The feral vanguard

posted at 4:00 pm on May 22, 2010 by Doctor Zero

In “The Necessary Enemy,” one of the first posts I wrote for Hot Air over a year ago, I made this point about the violent and desperate nature of socialism:

Increasing levels of coercion are necessary to expand the socialist system, and keep wealth producers trapped within it. To maintain popular support, the socialist needs voters to stay angry at designated class enemies. The Obama style of total government control over private businesses tends to turn feral with frightening speed, because it attempts to preserve the illusion of private enterprise, even as the “entrepreneurs” are enslaved to the total state.

The SEIU thugs laying siege to the home of a Bank of America executive are a demonstration of this principle.  So are the rioters in Greece, who have degenerated to murdering bank employees, instead of merely terrorizing them.

You might object that the SEIU goons weren’t representatives of the State, while the Greek rioters are supposedly an “anti-government” mob.  The truth is that American labor unions, and angry Greek pensioners, have become de facto arms of the State.  They are the feral vanguard of a collapsing system, using violence and intimidation to make it clear those not favorably connected to the political power structure will be sacrificed to preserve it, for as long as possible.  As Mark Steyn says about those “anti-government” rioters in Athens:

They were not an “anti-government” mob, but a government mob, a mob comprised largely of civil servants. That they are highly uncivil and disinclined to serve should come as no surprise: they’re paid more and they retire earlier, and that’s how they want to keep it. So they’re objecting to austerity measures that would end, for example, the tradition of 14 monthly paycheques per annum. You read that right: the Greek public sector cannot be bound by anything so humdrum as temporal reality. So, when it was mooted that the “workers” might henceforth receive a mere 12 monthly paycheques per annum, they rioted. Their hapless victims—a man and two women—were a trio of clerks trapped in a bank when the mob set it alight and then obstructed emergency crews attempting to rescue them.

Remember Barack Obama’s infamous conversation with Joe the Plumber, in which he said, “It’s not that I want to punish your success; I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you that they’ve got a chance to success, too. I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody?”  This was not merely a watery expression of Marxist principles.  It was a damnable lie. Obama has no intention of spreading wealth around for the good of everybody.  His objective is to transfer your wealth to the SEIU and other powerful collective organizations, to fund their lavish benefits.  He even bought a car company as a gift to the United Auto Workers.  The American taxpayer has pumped over $17 billion into GMAC, so it can continue to provide the UAW with wages and benefits far beyond anything those taxpayers enjoy… a wealth transfer hidden behind shell games and media manipulation.

This system has nothing to do with the people “behind you.”  It’s all about satisfying people who already have gold-plated retirement plans and Cadillac health care, in exchange for their political support.  Some of the most ridiculous benefit plans belong to government employee unions, which means the government is taxing the hell out of the private sector to pay itself to vote for itself.  Vast sums are also plowed into subsidies for well-connected businesses, and welfare programs which have dangerously eroded the human capital we prize as our most precious resource.

Virtually every subsidy is an expensive attempt to reverse market forces, and undo the will of the American consumer.  A nation which pours its gross domestic product into entitlements and subsidies is essentially trying to short-circuit itself.  It will eventually succeed.

It’s imperative for the American people to understand this is the inevitableresult of collectivist economics.  Political control of the marketplace always degenerates into the political class robbing independent citizens and unpopular industries, to maintain the support of indentured constituents.  Packaged votes and bundled political donations, from loyal and motivated groups, are a far easier route to power than somehow keeping the majority of the country happy – a goal that always eludes socialism, because compulsion and ideology make poor substitutes for ambition and innovation.

That explains why socialism is miserable.  It turns feral because it always makes promises it cannot keep, and the primary skill of a successful politician is the ability to avoid responsibility.  As of this writing, it remains the official position of the Democrat Party that not a single one of its members bears any responsibility for the subprime mortgage crisis.  Dodd, Frank, and Obama swam in millions of dollars of campaign donations and graft.  They blocked audits of Fannie Mae, and gave speeches assuring the country that it was completely solvent.  They greeted any suggestion of reform or oversight with furious accusations of greed and racism.  None of them have been punished.  In fact, they all enjoy more power than ever today, although Dodd’s time is running out.

