In the category of the Left bares its soul for all to see is this short video recently released by the environmentalist group 1010. It pretty much makes explicit what has always been the Left’s attitude towards “global warming deniers” and others who refuse to jump on the bandwagon of their agenda.
Actually, I can see how “many people” found the film to be funny. In order for any sort of joke to work, it has to have at least some basis in reality. And, in this case, there is a basis in reality – the sort of groupthink that is pervasive among the Left and its hatred and hostility towards dissenters. For those who share such a mindset, this video probably is funny.
I am quite sure that the SS in Germany and the guards at the gulags in the USSR had any number of jokes about the inmates they presided over that they probably fond quite hilarious. But the reaction of any civilized person to the same “humor” is one of revulsion and horror.
“Obey or die” has always been the ultimate argument that the Left falls back on when push comes to shove – and Nazi Germany and the USSR are but two of many examples. The recent “climate change” scandals have the environmentalist movement on the defensive. Arguments by intimidation are all they have in order to press their agenda.
No, the people who made this video are not on par with Nazis and Soviets – not yet. Real totalitarians would be much more careful and guarded in their propaganda. A Joseph Goebbels would never allow something so explicit to see the light of general circulation. What went on in the Nazi slave camps and extermination chambers was regarded as a state secret and kept from the general public.
This video is merely a reflection of its creators’ deepest, darkest premises – premises that they are too ignorant and brainwashed to grasp the full, logical implications of. If they fully understood and agreed with where such premises lead, they would, like Goebbels, keep their jokes to themselves. The would immediately understand how any such humor that makes their premises explicit for all to see would set back and not advance their ultimate agenda. But since these filmmakers either cannot grasp or refuse to grasp what their premises ultimately lead to in practice, it simply does not occur to them that being open and explicit about them is extremely counterproductive.
When the Allies liberated the concentration camps after World War II, some military commanders ordered ordinary German civilians from nearby villages to be rounded up and forced them to be marched through the camps and actually look at the piles of half burned corpses. Most of these civilians reacted to what they saw with fright and horror – many to the point of throwing up or passing out. Not all Germans supported the Nazis – but a very large percentage did to some degree or another. What occurred in those camps was a sadistic nightmare that the average German citizen could never have conceived of or imagined. And yet those camps were the logical expression of exactly what the Nazis stood for with the full and enthusiastic consent of a very significant portion of the German public.
These filmmakers and any member of the general public who regards this video as “humorous” are to the would-be totalitarians of the future what the German public was to the actual totalitarians of the 1930s and 1940s.
This video clip of CNN reporter Susan Roesgen arguing with and lecturing to a protester at the Chicago Tea Party has been widely posted on a number of blogs. If you have not yet seen it, definitely take a moment to do so – this reporter, as well as anchor back in the studio at the final moments of the clip, are an excellent look at the mindset and attitude of the Walter Duranty media.
If CNN had an ounce of journalistic credibility left it would immediately terminate Susan Roesgen, give a warning to the anchor back in the studio and issue an apology both to the protesters in Chicago and to its audience. But I seriously doubt that will happen. My guess is Susan Roesgen accurately reflects the attitudes and views of her editors and CNN management.
Anyhow, my reason for posting the clip here is to make the following observation: Observe that what really sets Roesgen off is when the protester took offense at Obama quoting Lincoln on grounds that what Lincoln actually stood for was liberty.
Something I have noticed over the years is that, whenever I have had discussions with Leftists and brought up the authoritarian nature of their agenda and its totalitarian implications, they are often thrown into what Ayn Rand referred to as a “blank out” which she defined as “the willful suspension of one’s consciousness, the refusal to think — not blindness, but the refusal to see; not ignorance, but the refusal to know.”
Sometimes the “blank out” takes the form of the Leftist suddenly wanting to terminate the conversation, usually by tossing out a final insult and making a statement to the effect that one is “hopeless.” Sometimes it takes the form of desperately trying to change the subject. And sometimes it takes the form of a sudden outburst of hostility and rage. In the case of Susan Roesgen, we see all three.
I suspect that the reaction of hostility and rage is usually the result of the person not being able to successfully blank out fast enough thus allowing the offending fact of reality to actually get past their defenses and though to their consciousness. Hostility and rage is their way of attempting to forever bury that which they momentarily grasped. Those who are able to successfully blank out before the implications fully hit them are usually able to maintain self-control and simply change the subject or walk away.
