The Few and the Many
October 10, 2000
philosopher David Hume once observed: Nothing appears
more surprising to those who consider human affairs with a philosophical
eye, than the easiness with which the many are governed by the
And, by way of illustrating his point,
nothing is more surprising than the ease with which a tiny minority of
organized homosexuals has been overpowering such a mainstream
organization as the Boy Scouts of America.
The Scouts won a victory this year
when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that they cant be forced to
accept homosexuals as members and scoutmasters; but they have been
losing other battles, as school districts from Massachusetts to San Diego
have denied them access to school facilities because of their
discrimination against homosexuals.
Federal courts are also using the
1964 Civil Rights Act to ban workplace discrimination
against homosexuals. The use of such creative interpretation of the laws
and the U.S. Constitution investing them with meanings that never
occurred to those who drafted them in order to achieve social
revolution is one of the basic devices by which the Few rule the Many.
A semantic note.
Discrimination is liberalese for free association liberals
disapprove of, just as civil rights means forced
association. The more civil rights the state enacts, the less
freedom of association we have.
Fifty years ago, nobody
absolutely nobody foresaw that homosexuals would one day gain
the upper hand over the Boy Scouts and private employers. It was literally
unimaginable. Even the most hysterical doomsaying conservatives
werent worried about it.
wasnt a liberal-conservative issue; liberals themselves
didnt think of it as part of their long-term agenda. Homosexuality
was considered a purely individual aberration, not a subject for social
reform. The same was true of abortion and many other abnormalities that
have been successively normalized. Gay rights was as
remote a prospect as the legalization of cannibalism. Homosexuals
werent yet gays. They were sexual deviants.
The liberal agenda is a profoundly
unpredictable affair. Who knows what causes liberals the
dominant Few may adopt in the years ahead? Who knows what they
will insist that the Many be forced to accept as specious legal and
Liberalism is driven by a mysterious
antagonism to the moral traditions of the Many. In any society the Few
rule the Many, but in most societies the ruling elite shares the general
moral outlook of the majority of the population and there is no basic
conflict between the rulers and the ruled.
In todays America, so alien to
our ancestors, it is different. The Few not only hate the traditions of the
Many; they have conducted a relentless propaganda campaign against those
traditions, variously called education, eradicating
prejudice, and consciousness-raising. They coin
new-fangled words like homophobia to stigmatize
deep-seated popular attitudes; they publicize and memorialize minor local
incidents, like vicious murders of homosexuals, making them symbols of
the moral attitudes they want to condemn.
In pursuit of this agenda, the Many
must be made to feel guilty about their natural feelings. And the
government must be empowered to engineer a mass psychological
transformation, until those feelings cease to exist. The process must
begin with children in the public schools, where state propaganda will
teach them that homosexuality is normal.
The desire of the Few to control and
change even the inner lives of the Many is of course a totalitarian
ambition. Liberals denounce sexual McCarthyism as they
practice what might be called sexual Stalinism. As Stalin aspired to
create the New Soviet Man, liberals want to produce new,
sexually liberated children, with homosexual propaganda as
one of their tools.
Such totalitarian programs never
work; human nature is too stubborn. But in the meantime, setting an
impossible goal a fantasy masquerading as an ideal allows
the government of the Few to assume total power over the Many. And in
todays America, the Many are dangerously passive, hardly aware of
the sinister conditioning they and their children are being subjected
G.K. Chesterton warned against
the modern and morbid habit of always sacrificing the normal to
the abnormal. That is liberalism in a nutshell, and it will always
find more things to sacrifice on its altar of abnormality.
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