Your "Common Dreams" are My Nightmares

Wouldn't it be cool if we remade American society so that all 300 million of us began caring for one another, educating each other and sacrificing our own happiness for perfect strangers -- as if they were our nearest kin? If we replaced our day jobs and our petty little personal hobbies with a shared vision for the future?

To make this dream a reality, we'd probably need a know-it-all chief executive with unlimited power, because lots of people would go kicking and screaming. I think I can name a willing volunteer.

"In America, we have this strong bias toward individual action. You know, we idolize the John Wayne hero who comes in to correct things with both guns blazing. But individual actions, individual dreams, are not sufficient. We must unite in collective action, build collective institutions and organizations."

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"Now we have to take this same language--these same values that are encouraged within our families--of looking out for one another, of sharing, of sacrificing for each other--and apply them to a larger society. Let's talk about creating a society, not just individual families, based on these values. Right now we have a society that talks about the irresponsibility of teens getting pregnant, not the irresponsibility of a society that fails to educate them to aspire for more."

-- Barack Obama, in an interview with The Chicago Reader, 1995.

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Altruism is really alienated

Altruism is really alienated selfishness: it's still a pursuit of one's egoist aspirations - just someone else's instead of your own. Your sacrifices and generous efforts are totally pointless if they can't be appreciated by their recipient, after all. That's something that is often overlooked by collectivists.

Hopefully one day most

Hopefully one day most people will read this kind of empty sap and just roll their eyes. Utterly void and cliche'd. The political equivalent of saying "oh, ok".

That last sentence. Funny, I never see mainstream liberals actually blaming "society" for irresponsible this-or-that, but only certain individuals IN society. Namely those that don't believe society is something that can or cannot be blamed.

Words are Cheap

Don Luskin reports that Obama himself is in no hurry to part with his personal income.