“Nobody Ever Achieved Anything!”

Jumping Josef Stalin on a Nuclear Powered Pogo Stick is Komrade Ogabe rolling out the collectivist socialist boilerplate these days:

if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there. (Applause.)

If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.

Yes, that’s right. You didn’t earn that. Somebody else earned it for you. Your ideas, your investment when you banked everything you owned on those ideas, your 90-hour work weeks trying to get it off the ground, none of that matters because everybody does that, you just got lucky that somebody else did all the heavy lifting for you so you have to give it all back, right now, because shut up, racist!

We’ll grant that there probably aren’t very many bipedals around with a more intimate knowledge of not having earned a damn thing while being carried on the shoulders of others than Affirmative Action Boy Ogabe. But projection is never pretty, so he probably ought to tone it down a bit, the incompetent jackweasel of a “never accomplished anything in his life” oozing itch in the unreachable spot on the backside of humanity.

But that’s not the point. What Komrade Ogabe just said there, no matter how much “pragmatic conservatives” might object and clutch their pearls at the “fundamental unseriousness” of stating the blatantly obvious, is the very core of collectivist socialist philosophy, the global disease of the mind that has accomplished nothing over its entire history other than racking its body count up into 9 digits.

The sickening idea that there is no such thing as an individual, that all human being are carbon copies of each other, and that any difference in outcome over the span of their lives is due to either “luck”, “unfairness” or any combination of both. In a collectivist socialist “utopia”, anybody could be Bill Gates and probably ought to be, because it was just pure coincidence that turned citizen 00Ahh/B-7781661 “Gates, Bill” into the founder of Microsoft out of a garage instead of citizen 87Zij/X-6654194 “Smith, Joe.”

Everybody’s special, and therefore nobody is. You’re all just cogs in the great collective machine, and anything you achieve above and beyond the state mandated acceptable average was achieved due to exploitation of everybody else and, therefore, all of your achievements are forfeit as belonging to the collective.

You are not allowed to have hopes and dreams because they are subversive and, besides, an utterly irrelevant fantasy. You are no different from anybody else and you should be ashamed if you achieve more than the collective average, because you have stolen it from some other equally deserving soul. In the Ogabe collectivist dystopia, there are no Beethovens, no Mozarts, no Newtons, no Hawkingses, no Einsteins, they’re all just aberrations from the collectivist norm and they must therefore be punished for their pathological deviation from it.

There is no such thing as a “knack” for mechanics, math, arts, chemistry or anything else, you just got “lucky” if you succeeded and “oppressed” if you did not.

And the collectivist state gets to decide what the norm is.

He could not have been any clearer about what he and the Democrat National Socialist Party stands for today if he’d wrapped himself in a hammer and sickle.

It is sickening, and it’s even more sickening that it is still considered “extremist” and “unhelpful” to point out what is self-evident to anybody who has ever bothered to open a history book.

Much like an entire generation of well-intentioned human beings refused to admit that what was to be found inside that disgusting book, Mein Kampf, might just be what a certain Austrian sociopath actually meant because, hey, he really just wanted to create jobs and get the trains to run on time, so let’s not read “too much” into what he’s actually saying.

12 years later, “not reading too much into things” left humanity with millions upon millions of carcasses stinking up the neighborhood followed by the inevitable decades of “it wasn’t our fault! Who could have possible foreseen???

Anybody who was paying fucking attention to, you know, what the maniac was saying in his own fucking words. That’s who, you mewling, pathetic cowards.

Perhaps you can excuse our grandparents’ generation since nobody had ever seen evil on that scale before, but our generation certainly has no such excuse.

Socialism is, has always been and will always be a cancer upon society and you would think that we had learned, after more than a century of bitter experience with its genocidal excesses, to recognize the early warning stages where treatment is still possible before everything goes pear shaped again and we, once more, have to start firing up the backhoes to dig out fresh mass graves.

But you’d be wrong. Mankind never learns anything.

