Thursday, September 05, 2013

Keynes, Orwell, and Multi-Culturalism

Nelson Hultberg

I spent an afternoon the other day strolling through the Valley View Shopping Center in Dallas. Its once fine stores are slowly closing one by one. In their place, quaint Mexican vendors with amateurishly painted signs and sparse stores now hawk their wares as they would in a seedy swap meet.

Valley View was never upscale like ritzy Highland Park, but 18 years ago when I arrived in town, Valley View was a place where one could wander among big name stores and professional marketers. Clothes were always top fashion. The restaurants were havens of delectable eating. One could spend a day there and feel like he was immersed in value. It was an uplifting experience. Today it is Death Valley. Today it is tamales and rap music, velvet paintings of Christ and plump Latina women chattering like magpies. South of the border culture is slowly snaking its way into Dallas. How long will it be before it is encroaching on Yankee environs?

Sure, there are still many pockets of high class and taste throughout Dallas and the country. But the writing is on the wall. A lower culture has invaded a higher culture, and all the pitiful political correctness of our establishment is not going to be able to cover it up if our Republican quislings in Washington grant amnesty to the 15 million illegals spearheading the invasion. With amnesty will come the next wave, which will be 30 million, then 60 million, then death of the America that the Founders envisioned.

Keynesian economics and liberal multi-culturalism have done this to us, and not one in a hundred of our pundits grasps the connection these two ideological perversions have to the death throes such as Valley View. These death throes maculate America like a cultural psoriasis, yet our statist intelligentsia repeatedly conjure up embarrassing justifications for continuation of the economic and social policies that spawn them.

But what else are we to expect when intellectuals have spent their adult lives espousing the dogmas of fiat money printing and open border multi-culturalism as "rational policies" to pursue for America? They will not be eager to face up to the actual denouement of such policies 40 years later when that denouement is the transformation of a great nation into a rash of Death Valleys. They will instead flee from the resultant realities into the house-of-mirrors sophistry that makes up statist apologetics today. Unfortunately there is no lack of herd mentalities among our pundit class who are more than willing to endorse liberal academia's view of the transformation. Where patriots see amateurishly painted signs and an illiterate dumbing down swallowing us up, liberal pundits see "democratic culture" and "egalitarian justice." The squalid decadence and economic tumult of life with open borders and fiat money malfeasance escape them.

Big Brother Obama

Our puppet President chimes in with his contribution to all the tumult and depression by making George Orwell look amazingly prescient. "Perpetual war for perpetual peace" is a major theme of Nineteen Eighty-Four in which its three regional governments of Oceania, Eurasia, and East Asia are constantly at war while claiming peace to be their goal. Have not our wars of Korea, Vietnam, Iraq I, Bosnia, Iraq II, Afghanistan, The Lybian and threatening Syrian interventions validated Orwell's prescience? Have not Big Brother's ruthless spy agencies in the novel manifested in our own NSA and IRS to further validate that prescience?

Winston Smith's job at the Ministry of Truth was to rewrite (i.e., fabricate) the economic statistics so they were more favorable to Big Brother's regime. And our own BLS, the Bureau of Labor Statistics in Washington, is doing the same thing today with massaged "hedonic calculations" for jobs, GDP, inflation, etc. Only rubes and leftist apparatchiks believe their sanitized numbers.

Obama and Bush have turned out to be criminal brothers; but then savvy patriots saw that coming before the Community Organizer took office. Insidious authoritarianism has guided both of their administrations, like it guided the smarmy Clintons and Senior Bush before them. Like it guided the obsequious Carter, the Machiavellian Nixon, the psychopathic LBJ, the amoral Kennedy, and the imperious Roosevelt. Only Reagan avoided capitulation to Orwellian artifice; but even he was more promise than performance. His eloquence covered the tracks of his statism.

What our pundits (and as a result, our people) don't see is that Keynesianism is one of the primary sources of Orwell's "perpetual war for perpetual peace." Ever since 1936, war has been used by American presidents as a means to escape the down cycle of the Keynesian boom-bust economy, or at least mollify its intensity. Why? Because war does three things for a president that is suffering a serious economic downturn, and thus in danger of losing the next election to the opposition and his reputation to the historians.

1) It diverts the people's attention from their economic misery. 2) It unites the unthinking masses with lots of votes behind the president. And 3) it allows his administration to inflate the money supply in spendable currency that circulates easily from war manufacturers to wage earners, to supermarkets, clothing stores, gas stations, bars, and movie houses. It creates a resurgence of the boom, temporary and false though it may be.

Just as the drug addict resorts to more injections of "heroin" in his down cycle to reignite the high he experienced previously (temporary and false though it may be), so also do modern presidents and politicians resort to injections of "liquidity," i.e., money printing, to bring about an attempt at recovery. One is physiological stimulation of the individual's body, and the other is financial stimulation of the nation's economy. But they are both the same in principle and governed by the same natural laws. Keynesians are merely "liquidity junkies" instead of "drug junkies." When Lawrence Kudlow bellows out on his nightly show that the Fed needs to do its job and inject more liquidity, he's playing the pusher to Wall Street and Main street junkies.

The Fabian Source

So Keynes and Orwell were ideological brothers, both Fabian socialists in England during the early twentieth century. Keynes preceded Orwell by 20 years, but each were powerfully swayed by the Communist Revolution and its aftermath, and fell victim to the Marxist misunderstanding of capitalism. Both realized the totalitarian nature of the Marxist-Leninist paradigm and wrote in opposition to it, but did not write in defense of freedom. They wrote in defense of the Fabian form of socialism that was to replace freedom and capitalism with gradual collectivist statism.

Their ideological works have now materialized to saturate all modern societies. Keynesianism dominates mega-state economic policies, and Orwellianism dominates mega-state political structures. Tyrannical collectivism has taken over the world via Keynes' monetary counterfeiting and Orwell's ruthless thought police.


Nelson Hultberg is a freelance writer in Dallas, TX and the Director of Americans for a Free Republic His articles have appeared in such publications as the Dallas Morning News, San Antonio Express-News, American Conservative, Insight, The Freeman, Liberty, and The Social Critic, as well as on numerous Internet sites. He is the author of The Golden Mean: Libertarian Politics, Conservative Values. Email him at:


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