I always wondered about the level of hypocrisy in people. Especially when it’s about politics. So Margaret Thatcher died yesterday and now everyone who disagreed with her policies or values jumps up and down and looses their shit. Now I don’t care that you are happy because someone has died. I don’t care because I know that karma is a bitch and will come to bite you at some later point.
‘Woe to you hypocrites’ because you jump up and down when someone whom you can’t stand dies, but you preach and teach about anti-bullying, acceptance and how everyone has value. If you want to preach on peace, you must be peace. Otherwise you are a white washed tomb that looks good on the outside but on the inside you are full of rotten bones, worms, all STDs of the planet, TB, black plague, NYC subways rats, feces and vomit. So instead of loosing your shit, straighten your shit and the first step of straightening your shit is to STFU.
Here, this hits the nail on the head. Copying from a music biz forum I’m on. Written by James Scott.
(Warning: This is a pro free market and pro NON-croony capitalism post so if you are a faint hearted crowd person sick with ‘government has all answers’ sickness, log off because you will be in a danger of heart attack. In other words, this article is not meant for pussies and people without character.)
“The former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died today aged 87.
The rules of this forum prevent me in engaging in political debate here. So if you disagree with me, by all means say so, but I cannot respond.
I am busily removing “friends” from my Facebook feed who want to celebrate the death of a sick old lady before the body is even cold. People who are always to first to attack “inappropriate” or “offensive” language, but think there is some kind of exception to basic human decency for people whose political views they don’t agree with. If you want to see the hypocrisy of the Left in action just open up Facebook or Twitter and see it for yourself.
Margaret Thatcher is hated because she represents the victory of the self, of the primacy of the individual over the collective. In not only her politics, but also in the story of her own life, she embodied the process of manifestation, of the conversion of thought to reality, that is documented in Think and Grow Rich. She knew that the power of thought could transform lives, but only if we accept and embrace responsibility for our actions. For that she was hated by those who believe that the responsibility for people’s life outcomes lies outside them, hated more because she demonstrated that position to be false again and again.
- When someone told her that women should not enter politics, she succeeded.
- When someone told her that a woman couldn’t become Prime Minister, she went ahead and did it
- When someone told her that recapturing the Falklands was impossible, she made it happen through sheer force of will despite the seemingly impossible military odds
- When someone told her that she would have to capitulate, or at least appease, the USSR, she stood firm, and won the cold war without a single concession.
- When someone told her that the unions’ chokehold on the UK couldn’t be broken, she broke it.
- When someone told her that she stood no chance of winning 3 elections on a free-market ticket, she did it anyway.
Those who have read T&GR will recognise the process at work here.
If you want a simple philosophical distinction between left and right, it is in her imfamous statement: “There is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women, and there are families”.
The left, whatever their particular loyalties or brand of politics, believe that the self is a social construction. Even such things as your gender identity or your political views are not a result of your biology, your psychology or your powers of reason, but are a result of your social connections to others. They believe that only by the study of the mass, and the collective, can humanity be understood. The nodes are not important, it is the connections between them and the patterns those connections form.
The right, whatever particular opinions they hold, believe the opposite. They believe that societal structures are merely the outcomes and emergent properties of actions and decisions taken by individuals. They believe that only by studying the node can you understand the network. Political decisionmaking, for the right, should concentrate on the individual as the source and end point of morality and justice.
You don’t need to guess to hard to see where I (and Tom, despite our differences) stand on this issue. The social conception of the self disenfranchises and disempowers people. Concentrating the aims of politics on the mass is not philosophically justified. Masses don’t feel pain or pleasure. Masses don’t oppress or get oppressed. Masses can’t manifest. Most importantly, masses can’t be free by definition. People can. Collectivism believes in shaping masses of people into the “correct” shape. If the relationships between people look pretty or follow a certain model, then justice is served.
What this has led to is that pretty castles are built out of corpses. By thinking about masses, you are blind to suffering. The ends start to justify the means. The feelings and suffering of individuals aren’t important. Not only is this philosophically nonsensical, it ends up justifying mass slaughter and oppression. 21m dead through Hitler, 45m dead through Mao, 60m dead through Stalin, genocides in Cambodia and Zimbabwe and untold suffering elsewhere. All in the name of making “society” structured in the way one person dictated. Capitalism has its faults, but it doesn’t have a 9 figure death toll.
Margaret thatcher stood, and in spirit still stands, in defense of the individual against those who would subsume and oppress them in the name of a “greater good”. She did this because she knew that only by unleashing and supporting the power of the individual could people manifest, make their dreams and ambition real, and have the human spirit achieve the best that it is capable of. It is what I stand for and what everyone here who wants to achieve their dreams should stand for too.