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That, and free phones

That, and free phones

From reader Dac:

From Raleigh, North Carolina.

Local GOP is jazzed for the election!

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Thomas Sowell: Egalitarians create the most dangerous inequality of all – inequality of power. Allowing politicians to determine what all other human beings will be allowed to earn is one of the most reckless gambles imaginable.”

C.S. Lewis: “If we are to be mothered, mother must know best. . . . In every age the men who want us under their thumb, if they have any sense, will put forward the particular pretension which the hopes and fears of that age render most potent. They ‘cash in.’ It has been magic, it has been Christianity. Now it will certainly be science. . . . Let us not be deceived by phrases about ‘Man taking charge of his own destiny.’ All that can really happen is that some men will take charge of the destiny of others. . . . The more completely we are planned the more powerful they will be.” (God in the Dock, in “Is Progress Possible? Willing Slaves of the Welfare State”)

http://cslewisjrrtolkien.classicalautographs.com/cslewis/bookexcerpts/willingslaveswelfarestate.html

I can remember when the greatest conceit was to pretend to speak on behalf of “humanity”. Who polls and asks humanity what each of us want, and when did we give them leave to speak on our behalf?

Then came people who speak on behalf of the animals, which is a morally cowardly thing to do. They are assured the animals are never going to repudiate them.

Now there are people who speak on behalf of the planet. Oh, yes…and future generations. Good trick…to get power.

The more we speak for ourselves, and limit our organizations to LISTENING to their constituents (instead of pretending to SPEAK for them), the better off we are.

Sally & Rags: A-FREAKING-MEN to both comments!!

AFIRMATIVE ACTION: How’s 4-decades of that malignancy(though–cough–Well Meaning..!)working for the ‘Hood,’Yo? And, so many, many, MAAANNNYY More??

For that matter, how’d those 100+million corpses last century to the greater glory of the Left work out for the Equality-Fairness-Greater Good of Humanity? Can you say Vorkuta, Kolyma, Magadan, Ukraine, Kulaks, LaoGai, Land Reform, Collectives & Communes, Great Leap Forward, Terror Famines, Khmer Rouge and ALWAYS The Greater Good..??

    Ragspierre in reply to NeoConScum. | September 29, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Yep. And I find Obama’s “New patriotic economy” stuff PAST creepy.

    I’d REALLY like to see us revert to just good ol’ market economics…which has “not worked in the past” so well it accommodated a HUGE influx of impoverished immigrants into America, and gave us all the highest standard of living known in history.

franciscodanconia | September 29, 2012 at 10:46 am

“It only stands to reason that where there’s sacrifice, there’s someone collecting the sacrificial offerings. Where there’s service, there is someone being served. The man who speaks to you of sacrifice is speaking of slaves and masters, and intends to be the master.”

-Ayn Rand

“the will of the people” is another that spooks me, and multiple U.S. presidents have used it, besides the usual list of dictators.

    “Where there’s service, there is someone being served.”

    Which is cool and groovy with me, PROVIDED that service is voluntary.

    In the Randian world, there are LOTS of free exchanges that people mistakenly call a “sacrifice”. Many of us find utility in helping others.

The quintessential trope is For The Children™.

They are exploiting base human desires and vulnerability in order to advance individual and cooperative political, economic, and social standing. They objectively have no interest to improve the human condition or to rehabilitate individuals who falter. The expenditure of nearly 20% of GDP to aid America’s indigent has meant a progressive enrollment of indigent and homeless Americans.

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