Neoconservatives have been accused of many things, of being Trotskyite communists, of being Fascists, of being closeted liberals and collectivists. But I think they are simply an extremist cult of Platonists.
Plato's Republic contains a section called "the allegory of the cave". In it, Plato lays out his argument that reality itself is an illusion, and that the process of human growth involves recognizing this illusion. Mind you, this is in his work on government. We are all, according to Plato, analogous to prisoners chained to the floor of a cave, watching shadows cast on the wall of the cave by the reality outside. Eventually we recognize our predicament, free ourselves, and make our way out of the cave into the blinding light of reality.
This is neoconservatism in a nutshell. Neocons are Platos "guardians" who must create and manage his prison-cave. The world is a dangerous place, and we must be chained inside a cave for our protection, by government. Karl Rove said famously that he and his neocon friends are "historys actors," "creating new realities," which the rest of us are "left to just study." Our interaction, in Plato's work, with the shadows cast on the wall constitutes our consent to this arrangement, according to Platonic neoconservatism. As above, so below.
In case it's not obvious, I find this to be a ridiculous idea -- a fig-leaf to cover systematic abuse and theft. I have never been a fan of Greek philosophy. It seems to have been the product of a community of people who started out with a lot of unnecessary presumptions regarding the human condition, and perhaps even some mental defects to wit. Greeks were democrats through-and-through. They were collectivists. They believed in benign rulers -- in philosopher-kings. And they believed that human survival depended upon all of these things which, in their ecological niche, perhaps it did. They also heard voices. They had no concept of higher mathematics, of ternary logic. They eeked out a living from rocky cliffsides and on the open seas. And, by their appearance, they seemed to be either opiate addicts, victims of serious malnutrition or more probably both.
So, I am no Greek. I am an American. I believe in individual sovereignty, not collectivism. I adhere to WESTERN values. And Western values proclaim that men are equal, but that they are still men, not cogs. Western values celebrate the notion that men who stand in the way of their equals, must be destroyed. I live in an environment of relative material abundance. And government, if it is to exist at all, exists mainly to ensure that this condition perpetuates -- not to chain future generations to the floor of a cave. Any government that fails in this, I will cheerfully abolish.
In the Polish sci-fi The Futurological Congress, the world is getting colder (not warmer as we are led to believe by "global warming"). The oil is running out. What is the solution? For Stanislaw Lem, the solution was a tyrannical government that drugged and mind-controlled everyone to make the populace think that it was warmer than it actually was, and that things were better than they actually were. It seems Eastern-European Jewish émigrés to the US (ie. Neoconservatives) found a much simpler solution -- to drug and mind-control the people who owned the land in warmer climates, the land with the oil.
For George Soros, the "neo-con" is an integral part of finance, even though he is technically a Neoliberal. His hedge fund is called the Quantum Fund, because it practices "quantum" finance. Quantum finance is the idea that money should appear out of nowhere, in the economy, the same way that photons appear in nature, in discrete packets or "quanta". Managing this requires the same apparatus of drugging and brainwashing and systematic hiding and stealing of property as in Neoconservatism. The difference is that, whereas neoconservatives seem content to steal property permanently, neoliberals seem to practice the theory that your money should appear out of nowhere as soon as you perceive a need for it.
Last Updated on 12/02/16