Thatisall.

19 comments

  1. 1
    LC FX Phillips growls and barks:

    Yeah because you aren’t paying myriad taxes or paying license fees or being forced to pay minimum wages to employees who don’t merit it by their production or comply with the latest edict from the EPA, HHS, SEC, IRS or any number of like minded government agencies at the state and local levels. And of course you are not being saddled with an illiterate workforce whose one above average trait is an overweening self regard(sort of like der FUBAR come to think of it) from a educational system being funded by your tax dollars. And as his majesty said it’s not like you had mortgage your house or borrow from your credit cards or go without pay as you built up your business so that it might be able to afford you a decent living. /sarc

    Except that all of that in varying degrees is exactly what happens. Establishing a viable business is hard and getting harder. In many cases are you not only not being helped you are being openly thwarted by any number of governmental agencies and politically connected special pleaders who have the ear of those bureaucracies.

    With his openly risible view of the reality of how government is “helping” you have to wonder whether Air Force One is the new Choom Wagon.

  2. 2
    DJ Allyn growls and barks:

    There is NOTHING in that statement that isn’t true, Misha. People get ahead not only because of their intelligence, ideas, and hard work, but because they have a social and tangible infrastructure that they’ve utilized to get there.

    You are intelligent, have ideas, and work hard don’t you? Why haven’t you risen to the top armed with your individualism?

    Much of the success these days is done with OPM. Other People’s Money. Somebody else bankrolled you. If you failed somebody else picked up the pieces in a bankruptcy. (who do you suppose that is?)

    Building a new-fangled widget? How do you propose getting that widget to market? Who do you suppose got that electricity to your manufacturing plant? Or the water? The sewer?

    Is someone encroaching on your design? Who do you suppose pays for the court system that you will be suing in? (MOST court proceedings are of a business nature, and are by far the largest cost to the court system)

    Obama wasn’t spouting some collectivist drivel, he was explaining how fucking impossible it is for the “individualist” to have gotten to the top without the help of a LOT of people.
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  3. 3
    sablegsd growls and barks:

    “Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive”

    So, ovomit, why the need to fundamentally change this unbelievable American system that we have that allows people to thrive?

    stupid, fucking, commie bastard. It’s too damn bad for the world your commie mommie slut didn’t abort your fucking ass. You are indeed an enormous fucking punishment.

  4. 4
    LC Spare Parts growls and barks:

    This PHD dissertation in loserthink is the reason so many businesses are folding. The one thing the Loser in Chief and his legions of followers do understand is, business is not for or about them. The goal of business is not subsidizing their deficiencies. Too many people in this country are useless and utterly worthless. They believe that businesses should be support groups. That’s why they take such delight in ruining commerce.
    And Deej, those business people did not get HELP. Dogooders and government did not see them crying and hold their hands. They PAY for everything!! All the infrastructure in this country came from the WEALTH generated by PRIVATE Business.
    If you have one valid complaint, it would be TIF. Tax Increment Financing is a device local governments use to get business to move into their municipalities with the anticipation of sales tax revenue. And consumers and residential property owners take it in the shorts because of the trade offs.
    The economies of the west will continue to contract until one of two things happen. We either collapse under our public debt due to all the predators and parasites in our midst, or they grow up, become economically literate, and decide to COMPETE. I wouldn’t bet a nickel on the latter possibility.

  5. 5
    ebrown2 growls and barks:

    “And Deej, those business people did not get HELP. Dogooders and government did not see them crying and hold their hands. They PAY for everything!! All the infrastructure in this country came from the WEALTH generated by PRIVATE Business.”

    Exactly, leftist collectivists love to see government breaking people’s legs and then pointing a gun at their heads and telling them to dance.

