries fatally infected by the leukaemia of the commonplace robber's expropriative instincts.
The fall of communism simply served to transfer the balance of power to the Marxist-Leninist moles who had infiltrated both democratically elected government and its unelected bureaucracy. Should anyone doubt this proposition, it is merely necessary to review the sordid facts that confirm today's Western democracies are more authoritarian than they were back in 1989. We leave out of consideration such faux democracies as the elective one-party police states, for example the air-conditioned equatorial gilded cage of Singapore, wherein an highly educated workforce is not permitted to form and act upon its own judgments, but instead is forcefed a morally and intellectually insulting diet of leadership cultism by state-controlled media and other modes of collaborationist coercion.
The so-called war on terror has simply extended a pre-existing trend into new areas of unilateral statist oppression at home and abroad that now typify Western democracies.
New Zealand is no exception. Its upcoming general election presents an Hobson's choice between Marxist-Leninist-lite versions of social democracy. Which feckless, taxpayer-funded bunch of collectivist lickspittles - red or blue - one wants to preside nominally in Parliament over the country's true entrenched ruling class of expropriating bureaucrats and other species of mis-named public servants, is all that anyone will be turning out one upcoming Saturday to vote upon. Those who expect the unelected ruling class to be disestablished as an outcome of the election would be wise to hedge their bets by launching a petition for Pharmac to undertake full funding of psychiatric drugs to be available without prescription in supermarkets.
The essential insight of the collectivists was that there was no longer any need to act directly to subvert democracy and capitalism. Rather, like the lentivirus HIV or the interspecial disease scrapie, all that was required was to corrupt by largely unnoticed suborning and subversion. The red thread throughout for this class of tapeworms sucking blood from the guts of society was to get themselves on the public payroll in order to pose as the agents of solution to problems. It was never in their vested interests to solve any of these problems so long as taxpayers were willing or compelled to fund their oppressing class existence as the new mongrelised aristocracy or, equivalently, post-Soviet nomenclatura.
Even our Parliamentary benches are corrupted in this way. The people who sit upon them are by-and-large political party nomenclatura - mere elected bureaucrats, if the apparent oxymoron may be excused. They share far more in common with each other in respect of the publicly-funded luxurious lifestyle they demand than they ever have dividing them on such superficial branding issues as their coprolaliac political pseudo-ideology or bogus moral scruples. MMP has merely ensured that
elected officials behave more like factions of the Bolsheviks than would have occurred under FPP.
One of the most recent big payoff excuses for these various parasitic elements - whether as elected politicians or unelected bureaucrats - has proven to be the subprime mortgage-driven credit crisis. Suddenly the nomenclatura are squirming out of the swamp - seizing the opportunity like leeches affixing themselves to an exposed ankle - to present themselves as latter-day Robin Hood defenders of little folk against the robber barons of mass investment capitalism.
Saving people from themselves was an originating theme of Marxist-Leninist oligarchy, and the new oligarchs have learned this lesson well.
A truly free society permits individuals to make bad choices so long as they bear full responsibility for the consequences. Accountable stupidity is one of the hallmarks of self-regulating freedom. But we can't have that so long as a sizeable proportion of society is funded by tax extortion to become a self-righteous collectivist inquisition of vested interests who bring their various modes of amateur superior wisdom to bear upon the woes - real or imputed - of others. The modern state has become a sickness unto
death akin to a secure care hospital ward infected by antibiotic-resistant flesh eating bacteria.
Saving others from their own folly or weakness becomes the theme de jour of those leadership impositionists who must surely recognise in their rare moments of honest self-insight that the foolish will always be with us and moreover insist upon eating cake rather than the bread their means and nutritional requirements might better afford or benefit from.
The regulationist surge is reaching its crescendo in New Zealand for the financial services industry just as demands peak for government action from a pack of idiots who have incinerated their capital by means that make the extinct dodo - which simply walked up to sailors to be clubbed to death to supply victuals - look like the Houdini of victims ripe for the plucking.
Agreed standards for dealing are one thing. Anti-stupidity remedies short of brain transplants our creaking health budget can ill afford are another. Australia, whose example we are meant to emulate, displays by its ASIC website that draconian remedies frequently applied to errant advisers may merely at best deter the lily-livered from minor indiscretions. Not that such considerations will deter the collectivist feather-my-nesters lubricated in their travails by the sweat of the taxpayer's back from proceeding with legislating statist sinecures and associated powers and
privileges for themselves and their fifth columnists.
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