When these politicians insist they bear no responsibility for the disasters they have engineered, or the failure of their policies, their loyal supporters believe them.  The hunt for the “true” villains predictably follows.  The authors of the deficit time bomb will never admit they made impossible promises, or knowingly sold out future generations to acquire immediate power.  They knew ObamaCare was a ridiculous fraud – their house organ, theNew York Times, recently told Greece it should privatize health care to bring down costs.  The socialists will never accept responsibility for the system beginning to crash down around them… not while they can designate fall guys for their supporters to hate.

Desperation ignites hatred into violence.  The American middle class holds the power to write a different ending than the fiery death spiral twisting through the streets of Athens.  That fate is only inevitable if we listen to the people who tell us we don’t have any other choices.  We are a nation blessed with millions of clever minds, willing hands, and radiant hearts.  There’s no problem we cannot solve, once we dismantle the failed State telling us it’s illegal to try.  We can work together as free men and women, or depend on the State to loot individuals for the benefit of the collective, until they have nothing worth stealing.  There are no other choices.  There never were.

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I am hearing that these ‘protesters’ were on the lawn, steps and other private areas of this property. I thought that was not allowed. I am wondering why these were not driven off the property by the police and if law enforcement was called. It seems strange behavior to me and a huge black mark on the local law enforcement if the protesters were allowed to get that close to anyone in the house or on the property. Not normally a litigous person but I’m thinking law suit here–big one. SEIU has deep pockets so does the municipality.

jeanie on May 22, 2010 at 8:14 PM

keeping the majority of the country happy – a goal that always eludes socialism, because compulsion and ideology make poor substitutes for ambition and innovation.
That explains why socialism is miserable. It turns feral because it always makes promises it cannot keep

Exactly, socialism, Marxism, etc. are very much like pyramid schemes only it is the productive citizen (tax payer, small business owner, etc.) that is being forced into buying pyramid squares at the bottom to fund the collective (those at the top of the pyramid) and the only ones that will see any benefit from such a scheme are the collective yet when the pyramid fails (as they all eventually do when you run out of other people’s money) the collective become enraged, they riot, and they become violent; violent not toward those responsible for creating the pyramid scheme, but instead toward those that warned them of the inevitable collapse of said pyramid scheme!

Liberty or Death on May 22, 2010 at 8:26 PM

oops…sorry for the double post, I don’t know what’s up with my connection these last couple of days…aaarrrggh!

Liberty or Death on May 22, 2010 at 8:26 PM

that just happens sometimes Mr. Death it’s just a glitch it’s not your fault

happyfeet on May 22, 2010 at 8:29 PM

Lol. Americans wouldn’t know for reals political violence if it humped their leg during the season finale of Lost.

happyfeet on May 22, 2010 at 6:01 PM

Look,twit, you are the one posting here to incite violence.You would be cowering in your basement screaming for Mommy.

katy the mean old lady on May 22, 2010 at 8:33 PM

oh please most illegal immigrants work ten times harder than a useless SEIU employee or a fat unskilled autoworker I think

happyfeet on May 22, 2010 at 6:41 PM

heh. Could we do a one for one trade? One under-educated, semi-literate illegal alien for one SEIU “worker”? It would be a net loss for the country of origin, however, and widely considered to be a poor trade. Like getting rioting Greek government workers in return for, well, anything.

iconoclast on May 22, 2010 at 8:34 PM

I think that sounds eminently reasonable Mr. iconoclast.

happyfeet on May 22, 2010 at 8:59 PM

The Achaian Greeks seemed very powerful when finally bringing down Troy. Yet they destroyed the trade hub that made their world work, and what came after was a Dark Age lasting centuries. They were very powerful, right up to when their world crumbled around them.

Rome depended upon trade with the East to allow its Breads and Circuses to run, so as to pacify the populace. And they, in grand wisdom with mightly Legions, split their Empire in two… and choked off their own trade and fell. They, too, were very powerful until the basics came to hit home.

