The end of free will, or not.

The National Association of Scholars says the term “social justice” means the “advocacy of egalitarian access to income through state-sponsored redistribution.” Egalitarianism means “all people are equal and deserve equal rights and opportunities.”  This is to be accomplished through the all-powerful nanny state.

Therefore, according to the collectivist ideal, improvement of society is determined by material possessions.  Collective ownership of those material possessions justifies the strong arm of the all-powerful nanny state to make that happen, or so says that authoritative voice in the back of your mind.

Materialism causes man to look outside of himself and to blame others (or society, or the “system,” or “the man,” or “Wall Street”) to solve his problems while ignoring personal responsibility.  Materialists and collectivists protest  the “injustices” of the system and demand social justice.  However, the root cause of the inequity is their  absence of personal responsibility.

As Jacques Ellul and others have taught, the uneducated man who never learned to read has more freedom than the scholar.  He only has to take his freedom.

A drug addict blames the drug dealer for his problem.  The alcoholic blames his family or his job or his physical infirmity for driving him to drink.  The gambling addict blames the unfair system that prevents him from getting ahead.  And so forth.  There is always an excuse.  The self analysis for these problems varies widely but is missing the personal responsibility for their own actions and thoughts.  Of course, the addict says they understand that point, but that is the neurotic defense.  Their  actions do not follow the words for long.  The addict refuses to internalize their personal responsibility to modify their own behavior.  There are too many convenient excuses.  The addict persuades himself that somebody else or something else made me do it, or somebody else can fix me, so I’ll find somebody else and listen to them.  For awhile.

If it is outside of yourself, it is materialism.

Free will has been confused by materialism.  It is no mystery how that happened.    Even the National Council of Churches promotes materialism, for example, a re-distribution of goods and services to all strata of human kind.  Free will, a gift of God, has been confused with socialism in the name of Jesus Christ by the Pope in Rome.  Is that a diamond in your navel?

Government re-distribution of resources, even to non-citizens, is socialism, one of the many words for collectivism or social justice.  It’s a material world sings a self-righteously decadent Madonna.  But governments around the world are not only stealing your material property, they are also stealing your spiritual and intellectual freedom to decide for yourself, to judge right and wrong for yourself.  Your ability to be free even within your own mind is rapidly disappearing by the perfected technologies of narrative and Hegelian dialectic.  You probably still believe that you have freedom of thought.  “Thou shalt not drop acid,” my philosophy professor Ted Nordenhaug taught us material dummies at such times, “look for another alternative.”

As explained in the appendix of Orwell’s 1984, the news and educational narrative is designed to remove the possibility of rebellious and free thought.  News and politics has been so deluged with syrupy rhetoric for so long that most people believe those are their own thoughts.  The words by which rebellious, anti-authoritarian or free thoughts might be articulated are being rapidly eliminated from languages, for example, by speaking in opposites (I’m down with that or that’s bad, when that’s good is what is meant), confusion of grammar by use of nouns as verbs and verbs as nouns, and speaking and writing in short sentence fragments.  Mems are accepted without thought because habits were learned, people were conditioned, by Saturday Night Live, John Stewart, et al. If you are not pushing back full time against authority full time, then you are one of the sheep.

Teaching generations to tolerate intolerable behavior is worst of all.  The idea that one person’s morals are equivalent to another person’s morals is known as moral equivalence or moral relativity and there is no more collectivist ideal than that.  That is the technology used to close young minds.  But of course that ideal is not applied to the ruling elite oligarchy.

Stop feeling sorry for yourself.  Your behavior is your responsibility.

About budbromley

Life sciences executive, retired
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