  6. 6
    LC Xystus growls and barks:

    before everything goes pear shaped again

    Pear-shaped??? :em03:

  7. 7
    Library Czar growls and barks:

    Misha,

    Sorry, I think Gates is a poor example. The genius behind windows was developed by Gary Kildare. He sold it to the government who did not know what they had. They rejected it and Bill Gates bought it at fire sale prices. Gates is a good marketer but a poor designer. He owes his success to Mr Kildare.

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    angrywebmaster growls and barks:

    Obama not only doesn’t understand the free enterprise system, he has a visceral hatred for all things American.

    I keep thinking about a statement the SCoaMF made a few days back. He said this will be his last campaign. Now we can take that to mean that win or lose he’s retiring from politics, or that he plans on declaring some sort of emergency and suspending the constitution.

    What do you think he meant?
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  9. 9
    LC Gunsniper growls and barks:

    It’s no surprise that jugears believes that bullshit. He’s a living example of it. Everything he’s ever had in life, especially his political life was handed to him by others. You only have to compare and contrast his 2008 campaign and his 2012 campaign to see someone who doesn’t have the first clue of work or effort.

    If the zombie apocalypse were to actually happen jugears would be the first one being kneecapped to keep the zombies from mauling the rest of the group.

  10. 10
    LC Gunsniper growls and barks:

    There is NOTHING in that statement that isn’t true, Misha.

    Every last bit of it is horseshit. Grab an Ouija board and ask Orville and Wilbur Wright. Nobody handed them a blueprint and parts for their Wright Flyer plane. For that matter summon up the ancient human that conceived of the atlatl.

  11. 11
    JakeTheSnake growls and barks:

    Sooooooo, NOW can we call him a Marxist??

  12. 12
    Emperor Misha I growls and barks:

    Ah, the “businesses only succeed due to the contributions of others” fallacy. It just never gets old. Or, at least, it never has the decency to stay dead no matter how many times you shoot it in the head with ClueSlugs™.

    Businesses pay taxes, taxes pay for all of those wonderful benefits without which businesses would never succeed. Yes, employees pay taxes too, but they wouldn’t be able to if they weren’t, you know, employees, which they wouldn’t be if it weren’t for businesses willing to employ them. Also, the taxes that employees pay come out of paychecks provided to them by, you guessed it, businesses.

    Thing is, all of those “public works” that collectivists always bray about the collective providing, “free of charge” to all of mankind were paid for with other people’s wealth, and businesses are what creates wealth. All of it. Whether the “business” in question is Boeing or paw-paw building homemade furniture in his garage.

    Employees don’t provide their labor to businesses out of the goodness of their hearts either, they do so because they entered a contract under which they sell their labor in return for wealth created by the business.

    It’s really quite simple if you have even the most rudimentary understanding of how the world actually works, as opposed to the fairy tales that collectivists use as an excuse for robbing other people at gunpoint.

    DJ Allyn says:

    You are intelligent, have ideas, and work hard don’t you? Why haven’t you risen to the top armed with your individualism?

    Oh, I can tell you that right quick, and it isn’t because somebody else won the lottery of success and “unfairly” kept me down by eating the whole cake before I could have my “fair” slice.

    It’s because I chose not to. OK, so I didn’t sit down and say to myself “alright, I really really don’t want to be insanely rich and successful”, but I did consider all of the things that I would have to give up in order to become insanely rich and successful. Such as sleep, ever seeing my family, having ulcers worrying if my attempt #73 would be a flop too so I’d have to start over again for the 74th time etc. So I settled for “comfortable” instead.

    I’m quite happy with that trade, I’d have you know. The point, however, is that I could have, at any time, unleashed my intellect, creativity and individualism and started working 12 hours a day, just as most anybody can if they put their minds to it and have an idea that will work. Nobody kept me from doing so, and I don’t spend my entire life resenting people who did do so because they now have more than I do. They earned it. The hard way.

    Moreover, if they hadn’t done it, they wouldn’t be able to give me a paycheck now, not to mention all of the cool stuff that some of them produce that I enjoy purchasing with part of that paycheck. So not only do I not resent their “unfair good luck”, I’m actually quite full of admiration for them.

