Children intuitively understand that the person who can cause pain is the person with the most basic, easily-accessible form of power around. No matter how many times I told my two when they were little that making someone feel happy is every bit as much a show of power as making them sad or hurt, when the lust for power came upon them, they tried to inflict sorrow and pain on family, friends, and enemies every time.
Expressing power through inflicting pain is quick, easy, and satisfying to the most primitive, undeveloped parts of our brains. Which gets me to Leftists….
Not too long ago, I wrote a post explaining that Leftists have a punitive governing style. The free market metes out natural consequences, both good and bad. If you create a desirable product or offer excellent service, the market will reward you with money. Conversely, if you create a shoddy product or offer lousy service, sooner or later the market will catch up with you and punish you, again financially. How the market treats you depends on how you treat the market.
Leftists, however, like to hand out consequences based upon metrics they determine, which are quite often unrelated to bad market behavior. Profits, which are a good thing in an honest market, are bad things to socialists. Bernie therefore promises to use the power of government to punish those who dare to profit too much (with “too much” being defined by Bernie’s subjective standards). Likewise, socialists don’t believe in natural market-based rewards for good products and services. Instead, they believe in using the power of government to reward their friends and cronies. Everyone who doesn’t earn a reward is bad and, therefore, merely by existing as an unrewarded actor in a socialist economy, satisfies the Left’s lust for punitive power.
This Leftist love affair with the dark side of power animates what is currently the loudest movement on the Left — the Black Lives Matter movement. Like locusts swarming crops, the Black Lives Matter activists are never still. Instead, they’re constantly in motion identifying and punishing new “racial perpetrators.” First, with the springboard of the Michael Brown “hands up; don’t shoot” canard, it was police forces, even though in many majority black communities, the police are a very thin blue line indeed between black predators and their black prey.