Useless Eaters: Understanding the Socialist Delusion

Submitted by rudy on Thu, 10/31/2019 - 09:20

Introduction and Outline

This book is a collection of essays most of which were first drafted in 2014. At the time few accepted my belief that the democrats were headed toward violence and insanity, but the effect has now become so obvious that almost everyone who doesn't rely solely on CNN for news can see it.

As early as July of last year, for example, Brietbart journalist John Nolte was able to compile a list of 639 Acts of Media-Approved Violence and Harassment Against Trump Supporters - and far left violence like the Halloween weekend demonstrations outside journalist Andy Ngo's home on Halloween eve (2019) or the attacks against people attending a Trump rally in  Missouri is rapidly becoming an everyday occurrence.

It seems likely, today, that Trump and conservatism will win the current round to deliver a major setback to the far left in the 202o elections but that's neither a sure thing nor sufficient in itself.  The battle isn't won, the country isn't saved, until the millions and millions of Americans who now routinely vote democrat understand who and what they've been voting for and either make that an informed choice or recoil in horror, take back control of the national party from the few thousand committed menshevik socialists now wearing it like an Edgar suit, and so re-assert American democracy.

The primary subject of this book is the source and nature of leftist insanity (narrowly defined here as a compulsion to act in direct opposition to the values the person believes in),  but its purpose is to help restore sanity to American politics, education, and journalism by breaking past the boundaries of politically correct discourse. Thus the general outline of the work is:

  1. the first section below is intended to make the case that progressive belief isn't just delusional, but deeply conflicted in that most of the believers actually know their beliefs to be largely false. To that end I cite 10 things from the history of socialism that almost everyone knows to be true, but progressives are required to vigorously deny - and then cite another ten issues, this time from today's headlines, on which progressives find themselves forced to accept and vehemently defend positions they know to be wrong.
  2. section two is a very short summary of the book - a summary which assumes, usually incorrectly because much of what passes for common knowledge is wrong, that the reader understands the terms and context discussed in section three.
  3. section three consists of background essays defining terms and context. These essays attempt to answer some key questions: where does socialism fit in western history? how can we tell that it's evil? how does a national economy work? what is "cognitive dissonance"? what values do Christians and socialists share? what is malthusian resource economics? and, is anthropogenic warming a real thing?
  4. section four repeats, supports,  and exemplifies the same ideas in essays on subjects like the Lifeboat Earth Fallacy, Required Progressive Belief, Malthusian Prophecy, and the Effects of Regulation.
  5. and, finally, there is an article, largely quoting other people, on the meaning the words "Useless Eaters" in the title.