Had the protester in the video been more explicit about Obama’s authoritarianism, had he carried a sign stating that Obama was a thug, it would probably have had little impact in terms of unnerving Roesgen. Such explicit statements would have been dismissed out of hand as proof that the protesters were right wing bumpkins and boobs from flyover country who drink the sort of coffee served in truck stops and gas stations and thus should not be taken seriously. The danger for people such as Roesgen is the workings of their own mind when the implications of what they are seeking to avoid knowing sneak past and sink in.
My guess is that, between some of premises displayed by the better posters which were evident in great number at these Tea Parties and the protester’s implicit suggestion that Obama is anti-liberty, for a brief fraction of a second, Roesgen’s mind was able to put two and two together and she understood exactly what the Tea Party was all about. That was the moment that set her off and her reaction to it was so intense that she completely dropped any pretense at journalistic professionalism. Even by twisted Walter Duranty media standards, it is unacceptable to “lose one’s cool” on camera.
Observe that Roesgen engaged in all of the three forms of blanking out that I described – she tried to change the subject (“What does this have to do with your taxes?”), she became hostile and, finally, she attempted to run away from the whole thing by ending the broadcast on the excuse that “since I cannot really hear much more and since I think this is not really family viewing, [I will] toss it back to you Karen.”
Ultimately, this is a good thing and Susan Roesgen has done the people she so desperately hates a huge favor. Displays such as this make it more and more difficult for decent, busy people who do not pay close attention to politics to realize that Leftist arrogance and Leftist media bias is more than a mere sore loser sort of Right wing accusation and that something is very wrong. Displays such as this only helps motivate those who do realize what is happening to become angry and speak up. Nasty people like her are the greatest recruitment tool the Tea Party movement has. Above all, displays such as this are a good example of why anybody who grasps at whatever level the connection between big government and tyranny should call a spade a spade as opposed to self-censoring one’s statements in order to conform to the unspoken requirements of being perceived as a “moderate.”
By dismuke · April 16th, 2009 5:34 am · 5 Comments
I attended the Tea Party in downtown Dallas – one of several that were held yesterday throughout the Fort Worth/Dallas Metroplex. I am not good at guessing crowd sizes – local media reports say that “several thousand” attended the downtown Dallas event. The Fort Worth event was held in a stadium where it is easier to make a count and that attracted over 4,000 protesters. Several events in the suburbs had crowds that local media outlets say ran into the several hundred. While Fort Worth is home, I attended the Dallas event as it was closer to where I work and was the largest and best publicized one in the area and the one most likely to get media attention.
By dismuke · April 12th, 2009 8:36 pm · 9 Comments
I happened to be walking past the Ayn Rand selections in the fiction section of a bookstore last night and spotted an edition of Anthem that I had not seen before. When I opened it up, I noticed a passage from Ayn Rand’s introduction to the book’s 1946 edition that I had forgotten about and which struck me as being extremely timely in today’s context:
The greatest guilt today is that of people who accept collectivism by moral default; the people who seek protection from the necessity of taking a stand, by refusing to admit to themselves the nature of that which they are accepting; the people who support plans specifically designed to achieve serfdom, but hide behind the empty assertion that they are lovers of freedom, with no concrete meaning attached to the word; the people who believe that the content of ideas need not be examined, that principles need not be defined, and that facts can be eliminated by keeping one’s eyes shut. They expect, when they find themselves in a world of bloody ruins and concentration camps, to escape moral responsibility by wailing: “But I didn’t mean this!”
Those who want slavery should have the grace to name it by its proper name. They must face the full meaning of that which they are advocating or condoning; the full, exact, specific meaning of collectivism, of its logical implications, of the principles upon which it is based, and of the ultimate consequences to which these principles will lead.
They must face it, then decide whether this is what they want or not.
Isn’t that a perfect description of today’s liberals and self-described moderates? I say “liberals” as opposed to “Leftists” because Leftists are those who already have decided that slavery is what they want but dare not call it by its proper name lest the people they wish to enslave catch on.
One positive trend I have noticed recently is that, despite whatever disagreements I might have with them, a number of conservative commentators, especially on talk radio, are beginning to call a spade a spade. When I first became aware of politics as a teenager, one of the things that frustrated me was the fact that there was, at the time, an almost unspoken rule even among staunch conservatives that to refer to socialism as “socialism” in public was a huge no-no that would immediately place one in the ranks of the kook fringe.