Now we ignore the fundamentals and while those in power seem strong, they bring great decay with them and the social order that had supported a great civilization crumbles… and they call it ‘good’. We no longer understand the Law of Nations and cannot speak of it, so very simple that it is we no longer even bother to teach it. Thus we no longer understand where civilization comes from and what sustains it.

Again a last generation believes it is delivering greatness and salvation, while bringing decadence instead, and the true believers in everything needing to be advanced and complex forget that civilization is built upon the simple things that must be sustained and retained if we are to call ourselves civilized. Unable to uphold laws, they make ever more of them that allow the powerful to pick and choose who they attack and when… while no longer providing equality of due process to all. When we can no longer obey the laws of our Nation, seek to undermine them at every turn and then say that government creates rights, we then elevate government to the status of Nature… how unfortunate that it is a mere creation and all our rights and liberty are vested in us, not government.

What comes when that happens is called tyranny, despotism and that soon brings collapse and an era known as Iron Times. We are no different from the ancients, they were but humans too. The excuses made to destroy civilization this time are different, but the rationale of elevating it remains ever present as the reason deployed. That was a lie the ancients told to themselves and found out the hard way that you cannot be civilized and do that. Iron Times can be avoided, but that means enforcing the law, upholding society and putting the choke collar on government and starving it back to its job of well watched guard dog. Instead we feed it more, and soon it will hunger for us. They are so smart those who feed that dog, right up to the moment it puts them on the menu… at that point you really do have to reach for a stick to beat it back, or you shall perish from it.

ajacksonian on May 22, 2010 at 9:10 PM

Some of the most ridiculous benefit plans belong to government employee unions, which means the government is taxing the hell out of the private sector to pay itself to vote for itself

Hold the next Tea Party rally in front of the greedy SEIU headquarters.

Great Post Dr. Z

redridinghood on May 22, 2010 at 9:27 PM

Virtually every subsidy is an expensive attempt to reverse market forces, and undo the will of the American consumer. A nation which pours its gross domestic product into entitlements and subsidies is essentially trying to short-circuit itself. It will eventually succeed.

Especially when you borrow heavily to perpetuate entitlements and subsidies, shrinking the pool of available capital for entrepreneurs that actually grow the GDP.

Everything proposed by the Marxists is counter-intuitive to those whose instincts are for individual success and advancement. That’s why it’s necessary to indoctrinate with public education, broom past socialist failures from the history texts, spin and slant with statist style media, and intimidate with politically corrected speech and union
thugs when expedient.

An important warning well expressed DZ.

ontherocks on May 22, 2010 at 9:33 PM

Iron Times can be avoided, but that means enforcing the law, upholding society and putting the choke collar on government and starving it back to its job of well watched guard dog.

Mitt Romney?

Meghan’s daddy’s BFFs Sarah Palin or Tim Pawlenty?

Mike Huckabee?

We’re so doomed.

Quick send up the mitchsignal!

happyfeet on May 22, 2010 at 9:40 PM

Its STEALTH REPARATIONS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on May 22, 2010 at 4:02 PM

I

I’ve been saying this for about a year now.

baldilocks on May 22, 2010 at 9:59 PM

the book came in the mail last week baldilocks I’m taking it with me when I go to New Jersey week after next

happyfeet on May 22, 2010 at 10:04 PM

If the feral vanguard attempts to shut down first amendment rights, the second amendment (when applied in large numbers) will eventually shut them down.

I pity those parts of the nation that are held hostage from the grip of liberalism/socialism/Marxist control. But if people like Scott Brown and Chris Christie can still be elected, there is still hope for the nation.

itzWicks on May 22, 2010 at 10:11 PM

plus also Chris Christie has super powers

happyfeet on May 22, 2010 at 10:17 PM

Killing people in order to maintaining one’s lavish pension benefits merits the murderers as nice a punishment as in their chthonic myths provided.

Tantalus squared.

