Anders Bering Breivik is now on trial in Norway for the shooting deaths of 77 Norwegian Labor Party youth activists. The headline describes himself as “stony-faced” when hearing about their deaths. We are told the “screams of his helpless young victims will be played in court.” We may suppose he will remain stony-faced then too.
The linked story includes pictures of his victims- all happy, smiling young people. I imagine we will hear their idealism- portrayed as kindness and empathy- contrasted to Breivik’s cruelty and hate. Because as we are always told, leftists are people overflowing with love, kindness, caring, idealism, and all other fine human qualities.
But imagine, if you will- we now enter the Twilight Zone- that these fine young people had the chance to sit down, and by some miracle watch and listen to the suffering of Norwegians assaulted, raped and killed by Moslem immigrants and their children. What would they feel? Pity, sympathy, horror, outrage?
I’m guessing they would feel some of these emotions- but only for the attackers. Leftist sympathy does not just leapfrog and is not just telescopic, it is highly selective. The elimination of empathy is a big part of Marxist-Leninist social engineering. Nothing must be felt for the sufferings of class enemies being punished or eliminated by the revolution. Such feelings are bourgeois and counter-revolutionary as they interfere with revolutionary justice. But at the same time Marxist-Leninist revolutionaries aren’t motivated by sympathy for the proletariat, only by zeal for the ideal society of the future.
Western, Christian-based leftism has room for sympathy for suffering- to some extent for the suffering of the poor, but even more for the suffering of criminals. The idea that criminals suffer is created more out of necessity than any observable reality. By loving not his own enemies, but the enemies of others, the liberal achieves the highest sort of moral status. But there must be a reason for this love. The pride and arrogance such people display can’t be the reason.
No, the pride and arrogance of the criminal can’t be evidence of pride and arrogance, they must be evidence of something else. They must actually be evidence of deep suffering, brought on by racism and the economic deprivation of capitalism! We hear constantly about how people who live well enough without working, enjoy arrogant pride and self-worship both self-generated and produced by constant propaganda on their behalf, are actually suffering deeply.
Empathy for the victim of a crime might reduce empathy for the criminal, especially if the criminal is black, Hispanic, or Moslem. It may occasionally be offered, but only if the victim is quickly instructed he must offer empathy to his victimizer. This is called “restorative justice” and is something I will address shortly.