c5.25 十大激进新观念正在改变美国

c5.25 十大激…

美国斯坦福大学胡佛研究所军事历史高级研究员汉森(Victor Davis Hanson)教授于2021年4月2日(星期五)在英文媒体网站发表评论文章说,目前有十大激进的新观念正在改变美国。

这十个新观念正在改变着美国,也许是永久性的改变。

一、金钱是一种产品.

它可以凭空产生。年度赤字和国家债务总额已不再重要。

以前的总统们每年都让国家积欠巨额赤字,但至少会承认这笔钱是真实的,必须偿还。而现在就不同。当我们的国家债务接近30万亿美元,占年度国民生产总值的110%时,我们的精英们要么用永久零利率使一泻千里般的债务变得无关紧要,要么认为债务越大,我们就越有可能被迫解决所需的收入再分配问题。

二、法律不再具有约束力.

乔·拜登宣誓要“注意忠实执行法律”,但是他却蓄意使联邦移民法完全失效。一些骚乱者因违反联邦法律而受到起诉,而其他骚乱者则没被追究。逮捕、起诉和审判都是不稳定的。意识形态掌控着法律在什么时候仍然是法律。

犯罪率不一定重要。如果有人被劫持、殴打或枪杀,却可以理解为这受害人的过错与肇事者的过错一样多。受害者要么过于懈怠,没管好自己,不警觉,要么惹怒了攻击者。犯罪对左派的议程有多大用处,决定了受害者是否真的受害,受迫害者是否真的受迫害。

三、“种族主义”现在是可接受的.

我们首先是由我们的种族或宗教来区分定义的,其次才是(如果有的话)美国人的共同性。现在,将白人明确排除在大学宿舍、安全场所和联邦援助计划之内已经是没有争议的事情。这要么是对我们过去罪行的报应,要么是一种“良好”的种族主义。被别人污蔑为“种族主义者”的人反而比污蔑别人为“种族主义者”的人罪更大。

四、反客为主 – 移民比本国公民更吃香.

与主人不同,新来的客人呢,不会被美国的建国和历史之罪所沾染。目前,大多数公民必须遵守检疫规定和社会隔离,远离学校,并遵守所有法律。

但是,那些非法进入美国的人不必遵循这些显然多余的防疫规则。他们的孩子会立即上学,不要担心被隔离。移民不必担心自己在美国的非法入境或居留。我们的精英人士认为,非法入境者比合法公民更像“创始人”,而合法公民中约有一半被他们认为是不可救药的。

五、应该像对待小孩一样对待大多数美国人.

不能要求他们提供身份证明进行投票。我们的精英们对防疫规则的“崇高谎言”对于保护“僵化守旧的尼安德特人”免受其伤害是必不可少的。

美国人应从成绩、标准化考试和学校行为规范的压力中解脱出来。为什么要花更多的钱购买汽油、暖气和空调却对他们有好处,他们仍然一无所知。

六、别再批评别人伪善,那是陈词滥调.

现在的潮流是要彰显美德。气候变化活动人士乘坐的是私人飞机。为社会伸张正义的斗士生活在保安守护的高级小区中。亿万富翁精英人士装扮成性别歧视、种族主义和同性恋恐惧症的受害者。精英们需要这些豁免来帮助无助的人。重要的不是告诉别人您自己的生活,而是教育别人如何生活。

七、对无家可归者不闻不问比妥善安置他们更可取.

让成千上万的无家可归的人在公共街道和人行道上生活、吃饭、排便和使用毒品,这比批准新建适用住房、强制精神病患者住院以及创建足够的公共庇护所要更为“人道”。

八、麦卡锡主义很好.

以不分青红皂白地破坏生活和工作来挽救更多的生活和工作。“取消文化”和推特的恐怖统治就可以实现这种改变。

既然美国人知道一个错误的言行、举止或服饰就会使他们失去生计,那么他们将更加谨慎,并将以更加开明的方式行事。社交媒体的断头台是“醒来一族们”的“人道而科学的”工具。

九、无知胜于知识.

推倒历史雕像、更改名称或“1619年项目”都不需要任何证据或历史知识。过去的英雄只是简单的一个形象。本科、研究生和专业学位反映的是证书,而不是知识。重要的是打着什么旗号,而不是这旗号背后的目的。

十、“觉醒”成新宗教,比基督教的发展更快.

