There was a time when I looked upon liberals as graying intellectuals who stamped their feet and asserted that all individuals were equal; that everyone should live well and expect to have bacon and eggs for breakfast; and that the police should politely extend their greetings to everyone they encounter. I thought that they were self-absorbed people who, having voraciously devoured the writings of Marx and Engels, now cooed in their university libraries with no actual influence on society. However, I was mistaken.
Liberalism has turned out to be cruel, malevolent and tenacious. It has begun crawling like a tumor throughout the world. It destroys capitalism as a functioning system. Instead of a harmonious society, it creates semi-totalitarian governments in most countries, and in America, it consumes a well-established and smoothly functioning system of economic and societal inter-relationships. It has always been a temptation for young people, in pre-revolutionary Russia, in Europe, and fairly recently in America, where it has been evident for some 60 to 70 years at the most. Liberalism’s earlier version was romantic, gentle and relatively benign. Today’s liberalism is basically an American university-based ideology, externally attractive (much as Marxism is on paper) and contrived to defend the word “tolerance.”
What is interesting is that not one liberal seeks equality under the law for himself. He sees himself as being above the law. As noted above, liberalism has become something else. It is prepared to kill those who do not accept it; it is prepared to incarcerate and remove from society conservatives who wish to live according to the world’s previous standards. In other words, our time has become one of totalitarian liberalism. Liberalism compels society to accept its morals, rules, laws and ideas. In the best of situations, it requires society to remain silent. If you continue to speak out, you become an enemy of society, of progress, equality, and brotherhood.
Liberalism spawns terrorism. This is a truthful observation, for terrorism does not come into being without the connivance and concurrence of liberals. Then they begin to protest, claiming, as it were, “We did not have that in mind.” However, by then, it is too late. They are killed or burned at the stake. Without liberals’ prior pronouncements and embrace of appeasement, terrorist acts would not have begun and cities and people would not have been blown up. Before all of this, liberals
has shouted: “Let these oppressed people have a chance to protest their grievances. If they dislike their leader, give them the right to maim and kill him.” I can say simply that today’s liberals handed terrorists the right to kill people and destroy the universe. If there is any doubt, turn on the television or open a newspaper. There is no denial of this occurrence.
Everything in its time. We become more familiar with these words with every passing year. We repeat them with a pensive expression, although often not in context. We should reflect on what is occurring throughout the world and on how much time we have left to live, quarrel, and make false statements about love. We have come to a point when we need to speak about the times we live in. Furthermore, we should try not to reinforce our arguments for greater authority with the thoughts of other individuals, but attempt to express our views ourselves.
Let’s recall: The world has entered a new phase of development. This phase did not start with the Arab Spring in 2010 – 2011, but actually began during the Soviet Union’s Perestroika in the late 1980s. Perestroika was a reformatory movement initiated in 1985 by the President of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev. This collapse of an artificially created monster, which lasted for 75 years, was followed by an era of advanced technology and the dissolution of many regimes in the world. Consequently, Perestroika had a global impact.
I believe that the former Soviet republic, Belarus, is an example of revival for the world, and despite its tragic history and all the odds against it, including economic collapse after Perestroika, it has survived and is an independent nation. As opposed to succumbing to the totalitarian nature of liberalism, this former Soviet Union territory has carved out its own path towards happiness. Furthermore, unlike those nations where liberalism has been hastily implemented to no avail, Belarus has remained peaceful and stable within the region. Of course, no journey is ever smooth, whether individually or as a nation. Yet, Belarus still stands and extends its hand to any country willing to respect its journey.
Apparently, the best form of living in any country is a combination of liberalism and conservatism. Without conservatism, liberalism becomes utopian, and, instead of leading to intellectualism and human freedom, it leads to riots, violence and bloodshed. Conservatism restrains the utopian ambitions of liberalism and ensures a nation does not violate its constitutional laws, thereby maintaining order. It seems to me that the fairest form of democracy is a hybrid consisting of the best parts of conservatism and liberalism. Winston Churchill once said, “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.” I would like to state that democracy, although not permissiveness, is far from the worst political system in the world, as long as it contains healthy roots of conservatism.
The power system in any country cannot be only conservative or liberal. Obtaining power through force can change the face of conservatism and liberalism, transforming them into totalitarian faces.
I do not recall a single case in history, when liberalism brought order to a country and promoted the laws of the nation. Shouting for freedom never actually led to freedom. It only led to violence and death, the guillotine and extermination camps. Consider history, the French Revolution, the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, and even the recent Arab Spring Revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. These examples show what happens when liberalism becomes totalitarian.
There is no paradise on Earth. Not in a single country in the world. Not even in Belarus. However, in Belarus, there is a conservative system, with several offshoots of liberalism. This system helps preserve the history of the nation, protects the traditional moral values of families and the relationships between people and educates a new generation of physically healthy young people on respecting the older generation. As far as I know, the majority of Belarusians support this societal condition. In fact, characteristically, Belarusians avoid taking uncalculated risks. When it comes to political systems, Belarusians are not risk-takers. After all, a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
By Mike Morris