As mentioned on a number of occasions, liberal discourse and ontology are at the core hollow and superficial. But the way in which liberal discourse sustains itself is by “smuggling” religious concepts and values into its discourse under the guise of secularism. As Professor Steven Smith wrote in a book titled “The Disenchantment of Secular Discourse”:
“Our modern secular vocabulary purports to render inadmissible notions such as those that animated premodern moral discourse – notions about a purposive cosmos, or a teleological nature stocked with Aristotelian “final causes,” or a providential design. But if our deepest convictions rely on such notions, and if these convictions lose their sense and substance when divorced from such notions, then perhaps we have little choice except to smuggle such notions into the conversation – to introduce them incognito under some sort of secular disguise.”
Larry Summers’ “Secular Stagnation” is a good example of how religious and philosophical concepts which predate the modern period are brought into modern and liberal discourse through “smuggling.” Also, liberal discourse and ontology disguise their antipathy and disdain for people of color, whereas populists are up front about their antipathy and disdain. Thus, liberals stab from the back, whereas populists stab from the front.
And although the “cool” thing in Washington would be to conform to the discourse and ontological state which I have just highlighted, it is not necessarily the smart thing to do in the long run. For instance, opposing the hawkish stance in Washington towards China is not the “cool” thing to do, but it is the smart thing to do in the long run. “Groupthink” and herd mentality in Washington is a lot like peer pressure and fitting in with the “cool kids” in high school. To certain people, it might seem “cool” to be obnoxious and violent, but it is not the smart thing to do in the long run. Henry Kissinger once called the people who went into the military “savages.”
Thus, the biggest mistake and regret of my life – and perhaps the only mistake and regret of my life – was to become a self-hating Muslim in my youth because of phony government propaganda which was essentially a guise and pretext for corruption, cronyism, and graft at the top. The guilt from that mistake has not fully gone away, and it still bothers my conscience to a certain extent. But brainwashing and conditioning from the top is a very real thing in the United States. And to my credit, I was a young and inexperienced person who overcame the mistake and made amends for it, first through exhaustive self-education, and then through social activism to the best of my abilities.
But one thing which should be emphasized and highlighted is that liberals and neocons are not necessarily an exclusive group. In fact, liberals and neocons are totally willing to bring people into their circles. But in order to be brought into their circles, you have to adopt their way of thinking and their cosmological view, which are hollow and superficial. Essentially, you have to dumb yourself down in order to fit into these groups, and then pander to individuals who are beneath you. Thus, selling your soul in order to be accepted into a narrow social group is the epitome of naivete and immaturity.
Plus, as I mentioned before, I found exactly what I wanted to find through the internet and social media over the course of the last couple of years. And after I found what I wanted to find, social media and blind searching no longer served my ends and objectives in life. But as the Taoists have said, in order to grasp something, one must first be willing to let go of everything. Thus, life is a paradox.