Today, even New York Times reporters dare utter the word and question the President about it. Some commentators are beginning to use terms such as “authoritiarian” and “collectivism” and radio talk show host Mark Levin has been regularly using the term “statist” over the past several months. Such terminology is not only accurate, it is very much needed right now. Accurate terminology makes it more difficult for the better sorts of liberals and moderates to continue practicing their evasion and it enables those who usually do not pay all that much attention to politics to more quickly grasp what is going on and what is at stake.
The only downside is that it does have the effect of further radicalizing and emboldening the Leftists. People who have no illusions that what they are after is slavery and power for the sake of power are far less squeamish when it comes to “breaking a few eggs” in order to make their omlets. We can only hope that as the Leftists become increasingly bold and thuggish sufficient numbers of liberals, moderates and non-participants still have within them what it takes to wake up and realize what is happening.
Rush Limbaugh had an outstanding monologue on his program today in which he praised and quoted Ayn Rand – including significant reference to one of my favorite Rand quotes about the smallest minority on Earth being the individual. Limbaugh praised self-interest, denounced sacrifice and said that he planned to spend more time on the issue in a future program. It is definitely worth taking a moment to read the monologue – if you are pressed for time, start reading at the third paragraph down.
Below is the conclusion of the monologue in which he describes Peter Keating type personalities as drags on society who are harming the country. This (along with his wonderful sense of humor) is a great example of why, whatever philosophical disagreements I might occasionally have with him, Rush Limbaugh is by far my favorite conservative.
When any of you decide to do away with pursuing what you want in your best self-interest, you are sacrificing who you are. You are giving up control of your essence, and you are saying, I would rather be a member of a group that is approved by people so that I don’t get criticized or so that I’m thought of as enlightened or so that I’m thought of as advanced. In the process, you are helping to destroy the very foundational building blocks of the greatest country on earth, the country in which you happen to be born and the country in which you happen to live. So giving up your individual identity, giving up who you are, sacrificing your passions and your desires and your own self-interests for the so-called common good, who gets to define the common good? I would define the common good as everybody acting as an individual, born as he or she is, pursuing self-interest. That’s the common good. That built cities; that built a great country; that built railroads and engines. It built airplanes. It built everything. People denying who they are did not.
When you deny your individuality, when you give it away for acceptance into a subgroup of people, you are harming the country; you are letting the country down; you are not pulling your weight. You are seeking approval, self-love and acceptance from all of the wrong sources. You’re giving up the greatest gift you ever had, and that’s who you are. And we have an administration that wants you to willingly and excitedly, eagerly give up who you are for a common good they define, a common good that requires you to deny who you are, your individuality, what makes you different from everybody else, whether you’re not as good or whether you’re much better at certain things. You will become a number. You will become a robot who can be programmed and inspired and motivated to behave in approved ways, and you will be taught to think you are virtuous when doing so, when all you’ve done is sold yourself and your country out. You give up your individuality, you sacrifice who you are, you allow that to be taken away for some mythical status as a member of a group, you are giving up your passion to become a moderate, or worse. People without passion never built anything. People without passion never got one thing done. People without passion are drags on achievement and accomplishment. That’s what this administration wants you to become.
By dismuke · March 25th, 2009 5:21 pm · 7 Comments
This very eloquent YouTube clip of British member of the European Parliament Daniel Hannan taking Prime Minister Gordon Brown to task is simply incredible and certainly equally applicable to our own Presidents Bush and Obama.
He has a blog too. While I have not yet had a chance to read very much of it, his most recent posting about the success of the YouTube clip and how it has bypassed the traditional, mainstream Walter Duranty media outlets is interesting.
By dismuke · January 9th, 2009 12:34 am · 7 Comments
I guess the ongoing financial implosion at The New York Times and its desperation to gain revenue wherever it can has gotten to the point that, in order to pick up a few more subscribers from its core audience, it no longer even pretends to be something other than a cheerleading Democratic Party version of Pravda.
In my mail this morning, I received the following solicitation. After I got over the initial shock – well, I wanted to throw up.
For those who cannot view the image, it features a photo of Obama on a black background with white lettering “DON’T MISS HISTORY IN THE MAKING November 4 was just the beginning.”
Just the beginning? Of what? Whatever it is they have in mind, I can assure you it is quite dreadful.
Even I wouldn’t have suspected that the Times would stoop so low in such an explicit manner.
