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The Morality of Materialism
From Editor, J. Douglas Kenyon

Anyone who doubts the persistence of old-fashioned reductionist/materialism at the heart of politically correct thinking these days, need look no further than a new paper published in the February issue of the American Sociological Review. 'A Theory of the Self for the Sociology of Morality' is presented by Jan E. Stets, and Michael J. Carter, a pair of West Coast professors from the University of California, Riverside, and California State University, Northridge, respectively.

Convinced that life is really nothing more than chemical reactions brought about by the interplay of random forces, modern intellectuals have always had something of a problem with concepts like morality and ethics. After all, what rational basis can there be in an entirely impersonal universe -for anything but looking out for number one? For Stets and Carter the answer is to be found in a socially sensitive self image, where a kind of 'moral-identity' standard prevails. When the standard is set low, as they suggest it is with bankers, stock brokers, mortgage lenders, gangsters, etc.; shame and guilt are not sufficient to impede bad behavior. When it is set high as, we infer, it is with saints and politically correct role models, the impulse to do socially unacceptable things is impeded.

And that, little children, is how we get good guys and bad guys. Forget about John Wayne, noble ideals, and all that. It is all a matter of behavioral conditioning.

The irony is that such arguments are popular with both ends of the political spectrum. The libertarian right, as epitomized by Ayn Rand (founder of Objectivism and author of Atlas Shrugged), sees the unrestrained pursuit of self interest as the only rational course for society; since the best and the brightest will naturally prevail, and the rest of us will benefit from their achievement and resulting wealth. On the left (as represented by activists like Saul Alinsky, Rules for Radicals), the ostensibly unjust wealth acquired by the 'privileged classes' must be redistributed in a more equitable manner. Both sides see the world in essentially materialistic terms and believe that the most important issues revolve around who gets the goodies ó what some consider junk ó and how they get them. Each offers a radically different approach for awarding the highly prized stuff called wealth, and contradictory visions of what constitutes legitimate freedom and what constitutes tyranny. We'll leave the debate on which works best to others, but it is clear that neither offers much of real value to the more spiritually inclined among us, though there is a much to be said for freedom.

Both schools, indeed, reject, or at least disregard, the notion of an intelligent creator, and of any obligation on the part of the human race to honor and respect the source of its own existence. Thus, in ignoring one of the most deep-seated and powerful of human desires ó to reunite with one's sourceóthe eventual result of such reasoning, whether originating with left or right, will, we suspect, prove anything but desirable.

Elsewhere in this issue, we publish an essay by another West Coast professor, Richard Weikart at California State University, Stanislaus. The author of From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics, and Racism in Germany (MacMillan, 2006), Weikart believes that the same kind of dehumanizing thought which has come to dominate Western society ó upon which the philosophies of Darwin, Marx, Nietzsche, etc., are based ó is at the root of such great modern horrors as Auschwitz.

The concentration camps of World War II may be gone, but, sadly, the ideas upon which they were based, live on.



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