Shots fired: The truth is that the entrepreneurs and promoters display more intellectual faculties and intuition than the average writer and painter.
However, freedom is indivisible. Every attempt to restrict the freedom of the decadent troublesome literati and pseudoartists would vest in the authorities the power to determine what is good and what is bad. It is questionable whether it would weed out the useless and objectionable persons; but it is certain that it would put insurmountable obstacles in the way of the creative genius.
‘’ The powers that be do not like new ideas, new ways of thought and new styles of art. They are opposed to any kind of innovation. Their supremacy would result in strict regimentation; it would bring about stagnation and decay.’’
The moral corruption, the licentiousness and the intellectual sterility of a class of lewd would-be authors and artists is the ransom mankind must pay lest the creative pioneers be prevented from accomplishing their work. Freedom must be granted to all, even to base people, lest the few who can use it for the benefit of mankind be hindered.
After all, it is not the frivolous doctrines of the Bohemians that generate disaster, but the fact that the public is ready to accept them favorably. The response to these pseudo philosophies on the part of the molders of public; opinion and later on the part of the misguided masses is the evil.
The most pernicious ideology of the last sixty years was George Sorel's syndicalism and his enthusiasm for the action directe. Generated by a frustrated French intellectual, it soon captivated the literati of all European countries.
Fight for a myth whatever this myth may mean, was his advice.
"If you place yourself on this ground of myths, you are proof against any kind of critical refutation." =II< What a marvelous philosophy, to destroy for the sake of destruction! Do not talk, do not reason, kill! Sorel rejects the "intellectual effort" even of the literary champions of revolution. The essential aim of the myth is "to prepare people to fight for the destruction of what exists."
The first timid objections were raised only when-very late, indeed-the intellectual abettors of these policies began to realize that even enthusiastic endorsement of the totalitarian ideology did not guarantee immunity from torture and execution.
They emphasize that they abhor capitalism much more passionately than communism, and they justify all the unsavory acts of the communists by referring to the "unspeakable horrors" of capitalism.
There exists today a sham anticommunist front. What these people who call themselves "anticommunist liberals" and whom sober men more correctly call "anti-anticommunists" are aiming at is communism without those inherent and necessary features of communism which are still unpalatable to Americans. In short: they pretend to fight communism in trying to convert people to the ideas of the Communist Manifesto.
What these self-styled "anticommunist liberals" are fighting against is not communism as such, but a communist system in which they themselves are not at the helm. What they are aiming at is a socialist, i.e., communist, system in which they themselves or their most intimate friends hold the reins of government.
They simply do not wish to be liquidated. In a socialist commonwealth, only the supreme autocrat and his abettors have this assurance.