Progressives intend on “winning control of a Democratic Party that is presently dominated by procedurally conservative institutionalists, winning free and fair elections, and then passing laws,” says Eric Levitz.

What an orgasmic experience it must be, to “pass laws.” There must be more laws, to control people more precisely. No one will be able to move without breaking some of Levitz’s “laws.” Ratchet up the punishments, too. No one is to do anything new; everyone will do tomorrow and forever exactly what he did today, since deviation from routine will be, what else? against the “laws.”

Levitz does not entertain the idea that the best path to general welfare is to repeal laws.

“Progressives represent minoritarian interests who are disempowered in the economy and civil society (the poor, nonwhite, and undocumented),” he goes on.

But in a fully free market society, there are no “disempowered” people. There are no legal barriers to success. There are few barriers to success even in our statist mixed economy. The poor, nonwhite, etc., any more than the rich whites, do not need to be represented, because they face no unjust threats to their welfare. There is no need for any class or race warfare, because most of our interests within social cooperation are harmonious. There is no such thing as “racial justice”; it’s gibberish; what Levitz imagines “just” is on the contrary merely unjust destructionism.

It’s also a huge and pointless distraction from the fact that it is the state and indeed its “laws” that are responsible for the breaking of the market harmony.

It is true that the freedom to succeed entails the possibility of failure. But under capitalism, one’s failure is usually one’s own fault. It is useless to blame, for example, white people for the flaws of blacks. The cynical view that the winners succeeded by illegitimate means, while the losers failed because they are unjustly oppressed does not convince. It is disgraceful and wrong to feed the hateful resentment of the unfortunate losers by lying to them that their failure is the fault of “society” and by falsely promising to them future bliss and revenge.

“Passing laws” is an inappropriate means to helping the “disempowered.”

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