它的神职人员人数超过基督教神职人员,行使的权力更大。硅谷是新的梵蒂冈,而亚马逊、苹果、脸书、谷歌和推特是新的“福音”。

虽然美国人民私下里担心这些新规则,而在公开场合却似乎接受它们。它们也许是短暂的、反应性的,但也许他们已经接近永久性并制度化了。

这十大观念将决定我们的立宪共和制是否会一如既往地继续下去,还是走向那些搞出这一套的人所从未想到的后果。

原文(英文)

Hanson: The 10 radical new rules that are changing America

There are 10 new ideas that are changing America, maybe permanently.

1) Money is a construct. It can be created from thin air. Annual deficits and aggregate national debt no longer matter much.

Prior presidents ran up huge annual deficits, but at least there were some concessions that the money was real and had to be paid back. Not now. As we near $30 trillion in national debt and 110 percent of annual GDP, our elites either believe permanent zero interest rates make the cascading obligation irrelevant, or the larger the debt, the more likely we will be forced to address needed income redistribution.

2) Laws are not necessarily binding anymore. Joe Biden took an oath to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” But he has willfully rendered federal immigration laws null and void. Some rioters are prosecuted for violating federal laws, others not so much. Arrests, prosecutions and trials are all fluid. Ideology governs when a law is still considered a law.

Crime rates do not necessarily matter. If someone is carjacked, assaulted or shot, it can be understood to be as much the victim’s fault as the perpetrator’s. Either the victim was too lax, uncaring and insensitive, or he provoked his attacker. How useful the crime is to the larger agendas of the left determines whether a victim is really a victim, and the victimizer really a victimizer.

3) Racialism is now acceptable. We are defined first by our ethnicity or religion, and only secondarily — if at all — by an American commonality. The explicit exclusion of whites from college dorms, safe spaces and federal aid programs is now noncontroversial. It is unspoken payback for perceived past sins, or a type of “good” racism. Falsely being called a racist makes one more guilty than falsely calling someone else a racist.

4) The immigrant is mostly preferable to the citizen. The newcomer, unlike the host, is not stained by the sins of America’s founding and history. Most citizens currently must follow quarantine rules and social distancing, stay out of school and obey all the laws.

Yet those entering the United States illegally need not follow such apparently superfluous COVID-19 rules. Their children should be immediately schooled without worry of quarantine. Immigrants need not worry about their illegal entry or residence in America. Our elites believe illegal entrants more closely resemble the “founders” than do legal citizens, about half of whom they consider irredeemable.

5) Most Americans should be treated as we would treat little children. They cannot be asked to provide an ID to vote. “Noble lies” by our elites about COVID-19 rules are necessary to protect “Neanderthals” from themselves.

Americans deserve relief from the stress of grades, standardized testing and normative rules of school behavior. They still are clueless about why it is good for them to pay far more for their gasoline, heating and air conditioning.

6) Hypocrisy is passé. Virtue-signaling is alive. Climate change activists fly on private jets. Social justice warriors live in gated communities. Multibillionaire elitists pose as victims of sexism, racism and homophobia. The elite need these exemptions to help the helpless. It is what you say to lesser others about how to live, not how you yourself live, that matters.

7) Ignoring or perpetuating homelessness is preferable to ending it. It is more humane to let thousands of homeless people live, eat, defecate and use drugs on public streets and sidewalks than it is to green-light affordable housing, mandate hospitalization for the mentally ill and create sufficient public shelter areas.

8) McCarthyism is good. Destroying lives and careers for incorrect thoughts saves more lives and careers. Cancel culture and the Twitter Reign of Terror provide needed deterrence.

Now that Americans know they are one wrong word, act or look away from losing their livelihoods, they are more careful and will behave in a more enlightened fashion. The social media guillotine is the humane, scientific tool of the woke.

9) Ignorance is preferable to knowledge. Neither statue-toppling, nor name-changing, nor the 1619 Project require any evidence or historical knowledge. Heroes of the past were simple constructs. Undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees reflect credentials, not knowledge. The brand, not what created it, is all that matters.

10) Wokeness is the new religion, growing faster and larger than Christianity. Its priesthood outnumbers the clergy and exercises far more power. Silicon Valley is the new Vatican, and Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Twitter are the new gospels.

Americans privately fear these rules while publicly appearing to accept them. They still could be transitory and invite a reaction. Or they are already near-permanent and institutionalized.

The answer determines whether a constitutional republic continues as once envisioned, or warps into something never imagined by those who created it.

Tong, Peter