The Nanny State’s Stranglehold on Civilization

Posted: March 11, 2014 in traditional values
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Old-Thinker News | March 10, 2014

By Daniel Taylor

The untamed human spirit is dynamic, creative, beautiful, sometimes dangerous, and unpredictable. It is a frightful thing to behold in the eyes of a compulsively controlling, authoritarian nanny state.

French historian Alexis de Tocqueville articulated what he foresaw shaping up in the early 1800′s. Tocqueville saw it as a “democratic authoritarianism”. He wrote,

“Over these men stands an immense tutelary power, which assumes sole responsibility for securing their pleasure and watching over their fate. It is absolute, meticulous, regular, provident, and mild. It would resemble paternal authority if only its purpose were the same, namely, to prepare men for manhood. But on the contrary, it seeks only to keep them in childhood irrevocably. It likes citizens to rejoice, provided they think only of rejoicing. It works willingly for their happiness but wants to be the sole agent and only arbiter of that happiness. It provides for their security, foresees and takes care of their needs, facilitates their pleasures, manages their most important affairs, directs their industry, regulates their successions, and divides their inheritances. Why not relieve them entirely of the trouble of thinking and the difficulty of living?”

Camille Paglia echoed Tocqueville’s warning in a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal. Paglia, herself a lesbian, is daring to say what a large percent of men in the emasculated western world have not even dared to think. In Paglia’s words, the politically correct atmosphere that we are bathed in is choking off the life energy of men, and in turn women. The education system douses out the electric energy of young boys with command and control systems and psychotropic drugs like Ritalin.

“What you’re seeing is how a civilization commits suicide,” Paglia told the WSJ. On the schooling system, she says, “They’re making a toxic environment for boys. Primary education does everything in its power to turn boys into neuters.” The political correctness of our era is all about the “neutralization of maleness.”

The economic hardship that has characterized the last several years is a direct reflection of the stranglehold that the nanny state has on our civilization. “We remove the organ and demand the function,” says C.S. Lewis in his 1943 bookAbolition of Man. “We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.” We can talk about economic recovery all day, but as long as a system of oppressive political correctness and schooling exist, it will never fully take place.

In times past men and their sons worked together in the field, in the shop, and shared a deep bond. There was room for buzzing energy and adventure. Big ideas bubbled up from within, uncensored and potent. The pioneering days of America characterized this state of humanity.

The artificial habitat that we live in has seduced us into a sate of complacency. The industrialized world has untold benefits, but we aren’t exercising the strength that we have as human beings. Our ancestors strove for knowledge and beauty amidst great hardship. Now we are convinced that we are at the end of the road; We don’t need to strive for anything else. We don’t have a reason to rebel. It’s time to break the chains.

What will give us hope into the future? What will give us the drive to improve ourselves, nation, and the globe?

The elite of society have told us that humanity is a virus. Global warming is our fault. We are having too many babies. Being a man is inherently evil. Creativity and free thought is stamped out in our schools. Empty shells of human beings are worshiped on television. Can a generation rise out of this and reach for the stars? Can we cut through the propaganda and programming and believe in ourselves again?


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