Americans have been steadily losing rights in every area except the sexual. Freedom of speech and religion are on the decline, but the rights to have other people pay for your birth control and provide a space for your gay wedding are doing well.
Even sexual freedoms are not really expanding, sexual entitlements are. Abortion, despite the latest sweep of hysterical propaganda from a bankrupt political class, isn't going anywhere. And no one, not even the silly people sitting behind scrolling tickers on cable chat shows, seriously think that it is.
The latest achievements in sexual freedom all involve getting other people to pay for it, whether it's birth control entitlements or gay marriage entitlements. The agenda isn't the freedom to do what you please, but the power to make other people affirm your sexual decisions and then pay for them.
Describing this as sexual freedom is a misnomer as it involves taking away the freedom of others, not even for a third-party's freedom, but the comfort level and lifestyle of that third party. These aren't sexual freedoms, they're sexual entitlements.
Civil rights stopped being civil rights decades ago and became civil entitlements, civil privileges allotted to especially deserving groups on account of their official victim status. These civil rights, peculiarly, deprived other people of their freedom and violated the very ethos of equality that had been the basis of the whole fight.
In a tragic turn of events the fight for equality became the fight for inequality. One form of inequality was pitted against another on the theory that the only way to make people equal was for good inequality and bad inequality to fight it out until somehow one day we would all be equal. Or at least the right people would be equal and the wrong people would be unequal.
This same noxious formula of the fight for equality shamelessly transmuted into special privilege has flowed into every struggle that models itself on the civil rights movement. And with each battle, freedom has been lost as a new layer of privilege and the regulations that protect that privilege have been added. We have long ago lost the presumption of innocence, now everyone is guilty of something and the power to wield that guilt like a whip is the ultimate privilege.
With a new wave of civil rights movements popping up every few years, backed by academic papers, grants from the Ford Foundation and "groundbreaking books" with confrontational titles, it is easy not to notice how little actual freedom we have. We spend so much time on the barricades fighting for the next wave of freedom that we are too community organized to realize how much freedom we have lost. We lost it while demanding more regulations to protect our freedom to be regulated from all the people who would take our freedom away from us by giving us back our rights as individuals.
The line of groups marching up to the little counter and trading in freedoms for entitlements shows no sign of slowing down, but there are fewer and fewer of those freedoms to trade in. While those on line are under the impression that they are trading away other people's freedoms for greater power, the joke is on them. While they were trading away the freedoms of others, other people were trading away their freedoms.
And the Socialist devil reclining in the corner, sipping a cup of coffee while reading over a collection of Lenin's essays and Community Organizing for Dummies, has the last laugh.
Every tawdry mini-revolution marked by tenured martyrs who wrote angry essays and flew their little flags of privilege on every campus has ended with more power and less freedom. And power means nothing if not the privilege of making other people affirm your beliefs and tithe from their earnings to subsidize your lifestyle. The entitlement to power over others is the ultimate entitlement and the sum of all entitlements.
Power breeds paranoia and every group jealously hoards its privileges fearful that they will be taken away. The more these groups demand their rights, the more certain it is that they are already abusing the rights of others. When they call for freedom, they mean power. When they call for equality, they mean privilege. When they denounce hate, they justify their own hate. When they complain about the culture of bigotry, they are expressing how much they hate others.
Sexual freedom fits this model as well as any other of the causes. Like all the other fake freedoms, it has come to mean the freedom to have power over others, to dictate their values, denounce their views and compel them to pay allegiance to the new system. These fake freedoms do not mean the ability to individually do what one could not do before, but the power to have the system compel others to do what you want them to do.
It is a perversion in the purest sense, all the more so because it begins with the whine of entitlement, "Why can't I just be accepted for who I am?" and ends with the roar of power, "Now you will do what I say."
Rape has become the ultimate sexual freedom. The forcible intimacy of compelling others to see the world in your terms. Of demeaning them at every turn, debasing everything they hold dear and then blaming it all on the victim for making them do it. The rapist is society's eternal victim, constantly compelled to rape, as he will explain at length in every court hearing. The only needs that matter are his needs and the only reasoning that matters is his reasoning.
The rape of American values is the ultimate sexual freedom and the ultimate sexual entitlement. After a few decades of raping the family, the rapists headed off to rape religious institutions, all in the name of forcing their values on others, a thing that they had complained incessantly about for generations when it was being done to them.
Progressive politics married to sexual politics requires greater levels of depravity to signal progress. Once Americans have come to accept one assault, the political rapists respond with a greater assault. Obsessed with resistance, they are less interested in supporting those who accede than in destroying those who do not, even if it is only a chicken franchise. Dissent of any kind is impermissible.
As Orwell notes in 1984, "All this marching up and down and cheering and waving flags is simpIy sex gone sour." In reverse, the endless liberal prattle about sexual freedom reduced to marching up down is sex gone political. It's the politicization and collectivization of the personal that the left dedicates all its efforts to. It isn't sexual freedom, but rather the destruction of sexual freedom and all forms of freedom.
