The Incapacitating Power of the Left
By Luis F. Brizuela Cruz
It has taken me years, along with some degree of maturity and a lot of work on certain noble human traits –such as piety and compassion- to try to understand some people’s fascination with leftist causes. As wonderful as these causes may appear in theory, once applied to the complexity of human reality, one by one they basically nullify themselves, leaving behind a path of destruction and dooming involution.
Since the beginning of humanity there is plenty of evidence that man was destined to a perennial type of struggle through life and its generations. It was clear from the start that survival, competition and aspiration constituted the primordial ingredients of human existence. As man evolved, these universal traits would give way to other characteristics which included kindness, consideration and justice. By then society acquired a sense of equilibrium that through time would allow its members to achieve remarkable feats.
Occasionally interrupted by yet other extreme patterns of human behavior such as ambition, egotism and lust, the balance of life was often altered, calling for the cry of injustice and revolt on the part of the group being victimized. And so it continued -over the centuries- an almost magnificent, reoccurring pattern of hatred and virtues with a self-correcting nature which would bring us to the modern era.
At this junction, philosophical cosmologies were defined into two primary concepts: right and left, and numerous subdivisions of these schools of thought. Finding the balance between them would turn out to be one of the greatest challenges for mankind.
On the proverbial right side of the issues was the group who believed in man’s innate nature of trying to advance himself and his kin by way of his constant struggle and hard work, conscious of the fact that not all would have the capacity and –most importantly- the same level of desire to make this a reality. Such tendencies transitioned into a societal structure which came to be known as Capitalism. On the no less proverbial left side of the issues, was the group who felt that in the absence of virtue (or desire) by some members of society to prosper, it was necessary for the high achievers to provide the equalizing solution by redistributing their wealth. This sociological approach became known as Socialism. Over the years, the imperfect nature of man would make both philosophies at times transform into mad extremes leading to conflicts, wars and destruction. In the sum of it all, and the sufficient history to prove it, certain indubitable conclusions have been drawn.
Capitalism is the system which best adheres to the imperfection and mediocrity of human nature. Man, since the beginning, has exhibited the need to thrive for self-improvement and compete for excellence. It is, however, the role of any government to act as the guardian and monitor the excesses which can make Capitalism voracious and destructively unfair.
Socialism paradoxically defers from its core principle precisely because it contradicts the aspiring nature of man. Apparently noble in its precepts, this philosophy often leads to dependency and lack of productivity, as some members of society would rather rely either on others or most often on government. Plenty of evidence has been accumulated in recent history to make an overwhelming, irrefutable argument about the incapacitating power of the left.
It is quite easy for the seemingly fair doctrines of Socialism to convert into impediments as the more fanatical Communism becomes the destructive mutation of the social equality preached by the socialists. One of the most revealing facts about the contradiction of Communism is that the leaders of every country which has adhered to this doctrine have always enjoyed an elitist way of life. Therefore, these governments betray the principle of their own rhetoric, as they indulge in privileges not accessible to the masses they rule. Sadly, by the time the violated masses realize that equality and social justice had eluded them, these governments have secured a chokehold on their people, in most cases by force and oppression.
In the latter part of the twentieth century, the demise of the Soviet Union proved to be the most resounding evidence against the catastrophic communist dogma. A revolutionary movement that was initiated half a century earlier to emancipate Russia from the unjust ruling of the Czars, became a monstrous machinery of destruction, claiming millions of lives and sinking the communist empire into an oppressive and impoverished group of hopeless nations. Ironically, as the United States appear, at the present time, to succumb under the influence of the socialist ideology, Russia opportunistically is trying to regain its place of relevance in the world; exploiting the incompetence of the current United States government, the aloofness of the American citizenry and the various anti-American sentiments abroad.
Midway through the twentieth century, a civil war featuring right and left philosophies resulted in the fragmentation of the Korean peninsula, with the communist north entering an era of isolation and misery due to its government’s capricious and repressive methodology, while the capitalist south evolved onto decades of continuous prosperity.
Hermetic, ancient China was able to transition to an innovated form of controlled capitalism thanks to its new aperture to the rest of the world and the traditional abnegation of its people, turning the country into an economic superpower. Experts anticipate, however, difficult times ahead for the new capitalist/communist empire, as new generations would rebel and revolt against the still oppressive and disproportionate way of life of Chinese society in relation to the rest of the world.
Modern Europe currently reels back from its various attempts to embrace a lighter version of socialism, as it looks to regroup, resorting to austerity and other capitalistic reforms, after failing with most of its social entitlement programs, which have broken down the financial structure of its Union.
Perhaps the most alarming, continuing manifestation of the failure of a system which contradicts all human principles is the island of Cuba, at the very center of the western hemisphere. The Castro revolution, which within months of its triumph in 1959 revealed itself as socialist -and subsequently communist- transformed a thriving society of the early part of the twentieth century into one of the most pathetic examples of social chaos and apathy. Every application of the leftist textbook and the erratic uses of the wealth of the land rapidly turned a once prosperous nation into a disoriented, demoralized group of people, many of which managed to flee the slaved island while others became the subjects of one of the most Machiavellian experiments in the history of mankind.
The Venezuelan populist extended the tenure of the late tyrannical President Hugo Chavez by electing his anticipated successor during that nation’s most recent government controlled elections, lured by socialist demagoguery and the false promises of equality. The oil rich South American country has suffered for over a decade the rogue mismanagement of its wealth and resources by its regime. Chavez and the new President Maduro have squandered the nation’s oil to lure the confused masses and neighboring countries to support their vigorously acclaimed 21st Century communist revolution, in another irrational attempt to mimic Cuba’s failed system.
In all the illustrations sited above, the evidence is overwhelming against the absurd philosophy of the left. It remains a perplexing mystery why there are so many who still persist on its theoretically romantic predication, while its exercise has been a constant lesson in futility when practically applied in the overall context of human endeavors through time.
Even more incomprehensible is the fact that the misled followers of such dooming doctrine range from the elitist, opulent groups within society to the underprivileged masses around the world. The claim for “social equality” and “fair distribution of wealth” has been found to be the historical mantra of the left, uniting the dissatisfied at the top of the social ladder with the meek and the poor at the bottom. This coalition, when manifested into upheaval and revolution, ironically truncates the spirit of the whole to prosper and advance, hence leading to the complete –at times irreversible- material and moral demise of the afflicted society.
(Updated on June 5, 2014)
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