With the White House dog wagging dying down, “social engineering” has popped up again.
For techies, “social engineering” is the practice of a company or umbrella agency paying a hacker to break into their computer security systems as part of finding out what the weaknesses are so that they can be shored up and security strengthened.
When the government does this and doesn’t tell anyone, it’s called snooping on the citizens.
For the rest of us, “social engineering” is the intrusive habits of those who wish to tell us how to live, think, worship, eat, exercise, and on and on, drumming out any other opinion or option while attempting to force change.
And the non-techie social engineers are out in full force these days.
They may call it “reform” or “progressivism,” but it all comes from the same place – attempted utopia through emotional blackmail, shame and the occasional ramming through of laws that normally wouldn’t see the light of day.
In Minnesota, as reported by Walter Hudson of PJMedia, children in grade school are to be corrected if the social order system taught at home contradicts that which is pushed at school. Bullying is to be reported to the state by all schools, public and private, with no guidelines on what it true bullying and what is just female crap. (Also, no provision for calling a bully’s bluff or kicking him or her where it counts.)
This week, Rush discussed the department of Housing and Urban Development’s initiative to get zoning laws changed all over the country, supposedly in an attempt to diversify neighborhoods which would in turn diversify school districts and make everyone the same, this defeating the entire idea of diversity. According to Rush, and a number of other sources over the last year, there will be an attempt to shoehorn the population into increasingly smaller areas. The target is really the suburbs, where families moved each for their own reasons according to their needs and lifestyle choices. Having grown up in an honestly diverse more or less urban neighborhood, where the kids playing house in my backyard playhouse had to compromise between Catholic, Orthodox Jewish, Buddhist and non-sectarian pretend dietary choices depending on the day of the week, the entire idea of forcing what should be organic is absurd. Most of us, just as happens to this day in this part of town, went to private schools, too. Not to mention, if we rezoned, all the features of living in a private subdivision would disappear.
Not every place in America has private streets and subdivisions, but it is a way of life in these parts, complete with beautiful flat iron gates, and whole blocks where no two houses have the same design or floor plan. And the trustees have a tight fist on quality control, too. Oh, did I mention they are largely liberals?
Carbon taxes made an appearance on American Thinker in “The Carbon Tax Based Social Engineering Trojan Horse.” (Just laying it all out in the title.) Sierra Rayne found a “smoking gun” of sorts in a report from Sustainable Prosperity, one of the wacko groups with a mission to tax an element. How about this for blatant:
Reducing Poverty: Government could also put carbon revenue towards a more significant poverty-reduction program. Poverty can exacerbate environmental issues (and vice-versa); for example, low-income groups may be more dependent on natural resources, and more prone to over-harvesting to help meet basic needs …
Carbon revenues have the potential to provide governments with a large new source of revenue. Research has identified the ‘poverty gap,’ i.e. the amount of money it would take to raise the incomes of low-income groups above Statistic Canada’s [sic] after-tax low-income cut-off (LICO). At least some carbon revenues can be directed towards filling the $5.7 billion poverty gap that exists in Canada …
Poverty reduction is another worthy use of carbon revenue as significant progress can be made with a relatively small investment, and in addition to individual benefit, there are many wider societal advantages of alleviating poverty.
Does this mean diamonds are going to be MORE expensive?
We’re never going to get rid of poverty. Christ said so. But it’s up to us to care for the poor VOLUNTARILY. (And why would using renewable natural resources be a problem?)
Speaking of the poor…one of the world’s great advocates for them, Pope Francis, was hailed this week as “one of the most progressive popes in modern times.” Why? Because his soon to be second in command said that priestly celibacy is not Dogma and the main stream media reported it as if married priests is on the table for discussion. This was added to the other pile of non-Dogmatic “changes” that this pope has made. (That these are living preferences which became tradition due to politics and security concerns was only mentioned by NewsBusters.) Priestly celibacy is a discipline in the western Rites of the Church. It is Tradition based on reasoning that has been hashed over since Christ died. None of that has changed. We can discuss it, that doesn’t mean the discipline will be amended – especially for the orders, like the Jesuits, who actually do take a vow of celibacy. Although, as we are assured regularly that what the Catholic Church teaches and does is irrelevant to modern life, why this is attention worthy is not clear.
The MSM also seems to forget that Pope Francis was hidden away by his own order for preaching and teaching AGAINST progressivism, liberation theology, and modernism. What is appealing about this pope, really, is that he is very pastoral and believes in personal touch. That is something that had been lost as the papal court got bogged down in intrigue over the centuries. Francis’ personal caring for people of all circumstances is most inspirational, but not at all a centerpiece of progressivism or modernism. Very much a rebuke of clericalism, though.
Far from being just about hacking into computer systems, social engineering is about imposing one’s will on someone else. In American life, it infringes on every part of existence: how we deal with bullies, what our children are taught, where and how we live, taking our money and giving it to someone else, even what the leader of a world-wide religion SHOULD think and teach about traditional discipline.
Yeah, call the thought police. This American disagrees.