    Take out all of those “lucky” businesses that “never truly earned and deserve” their riches and we’d all be unemployed, living in caves and eating roots and berries.

    Living in a Collectivist’s Paradise.

    No sale.
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    Secondmouse growls and barks:

    More of the skilled demagogue’s language of class warfare, but these words are the most audacious yet. Obama uses these words to anger the envious, who seek to empower the government to take from the wealthy what they wish to have for themselves, and to destroy those that inspire in them such feelings of jealousy, shame and inadequacy. A real-life deal with the devil on a grand scale. With these words, he continues to distract those of weaker character from the realization that the sad state of affairs that is their future is entirely the product of government. Many are furious that the rich get richer while the middle class shrinks and the poor make no progress, yet they do not understand the process by which this occurs. The President and Chief Architect of this thieving bureaucracy boldly speaks soothing words to these masses, vilifying the objects of their envy, while continuing to construct the leviathan of state that squanders their wealth, strangles their initiative, suffocates their spirit and confers ever-greater riches and privilege upon his wealthiest supporters.

    It is said that democracies get the governments they deserve. If that is so, then we are a nation of a great many fools at a moment in history when we can ill afford to indulge the weak-minded.

  14. 14

    Emperor Misha I @ # 12: Sire, The post was spot on, every on of your comments has been spot on, the fact remains that TANSTAAFL. Those businesses that were created with other peoples money? That was investment, on which there was expected return/profit. NOBODY gives you money for “Here, go build a future and don’t worry about paying it back.” other than ridiculously wealthy kin. DJ, you say you’re “fairly well off” financially. Did you work for that, or was it all a gift?
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  15. 15
    LC Gunsniper growls and barks:

    Here’s the punchline. jugears had to crib this nonsense Fake-ahontas Lizzie Warren which further bolsters my #9 posting.

  16. 16
    Secondmouse growls and barks:

    Library Czar @ #7:

    Library Czar, I must, with respect, disagree. Gates is actually a perfect example in this instance. Gates was the one, among the critical few who each contributed mightily to the early success at Microsoft, who had the vision and the direction to make incredible value out of the skills of those around them. As a CEO, I have come to value the soft skills that make a great leader or a great entrepreneur every bit as much as the hard skills of technical mastery and analytical problem-solving.

    Without such people, so much of what we take for granted in our modern lives would be absent.

    Obama tries to redefine the concept of individualism with his remarks, but I do not accept the premise that life is a choice between his characterization of a selfish, destructive individualism and his Orwellian, utopian collectivism. Gates is a perfect example of the true power of the individual in our society – to be the right person in the right place with the right preparation to achieve greatly, and in so doing create unimaginable wealth for many and inspire generations in the industry he helped create. In Obama’s vision of America, the conditions that permit such a thing are extinguished ‘for the greater good’, and that is a world no one of character and worth would choose to live in.

  17. 17

    So many of the thoughts in my head scream “Read Atlas Shrugged If You Haven’t!” :em08:
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    LC Getalis, Imperial Czar of Pharmacology growls and barks:

    DJ Allyn says:

    People get ahead not only because of their intelligence, ideas, and hard work, but because they have a social and tangible infrastructure that they’ve utilized to get there.

    The poor, the failures and the complete fucksticks also benefit from that very same infrastructure. THEY are not being groomed for chattel slavery by the Repressives on this basis (despite having a LOT less “skin in the game”). Now, what was it we learned in junior high school algebra about common variables? When the same factor is present among each term across the board…?

    That’s right! The common variable cancels out. …thus blowing the Elizabeth Warrenesque “rich people are slaves” line of collectivist bullshit completely out of the water.

    Peter Businessman enjoys the same public services as Paul Welfarejunkie. Peter has simply made more out of his “common share” than Paul, and thus enjoys a higher standard of living. To penalize Peter for his effort and success is simply evil.


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