Quote for the Day–Hayek on Socialism, and how it applies to Hobby Lobby

In light of all the recent hoopla of Executive overreach, its important to know the broader agenda of the socialist mindset–it is much more than simply “economics.”  As Hayek says in The Fatal Conceit (p. 67)

So, priding itself on having built its world as if it had designed it, and blaming itself for not having designed it better, humankind is now to set out to do just that.  The aim of socialism is no less than to effect a complete redesigning of our traditional morals, law and language, and on this basis to stamp out the old order and the supposedly inexorable, unjustifiable conditions that prevent the institution of reason, fulfillment, true freedom, and justice. (emphasis added)

Indeed, we should not be surprised that Mr. Obama’s bureaucrats at HHS want to stamp out traditional religious morality from having a public influence on policy.  One of the goals of progressivism is to replace existing morality with the morality of the left–where reason, fulfillment, freedom and justice ring.  Indeed, is that not the reason for the left’s outrage regarding Hobby Lobby?  While their public complaint is that this is about providing contraception to women, it patently is not.  Given the stated outrage is preposterous, we have to wonder what the real issue is.  Hayek points us down the road–the real issue is that the Hobby Lobby case held traditional morality can have a place in public policy, and it cannot be silenced.  That is why the left is so up in arms.  They rightly know this also threatens their homosexual agenda–can Christians now refuse to bake cakes or take wedding pictures for homosexual weddings?  The culture wars go on….

3 thoughts on “Quote for the Day–Hayek on Socialism, and how it applies to Hobby Lobby”

  1. “They rightly know this also threatens their homosexual agenda–can Christians now refuse to bake cakes or take wedding pictures for homosexual weddings?”…

    No, it does not threaten the homosexual agenda, or if it does, I do not see how. The Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal in a case involving the bakeries which means the lower court ruling still stands that those businesses cannot refuse.

    The left is “up in arms” not because they are threatened but because it gives them ammunition in the “war on women” mantra they have been spewing. They need something they can use going into the midterms to stave off GOP gains, even if the chances the GOP takes the Senate is realistically much lower than the media, and especially Republicans, seems to believe.

  2. I think this case will cause others to take a stand as well. I believe that issues of religious freedom, homosexuality, and many other cases will happen in regards to corporations and other closely held companies. This will definitely have an impact on issues like women’s right to decide and others like it. It was a good win and much needed, but it was just the beginning.

  3. Hayek’s comment is very apt. However, he neglects an essential point (it is not included in the quoted passage at least). Socialism IS fundamentally about redesigning society and overthrowing traditional orders, whether moral, legal, or economic, but socialism also includes an element of specific anti-Christianity that I think is important to note. Rousseau details this aspect of socialism well. According to Rousseau, Christianity goes against the socialist state because it entails aspects of intolerance–in today’s culture that intolerance would be seen as positions against homosexuality especially and perhaps abortion more subtly, among others. According to Rousseau, to preserve the body politic, intolerance is not to be tolerated. So Christianity, since it appears to have aspects of intolerance should not be tolerated in the state…Rousseau seemingly overlooked this contradiction (substituting one form of intolerance for another), and I think that the issues surrounding the Hobby Lobby case and its subsequent repercussions might demonstrate similar reasoning among leftists today…

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