Freedom means nothing if not autonomy and the rape culture of socialism is a perpetual attack on that autonomy. It is the horrifying vision invoked in George Orwell's 1984. "There will be no curiosity, no enjoyment of the process of life. All competing pleasures will be destroyed. But ... there will be the intoxication of power, constantly increasing and constantly growing subtler. Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless. If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever."
To see that boot, visit your nearest government office, avoid the politicians who serve as the human face of Socialism, but call on a bureaucrat, follow the procedures, visit a campus and listen to a lecture on identity politics, or just listen to Obama's spokesmen and sit through an hour of MSNBC. You will see that same intoxication of power on display, that thrilling sensation of men and women who are hard at work trampling the American enemy forever.
We are swiftly running out of all other pleasures, those that require freedom or available resources, the new pleasures are those of power. The world we are speeding toward is a place where there are no ideas, only dogmas, no freedoms, only compulsions, no religion, only power, no right to bear arms, but many guns, and no sex, only rape.
The single socialist has spent decades raping America, but he is still lonely for rapists are always lonely. The curse of power is that there is never anyone to truly share it with. Power is paranoia and the poor egomaniac who lives to force others into his mold knows better than to trust anyone else not to do it to him too. This is the new freedom that the sexual revolutionaries offer us. The freedom to do unto others before they do unto us. To fear and hate everyone while demanding that everyone else give us what we want... or we'll take it from them.
They use sex as a political weapon and tool.ReplyDelete
They politicize everything and then weaponize it to use it as a form of control.ReplyDelete
Probably the best article I have ever read. It always amazes me how Daniel can write something that seems so obvious but until you read it you are so unaware.ReplyDelete
what a great read.ReplyDelete
Yes, it went from wanting to do your own thing, to convincing the government to force everyone else to do your thing.ReplyDelete
Those who want to use newfangled light bulbs are now trying to get the government to force everyone to use them.
Those who don't want to eat trans fats are now getting the government to force everyone not to eat trans fats.
Those who don't want their kids eating cupcakes out of vending machines are now trying to get the government to ban cupcakes from vending machines altogether, so no one can eat cupcakes from vending machines.
As for birth control, I've always had the right to get birth control. I could get it on the pharmacy shelf, and if I wanted a prescription birth control, I could call a doctor and make an appointment, have a lady parts exam, and write a check on my way out.
Because of Obamacare that will soon be illegal.
I will not be allowed to just go to the doctor and pay for it myself. I will only be allowed to show up at the doctor if I have forced-to-buy insurance.
Obamacare doesn't give you the right to birth control. We've always had the right to birth control. It takes away the right to birth control that is acquired by any means other than through an insurance company.
Won't be long before it will be illegal to buy a condom with money out of our own pockets.
elisandra... I really liked your post.ReplyDelete
The left's twisted idea of entitlements-as-rights (so-called "positive rights") extends to sex too.ReplyDelete
Sex, along with marriage, healthcare, housing and food requires the consent and compensation of another person. To take it without both is theft. How fitting that the word rape derives from Middle English word rapen which means to seize by force.
In a tragic turn of events the fight for equality became the fight for inequality.
It wasn't tragic, it was a planned power grab, as you point out throughout the article. Even you have to be careful not to fall into the trap of leftist euphemisms ala "human-caused disaster".
I dont agree with you. Positive discrimination is a good tool and has its own role when years of real discrimination affected so many people.Its not a liberal agenda its a human one . Criticizing marriage equality in this manner is like saying that marriage itself is only a sexual entitlement ))ReplyDelete
Another tactic used is changing the name. If we call it something else, something more soothing, something more acceptable, those who think with their emotions will be more inclined to help. Take the homeless, when I was a boy they were called bums.ReplyDelete
Whether it's a matter of laws subsidizing concupiscence or same sex marriage; in consideration of the sexual revolution, it's counter-revolutionary.ReplyDelete
The agenda isn't the freedom to do what you please, but the power to make other people affirm your sexual decisions...ReplyDelete
on the theory that the only way to make people equal was for good inequality and bad inequality to fight it out until somehow one day we would all be equal.
they are looking for equality of outcome, rather than equality of opportunity. homosexual unions don't produce children. in the olden days, if you wanted children, you had the opportunity to marry someone of the opposite sex. now, heterosexuals can be pressed into service for a price. a womb rented out to gay men; sperm donated to gay women. and they wait and watch and hope for reproductive technologies that will circumvent the missing sex altogether. to get the equal outcome. to play house.
homosexual unions lack fertility; they want that remedied for them. at whatever price.
their entitlement mentality, expressed as "marriage equality" includes the entitlement to have everybody else 1) think and say that homosexual couples as equal to heterosexual couples, and 2) teach children that because they, too, might be gay, they must experiment early and often and endlessly in order to optimize their sexual satisfaction -- the rationale of homosexual marriage.
is this what the poor need? or is this what the elite need?
the rationale of heterosexual marriage is to keep one man and one woman together long enough to feed and care for their children all the way to adulthood.
not the village.
it takes a village... to keep one man and one woman together to raise a child.