The big human fiction: we can all be whatever we want, at any time, because we're all important if we're socially important.
The reality: our abilities determine what we're going to be.
A holiday firm which emailed its customers offering 'chav free' vacations has found itself accused of class discrimination.
Activities Abroad contacted 24,000 customers with a list of names they were not likely to encounter on one of their holidays, including Britney, Dazza, Chardonnay and Candice.
In the email newsletter, headed Chav Free Activity Holidays, [Founder Alistair McLean] wrote: 'According to the Daily Mail, children with middle-class names such as Duncan and Catherine are eight times more likely to pass their GCSEs than children with names such as Wayne and Dwayne.
Stung into replying, Mr McLean launched an impassioned defence of his original email, writing: 'I simply feel it is time the middle classes stood up for themselves. We work hard to make a decent home and life for our families and we pay our taxes to contribute to our society and economy.'
'Unfortunately, everybody else in our society seems to take from us, whether it is incompetent bankers or the shell suited urchins who haunt our street corners.
The Daily Mail
If you work hard, think hard, take what you do seriously, you do not want to take a vacation alongside people who resentfully follow orders, are sloppy, and live lives of half-work and half-thought. You view these people as idiots, but not pejoratively, only that the reward of your work should include not being near them.
They, on the other hand, see no reason why they shouldn't have what you should have. And this issue has divided the West for centuries and now is destroying it: the we-should-all-have-it individualist have-nots, who have no idea that someone has to actually create wealth, and then the people who are trying to escape the morass of dysfunction made by the have-nots.
The targets for ‘abolishing child poverty’ do not aim to bring real light and rescue into these nightmare lives. They just aim to ‘close the gap’ between them and the remaining working households, the hated ‘middle class’.
It only makes sense when you grasp that the target is the difference in income between the neglected classes and the striving classes. It is nothing to do with the truly rich, for many New Labour backers are very rich themselves, and in any case, they will simply go elsewhere if they are robbed by the state.
The middle classes are not good because they are better off. They are better off because they are good. This is the fundamental truth that socialism has always hated.
For socialists believe that they alone are good, that their ideas alone are good. This leads on to the next stage – their belief that they alone should control the state, that they should decide what is good for us, and how we should be rewarded – and in the end that those who disagree with them are dangerous and should be silenced.
Hitchens says it well: socialism is well-named, because it is when a group of people get together and using social logic of flattering each other, decide they're all entitled to whatever others have. Further, they argue, since they discovered this Christlike new Truth and Progress, they alone have the right to rule.
In France and in Russia, they left ruined societies behind them. In the third world, like Brazil or Venezuela, they specialize in driving out smart people and replacing them with teeming masses who are not only incompetent but hate anyone who is.
Police states exist when large groups of people exist who cannot control themselves. Since we can't acknowledge that some people can control themselves, and we need more people like this, we invent equal draconian rules to keep people in line since they do not have the common sense to do it themselves in all cases.
We should just grow up and get over this problem. Some are gifted by nature; they are the future of evolution. Others are not, and should not be supported. Let natural selection make better people. We need people who do not need to be controlled.