Gay Patriot Header Image

Contemporary liberalism:
preferring the abstract “good” to the imperfect real?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:18 am - July 3, 2012.
Filed under: LA Stories,Liberals,Random Thoughts

Last week, when watching TV news footage of people protesting a Walmart being built in LA’s Chinatown, I caught sight of a sign which seemed to define contemporary American liberalism, “Good Jobs/not Walmart jobs.”

Given all the empty storefronts in neighborhoods across Los Angeles, you’d wonder why people are protesting a company willing to invest its own money into a new job-creating enterprise in the Southland.  This jobs project would not require higher taxes, indeed, would increase the state’s tax base without taking money from Sacramento’s (or Washington’s) depleted treasury.

These protestors, however, prefer these abstract “good jobs” to the very real “Walmart Jobs.”  They favor, that is, something that exists in the abstract, in theory, to something very real — and well, like most real things, (at least) slightly imperfect.

Does seem that that notion, preferring the abstract, untried “better” to the flawed “good” defines contemporary liberalism — as we have seen in their various fixes (over the years) proposed for (and applied to) our health care system.

The incumbent Secretary of the Treasury (at 1:40 below) provides another illustration of this phenomenon, acknowledging that the Democratic administration doesn’t have a definitive solution to the debt problem, but, well, they just don’t like the one that Republicans have put on the table.

The Geithner/Obama solution to our nation’s debt problem exists entirely in the abstract.

Today’s liberals, it seems, like real-world solutions. Like the “good jobs” for which the anti-Walmart protestors militate, their answers exist only in the realm of theory, in the hopes of idealists.

FROM THE COMMENTS:  V the K offers a related point on Walmart and liberals:

This illustrates a big difference between liberals and conservatives. Conservatives say, “If you don’t like Wal-Mart, don’t shop there.” Liberals say, “We don’t like Wal-Mart, so no one must be allowed to shop there.”

Share

86 Comments

  1. Can it be combatted? Your turn.

    I defer to you.

    or make excuses for the evils of progressivism, won’t you?

    J4J is a libertarian.

    Comment by Cinesnatch — July 3, 2012 @ 6:02 pm - July 3, 2012

  2. I know buying local produce, fair trade products, organic food, and American made products makes some people feel all high and mighty, but what is the point? I say everyone should be forced to shop at Walmart and buy things that are made in China, and fair trade and organic products should be banned. That would give the anti-Walmart progressives a taste of their own medicine.

    Comment by Rattlesnake — July 3, 2012 @ 6:06 pm - July 3, 2012

  3. “An injustice to one is an injustice to all.”

    I believe in justice under the law, but there are too many laws. Just stick to the Constitution and Bill of Rights. We went way too far with fairness.

    Comment by anon23532 — July 3, 2012 @ 6:09 pm - July 3, 2012

  4. If J 4 J is actually a libertarian, my apologies.

    Comment by Bastiat Fan — July 3, 2012 @ 7:13 pm - July 3, 2012

  5. Sometimes clicking on links is very important. . .J4J has a hyperlink to his YouTube page

    Comment by rusty — July 3, 2012 @ 7:20 pm - July 3, 2012

  6. Here in NYC they’ve been fighting to stop Wal Mart, tooth and nail. A Costco moved into East Harlem in a blighted neighborhood. Soon, other stores moved in, both big box and “Mom and Pop” stores. The neighborhood is bustling with shoppers. I’ve not checked the real estate value, but I am willing to bet that the value of all of the residential property has gone up. I brought up how good business is for business and how it’s too bad we can’t get a Wal Mart in Manhattan because similar things would happen and I was drowned out with a chorus of how evil Wal Mart is. In the meantime, the price of Skippy Natural Peanut Butter at the neighborhood supermarket is $8.79. I live in a “food desert” as Mooch-elle wold say. Imagine if my fellow “food desert” inhabitants had a Wal Mart to buy from…they could afford the Natural Skippy…and get a job instead of paying with their WIC cards.

    Comment by Az Mo in NYC — July 3, 2012 @ 7:45 pm - July 3, 2012

  7. Addendum:

    A lib coworker once said that everyone should get $100,000 a year. I asked why $100,000 and he said it was a fair thing to do. I said, “why that amount, why not some other amount?” and he said, “because $100,000 is a good amount.” I kept asking why that amount and he became very angry. Another one said that no company should be able to markup a product more than 100%. I asked why? Why do you say %100 if people are willing to pay for a %400 markup. She said, “because 100% is fair.” I kept asking why %100 why not more, why not less? She INSISTED that 100% was fair and that was that. This is the insanity of progressives.

    Comment by Az Mo in NYC — July 3, 2012 @ 8:07 pm - July 3, 2012

  8. Oops, I misplaced the percentage symbols on some of those.

    Comment by Az Mo in NYC — July 3, 2012 @ 8:08 pm - July 3, 2012

  9. Skippy? B!tch, please. If you’re going to go corporate, buy Adams.

    Comment by Cinesnatch — July 3, 2012 @ 8:29 pm - July 3, 2012

  10. Snatch, how can I possibly argue with that?

    Comment by Az Mo in NYC — July 3, 2012 @ 8:57 pm - July 3, 2012

  11. I’m looking for Red Wing peanut butter. It was William F. Buckley’s favorite brand, and the man was — among so many other Renaissance qualities — a connoisseur of peanut butter.

