What’s all this business about social justice and “The Third Way”?
For some time, the far left has been trumpeting the virtues of a so-called progressive (read: socialist) alternative to the worn-out dogmas of traditional liberalism and conservatism.
What they mean is that old-school liberalism is reinventing itself under new labels, calling it “The Third Way” or “social justice” in an attempt to shuck off history’s condemnation. And Hillary Clinton is smack dab in the thick of it. The Progressive Policy Institute pushes “third way” theory in America by saying:
- Government should promote equality;
- Government should empower citizens to act for themselves;
- Education and technological innovation are the proper approaches to economic security, not laissez faire or free market action;
- Values should embrace tolerance and honor traditional values while refusing attempts to impose them on others and be judgmental;
- Third-way adherents work to build inclusive, multiethnic societies.
Any of that sound familiar? You’d be right to suspect that all these warm euphemisms cloak a darker agenda. Let’s consider some facts.
After being tossed into history’s trash bin, socialists and communists around the world had to choose a new face, new names and creative wordsmithing when it became apparent to reasonable minds the world over that socialism and communism don’t work. Third-way adherents heralded the shift of political leftists like Clinton, who is publicly moderate only because she has learned she must disguise her real agenda and her deeper, socialist convictions since she cannot sell them anymore to most voters.
The old leftists, turned down by history and human nature and forced to concede that capitalism works, have needed a way to govern capitalism, regulate it, bend it and bleed it a la George Soros for the money needed to continue the welfare state. So leftists developed new names and approaches for old programs to cobble together political majorities. Third-Way and social justice lingo was developed as the doublespeak they needed to resume power, without resorting to tired, old socialist themes. The favorite doublespeak of third-way devotees — “hope,” “change” and “new” – is now commonplace.
This is a case of ugly history repeating itself, or more aptly put, perpetuating itself. The modern third-way philosophy — whose goal is “social justice” — rose to influence in the 1930s under the Nazis, in the form of unrelenting, murderous central power. In the same era, Trotskyists used the third-way language to describe their brand of Marxism. And during the 1960s, New Leftists adopted the lingo to define their socialism.
These movements gained steam by exercising the First Principle of the Third-Way politician: to studiously determine what they must do to obtain and keep power. All other considerations, moral or otherwise, play second-fiddle to this prime maxim to do whatever you need to do, say whatever you need to say, including lies, to gain power and never lose it.
Third-Way politicians like Clinton have buried just enough of their old ideology to plant their flag to the right of the far left, which is where they determined they could muster enough votes to win power and govern. Third-Way politicians, including Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, became masters at using the wealth created by conservative policies to publicly channel market forces to build the welfare state.
The idealists who serve Hillary Clinton, including feminists, socialists and progressives, do so for “higher ends”, and with an ambition that justifies sordid and perhaps criminal means. Their passionate motive is the continuance of themselves, to keep their twisted ideology alive and thriving. They hate conservatives because we thwart their causes, kill their dreams, defend the Constitution, and believe in property rights as the cornerstone of freedom and prosperity.
Ordinary citizens, here and abroad, need to wake up and realize that third-way leftists are flying a false flag, and supporters like Clinton remain socialists at heart, waiting for the right time and place to reinstate central planning, the advanced welfare state, massive government and their true ideology.
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