The definition of “The End Justifies the Means” according to Merriam Webster.
—used to say that a desired result is so good or important that any method, even a morally bad one, may be used to achieve it They believe that the end justifies the means and will do anything to get their candidate elected.
Philosophically, “The End Justifies the Means” falls under the topic heading of “Consequentialism”.
Consequentialism is the class of normative ethical theories holding that the consequences of one’s conduct are the ultimate basis for any judgment about the rightness or wrongness of that conduct. Thus, from a consequentialist standpoint, a morally right act (or omission from acting) is one that will produce a good outcome, or consequence. In an extreme form, the idea of consequentialism is commonly encapsulated in the saying, “the end justifies the means”, meaning that if a goal is morally important enough, any method of achieving it is acceptable.
Consequentialism is usually contrasted with deontological ethics (or deontology), in that deontology, in which rules and moral duty are central, derives the rightness or wrongness of one’s conduct from the character of the behaviour itself rather than the outcomes of the conduct. It is also contrasted with virtue ethics, which focuses on the character of the agent rather than on the nature or consequences of the act (or omission) itself, and pragmatic ethics which treats morality like science: advancing socially over the course of many lifetimes, such that any moral criterion is subject to revision. Consequentialist theories differ in how they define moral goods.
Some argue that consequentialist and deontological theories are not necessarily mutually exclusive. For example, T. M. Scanlon advances the idea that human rights, which are commonly considered a “deontological” concept, can only be justified with reference to the consequences of having those rights. Similarly, Robert Nozick argues for a theory that is mostly consequentialist, but incorporates inviolable “side-constraints” which restrict the sort of actions agents are permitted to do.
Consequentialism as a class of philosophical treaties on ethical behavior is a pre-Christian humanistic ethical theory. Which is no doubt a significant percent of the reason that Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels drew so heavily from it in their classical redefinition of Socialism. Due to the inherently violent nature of Marxism it was a necessity for Marx and Engels to predicate their theories on a foundation that justified the required violence of those theories. For those unaware of the most basic of tenets of Marxist Socialism, it requires the violent bloody destruction of all other sociopolitical and religious systems.
Because of this, the ethical constraints on what could and cold not be justified under Consequentialism “The End Justifies the Means” had to be abolished. Having defined Marxist Socialism as the ONLY sociopolitical religious system of any value, Marx and Engels proceeded to declare that there were no actions of any kind, which advanced Marxist Socialism that were not already completely justified in being employed to achieve Marxist Socialism.
If Consequentialism was coffee, then Marxist Socialism is a hyper Crystal Methamphetamine.
Enter Marxist Socialism’s great American Evangelist. Saul Alinsky.
Saul David Alinsky (January 30, 1909 – June 12, 1972) was an American community organizer and writer. He is generally considered to be the founder of modern community organizing. He is often noted for his 1971 book Rules for Radicals.
In the course of nearly four decades of political organizing, Alinsky received much criticism, but also gained praise from many public figures. His organizing skills were focused on improving the living conditions of poor communities across America. In the 1950s, he began turning his attention to improving conditions in the black ghettos, beginning with Chicago’s and later traveling to other ghettos in California, Michigan, New York City, and a dozen other “trouble spots”.
His ideas were adapted in the 1960s by some U.S. college students and other young counterculture-era organizers, who used them as part of their strategies for organizing on campus and beyond. Time magazine wrote in 1970 that “It is not too much to argue that American democracy is being altered by Alinsky’s ideas.” Conservative author William F. Buckley Jr. said in 1966 that Alinsky was “very close to being an organizational genius”.
Continuing with the chapter by chapter series on Rules for Radicals, today we add our Comments about the chapter called Of Means and Ends.
