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December 31, 2009

Obama's conceit that Americans were ready for Socialism

"Wherever men are miserable--and that is almost everywhere--they will be vulnerable to those who promise Utopia, for if Hobbes expressed some portion of the truth, Rousseau expressed some portion of the truth as well. There is no inconsistency between the declaration that life in the state of nature is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short and the declaration that man is everywhere in chains. That this observation is bleak is no reason not to think it correct. If for no other reason, I doubt that promises of socialism will ever lose their capacity to inspire."
Claire Berlinski

(Though why he believes that that would appeal to a significant number of Americans is a mystery to me.)

"The common people in [American] democracy are not uncommonly wise, but their experience tends to make them uncommonly sensible."
Irving Kristol

Posted by Curmudgeon at December 31, 2009 3:35 PM