Quintessential liberal failures: Affirmative Action

Affirmative actionby Deon van Rensburg

In this series of opinion pieces I will attempt, and more often than not, succeed, in highlighting liberal failures. In the process I hope to shine a very bright light on the inherent hypocrisy associated with every liberal preconception, ideological turnip and bias ever uttered in the public or private sphere

In my opinion piece Liberalism – True Political Ideology or a Mental Disease I contended that there are two types of liberalism:

  • Classical liberalism as defined by those that espouse freedom for everybody – freedom from invasive government, freedom of association, freedom of religion, freedom from oppression, freedom to trade and be relieved of the master and serf condition, freedom to own property, freedom to till the earth, freedom, freedom and more freedom…All whilst keeping to the confines of what is considered civilised, moral and ethical;
  • Modern liberalism or “progressive” liberalism yearns for the Nanny State, where a god-like government will be the saviour and mater of the individual, collectively looking after all from cradle to the grave, where equality is the pinnacle of achievement and inequality is deemed to be a deadly sin, where man and woman are the same despite glaring biological and psychological differences, where cultural differences have been wiped from the face of the earth despite thousands of years of poles-apart development, where abnormal is the new normal by undermining morals, ethics and values, where people who do not think like you are abhorrent.

There seems to be a definite correlation between “progressive” liberalism and Sociopathic Personality Disorder – immediate gratification of the self, a feel good ideology, damn the consequences. There are also elements of Hyper-vigilant Narcissistic Personality Disorder as diagnosed by psychiatrist Dr. Glen Goddard of the Mayo Institute.

Indiscriminateness of thought does not lead to indiscriminateness of policy. It leads the modern liberal to invariably side with evil over good, wrong over right and the behaviours that lead to failure over those that lead to success. Why? Very simply if nothing is to be recognized as better or worse than anything else then success is de facto unjust.

There is no explanation for success if nothing is better than anything else and the greater the success the greater the injustice. Conversely and for the same reason, failure is de facto proof of victimization and the greater the failure, the greater the proof of the victim is, or the greater the victimization. Evan Sayet

I often refer to the obvious infusion of Socialism on the modern version of liberalism termed by these liberals themselves as “Progressive Liberalism”.  The palpable similarity between “progressive” liberalism and the Socialist ideology seems to be a bridge too far for “progressive” liberals to understand. I contend that “progressive” liberalism is a grouping of churlish individuals too indolent to think for themselves and will repeat, verbatim and in parrot-like fashion,quasi-intellectual “socio-political” discussions of excrement – disguised as opinion pieces in the Lame Stream Media – after bourgeois gatherings in comfortable homes situated in upmarket gated estates. Logic, reason and fact will immediately take a week-long vacation on some South Sea Island just to get away from the pure absurdity of circular reasoning.

Vladimir Lenin quite rightly referred to them as “useful idiots” who will champion the Marxist cause throughout the world. If only he knew how right he was.

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” Henry Ford (1863-1947), American founder of the Ford Motor Company

“Progressive” liberals are not averse to implement ideological dogma that has been proven as a failure over and over again. Collectivism, equality, atheism, feminism and a great favourite of the slavering white-guilt-ridden useful idiots – Affirmative Action.

In South Africa it goes by many names – Employment Equity, Affirmative Action, Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment, Quotas. It remains in essence Affirmative Action

Affirmative Action has its natal origins in the United States of America where President John F. Kennedy issued Executive Order 10925 on the 6th of March 1961 in a misguided and naïve attempt to stem racial discord in the US. A monster was created which pleased Socialists to no end as racial discord has been amplified by this bestial attempt at social engineering. It is invasive in schools, universities, sports, business and government – in fact, all spheres of society like a cancerous growth on the body of a mangy dog.

“Progressive” liberals will repeat ad infinitum that Affirmative Action is necessary to “right the wrongs of the past”, how “selective discrimination” is fair, how “previously disadvantaged” people must get an equal opportunity at success and how it is aimed at rectifying “white privilege”. Except that there is nothing fair about any type of discrimination – the whole notion is a contradictio in terminis. Nature has an immutable law that only the strong survive, which “progressive” liberals wishes to subvert but that cannot be subverted. White privilege is a Socialist myth, which could as well have been the brainchild of Saul Alinsky himself – which it probably was in its modern form although credit for this academic excrement must go to W.E.B du Bois. I will discuss the subject of “white privilege” in later articles.

 White liberals are the most racist people there are, because they put blacks in a box and insist that they think one way – and if they don’t, they attack them as illegitimate, all the while denying their policies destroy blacks. – Dr Ben Carson

I have to agree with Dr. Carson here – who just happens to be a very successful paediatric neurosurgeon and who also happens to be a person of colour. “Progressives”, through Affirmative Action, are telling people of colour that they cannot succeed without the social engineering and the help of Socialist policies on their own. What is more racist than that? To be told that you are incapable of any success on your own, that no achievement can be reached by one’s own effort but whitey liberals will help you along by crying “racist” at everybody that dares stand in your way.

