Thursday, August 16, 2012

For the Orgonomists

who can only see communist plots for power in liberal kindness and guilt

Those who are truly alive are kindly and unsuspecting in their human relationships and consequently endangered under present conditions. They assume that others think and act generously, kindly and helpfully, in accordance with the laws of life. This natural attitude, fundamental to healthy children as well as primitive man, inevitably represents a great danger in the struggle for a rational way of life as long as the emotional plague subsists, because the plague-ridden impute their own manner of thinking and acting to their fellow men. A kindly man believes that all men are kindly, while one infected with the plague believes that all men lie and cheat and are hungry for power. In such a situation, the living are at an obvious disadvantage. When they give to the plague-ridden they are sucked dry, then ridiculed or betrayed.
Wilhelm Reich, Listen Little Man

The last sentence "When they give to the plague-ridden they are sucked dry, then ridiculed or betrayed,   however, seems to speak to the problems of the liberal project. There is undoubtedly a sense of entitlement and a perverse irreverence in liberal politics that are to be rightly criticized but the idea that moving towards universal healthcare and tolerance is a slippery slope to socialism is absurd.

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