    If anyone knows where I might find any, please let me know.

    Comment by Lori Heine — July 3, 2012 @ 10:45 pm - July 3, 2012

  12. Lori – here’s a link to Red Wing:

    http://www.buyacase.biz/redwing

    Comment by jman1961 — July 3, 2012 @ 11:24 pm - July 3, 2012

  13. 49… Dude… It was a joke! Didn’t realize I struck a nerve. Might want to examine why that nerve is so sensitive.

    Comment by sonicfrog — July 4, 2012 @ 1:17 am - July 4, 2012

  14. Let’s see:

    Why is the “Progressive” world so intent on punishing it? -Heliotrope

    Easy. Walmart is pretty much example #1 of an American success story. You’re supposed to be mediocre and miserable. Only rich bitch liberals are supposed to be successful. You’re supposed to be dependent on them. What’s more, Walmart does more for the American people than liberals do. Can’t have that.

    And then Walmart is not a union shop which exists only to keep the incompetent employed, make the union bosses richer and launder money for the DNC against the will of the employees. Liberals want Walmart to be a union shop so it can be as successful as Government Motors.

    As for community outreach-not aware of how much they do before putting in a store, -Just Me

    Well, when they opened the store here in Mulberry, FL (pop. 3,228), I remember reading that they had the Mulberry High School band perform at the ribbon cutting, after a sizable donation to the school. Yeah, Mulberry itself is small, but they pull in folks from the surrounding areas in Polk and the rural Hardee counties. There’s not much south of Mulberry, but there’s lot’s of people who live down there working for Mosaic (phosphate mines) and the citrus industry in Hardee.

    When I lived in Alaska, WalMart was the ONLY “big box” store in the tiny town I lived in. -Bastiat Fan

    I’ve heard how prominent guns are up in Alaska. Someone once told me that Walmart was great because you could buy a gun and a case of beer in the same store. 😉

    And, I also try to buy all my produce locally and support local farmers. -Commiesnatch

    I hear ya. We all tend to buy up the Plant City strawberries. Once their season is over, we get the more expensive California strawberries which folks tend to avoid. Ditto with the citrus.

    A Costco moved into East Harlem in a blighted neighborhood. Soon, other stores moved in, both big box and “Mom and Pop” stores. The neighborhood is bustling with shoppers. I’ve not checked the real estate value, -Az Mo in NYC

    I guarandamntee you that it’s unfair that real estate values are going up and causing fewer “affordable housing” to be available. Check Zillow.com anyways.

    Comment by TGC — July 4, 2012 @ 3:56 am - July 4, 2012

  15. Someone once told me that Walmart was great because you could buy a gun and a case of beer in the same store. 😉

    And I don’t know of any other sates that allow it but in Indianapolis, I found out that you can buy liquor in Walmart. Down here in FL, you have to go to a liquor store. Some stores like Winn Dixie, Publix and Walgreens have liquor stores attached, but they can’t have a door connecting them.

    However, we do have what I call the airline bottles of liquor. Haven’t seen that anywhere else I’ve been. Sure you don’t get much liquor, but it’s great if you want to try something new and don’t want to buy a 1/5 only to find out you hate it.

    Comment by TGC — July 4, 2012 @ 4:00 am - July 4, 2012

  16. […] a good thing The Colossus of Rhodey – Hube’s James Bond Bests (and Worsts) Gay Patriot – Contemporary liberalism: preferring the abstract “good” to the imperfect real? The Mellow Jihadi – Muslim Targets VA Right! – My Doctor Is a Flaming Pro-ObamaCare Liberal – […]

    Pingback by Watcher of Weasels » Watcher’s Council Nominations – America’s Birthday Edition — July 4, 2012 @ 4:27 am - July 4, 2012

  17. […] Gay Patriot – Contemporary liberalism: preferring the abstract ?good? to the imperfect real? […]

    Pingback by This Week’s Watcher’s Council Results–America’s Birthday Edition | therightplanet.com — July 4, 2012 @ 7:17 am - July 4, 2012

  18. […] Gay Patriot – Contemporary liberalism: preferring the abstract ?good? to the imperfect real? […]

    Pingback by This Week’s Watcher’s Council Results | therightplanet.com — July 4, 2012 @ 7:21 am - July 4, 2012

  19. […] a good thingThe Colossus of Rhodey – Hube’s James Bond Bests (and Worsts)Gay Patriot – Contemporary liberalism: preferring the abstract “good” to the imperfect real?The Mellow Jihadi – Muslim TargetsVA Right! – My Doctor Is a Flaming Pro-ObamaCare Liberal – […]

    Pingback by Watcher’s Council Nominations – America’s Birthday Edition | Virginia Right! — July 4, 2012 @ 9:15 am - July 4, 2012

  20. […] Gay Patriot – Contemporary liberalism: preferring the abstract “good” to the imperfect real? […]

    Pingback by Watcher’s Council Nominations – America’s Birthday Edition | Liberty's Spirit — July 4, 2012 @ 11:00 am - July 4, 2012

  21. Their heads are stuck so high up their asses that they couldn’t care less about real people. Only some stupid ideal. btw, Walmart is wonderful because it allows people to buy products they otherwise could never afford.
    Of course the Elites hate this since then there is no difference between them and the poor.

