Whither Reason?

Why is it so quiet around here?  Because the world is too frigging depressing, thankyewverymuch.

I’ve come to the conclusion that there is absolutely no way to talk to people who can seriously hold an opinion like this:

jeff Joke-oby, you are a racist buffoon. You and your sick rich cohorts run our economy into the ground and make an absolute mega fortune, it all goes bust (as it had to) and then you turn around and blame….Minorities????!!!?? You must be kidding me! The depths of your unreason know no bounds. You should be ashamed of yourself, You Rush Limbaugh clone…perhaps the Mexican laborers who built your McMansion brought a mutated strain of bubonic plague over the border and infected the entire financial system with evil immigrant nefarious virus stuff. Whatever Jeff, face it. YOU LOST. REAGAN LOST. THE FREE MARKET LOST. Your days of sucking the peoples blood to make your points and those of your corporate masters are OVER. Now go get a real job. (IF you can find one). 

That bit of sparkling commentary was in response to Boston Globe writer Jacoby’s column on the actual cause of the current “financial crisis,” namely the subprime mortgage boom as pushed by left-wingers dating back to the Carter administration.

Clearly nothing Jacoby cited in his article is actually true, according to the above commenter, and it’s actually those of us who have been successful over the past few decades that are at fault here.  For being successful, yes. 

Note the key phrases, “sucking the people’s blood” and “corporate masters.”  

I have friends who espouse the ideals of socialism, and the only way we stay friends is if we refrain from talking politics….but how long is that going to work, when our ideologies are diametrically opposed?  I simply Can Not Understand why someone would subject themselves to the State on anything, but then I was always mortally offended by seat belt laws.  The State has no right to tell me if I may die or not, goddammit.

What do you suppose it is about the regimes of Lenin, Mao Zedong, Castro, Hussein and Chavez that inspire emulation?  Could it be the widespread poverty?  Or maybe the decrease in personal freedoms has some appeal?   

“It won’t be the same, here, we’ll be DIFFERENT!” 

Yeah, in centuries of experimentation it has not been different.  Absolute power corrupts absolutely.  End of story.


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8 Responses to “Whither Reason?”

  1. Madrocketscientist Says:
    September 30th, 2008

    Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

    And we have to keep reminding people of that.

  2. TJ Says:
    September 30th, 2008

    It makes me wonder if people were NOT anonymous on the internet, if their comments might become less abusive.

    Can you imagine such a person coming up to you on the street, and delivering a comment thus?

    I expect we’d be a polite-r society.

  3. BobG Says:
    September 30th, 2008

    “Can you imagine such a person coming up to you on the street, and delivering a comment thus?”

    I’ve actually had assholes do that. When I first started college back in 1969 the SDS was like that. Some of their people almost got violent when I called them a bunch of idiot Marxist douchebags.

  4. Liz Tomson Says:
    October 2nd, 2008

    The silver lining: It looks like this person now gets to suck his politician’s blood or other anatomy because government is going to be The Master. I’d rather sleep with my boss, except I’m self-employed, dang it!

    And I’m with you on the seat belt laws; how come nobody cares about the pooor motorcyclists, as they don’t have to wear helmets “for their own good?”

    If the bubble had to burst, couldn’t it have been filled with Merlot?

  5. MadRocketScientist Says:
    October 2nd, 2008


    Depends on the state. Washington has a Helmet Law, and most states require helmets on riders and passengers under 18.

  6. Joshua Says:
    October 3rd, 2008

    What do you suppose it is about the regimes of Lenin, Mao Zedong, Castro, Hussein and Chavez that inspire emulation?

    In other words, Why Isn’t Socialism Dead? I’ve kept this article bookmarked for two years. That should tell you how superbly it answers the question.

  7. Hazel Stone Says:
    October 3rd, 2008

    Thanks for the link, Joshua. Based on that, I’m forced to assume huge swaths of humanity are utterly insane. Repeating the same action over and over while expecting different results is the very definition of insanity.

  8. Joshua Says:
    October 5th, 2008

    Actually Hazel, my reading of that article isn’t that socialists are expecting different results, but something actually more disturbing: they believe the results they are getting are somehow morally superior to the results of a free society.


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