Taking A Mile One Inch At A Time

There is one crucial thing that needs to be pointed out and builds on what Tucker Carlson said yesterday. If the Left had prevailed on Tuesday, they would have sought to impose a new kind of political system geared to favor them while, simultaneously, undermining (if not outright  destroying) their opposition.

Our civilization is predicated on the idea that people are assumed to be reasonable or rational and will act in good conscience or conduct and not abuse the privileges or even freedoms in place. Since the achievement and maintenance of power is the Left’s primary  goal, what they have been doing openly in the past few years are practices they have always conducted when no one is looking: using every opportunity to gain a political advantage.

A prime example of this is ballot harvesting. After ballot harvesting was enacted in California, it enabled Democrats to flip a number of Congressional seats in the Golden State held by Republicans to Democrats. Thankfully, California Republicans got wise, conducted their own ballot harvesting effort, and now Golden State Democrats are upset since they only want their side to benefit. In short, give the Left an inch and they will take a mile, one inch at a time if need be.

None the less, the West is in a situation where a significant portion of the population continues to push or use opportunities in order to gain a political upper hand, and their efforts can undermine open societies. The Left’s doing so, can set up a situation best expressed by a German saying that goes: Everything that is not mandatory is forbidden. This is the overall point Karl Popper made in his book The Open Society and its Enemies and in it he issued a stark warning when it comes to ideological movements such as the Left:

If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them.

In short, the intolerance as best represented by the Left or any ideological movement should not be tolerated. Ironically, George Soros studied under Popper and his book helped inspire Soros to establish his Open Society Institute. Unfortunately, Soros’ vision is grounded in Popper’s relativistic epistemology, as opposed to Popper’s moral epistemology which is not.