Anarchist scum.

profitsbeard on May 22, 2010 at 10:54 PM

the book came in the mail last week baldilocks I’m taking it with me when I go to New Jersey week after next

happyfeet on May 22, 2010 at 10:04 PM

Excellent. Keep up the good frolling. ;)

baldilocks on May 22, 2010 at 11:05 PM

it’s what I do

happyfeet on May 22, 2010 at 11:17 PM

these days anyway

I just realized talking to my patterico friends that what politics is missing?

Politics is missing a One Good Thing. Especially since Bush is gone. Sure there’s Paul Ryan but he’s just a baby duck and none of the homopublican house leadership looks to be making room for him even though he’s smarter than they are and a better person.

Some people think Sarah Palin is a One Good Thing.

(some people are kinda stupid)

Me I have no One Good Thing and what’s a little pikachu to do without a One Good Thing I ask you.

happyfeet on May 22, 2010 at 11:25 PM

Socialist = Locust Swarm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Locust

c3ichief on May 22, 2010 at 11:58 PM

Mitt Romney?
Meghan’s daddy’s BFFs Sarah Palin or Tim Pawlenty?
Mike Huckabee?
We’re so doomed.
Quick send up the mitchsignal!
happyfeet on May 22, 2010 at 9:40 PM

At least all of those people live in the real world. Any would do fine in the White House. We’re comparing oranges to rotten apples here.

Mojave Mark on May 23, 2010 at 12:01 AM

I am hearing that these ‘protesters’ were on the lawn, steps and other private areas of this property. I thought that was not allowed. I am wondering why these were not driven off the property by the police and if law enforcement was called. It seems strange behavior to me and a huge black mark on the local law enforcement if the protesters were allowed to get that close to anyone in the house or on the property. Not normally a litigous person but I’m thinking law suit here–big one. SEIU has deep pockets so does the municipality.

jeanie on May 22, 2010 at 8:14 PM

Nina Easton has your answer:

Intimidation was the whole point of this exercise, and it worked-even on the police. A trio of officers who belatedly answered our calls confessed a fear that arrests might “incite” these trespassers.

The law enabled them. The law is on their side, not the victim’s. They are indeed defacto members of the same crime family – the current US federal Government and many State Governments (especially in the North and Northeast).

The police and fire and other public sector employees belong to Unions with the same goals and objectives as the SEIU, Obama, and the corrupt government – The Family – an organized crime family. A family that indeed, like Mario Puzo’s book cover, is pulling all the strings… If you’re looking to the Government to stop this I’m sorry to inform you that they are the ones behind it.

TheBigOldDog on May 23, 2010 at 12:50 AM

There was an excellent post about how public sector employees and their unions are bankrupting the country. I’m not sure where it went. But that needs to be referenced here so that all of this can be pulled together to help people see the big picture here…

TheBigOldDog on May 23, 2010 at 12:54 AM

Mort Zuckerman
The bankrupting of America

What we suffer is a ruinously expensive collaboration between elected officials and unionized state and local workers, purchased with taxpayer money. “Scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.”…

City government was developed to serve its citizens. Today the citizenry is working in large part to serve the government. It is always hard to shrink government spending. It is particularly difficult when public-sector unions have such a unique lever of pressure.

We have to escape this cycle or it will crush us. One way is to take labor negotiations out of the hands of vulnerable legislators and assign them to independent commissions. They would have a better shot at achieving a fair balance between appropriate salary increases and the revenues and services of local municipalities. The electorate won’t swallow any more red ink.

TheBigOldDog on May 23, 2010 at 12:57 AM

I was so damned mad when I read this story I thought my head was going to explode. Why, exactly, are D.C. Metro police escorting protesters out of their jurisdiction? or, more to the point, what in the hell were these police officers, paid employees of the District of Columbia, escorting union thugs and instigators of violence ANYWHERE?

The Tea Party groups barely got the time of day from the cops in D.C. and these happy a-holes are getting a police escort to the PRIVATE home of an American citizen so they can intimidate said citizen.

Folks, if you aren’t livid about this, you better get that way. Because if they’re doing this to some bank executive, it’s only a matter of time before they decide they have right to plan themselves outside YOUR home, via police escort, to try to change your vote on any little thing they want.

