Nick McAvelly’s latest guest-essay is appropriate during a time when Antifa is ascendant in Western media and popular culture.
Final Solution Merchants
Mobs are marching through the streets: aggressive young men and women, waving banners and shouting slogans, who want to see our societies burned to ashes and a new world order established on the ruins. This future existence, from which there will be no escape, will be a multicultural utopia, so we are being led to believe. According to these young philosopher-thugs, there is no such thing as right and wrong because all morality is subjective and personal. In their utopian dream-world, all moral values will be human values — thoughts about morality that occur within someone’s mind, and which are relative to everything else that individual thinks and feels. This kind of thinking is problematic, to say the least.
Anyone who has visited the Holocaust Exhibition at the Imperial War Museum in London understands that the moral term “evil” is meaningful, and it can be correctly applied to what the National Socialists did at Auschwitz. But if one of the new philosopher-thugs tries to condemn the Nazis, and insists that their condemnation rests on what they were taught to believe by other members of their society, then the problem they face is that an SS guard stationed at Auschwitz would have had another set of beliefs about morality, based on what they were taught to believe by other members of their society. And if the SS guard praised what they now condemn, then the philosopher-thug of today cannot say that one view is better than the other.
These so-called protesters may not believe in any objective moral standards, and their beliefs may not provide them with the means to roundly condemn that which every morally sane person regards as evil, but this does not stop them from continually making “moral” pronouncements about what other people say or do. The most that can be said about this is that the so-called protesters appear to believe that what they are saying is true. And that is neither here nor there.
Let’s look at this logically:
|Premise 1:||The belief that an assertion is true is the same as that assertion being true.|
|Premise 2:||“The other person is bad” is an assertion that is believed to be true.|
|Conclusion:||“The other person is bad” is true.
This argument is valid, but if either of the premises can be refuted then the argument is a failure. And should someone make the following assertion: “The belief that an assertion is true is not the same as that assertion being true” and one of these philosopher-thugs wanted to maintain that the first premise of the above argument is true, then they would have to agree that the assertion made by the other person is true, because the other person believes it to be true. Therefore, the opening premise in the above argument, which their own condemnation of other people rests upon, must be… false! Clearly the argument isn’t sound, so even if we grant that the so-called protesters believe what they are saying, that is no reason for anyone else to think that any “moral” pronouncements they make are true.
The fact that their belief system is about as robust as a chocolate fireguard does not stop the philosopher-thugs of today from attacking anyone who disagrees with them. These so-called protesters have no objective moral foundation on which to base any condemnation of anyone else, and their opinions about morality are irrelevant. What they have done is cast around for a term which normal, morally sane people would regard as being worthy of condemnation. The result is their adoption of the term “Nazi” as a fallacious ad hominem term of abuse for anyone who disagrees with them. Nothing they say or do signifies that they employ the term because they understand what it means (Hitler was the leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party) or because they have a properly functioning moral system, which they have employed to examine the actions of the National Socialists between 1933 and 1945. They are using the term “Nazi” to insult normal people who disagree with them, because they have nothing else to say!
The philosopher-thugs marching down your streets want everyone else to see them as profound thinkers who have managed to figure out the final solution to the question of how human beings are to live here on earth. In truth, they have no answers to anything. The fabulous notion that all cultures and values can somehow come together in a harmonious whole, so that everyone on earth will hold hands and live together as one, was exposed as a “metaphysical chimera” decades ago by Isaiah Berlin. The fact that a multicultural utopia can never exist has not stopped the new philosopher-thugs from doing everything in their power to make other people believe in it — just like the Nazis!
Instead of letting these so-called protestors think that they have the moral high ground and that other people need to answer to them, we need to see these people for what they are. These intellectually malnourished young people have no life experience to speak of. They don’t know that their political ideas will turn the world into a hell on earth, because they have never seen it happen. They need to be confronted with the fact that their worldview is poison, and that it is based on errors, fallacies and outright lies. If their “feelings” are hurt when they hear people saying things they don’t agree with or cannot understand, that is just too bad. When these so-called protestors threaten people or behave violently, they need to be held accountable for their actions. These youngsters may fancy themselves to be political philosophers who have a special insight into how human beings are to live, but the reality is, they are nothing more than ill-educated thugs.
I don’t care if the people screaming themselves into a frenzy on these marches call themselves “left” or “right”, because if they are final solution merchants who think they can tell me how I should live my life, because they know what’s best for everyone else, then they’re anti-freedom and that is all that matters to me. I will assign meaning to my own life here on this earth. And I will face the consequences of my own fully informed choices, both here and in the afterlife, thank you very much. Anything less than that is a betrayal of my own humanity. The thugs who are trying to take that God-given right away from everyone are the absolute dregs of society, no better than Hitler’s brownshirts or Stalin’s NKVD men. If you let the likes of that control you, and even tell you what you are supposed to believe in, then you deserve everything you get in this world — and the next.