Posted by: 12stepgolf | August 26, 2010

The Prophet of the Ruling Class reprinted from American Thinker

August 05, 2010 By Jeffrey 

Folks So now the EPA has been petitioned to ban the use of lead in bullets and fishing weights. For hundreds of years, human beings have used lead for those purposes, and life on earth has not exactly come to an end. Now we are told that the lead used in hunting and fishing is harming animals and fish, and it must stop. The scary thing is that one individual, EPA Director Lisa Jackson, has the power to impose such a ban. It’s the same for every aspect of American life: A small group of elite administrators, czars, judges, or politicians — often just one person — think they have the right to decide what’s best for 320 million Americans. 

The political elite has always existed, but in the past, its influence was limited by a national consensus that the democratic will of the people
came first. That consensus has broken down, and the elite have stepped
in, determined to rule in place of, and in opposition to, the public
will. The new Ruling Class.

What is happening was predicted — and celebrated — over forty years ago by Robert L. Heilbroner, one of the darlings of the New Left. In The Limits of American Capitalism, Heilbroner laid out a plan by which the innately conservative leanings
of the American people could be quashed and replaced by the centralized
control of a Marxist state. Heilbroner’s book concludes with a chilling
vision of the way forward. What he advocates is, in effect, a socialist
totalitarian state, where the government controls every aspect of human
life. In the name of reform, this statist system would regulate if not
nationalize all major industries, but it would go farther than that.

What Heilbroner envisages is the rise of a new elite centralized in government, media, and the universities. This group of decision-makers would operate “on behalf of” the public and on the basis of “scientific
principles” of social control. As Heilbroner writes, “Not alone economic
affairs … but the numbers and location of the population, its genetic
quality, the manner of social domestication of children, the choice of
lifework — even the duration of life itself — are all apt to become
subjects for scientific investigation and control” (The Limits of American Capitalism, New York, 1966, pp. 129-130).

Heilbroner’s books were bestsellers in the 1960s, widely read and admired by liberals everywhere. They were, in effect, neo-Keynesian, pro-statist
instruction manuals studied by the likes of Bill Ayers and Cass
Sunstein, President Obama’s tutors in state control and regulation.
Heilbroner’s books popularized the liberal premise that the political elite has the right and obligation to make fundamental decisions on behalf of the mass
of citizens. In doing so, Heilbroner understood, the elite must find
ways to subvert the naturally conservative inclinations of the people —
especially those lumpen-headed businessmen whom Heilbroner so despised.
Decision-making must be shifted from individuals and elected
representatives to bureaucrats and judges appointed by leftist
politicians. Public opinion must be shaped and molded by elitist
academics and journalists. The will of the state must be imposed, by
violence if necessary. This was the future of America, according to
Robert L. Heilbroner, and it is the vision of America adopted by those
young activists in the 1960s and 1970s who now compose the leadership of the Democratic Party.
Heilbroner believed that it would take hundreds of years to overturn democracy in America, in part because of the widespread support of capitalism and the
country’s pesky tradition of individual rights. He noted, however, that
the process could be sped up in the event of a severe economic crisis
— a crisis “too valuable to waste,” as Raum Emanual has put it. Another
great national depression or prolonged recession would make it possible
for government to enact a series of “reforms” that would shift control
from the private sector to government. Government would then control not
just major sectors of the economy, but also the personal lives of all
citizens. Their incomes, their health care, their educations, their home mortgages,
their communications and entertainment, their access to news and
information would all fall under the control of the political elite. At
that point, Heilbroner believed, utopia would be at hand.

Everything that Heilbroner predicted is now coming to pass. In the past nineteen months, a three-judge panel has agreed to decide whether the gay
marriage ban enacted by the voters of California should be overturned.
The FCC has attempted to impose net neutrality, is considering
reinstating the fairness doctrine to silence talk radio, and now speaks
of phasing out “free” non-cable TV. Attorney General Holder has waged a
virtual war against Arizona’s attempt to defend itself against unchecked
immigration. Congress has created an office of consumer affairs with
broad powers to regulate financial and other transactions. An all-powerful, activist director like Elizabeth Warren will be appointed in the coming weeks. A European-style bureaucrat has been appointed to direct the rationing of Medicare and
Medicaid services. And the EPA may now decide on whether to ban lead in hunting and fishing supplies.

The preferred modus operandi, in fact, is to appoint a single individual with the power to control some large part of American life. So much
power has now been concentrated in the hands of a small cadre of
appointees, most of them reporting ultimately to the President, that it
is now doubtful whether America can still be considered a democratic
nation. Government has become the enemy of the people because it is now
in the hands of left-wing elitists who are opposed to traditional
American values and who have only contempt for the democratic process.

Congress and the president have shown an appalling lack of restraint in their own use of power and in the power they have invested in new
bureaucracies and regulatory czars. The liberty of every American is not
just at risk — it has already been stolen by elitists within
government and the courts. Americans must drive
the new elite out of government, out of academe, and out of the media.
They should begin by defeating liberals in the fall elections, and by
electing a conservative president in 2012.
Dr. Jeffrey Folks taught for thirty years in universities in Europe, America, and Japan. He has published many books and articles on American
culture and politics.… 

Now it never ceases to amaze me with all these “good works” by all these “do gooders” we have not benefited one iota.  Prior to all their bans on certain things like DDT or lead paint or any of those things we grew up with as did our parents, the human condition seems to be in worse shape than is was supposed to be. 

“Lead in large quantities is a poisonous substance to animals. It damages the nervous system and causes brain disorders. Excessive lead also causes blood disorders in mammals. Like the element mercury, another heavy metal, lead is a potent neurotoxin that accumulates both in soft tissues and the bones. Lead poisoning has been documented from ancient Rome, ancient Greece, and ancient China.” (Wikipedia of course)   

I agree in large quantities this is true, but in the sinkers that lay on the bottom of our rivers and streams?   I don’t think all the sinkers in our rivers and stream are the problem, the elimanation of lead in paint hasn’t elimanated and mental disorders (actually I believe there are more since the epa has banned it).  When we were kids we thought nothing of using mercury to make dimes shiny-we would rub that mercury as hard as we could to adhere it to those dimes.  We would do that right in 5th grade class with our teachers in the room. 

A little lead or a little mercury, just like everything else in life, won’t kill you.  It is the excesses that that kill you regardless of what the behavior or substance is. 

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