“Some ideas are so stupid that only an intellectual could
“More middle-class voters regard themselves as leftwing than do
working-class voters, and working-class people show less support for
overseas aid and immigration than middle-class voters, according to a
new YouGov poll, commissioned by Progress, the Labour pressure group.
The findings arguably underline the complex challenge Ed Miliband
faces in reconnecting with people who were once described as Labour's
“For at least the last hundred years, the world’s most dynamic religion has been neither Christianity nor Islam.
“It has been leftism.
“Most people do not recognize what is probably the single most important fact of modern life. One reason is that leftism is overwhelmingly secular (more than merely secular: It is inherently opposed to all traditional religions), and therefore people do not regard it as a religion. Another is that leftism so convincingly portrays itself as solely the product of reason, intellect, and science that it has not been seen as the dogma-based ideology that it is. Therefore the vast majority of the people who affirm leftist beliefs think of their views as the only way to properly think about life.
“That, in turn, explains why anyone who opposes leftism is labeled anti-intellectual, anti-progress, anti-science, anti-minority, and anti-reason (among many other pejorative epithets): Leftists truly believe that there is no other way to think.”
Dennis Prager has recently published an interesting book on this subject.
“But this week, [UK Labour Party leader] Ed Miliband wanted to tell the world about his creed. He is not a man for synagogues or churches, he said, but is emphatically a man of faith. “Not a religious faith,” he said, “but a faith none the less. A faith, I believe, many religious people would recognise.” He listed the tenets: a duty to leave the world a better place; a desire to tackle injustice; a belief in the power of collective action[editorial emphasis]. It is not unusual for politicians to describe their values, or give them funny names like “irreducible core”. But it is unusual for them to elevate these to the status of a “faith”.”
[Quoted from telegraph.co.uk]
Of course, socialism does not leave the world a better place, it is a shallow cult that has killed by the tens of millions.