Peta Credin at Sky News Australia set aside one of her shows today to call out leftists seeking to condemn Australia Day in which festivities for the event are to take place in the country tomorrow. However, one element that would demolish the leftists she points to is to highlight what they really want. When criticizing leftists, Dr. Thomas Sowell outlined three questions in a 2005 Fox News interview geared to force them to call into question their morality or provoke them to think critically.
Thomas Sowell points out these questions are effective since they also reveal the differences between those on the right and left. According to Sowell, the left believes: “there is nothing in human nature that would cause us to be unhappy. It’s the fact that we have the wrong institutions.”
This as opposed to the right who believes: “Man is flawed from Day One, and that there are no solutions, there are only trade-offs. And whatever you do to deal with man’s flaws, it creates another problem.”
“But you try to get the best trade-off you can get. And that’s all you can hope for.”
So if you come across someone who posits leftist idealism on how to make a better world (like erasing U.S. or even Australian history), the question to ask is: Compared to what? When they then state a leftist solution the next question to ask is: At what cost? If the leftist then demands that society has a duty to act because children are starving, people are dying, or minorities have somehow had injustices committed against them, another question to ask is: What hard evidence do you have?
The above scenario assumes that the parties involved are mostly rational people and, in this situation, the leftist might re-think the moral basis of their ethics (which is grounded in utopianism). However, recent events demonstrate most on the left are anything but rational so proceed with caution. Yet Dr. Sowell’s remarks on trade-offs is the point Ms. Credin is indirectly making in the video below. If she included Sowell’s questions into her monologue while demonstrating the outcomes of the left’s policies that would be devastating to the their claims.
The left seeks to establish their heaven on Earth and would rather force everyone to accept their values regardless of the outcome. This is essentially the point Sowell makes in his book The Vision of the Anointed. In their minds, the left’s utopian vision must come above all else since they are the anointed and that is why the left must be resisted and, ultimately, defeated.
Admittedly, the above scenario would take place among two mostly rational people. However, recent times demonstrate that irrationality and outright hostility is the left’s recent modus operandi.