Wisconsin: reactionary liberalism unchained

Posted by: Phineas on February 22, 2011 at 2:01 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Pajamas Media co-founder Roger L. Simon is a Hollywood screenwriter and lifelong Left-liberal who in recent years has made a journey back toward a pragmatic conservatism; it was through his writings at PJM and his earlier blog that I came to realize that American liberals and progressives are among the most reactionary people in today’s political environment. They cling bitterly to their ideology in the face of all evidence contradicting it, while conservatives such as Paul Ryan or Sarah Palin instead look at what’s been tried and what really works in the search for solutions to today’s problems — empiricism as opposed to dogma, reaction as opposed to thought.

In his post today at PJM, Roger recounts the saga so far of Wisconsin’s attempt to reform public employee benefits and collection bargaining and then asks why has American liberalism become so juvenile and reactionary? His answer, selfishness:

Liberalism has become a mask for greed in our culture — a way of hiding excessive selfishness from others and, importantly, from the self. It’s a deflection, really.

We see this in the billionaire extremes of a George Soros and a John Kerry, but also now in the demonstrators in the streets of Madison. Many are suffering economically in our country. Huge numbers are unemployed. But when asked to pull together for the good of the mean, the liberals, the ones who pay the greatest lip service to equality, say NO.

They hide behind “Union! Union! Union!” and “No pasaran!,” but it’s all a fake. When the chips are down, our modern liberals are overcome by their own sense of entitlement. Christopher Lasch’s Culture of Narcissism has infected them to such a degree reality cannot intrude. I get my pension even if there’s no money, even if you have to pay for it and you’re broke without any pension of your own.

Socialism, my fat fanny! It’s just plain old selfish greed.

I think this is spot on, at least for the large mass of those demonstrating in Madison and elsewhere for the preservation of their gold-plated benefits and outsized political influence. Among the ideologues and left-liberal elites, including our president, there’s a desire and a goal to reshape our nation along European social-democratic lines, the vast, highly regulated welfare-entitlement state we see in a France or —God help us!— a Greece. But for many, maybe most, it comes down to throwing a tantrum when some adult says there are no more cookies in the jar.

Be sure to read the rest.

RELATED: Another former Lefty “gone Right.” Ron Radosh on “How the Left sees the union crisis in Madison.”

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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3 Responses to “Wisconsin: reactionary liberalism unchained”


  1. Walker says:

    The Madison protests are not about making financial sacrifices. The unions have already accepted pay freezes and have offered to accept the financial concessions in the bill, asking only to keep their collective bargaining rights in exchange – but these offers have been refused by the Governor, who has made it clear that he is not interested in any negotiation or compromise.

    Collective bargaining is a hard-won right that union activists fought and died for. It’s the reason we have child labor laws, overtime, vacation time, health benefits, and safe working environments. Removing these rights will not create new jobs or save money – if the Governor is serious about making up his $137 million shortfall, he should repeal the $140 million of tax breaks for his corporate sponsors that he passed last month. This is a manufactured crisis with one goal: to bust unions and repeal the rights of the working middle class.

  2. Phineas says:

    This is a manufactured crisis with one goal: to bust unions and repeal the rights of the working middle class.

    Correction: To end most collective bargaining privileges for public unions, which should never have been allowed in the first place — even FDR opposed them. What scares the public unions and their paid-for Democratic shills in the legislature is the cutting off of the flow of *tax* dollars in the form of mandatory union dues from state employees (paid with *tax dollars) that are then funneled to pliant legislators as contributions. Oh, and those legislators just happen to be the ones negotiating the next contract with the guys who just gave them a lot of money. Sweet deal — sweat and corrupt, and it has to end.

  3. Glenn Bergen says:

    The issue is to overcome a projected $3.6 Billion deficit by Wisconsin’s budget. The “entitled” don’t/can’t accept REALITY !! This is so deja-vue, like back in the Sixties…I had to quit college and join the military, to get a real propsective on the world. Now I can play that game!