The Left’s isolation tanks

One of the odd things about the Left is how isolated it is within its own conceits. Conservatives are ritually attacked by the Left as narrow-minded and anti-intellectual, but there are so many prominent and non-prominent conservatives who are former Leftists, and fully versed in the Left’s song and dance, that conservatives often know the Left better than most Leftist’s do. In fact, it seems that being a Leftist requires a rejection of anything outside of the Left’s version of history, ideology, and separate set of Leftist facts as, in the classical Marxist term, “bourgeois ideology.”

Yet, within the Left’s isolation there are even tighter environments that I call their “isolation tanks.” Others know these isolation tanks as “American universities.” These are nearly impenetrable from the outside world, and while it seems almost a contradiction in terms that the young become the least curious among us, it is that lack of curiosity that is the very sealant these isolation tanks depend upon, because the fact is that there is nothing stopping students from inquiring beyond the walls of the university (perhaps other than what punishments might await them if they were to talk about such adventures or, much worse, introduce any variant ideas into an academic forum).

Now, here’s Dennis Prager, a mid-level conservative columnist and radio talk host, making what is really a routine observation:

As they say on the TV show “24,” the following took place last week between 9 and 10 p.m. on a flight from Los Angeles to Denver.

I spoke for a few minutes to the 20-year-old woman seated across the aisle from me.

She: What brings you to Denver?”

Me: I am giving a speech.

She: What do you do?

Me: I’m a radio talk show host.

She: Who did you vote for?

Me: McCain

She: Why?

Me: Smaller government and the war on terror.

She: Terror is the new communism.

Me: Communism killed about a hundred million people. And who do you think attacked and killed 3,000 of us on Sept. 11?

She: The government.

For the record, as I believe this to be essential to understanding this young woman’s views, she is a student attending the University of California Santa Barbara.

Truth is she had to be a student at a major university. She would never have come up with “Terror is the new Communism” on her own. It is a moral obscenity that one has to learn.

Of course, there is an irony to this statement. Meant in the opposite way she meant it, I could largely assent to the proposition that terror is the new communism. Communism was an enslaving and murderous threat in its time and the Jihadism is such a threat in our lifetime.

But that is not how this young woman meant the statement. As she has learned history and the contemporary world, communism was a bogeyman in its time and terror is a bogeyman in our time.

When I told her that communism had killed 100 million people, I could not tell if she even processed the words. It was as if had I uttered a series of nonsense syllables. She either didn’t believe me or didn’t care.

Hit the link and read the rest of that, because Prager continues to make an excellent point.

But note that this young woman blames “the government” for the 9/11 attacks. Here’s the great part about that: I would bet my last dollar that if Prager asked her who she thought should be providing her with health care her answer would be the same. She would say “the government,” without hesitation.

This is the great conundrum of the Left: the government is feared, but the government should provide. Thus the great innovation of America, limited government, is to blame for all horrors but must provide all sustenance, as if it will not take freedom with every spoonful of gruel it feeds.

Here I am writing in a bona fide college town, but it will be a thousand years before this makes it through the walls of the tank that is SUNY New Paltz. Remember that George W. Bush, who tried to read a book a week while he was President (he didn’t watch television), was derided as intellectually uncurious, by the Left.

Yet American universities, nearly an exclusive dominion of the Left, cultivate a culture of imbecility.

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