This is a publication that has the nerve to go around suggesting that it is credible, “objective,” non-biased and somehow a cut above all other American newspapers.
Here is the flip side of the solicitation:
This side is on white background with black text: “IN THESE MOMENTOUS TIMES there is no better way to stay on top of all the historic moments yet to come than by subscribing to the nation’s most honored newspaper.”
On the right hand side is an image of spread out newspaper sections. The top section has the headline “OBAMA Racial Barrier Falls In Decisive Victory.” One of the sections shows the cover of The New York Times Magazine featuring a photo of the Oval Office and an anti-Bush article “After The Imperial Presidency.”
Lots of newspapers have an editorial slant. But I have never seen a mainstream daily newspaper be so explicitly slanted in its circulation efforts. Perhaps they realize that, with all of the options now available on the Internet, nobody else other than liberals and Leftists would be interested enough in their product to actually pay for it. And having to depend on convincing Leftists to pay for something – well, I suspect that would be a rather tough sell given that even affluent Leftists tend to be notorious for trying to get everybody else to pay for the the things they claim to value.
I shed no tears for the decline and fall of this contemptible rag.
By dismuke · December 27th, 2008 5:41 pm · 3 Comments
Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Michael S. Malone has an excellent column which provides an overview of some of the disastrous wealth-killing regulations implemented over the past decade (all under the Bush Administration). These regulations, when combined with proposed increases in capital gains taxes, will mean that, once the recession finally does bottom out, we will likely be in for a generation in which there will be very little wealth creation and non-governmental job growth. (more…)
By dismuke · December 27th, 2008 1:14 pm · 3 Comments
Regarding the Madoff scandal, Chuck writes:
“I can’t help thinking how similar it is to the characters who invested with the “playboy” version of Francisco D’Anconia, because he “knew how to make money.” They did no research into the actual projects they were investing in. “
By dismuke · December 21st, 2008 1:19 am · 2 Comments
Somebody has put up a Leftists’ fantasy edition of The New York Times dated July 4, 2009. Some of the parody articles are so well done that they are not even funny – they are all too chillingly realistic. But one of them, “Court Indicts Bush on High Treason Charge” had me in stitches. I have no idea whether the person who wrote it intended it or not – but this perfectly captures the soul of George W. Bush, an altruist who will always “turn the other cheek” and, in the process, sell out and betray anything and everything, including himself:
Although the treason indictment came as no surprise to most observers, what was completely unexpected was the party who brought it.
“The case is highly unusual in a number of ways,” said Bugliosi, “not the least of which is that the defendant is actually accusing himself.”
In a press conference held close to midnight yesterday at his Crawford, Texas ranch, former President Bush cited his renewed Christian faith as the catalyst for this unprecedented action. “Last month, I had a conversation with Jesus Christ. A new conversation. And I’ve been very blessed to have been born again, again. This time, for real,” Mr. Bush read in a prepared statement to half a dozen stunned reporters.
“It’s taken a lot of soul searching, or more like deep-soul diving, I think is the term. But now I see that it was wrong to lead our nation to war under false pretenses. Millions have suffered for my sins, and I see now that it is only fitting that I should suffer as well.”
Mr. Bush’s self-accusation seems largely to have been plagiarized from years of accusations made against him in the press. It refers to his “political propaganda campaign to sell the war to the American people,” and describes how he and his team attempted to make the “W.M.D. threat and the Iraqi connection to terrorism appear certain, whereas in fact we knew there wasn’t one at all.”
“The death and economic collapse that resulted has been completely devastating to our nation and, most of all, to me,” read Mr. Bush’s indictment. “I want to make amends, and it is for this reason that I am requesting that I be indicted for high treason. I thank the court for allowing me to right my grave wrongs. Bring it on!”
….Mr. Bush maintained his characteristically jovial manner throughout the proceedings. “I could be executed, but what good would that do anybody? Especially me. I think the nation would rather I spend a good long while considering what happened — not only the tragic end of hundreds of thousands of lives, but the end of American capitalism, that I liked, I sincerely liked,” Mr. Bush said.
As for the realNew York Times – well, considering the extremely dire situation the entire newspaper industry is in and New York Time’s own financial problems, the “Old Gray Lady” and venerable home of Walter Duranty, the spiritual father of today’s dominant media, may not be around for very many more 4th of Julys even if the Leftist fantasy world is shoved down our throats. But we still have a few more weeks left of Bush and Paulson – perhaps they will give the Times a nice bucket full of bailout money.