But even more damning is that Affirmative Action is a failure – everywhere it was instituted

When cornered with the glaring failure of AA and BEE in South Africa the vitriolic retort would be that it is being wrongly applied – as if there is a right way of applying any piece of doctrine that has at its heart social engineering? “Progressives” will invariably mention Malaysia as a success story, America is a beacon of success in Education, and the caste order in India is all but destroyed, yet they are not. Here is why.

Affirmative Action had its inception in Malaysia in 1971 and initially was a success by uplifting poor rural people to middle-class entrepreneurs. However, in 2001 the New York Times – a mouthpiece for liberal propaganda and a target for the social group Rage Against the Media due to various biased articles aimed at the Republicans, the Tea Party and hiding the true nature of Obamacare – published an article entitledCriticism of 30-Year-Old Affirmative-Action Policy Grows in Malaysia”:

But as the country prepares to mark three decades under what is called the New Economic Policy, the program’s failures are becoming increasingly apparent. Affirmative action, critics say, has morphed into cronyism. The government transferred wealth to a small pool of politically well-connected businessmen.

Sounds familiar?

But as the Television ad goes – but that’s not all. Ten years later, in 2011, a study by The Centre for Independent Studies titled Malaysia still held back by Affirmative Actionfound that Malaysia’s Affirmative Action social engineering project had been a total failure with many businesses on the brink of bankruptcy looking towards the government to bail them out. Air Malaysia is just one small example(). This does not tell a success story but rather one of abject failure. Why then deploy it anywhere else?

In America the Cato Institute published an article titled The Affirmative Action Myth” and focuses on Affirmative Action in Education specifically Universities. It concludes that Affirmative Action policies do not help the AA candidate one iota and that it too is a miserable failure. This is then followed up by a piece in the LA Times in August 2013 about the miserable failure of Affirmative Action (courtesy of NationalReview as I am not a subscriber to the LA Times ) of a particular student at Berkeley that was admitted not because of his academic excellence but because of Affirmative Action.

Enter my favourite author on all matters economic and political – Dr. Thomas Sowell who is the Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow in Public Policy at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University and also a person of colour. In his book entitled Affirmative Action around the World: An Empirical Studyhe disproves the ideology, the practice and the expected consequences of Affirmative Action in the United States, India, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and Nigeria. He delivers a stinging indictment against Affirmative Action. In his book he states:

…this discussion has been informed by theories, rationales, and debates over semantics but has been insufficiently attentive–if at all–to the actual consequences.

He finds in every country examined, the negative consequences far outweighed any positives that may have been generated.

The same consequences that we see in South Africa today. Cronyism, a ruling oligarchy, corruption, jobs for pals, a shrinkage in economic activity, a bloated civil service filled with incompetents, lowered education levels …ad infinitum.

In the minds of their original architects, affirmative action policies were temporary arrangements, which would be phased out when real gains in education and employment among the minority were made. But, in the absence of those gains, affirmative action has often become a permanent policy of “preference” and has unfortunately incited animosity and hatred among the “non-preferred,” leading to ethnic conflict and violence.

So if Affirmative Action is such a failure – everywhere – why do “progressive” liberals (and their affiliated political parties) champion and defend such a lost cause? Because reason and rationale does not form part of the thought process, because “progressive” liberalism is a socialist construct and modern liberalism is a “feel good” ideology – as I indicated, some marked similarities with sociopaths.

Affirmative Action has been proven on numerous occasions to be a failure, pandering to the wishes of a small elite – the recipients who garner an income they are unqualified for and who for all intents and purposes are completely incompetent to add anything productive or constructive to their work environment, the ruling oligarchy who receive riches and power beyond their wildest dreams and the white bourgeoisie who do not want their little Utopias disturbed and who are still able to live in their comfortable environments with their tenured and management positions earning obscene amounts of money every month.

Here comes the hypocrisy part. With Affirmative Action being a proven failure, the “progressive” liberals mounted a concerted campaign of vitriol-filled idiocy against a small group of people of non-colour who held a peaceful non-violent protest march to object to the discrimination and social engineering that is at the heart of Affirmative Action – amongst other issues, I will add. I would bet my house that these same “progressive” liberals would not bat an eyelid if people of colour mounted protest marches about any issues they consider important – such as service delivery. Oh wait, that happens on a daily basis, yet there are no articles in the Lame Stream Media decrying such events as “racist” but rather a heart-felt compassionate sympathy decrying the plight of the poor. Once the article is written and the opinion given – they leave for their pubs, clubs and houses in comfortable neighbourhoods. Once more to have quasi-intellectual discussions with like-minded sociopaths over a glass of good malt whisky or maybe Johnny Burger’s best wine.