An excerpt from the essay written by Ted Kaczynski back in the year of 1995 on the behavior of modern leftists and their motivations. Transposed to the social climate to 2023, they make an eerie amount of sense and does a great job of explaining the various leftist backed social movements that has came and went in the past decade or two:
Leftism is a totalitarian force. Wherever leftism is in a position of power it tends to invade every private corner and force every thought into a leftist mold. In part this is because of the quasi-religious character of leftism; everything contrary to leftist beliefs represents Sin. More importantly, leftism is a totalitarian force because of the leftists’ drive for power. The leftist seeks to satisfy his need for power through identification with a social movement and he tries to go through the power process by helping to pursue and attain the goals of the movement (see paragraph 83). But no matter how far the movement has gone in attaining its goals the leftist is never satisfied, because his activism is a surrogate activity (see paragraph 41). That is, the leftist’s real motive is not to attain the ostensible goals of leftism; in reality he is motivated by the sense of power he gets from struggling for and then reaching a social goal.
Consequently the leftist is never satisfied with the goals he has already attained; his need for the power process leads him always to pursue some new goal. The leftist wants equal opportunities for minorities. When that is attained he insists on statistical equality of achievement by minorities. And as long as anyone harbors in some corner of his mind a negative attitude toward some minority, the leftist has to re-educate him. And ethnic minorities are not enough; no one can be allowed to have a negative attitude toward homosexuals, disabled people, fat people, old people, ugly people, and on and on and on.
It’s not enough that the public should be informed about the hazards of smoking; a warning has to be stamped on every package of cigarettes. Then cigarette advertising has to be restricted if not banned. The activists will never be satisfied until tobacco is outlawed, and after that it will be alcohol, then junk food, etc. Activists have fought gross child abuse, which is reasonable. But now they want to stop all spanking. When they have done that they will want to ban something else they consider unwholesome, then another thing and then another. They will never be satisfied until they have complete control over all child rearing practices. And then they will move on to another cause.
Suppose you asked leftists to make a list of ALL the things that were wrong with society, and then suppose you instituted EVERY social change that they demanded. It is safe to say that within a couple of years the majority of leftists would find something new to complain about, some new social “evil” to correct because, once again, the leftist is motivated less by distress at society’s ills than by the need to satisfy his drive for power by imposing his solutions on society.
Because of the restrictions placed on their thoughts and behavior by their high level of socialization, many leftists of the over-socialized type cannot pursue power in the ways that other people do. For them the drive for power has only one morally acceptable outlet, and that is in the struggle to impose their morality on everyone.
The excerpt above generally work fine as a bite sized essay. If some of the mentioned concepts, such as what an “over-socialized” person might be, interests you, it would be a great idea to look up the rest of Ted’s writing somewhere online, as you would be in for quite a treat.
If one carefully think back to the social trends of the past 10, 12 years or so, one can see what the above essay described has indeed transpired in real life. In the early 2010s a new sort of feminism started to rear its head online, one that was strangely hostile and aggressive in trying to spread itself. When corporations and the public at large accepted to its demands, it faded somewhat to the background and gay rights took its place in the spotlight.
From there, it followed the general path described by the above inserted comic – once some sort of progress was made on gay acceptance, the spotlight moved on pronouns and strange gender issues, and ultimately degraded to things like child drag shows and drag queen story hours being pushed for as good things. BLM, racial issues and other miscellaneous strangeness also got inserted into the mix whenever it was convenient.
One can’t help but wonder, if things are to continue on their current trajectory, where will society end up? The author of the above essay has a pretty grim prediction:
…The industrial-technological system may survive or it may break down. If it survives, it MAY eventually achieve a low level of physical and psychological suffering, but only after passing through a long and very painful period of adjustment and only at the cost of permanently reducing human beings and many other living organisms to engineered products and mere cogs in the social machine. Furthermore, if the system survives, the consequences will be inevitable: There is no way of reforming or modifying the system so as to prevent it from depriving people of dignity and autonomy…
Looking at the clownish social trends that have popped up over the past decade or two, and the covid vaccination fiasco of the past couple of years, I can’t help but think the author is correct on this note, as well.
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