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Two Americas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-04-08 01:09 AM
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18. K and R
On other threads, we are talking about the false hope represented by the modern liberal idea that "doing something is better than doing nothing" and the seductive trap that can become.

Your post illustrates that there is a truth about what is happening that gets buried and ignored as a direct result of the modern liberal idea of "helping" and "caring" and this shows us that the various do-good things that people advocate and lavishly and gushingly praise are not in fact "something" as opposed to "nothing" - they are much worse than nothing - and are not as benign or beneficial as they are represented to be. Praising Google for giving homeless people voice mail boxes, for example, serves functionally to help create the fog and smokescreen of confusion and misdirection that prevents us from seeing, and discussing, the actual reality - the actual causes of homelessness and poverty - and that sabotages and cripples any and all efforts at community organizing to create consensus and solidarity for the purpose of effective political action. In fact, the modern "helping" ethic disappears politics altogether, in exchange for a "personal values" individualistic approach that has more to do with self-actualization and personal emotional satisfaction for the helper than it does with solving the social problems that cause people to need help in the first place. That can only make any social problem worse, and never better.
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