    Comment by Leah — July 4, 2012 @ 12:42 pm - July 4, 2012

  22. […] Gay Patriot – Contemporary liberalism: preferring the abstract “good” to the imperfect real? […]

    Pingback by Trevor Loudon's New Zeal Blog — July 4, 2012 @ 1:47 pm - July 4, 2012

  23. You all might be interested in the part played by professional protestor/plants who are sent into Wal-Mart just like Sandra Fluke was sent into a Catholic college.
    Girshriela Green is Wal-Mart’s demon.
    She was unemployed and Wal-Mart gave her a job.
    She had 6 children (or maybe only 3).
    She got hurt and took disability, hasn’t worked for a year.
    But she manages to criss-cross the country protesting Wal-Marts.
    Here’s much more:
    http://michaelscomments.wordpress.com/2012/07/01/some-stellar-reporting-on-walmart/

    Comment by Nan G — July 4, 2012 @ 4:14 pm - July 4, 2012

  24. […] Gay Patriot – Contemporary liberalism: preferring the abstract “good” to the imperfect real? […]

    Pingback by Bookworm Room » Watcher’s Council nominations for the 4th of July! — July 4, 2012 @ 5:56 pm - July 4, 2012

  25. […] Gay Patriot – Contemporary liberalism: preferring the abstract “good” to the imperfect real? […]

    Pingback by Watcher’s Council Nominations Are Up! | Independent Sentinel — July 4, 2012 @ 7:11 pm - July 4, 2012

  26. […] Gay Patriot – Contemporary liberalism: preferring the abstract “good” to the imperfect real? […]

    Pingback by Watcher’s Council Nominations – America’s Birthday Edition | askmarion — July 5, 2012 @ 3:39 am - July 5, 2012

  27. […] Contemporary liberalism:preferring the abstract “good” to the imperfect real? […]

    Pingback by GayPatriot » Watcher of Weasels — Independence Edtion — July 5, 2012 @ 3:44 am - July 5, 2012

  28. […] Flaming Pro-ObamaCare Liberal – Time to Change Doctors! Third place with 2 votes – Gay Patriot-Contemporary liberalism: preferring the abstract “good” to the imperfect real? Fourth place with 1 vote – The Noisy Room- Obama Lies, Taxes Rise Fifth place *t* with 2/3 vote […]

    Pingback by Watcher of Weasels » The Council Has Spoken! This Week’s Watcher’s Council Results — July 6, 2012 @ 4:52 am - July 6, 2012

  29. […] Third place with 2 votes – Gay Patriot-Contemporary liberalism: preferring the abstract “good” to the imperfect real? […]

    Pingback by This Week’s Watcher’s Council Results | therightplanet.com — July 6, 2012 @ 6:34 am - July 6, 2012

  30. […] Third place with 2 votes – Gay Patriot-Contemporary liberalism: preferring the abstract “good” to the imperfect real? […]

    Pingback by The Council Has Spoken! Winners Are Up! | Independent Sentinel — July 6, 2012 @ 7:32 am - July 6, 2012

  31. […] Third place with 2 votes – Gay Patriot – Contemporary liberalism: preferring the abstract “good” to the imperfect real? […]

    Pingback by Trevor Loudon's New Zeal Blog — July 6, 2012 @ 12:44 pm - July 6, 2012

  32. […] Third place with 2 votes – Gay Patriot-Contemporary liberalism: preferring the abstract “good” to the imperfect real? […]

    Pingback by GayPatriot » Watcher of Weasels — First Winners of July 2012 — July 6, 2012 @ 5:39 pm - July 6, 2012

  33. […] Third place with 2 votes – Gay Patriot-Contemporary liberalism: preferring the abstract “good” to the imperfect real? […]

    Pingback by Bookworm Room » Watcher’s Council winners for July 6, 2012 — July 6, 2012 @ 6:27 pm - July 6, 2012

  34. […] Gay Patriot – Contemporary liberalism: preferring the abstract “good” to the imperfect real? […]

    Pingback by Watcher’s Council Nominations – America’s Birthday Edition | — July 6, 2012 @ 7:18 pm - July 6, 2012

  35. […] excited about real paying jobs coming to L.A., insisted that they would be better off with some hypothetical Mom and Pop jobs that might arise if they protested Walmart with sufficient vigor: Last week, when watching TV news footage of people […]

    Pingback by Bookworm Room » Why does the Left love Mom and Pop stores, but hate Mom and Pop medicine? — July 7, 2012 @ 9:12 pm - July 7, 2012

  36. […] Third place with 2 votes – Gay Patriot-Contemporary liberalism: preferring the abstract “good” to the imperfect real? […]

    Pingback by The Usual Genius | — July 8, 2012 @ 10:33 pm - July 8, 2012

RSS feed for comments on this post.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.