Why socialist utopians are vicious (as in without virtue)

Prudence is the most important civic virtue and honesty is the most important social virtue.

Without them lies and deceptions and bad policy are the currency of political discourse and the society doesn’t progress. This essay discusses why socialism is so attractive to the vicious.


I remind you of the writings of William Voegeli on the inanity of the left and why they really don’t want to fix problems, they just want to feel good about themselves. They want class conflict, and they use groups to foment their favorite activity, acquisition of power.


Also a great book by Mark Levin on utopianism, Ameritopia, as well as the work of Hayek on the fatal conceit, the work of von Mises on the nonsense of socialism Socialism and, of course the great dead American philosopher Eric Hoffer The True Believer and his many other writings on mass movements and the mind of fanatics.

Then there is the greatest living American Philosopher, I do believe, and also a very lucid and insightful man on economics and migrations, Thomas Sowell, who has written eloquently about the problem of intellectuals and the visions of the self anointed, but so much more.


Angelo Codevilla on the ruling class is also extremely insightful.


There, don’t say that JS never put out a recommended reading list for the summer.

Get back to me in October.


One response to “Why socialist utopians are vicious (as in without virtue)

  1. When talking about lies and deceptions and bad policy, I think about American politics and politicians. Something I have been formulating, as a partial answer to the over-reaching of government, would be a twist on the idea of term limits. Except, rather than just the politicians being limited in office, perhaps the laws and agencies should also be limited.

    1) Term limits on laws, where no law can exist more than eight years. After eight years, it has to be treated as a brand-new law, and go through the same hoops as it did originally.
    2) Term limits on presidential edicts, where no presidential edict can stand for more than 90 days. After 90 days, if it is a really good edict, it can be processed for being a new law.
    3) Term limits on all government agencies, except for the few that are mentioned in the Constitution, or in a Constitutional Amendment. No government agency can exist for more than eight years. If it is a good agency, then Congress can re-authorize the agency, and the funding.
    4) As a corollary to #3, any regulations put in place by such an agency expire after 180 days. If it is a good regulation, then it can be processed for being a new law.
    5) A limit to the length of the text in a law. Since Congress will be having to renew laws, and consider making presidential edicts and government regulations into laws, their workload will be too much, with the amount of text now allowed to be in laws. Therefore, laws are required to have no more than 2000 words, and no more than 10000 characters.
    [The average speed that most adults read at is 200 words per minute. The average length of words is 5 characters. Therefore, a 2000-word law will take about 10 minutes to read. Thus, 6 bills up for vote as laws, could be read in totality within an hour.]

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