Politics aside, one of the liberal characteristic that gets to my nerves the most is their pessimism.
I bet Burke and some of the old guard would say that this is just the tip of the iceberg – Liberals are always complaining because they always think we need more and more change. It is never enough that society moves forward, we are always going way too slow. If we ever are content, the need for eternal change diminishes and their political survival goes with it.
The problem, of course, is that by being such a pessimistic and whinny bunch, Liberals make things much worse. Once you inflame the public enough, it is hard to calm it down. You add up stupid government taking always populist measures, and you get into a vicious cycle.
But I digress. The reason I am saying I really hate Liberal pessimism is because it is stupid. Intellectually I just cannot take it.
Just take a look at this gem of article and try to understand what I am talking about:
The ’00s: Goodbye (at Last) to the Decade From Hell
Seriously, this is so easy to disprove and such a pathetic collection of arguments that even this guy goes through a dozen mea culpa throughout the article.
What are we talking about here? Are we calling a GDP growth of basically 50% from 2000 to 2009 hell? (see data here). Even for all the madness about we hitting 10% of unemployment, we still have to remember that during the 80s we hit unemployment over 9% for 16 months in a row (March 82 to October 83).
How about our wars? Here the argument is really, truly, pathetic. Are we now calling the loss of approximately 6 thousand soldiers in 10 years hell? Just as a comparison, the US military lost over 15 thousand soldiers in Vietnam in one year (1970) alone.
Any way you look, this article is just total insanity. And the worst part is that this is not an outlier. Lots and lots of people will follow this mindset and continue to believe that we are just miserable and living in a ‘hellish’ time.
Taking aside my personal peeve with this kind of lunacy, I do have one solid concern related to all of this, which I think I have mentioned before: What happens when we really hit a big roadblock?
What happens if we have another big war, or a huge economic distress (which I would call anything that includes chronic lack of food, energy or other essential services)?
What happens then? Will we be able to overcome? Will we be able to fight back? Or have we become so ‘pussyfied’ as a society that one real crisis will really be our doom?
Honestly I don’t know. And that is something that really concerns me.