The Worldwide Divide Between Government Minimalists and Socialist Government ‘Maximalists’



By Sigrid Weidenweber

America’s division into two diametrically opposed entities is, after all, taken from the same playbook providing the intellectual war fought in Europe. When cogently analyzed, one finds it to be a chasm in intellectual cognition between progressive elitists and the people they govern, having reached power through intellectual deceit.

This is not the first time in history that people occupied with the daunting real demands of daily life have succumbed to the siren song of politicians, promising easing of life’s burdens, by surrendering their freedoms. Then arrives the day of reckoning—the slumbering populace awakens, the war begins.

In the Saturday/Sunday edition of the Wall Street Journal, July 7-8, 2018, I found the most interesting opinion piece. It is an interview of Ryszard Legutko by Tanku Veradarayan. Mr. Legutko is a professor of ancient philosophy who also represents Poland’s conservative governing party in the European parliament. In that interesting setting, he gains much inside- knowledge. From the start of the interview Mr. Legutko decries Europe’s “degenerate liberalism” and the difficulty of Poland, being a “dissident Nation” in the confining liberal structure of the EU. Mr. Legutko is as critical of the EU’s progressive elites as Mr. Trump is in America.

In his 2016 book, “The Demon in Democracy: Totalitarian Temptations in Free Societies,” Legutko writes, that the European Union reflects the order and spirit of liberalism in its most degenerate version.

Why would so erudite a man as Mr. Legutko critique the EU so harshly? He remarks that Ms. Merkel and the last three presidents of France have wielded an extraordinary amount of power in the EU and made unilateral decisions for other countries.

Examples are Ms. Merkel’s insistence on unchecked borders and, for Poland, a refusal to allow the Polish people to clean its courts of former communist judges. More than 80% of Poles want the courts and the entire legal system to be reformed. A system with body of 100 judges still contains about half the members who faithfully and shamefully served the communist regime in the past. Today, these judges are declared by the Polish people to be serving the EU in all cases to the detriment of Poland and forcefully defended by the European Union.

Mr. Legutko states, EU representatives are unyielding in their stance that, “one has to be liberal in order to be respectable, whoever is not a liberal is either stupid or dangerous, or both.” Wow! That was Stalin’s criterium in eliminating the entire bourgeoisie class of Russia. One also recalls that Hillary Clinton called half of the American people deplorable.

To me, Legutko’s most profound observation is: that the trend of unbridled liberalism, or better progressivism, has made its strong appearance in the once homogeneous countries of the West. Once, he states there were two totally different world systems: communism and the West.

The latter would offer refuge from governmental shackles, bullying and forced indoctrination. Even if one could not physically defect, books, the radio and smuggled papers kept thinkers of forbidden thought alive and hopeful.

Now, he says, the same liberal ideology, the group-think with the same jargon is found from Germany to New Zealand. Dissenters are few and marginalized. An incorrect utterance can lead to swift career-ending reprisal from the hating progressives. “Where,” he asks, “can one defect to now?”

I have to end Legutko’s observations by adding that totalitarianism is alive and well in America, where dissenters are spat upon, robbed of their hats bearing the “Make America Great” slogan, they are doused with cokes and other liquids and, in its worst forms chased from restaurants, harassed and physically assaulted by Antifa-ruffians when peacefully demonstrating.

I feel like I am back in communist East Germany where our parents were sent to prison and indoctrination camps for contrary statements and where young commi-thugs slashed the jeans of kids who loved the West and shaved their heads because they objected to crew-cuts.

Sigrid Weidenweber grew up in communist East Berlin, escaping it using a French passport. Ms. Weindenweber holds a degree in medical technology as well as psychology and has course work in Anthropology.  She is co-founder of Aid for Afghans.  Weindenweber has traveled the world and lived with Pakistani Muslims, learning about the culture and religion. She is a published author and lecturer.

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