“You want to be an elephant when you grow up? You be an elephant. Because this is Zootopia.” – Judy Hopps to Finnick the fox in the Walt Disney movie Zootopia.
If history has taught us anything, it is that the real world is a rough and tumble place. Survival is not guaranteed. It takes great intelligence, inventiveness and determination to avert abject poverty and starvation. The fact that western man has created a society so well equipped to survive and prosper is a historical anomaly. It hasn’t come easy. It has taken centuries for us to arrive at where we are today.
One need listen to the news only briefly to realize that most every country other than western ones are mired in either economic malaise or catastrophe, social upheaval, civil dysfunction or war. Why is it that western man has been the only one to create the conditions for general prosperity rather than overwhelming poverty? Followers of the Austrian school know the answer: The adoption of the free market system. In a free market system, there are four essential pillars:
1) Prices that are freely set by producers.
2) Profits that flow from the difference between the price of a product and its cost to produce.
3) Competition that is unhindered.
4) Private property rights that are inviolable and protected by commonly understood law.
But these four pillars help man succeed only when a society is populated with men of great intelligence, substantial creativity, entrepreneurial spirit, superior moral code and strong work ethic. A low time preference is also required so that investment for tomorrow takes priority over spending for today. When man is free to create, invent and sell products and services, then he benefits not only himself and his family, but his customers, too. The incentives inherent in the free market system allow human nature to drive mankind forward.
Western countries have enjoyed the benefits of the free market and inventive men for so long that it is now unthinkable that our prosperity can do anything but continue. Of course, nothing is further from the truth. History clearly demonstrates that a functioning, civil society can be turned into a Marxist hell-hole almost overnight. All it takes is a few determined leftists to tear our world apart.
Leftists, Marxists, communists, socialists, neocons – they all have one thing in common: A hatred of the free market system. Their goal is to do away with the four pillars of the free market and replace them with a command and control economy whereby a few academic and political elite push and pull magic levers that drive mankind in one direction or another. Their ultimate aim is to create a Utopia on Earth from the top down. They reject the premise that freedom, creativity and private property rights are required for our continued prosperity even though this is precisely what history has taught us. Instead, they reject reality and believe that they can make a better world where a few super-intelligent Übermensch control every human – where every man becomes a puppet dancing to their latest five year plan.
The Utopianists reject man’s innate desire to be free, to be creative and to benefit from the fruit of his labour. They believe that:
- Man must be perfected – to become Übermensch – through proper central education and training.
- Society, too, must be perfected through the collectivist molding and control of man’s thoughts, words and actions.
- An economic system prospers most when it is highly manipulated and regulated by central planners.
Whereas the rational individual believes that each man must be free to pursue his own ambitions for the benefit of himself and his fellow men, the Utopianist believes that individual freedom is the very thing preventing the attainment of the Übermensch and Utopia. Whereas we believe that equality means the freedom to pursue goals equally with differing outcomes, the Utopianist believes that equality means the central forcing of human behaviour and economic models to achieve similar outcomes for everyone.
In the pursuit of the perfect man and the perfect society, the Utopianist needs to don the proverbial “tinfoil hat” in order to deflect the “ugliness” of reality, history, rationality and logic. The tinfoil hat allows the wearer to operate in a virtual, CGI-like safe space whereby “if you think it, then it is true”.
For example, President Barack Hussein Obama II declared in 2009 that the “under my plan of a cap and trade system, the price of electricity will necessarily skyrocket.” To tinfoil hatters like him, artificially and dramatically raising the cost of energy is an effortless way to bring about a green Utopia on earth. Completely lost on them is the fact that artificially raising the price of energy robs us of our current standard of living because it causes us to use less of the very thing that has allowed us to create great prosperity: affordable energy. The tinfoil hat prevents them from realizing that raising the price of energy hurts the poor the most.
The quest for Utopia has been a long time in the making. In 1958, more than six decades ago, W. Cleon Skousen wrote in his book “The Naked Communist” that the purposeful and insidious infiltration of Marxist ideology into mainstream western society would follow a 45 point plan which included:
- Discrediting the family as an institution and emphasizing the need to raise children away from the “negative influence of parents.”
- Encouraging promiscuity and easy divorce.
- Presenting degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, and healthy.”
- Breaking down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio and TV.
It is very clear that the Marxist agenda of societal upheaval and destruction that was designed more than half a century ago is now being championed by the tinfoil hatters that comprise our ruling elite. For decades, their plan has been to deliberately destroy traditional western culture and values. Furthermore, they have systematically removed the ability for us to defend ourselves via language and actions through the widespread adoption and legal enforcement of political correctness (a.k.a. cultural Marxism courtesy of the Frankfurt School). They seriously believe that they can mold us like clay into becoming the idyllic Übermensch operating under an egalitarian economic system where no one loses and no one wins. When you mention to them the results of the failed economic systems of Cuba and Venezuela, or the murderous Marxist regimes of China and the USSR, they respond with the notion they were not the “right kind” of Marxism. Tinfoil hat tightly affixed.
Unnecessary social, political and economic conflict is the result of meddling by the Utopianists. In their goal to abolish differences in ambition, talent and wealth, they must tear apart not only the rich but the middle class. They go further, of course. They wish to abolish differences between genders. We witnessed the attempt to eradicate gender under Mao’s rule of Communist China where each man and woman was required to wear the same drab, gray uniform and declare allegiance not to God or to family, but to Mao. We see current efforts in public schools to suppress the normal rough and tumble instincts in boys by forcing them to behave more like girls either through drugs, propaganda or punishment. The pronouns “he” and “she” are purposefully being replaced by “they”, “ze” and “zir” in the universities and media. In New York City, a fine of up to $250,000 awaits an employer or landowner who misidentifies an employee or tenant with the wrong pronoun. In the words of officer Judy Hopps, “You want to be an elephant when you grow up? You be an elephant. Because this is Zootopia.”
Because the Utopianist necessarily discards reality, history, morality, rationality and the concepts of freedom, property rights and economics in order to burn down western societies to rebuild them as Utopianist paradises, they are a very dangerous bunch. Man has not achieved unprecedented success and standards of living because he has rejected reality and made decisions based upon fantasies. If he had done so, humanity would have been extinguished long ago. Our survival has depended upon us facing reality with honesty, openness, intelligence and creativity. A free market is needed to allow ideas to flourish and to provide us with life-sustaining products and services, ones that people want and need rather than ones that are planned by a central politburo. Suppressing ideas, words, truth, history, culture and successful economic and legal ideas that have provided for our survival will not result in a Utopian paradise. Instead, it will result in a society rife with social decay, economic collapse, violence and war.
We will cease to be a civil society if the ideological fanatics that aim to create a Utopia on earth are left to continue influencing our families, our communities, our businesses, our culture and our way of life. Their aim is to burn everything to the ground. We cannot reason with them. We cannot compromise with them. Nothing penetrates the tinfoil hat. Our aim, therefore, must be to stop them; to prevent them from not only destroying our culture, but our prosperity and our prospects for survival.
You want to be an elephant when you grow up? Well, you can’t. This is Reality. Take off the hat.