The Language of Totalitarian Dehumanization

Originally published at: The Language of Totalitarian Dehumanization – Quillette

A week before the massive protests erupted in Cuba, I was celebrating Fourth of July at a friend’s house in Oakland, California, and listening to her tell me stories about her adventures there. She is a Jewish red diaper baby and today seems to identify as some sort of “libertarian socialist.” I found myself squirming…


Great article, describing a condition which afflicts our partisan politics in general. Activists like to point to the oil embargo and global drops in oil prices to explain the collapse of Venezuela, but one only needs to look at their agricultural sector and the redistribution of land from hugely productive capitalists to small family operations which we decidedly less so- to see that Socialism fails, which in the case of Venezuela saw a productive export economy shrink to the size that it couldn’t even feed the people of Venezuela.

Which is ironic, given that Marx saw a magical increase in productive capacity as a necessary step in the creation of his Communist Paradise. In real life, the effect would seem to run in the opposite direction. Capitalism may, on occasion, be exploitative towards workers- but at least it produces a material cornucopia in the process.

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“ Capitalism may, on occasion, be exploitative towards workers- but at least it produces a material cornucopia in the process.”

True capitalism is true freedom. All other economic systems are coercive. True capitalism maximizes efficient use of resources giving people what they want at reasonable prices. Coercive economic systems waste resources due to numerous inefficiencies. I will never understand the desire of socialists for coercive and wasteful economic systems. Perhaps it is not desire, but lack of comprehension how coercion and human behavior don’t mix well.


Good argument. But fear isn’t a particularly good motivating factor, unless we’re talking warfare- where it’s a force multiplier. My point would be that the economics of precarious labour reliability are driving us into the arms of the very nightmare you envisage. Tighter labour markets might be the answer- of the type which Australia has made so successful for so long. Protect the negotiating power of blue collar labour through restriction of the import of low value labour, whilst simultaneously opening our doors to meritocratic immigration.

Of course, this also eliminates jobs, but it also seems to create them further up the value chain. Denmark has the highest number of homegrown billionaires per million citizens, and the fact that union negotiations often favour the low waged at the expense of engineers and the like, seems to lead to a higher rate of new business formation, as the highly skilled decide to avail themselves of lower taxes through corporation or business tax, rather than a high progressive tax on income.


Communism works except in any place it’s been tried. I think that’s because communism is the philosophy of the infantile, the immature, the ones who, according to Jung, want Uroboric Incest where they:

This sort of ‘young soul’ hasn’t matured to the fight with the ‘worldly parents’ and certainly not their own hero’s journey where they can stand alone, liberated, and free.

I do think liberalism (liberty) requires a stronger person, by far, than any other philosophy or religion because you have to be able to stand, alone if necessary, to be free.