A Robot’s Utopia: Socialism’s Reduction of the Human Person

robot, utopia, socialism, human natureMany opponents of socialism often concede that it would be wonderful if only it actually “worked.” This week at Ethika Politika, I argue that such claims require an extremely strange version of “wonderful.”

Socialism may indeed propose utopian ends, but such a utopia is one that humans could never — and should never — identify with.

The argument centers on the notion that humans tend to desire freedom and that we will ultimately be discontent without it. If we rid ourselves completely of such liberty and cede ultimate control to others, how can this really be a “utopia” in any human sense?

To embrace socialism is to reject “economic knowledge” (as Art Carden recently explained), but it is also to reject something much deeper.

Here’s an excerpt:

To escape this fundamental craving [for freedom], one assumes that a different sort of rebellion needs to take place—one aimed at the control of others rather than the control of one’s self. This is why any fantasies about “realistically sustainable” socialism are problematic: They rely on a view of humanity that is unrealistic, and in turn, they promote unreal humans. Based on such premises, true utopia—the kind we might actually enjoy—is something that cannot exist, even in theory. We can call this “idealism,” but I’m not sure it leads to ideal outcomes. We are who we are, and that is not a bad thing.

Indeed, “idealism” is often just another word for glorified falsehood, and in the case of socialism, that is certainly the case. Such falsehood might be admirable if reality were really that grim, but it isn’t. There is a beauty in humanity that must be tapped, channeled and ultimately embraced. This beauty is inherently linked with truth, which is why to be an “idealist” of the socialist order is to worship a lie — and an ugly one at that.

As I argue, the “ideal” of socialism does not elevate humanity; it degrades it:

There is a certain feature of man that is evil and corrupt, as the bloodbaths of the 20th century will be quick to illustrate, yet there is another feature of man that is good and just. It is this that needs to be leveraged, channeled, and unleashed, and it is this that socialism seeks to deny, suppress, and forbid. Authentic “social harmony” is impossible without it, so in our attempts to stifle, smother, or ignore it, we should not be surprised that the world correspondingly turns into a cold cultural vacuum at best and a death-ridden Soviet gulag at worst.

Such a reality, I continue, is no place for angels:

We are constantly told that socialism could exist if only men were angels, but the more important point appears to be whether socialism would exist if men were angels. It seems we would do better to replace “angels” with “robots,” for that is what socialism truly reduces us to: mere material beings, doomed to be programmed and positioned according to our commissar-designated functions. For whatever it is that angels actually do, I should hope that control and puppetry are not high on their lists.

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  • http://twitter.com/remnantculture/status/73414825610457088 Remnant Culture

    Some say socialism would be wonderful if the economics actually worked. I argue that is the least of its errors: http://t.co/KLlFEGt

  • http://twitter.com/commonconcept/status/73441786374258688 Common Sense Concept

    Some say socialism would be wonderful if the economics actually worked. I argue that is the least of its errors: http://t.co/KLlFEGt

  • http://twitter.com/inertia186/status/73779081556131840 Anthony Martin ✔

    RT @RemnantCulture A socialist's "utopia" is no place for a human. http://t.co/qpc8As3 // Unicorns, yes.