This was police state, tyrant-esque behavior at its worst and it ought to scare the hell out of us all.

Mad Mad Monica on May 23, 2010 at 1:20 AM

There is a name. Paul Ryan.

davecatbone on May 23, 2010 at 7:29 AM

And “Fast Eddie” Rendell, governor of PA, offered this advice in Saturday’s WSJ to Joe Sestak in his run against Pat Toomey for the PA Senate:

Arguably the best test of the governor’s views on the exaggerated political importance of the tax-and-spend issue will come in his home state. The Pennsylvania Senate race is shaping up as a closely fought and ideologically stark battle. Rep. Sestak backed ObamaCare and the stimulus. His opponent is former congressman Pat Toomey, who until last year led the fiscally conservative political group, the Club for Growth.

Here’s how the 66-year-old Pennsylvania governor would run his campaign in Rep. Sestak’s shoes: “Joe called me to touch base and asked what are the things he should be doing right now. I said, ‘Nothing different.’ Go out, hit those train stations and bus stations, just thank people. Don’t talk about the fall elections, just thank people. You won this because the people wanted you.(ed., the Democrats voted Sestak in because PA has closed primaries.) Stay away from guys like me for a while. You’re the populist. You’re the guy who beat the establishment.

Second thing: There’s one group that’s more unpopular than elected officials. Who’s that in the country today? Wall Street. Pat Toomey worked for Club for Growth. Who funds the Club for Growth? Wall Street. Club for Growth was born out of Bear Stearns. Kill him on it! Kill him on it! This is the candidate from Wall Street. Wall Street paid him X amount of money a year to be the president of Club for Growth. Club for Growth are the same guys who screwed you, cost you your mortgage, cost you your 401(k). Not unfair. Not unfair.”

Pennsylvania has avoided the debt and deficit crises roiling California, New York and neighboring New Jersey, though Mr. Rendell’s popularity has fallen to around 40% in the wake of constant battles with his legislature. I’m curious what he makes of New Jersey’s new Republican Gov. Chris Christie. He came into office this year and immediately moved to slash the state’s spiraling spending. His cuts have enraged unions and Democrats.

There you have the stoking of the fires by a sitting Democrat governor who has not addressed the looming deficit caused by underfunded government pensions and the upcoming burden on Medicare-Medicaid in his own state.

Rendell stokes class envy for political purposes.

onlineanalyst on May 23, 2010 at 7:48 AM

“Second thing: There’s one group that’s more unpopular than elected officials. Who’s that in the country today? Wall Street. Pat Toomey worked for Club for Growth. Who funds the Club for Growth? Wall Street. Club for Growth was born out of Bear Stearns. Kill him on it! Kill him on it! This is the candidate from Wall Street. Wall Street paid him X amount of money a year to be the president of Club for Growth. Club for Growth are the same guys who screwed you, cost you your mortgage, cost you your 401(k). Not unfair. Not unfair.”

This paragraph should have been bolded.

onlineanalyst on May 23, 2010 at 7:51 AM

Team R has shown in the past month that they’re vastly more passionate by an order of significant magnitude about illegal mexican people than they are about the rape of their own little country what is taking place very very far away from the border.

happyfeet on May 22, 2010 at 6:28 PM

happyfeet: “Your ‘feets’ have failed you now.” American English does not use the word what in that syntax context. We use the word that. You have used that uneducated, lower-class British idiom in more than one of your posts. Why not address the problems of your own folks on permanent dole before you cast stones at the US?

onlineanalyst on May 23, 2010 at 8:04 AM

I am an American just like you and just like Jared Padalecki but not like an SEIU one.

They’re special.

happyfeet on May 23, 2010 at 2:38 PM

Who’s responsible for the decision to provide an escort to a neighboring jurisdiction – and why aren’t they fired by now?

SarahW on May 24, 2010 at 10:37 AM

The truth is that American labor unions . . . have become de facto arms of the State

absolutely reeking pile of crap from the Doctor Zero.

audiculous on May 24, 2010 at 11:46 PM

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