If there is one theme to the Liberal Establishment, it is that of total self-indulgence. Do what feels good! Why put off until tomorrow what can be enjoyed today? Etc.
When at a banquet where the guests have already gorged themselves, someone is intent on having more courses served and someone else on having an emetic ready, it is certainly true that only the former has understood what the guests demand, but I wonder if the latter might not also claim to have considered what they might require.
– “Johannes Climacus”
And total self-indulgence is, simply put, moral anarchy—a complete eradication of any internal strictures against behavior; to do whatever one wishes in the name of instant gratification without regard to [future] consequences to self or others.
A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.
– Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
And when those consequences inevitably hit? Well, then, get someone else to take responsibility for them. (See, e.g., AIDS research, mortgage bailouts, etc.)
Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
– John Adams
And there’s only one form of governance which has the power to redistribute responsibility while corralling a bunch of reckless heathens: totalitarianism.
He who cannot be ruled from within must be ruled from without.
– Ancient Chinese proverb*
I.e., from moral anarchy comes total government. Carrot and stick. And the Liberal Establishment promotes both.
Si Dieu n’existait pas, il faudrait l’inventer.
* No, not really. I have no idea who the source of this quote is.