Synopsis of the chapter entitled Of Means and Ends
The author begins a discussion of political action ethics by saying “The practical revolutionary will understand Goethe’s statement that “conscience is the virtue of observers and not agents of action; in action, one does not always enjoy the luxury of a decision that is consistent both with one’s individual conscience and the good of mankind. The choice must always be for the latter”. Alinsky puts this in his own words as “He who sacrifices the mass good for his own personal conscience… doesn’t care enough for people to be corrupted for them.
The community organizer is given eleven rules for guidance with respect to ethics.
Please click the link if you wish to see all eleven “Rules”. Suffice it to say, in Alinsky’s world, there is no atrocity that is not justifiable if it advances the cause of Marxist Socialism. Saul Alinsky was Hilary Clinton’s mentor in college, and Barack Obama’s mentor was William Ayer’s, former “Weather Underground” Alinsky terrorists from the 1960’s.
The American Liberal Left are Marxist Socialists. More importantly, they are Saul Alinsky Marxist Socialists which are an even more violent faction of Marxist Socialism. The #Antifa crowd are Alinsky Marxist Socialists. They have a single goal, the violent bloody overthrow of Capitalism and the Unite States Constitution by any means necessary.
Since the 1920s in America Marxist Socialists have been waging a long slow war against capitalism and the United States Constitution. They began their “Long March” by infiltrating America’s Academic Institutions. In the 1940’s they began taking senior executive positions in the Mainstream Media and Entertainment Industry. Using the power of the Media, they made a mockery of US Senator Joseph McCarthy, whose only sin was exaggerating his war record and recognizing that Marxist Socialist were infiltrating the American Government at significant senior bureaucratic levels.
America’s “African-American” community was Saul Alinsky’s primary target. He infiltrated the Harlem Jazz and Beat Community and was one of the primary forces behind the “Black Panther” movement. Because Saul Alinsky and his acolytes new full well what it was that they were advocating, they maintained a degree of secrecy and deceit regarding their activities. Having a significant representation within the American Academic, Media and Entertainment Industries, they employed Joseph Goebbels propaganda tactics to very good effect. Their most successful strategy was, the “It can’t happen here” strategy.
Where they combined their growing Political, Academic and Media/Entertainment contacts to reinforce the American home grown hubris that Americans were to intelligent and well informed to allow Marxist Socialism to take control of America. All the while they were feeding the average American Marxist Socialist propaganda while claiming that it was the ideological beliefs of America’s Founding Fathers. This has been going on for over 70 years through a careful progrom of incrementalism. Small changes in public perception known as the gradual moving of the “Overton Window”.
Nothing that is happening today in America’s political discourse is by accident. It is the consequence of decades of carefully planed political upheaval and change by powerful individuals buried deeply with America’s most significant and powerful national institutes. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton believed that it was finally time for as Barack Obama termed it, a “Fundamental Transformation” of America into a Marxist Socialist Utopia.
They did not count on a majority of Americans siding with a “Redneck American Cowboy Capitalist” named Donald Trump risking his “Life, his fortune and is sacred honor” to defend and uphold the Constitution of the United States of America. They thought that they had sufficiently spread the ideology of greed and envy to the point that they could bring down American Capitalism and replace it with Marxist Socialist Ideology. They believed that the silent majority would remain silent in the face of the ultra violence of their foot soldier in #Antifa and Black Lives Matter.
It was their belief that when faced with life or death every sane and rational person would sublimate their own personal morals and ethical principals rather than accept death that lead them to jump the gun. They will continue to do what ever they believe will effect the results they desire regardless of the evidence to the contrary. Moreover, they will cling to their beliefs that there is nothing more valuable then being alive today, regardless of the situation one finds themselves in. This is precisely why they find it so easy to resort to violence and what any sane rational or logical person would define as an atrocity against mankind. To them, being alive today trumps being dead but having died defending moral or ethical principals.
There is therefore no act of violence, no perversion, no atrocity that is off limits in the quest to achieve their end goal, to them, the end justifies the means regardless of what it might be, so long as it results in their desired End.