Saturday, April 1, 2017

Mormons, Two Meanings of Justice, and Future-Socialism.

http://www.unz.com/isteve/mcardle-how-utah-keeps-the-american-dream-alive/

“What’s happening here? The state population is now about 13 percent Hispanic, but only 1 percent black. Part of the explanation is probably the Mormon Church’s century of institutional racism.”

Race-ism is best foundation for social-capitalism. Swedish model of social-capitalism was working just fine when Sweden was all Scandinavian... but then Diversity came along.

In a way, Mormons became the way they are because they excluded others, but it was also because others excluded them. In this, they are like Jews who were excluded by others but also excluded others. Thus, Mormons developed a ghetto mentality.

There are two meanings of justice.

1. Legal Justice and Righting wrongs. So, if Bob does something wrong to John, Bob owes John something. It is about redress and punishment for violation of the law. This concept of justice is represented by "eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth" in the Bible. By this concept, if someone didn't do you any wrong, there is no injustice, and he owes you nothing.

2. Tribal Justice. A sense of shared survival and success. This concept of justice is found in the Exodus. Moses feels a need to lead ALL Jews out of Egypt. He doesn't owe them anything as he didn't do any of them wrong on a personal basis, but as a Jew, he feels responsible for other Jews. This concept of justice says it is not enough for a person to be successful as an individual and care only about himself. He must belong to a community and work for the common good.
Greek mythology is more individual-oriented. It's about the rare hero who rises above others and demonstrates his superiority, like Perseus slaying Medusa. To be sure, through an extraordinary feat, he saves others of his kind. And Theseus protects his community by slaying the Minotaur who fed on the women. Still, the emphasis is on individual feat. In contrast, the stories in the Bible emphasize how every individual's deed relates to the family and tribe.
Communism, a secular form of Judeo-Christian worldview, tried to create this Jewish-communal-sense-of-justice on a universal scale, but it was too unwieldy. Just like a tower built too high will collapse, a bridge built too long will crumble.
The ideal of communal justice works on the ethnic/tribal level and even on the national level IF the nation is racially & culturally homogeneous. This idea that a people must all 'make it together' is found in the Zhang Yimou film NOT ONE LESS, a kind of 'no child left behind'. It only really works within a shared racial community.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h55fQSPA-gA

Mormon capitalism is tied to their brand of social-culturalism. But this will fray if the Mormon community becomes overly diversified.
When it comes to family formation, Mormons seem to have an inkling that generating children is a kind of future-socialism or bio-socialism. In a way, having children is 'socialist' in the sense that you have to share your earnings with others. Purely from an economic viewpoint, children are 'parasitic'. They do no work and leech off the wealth of parents. Parents must buy them food, spend time with them, clothe them, provide medical care, and etc. It is very taxing. So, why do it? Why is future-socialism rewarding in ways that paying taxes to provide things for strangers isn't?
Because there is a special bond of love & happiness between parents and children. Also, unlike faceless strangers who live off the tax revenues of others(via the confiscatory state) and show NO gratitude(and often demand MORE free stuff as a 'right'), children are happy and grateful for anything they get from parents, even just an apple or orange. It's socialism of emotions than just of materials.
Also, if children are raised properly with sound development of identity, culture, history, values, arts, and nature appreciation, they carry on the heritage even after their parents have passed away. And in earlier times, they would have taken care of their parents. This was a big theme especially in China. Kids were seen as organic Social Security. Parents had to provide stuff for them, but kids provide stuff for parents grown old. So, family formation is bio-cultural socialism into the future. Parents share their wealth with kids, but kids feel obligation to parents and culture.

This sense has weakened over the yrs because the state came to provide for old people. Also, with the fading of identity and real culture, there's less sense of inheritance from parents and bequeathing to children except in monetary/material matters.
If a people no longer believe in what they are racially, ethnically, culturally, or historically, there is no need to pass it down to kids to keep the torch lit and going. Now, most young people culturally identify with celebrities and what Chris Hedges calls the Empire of Illusion, a fleeting Floating World, than in the richness and depth of the line-of-my-people.

Orthodox Jews and Mormons still have strong identities, and they feel this identity must be kept alive through the ages. And the ONLY way to ensure that is to have children and teach them well.

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