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Bill Quick

Charles Krauthammer: Thought police on patrol – The Washington Post

Two months ago, a petition bearing more than 110,000 signatures was delivered to The Post, demanding a ban on any article questioning global warming. The petition arrived the day before publication of my column, which consisted of precisely that heresy.

The column ran as usual. But I was gratified by the show of intolerance because it perfectly illustrated my argument that the left is entering a new phase of ideological agitation — no longer trying to win the debate but stopping debate altogether, banishing from public discourse any and all opposition.

The proper word for that attitude is totalitarian.

Hate to break it to you, Charles, but the proper word for our government is totalitarian.

Bill Quick

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.

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Words Matter — 3 Comments

  1. Baby steps, baby steps for these people Bill. Hopefully some of them will get it eventually. They just have to get their own personal mugging to burst their bubbles. (Mixed metaphor champion? Plus ht to the movie “What About Bob?”).

  2. It’s amazing how Murray could make so many classic movies and yet still be a leftist.

    My favorite of his is Groundhog Day followed by Stripes. As I was a caddy for 10 years Caddyshack is a favorite for me personally but of course not his best necessarily. But for me it all rang true. Loved Caddy Mondays and it may not have happened exactly as I remember it but the golf cart in the lake on hole number three may not have exactly driven itself into the middle of said lake. Just sayin’.

    What About Bob – perfect metaphor for today’s insane relationship between the MSM and Leftist Government types. Just who is the government and who is the MSM, Dreyfus or Murray, is hard to say. Only the fact that Dreyfus’s family eventually embraced the psycho and abandoned their Dad, who also went psycho, is a tell right there. Bottom line: they’re both psycho egotistical manipulators feeding off each other, eventually destroying one. Now What About Bob? See, the movie didn’t answer that. Obviously, destroying his doctor didn’t cure him and so, without the only doctor that did help him ever so slightly, we can imagine that Bob’s future is a downward spiral again, latching onto another loser and destroying him! Wow, starting to sound like the establishment GOP!

    Sometimes Hollywood makes a movie that inadvertently tells the truth even though they were trying to make the opposite point. Like the original Wall Street. Greed is Good. Even though Greed is a seven deadly sin and Stone was trying to vilify Gekko, those words rang true. Except all were wrong.

    Adam Smith posited it first. He did not make a moral judgement about “greed” as leftists would define it, or “desires” as Christians and other religionists may describe it. Instead he posited that it was a natural human trait and then posited a system that harnessed this most human of desires as an engine to drive the good of all and benefitting a few disproportionately. For he had a theory of capitalism that was the opposite of Heinlein’s famous quote. Those few minority humans who benefit mankind beyond all the efforts of the vast, vast majority should be rewarded proportionately to their production and ignore their supposed “greed” and “avarice”. The value of their production far exceeds the margin that they accrue to themselves. Bill Gates may be a multi, multi billionaire but when you add up all the other billions investors in Microsoft have made, then add in the trillions that users of his product have managed to earn as a result and all the people employed by Microsoft and all the people employed because their products made certain activities profitable, plus all the people offering services to people made rich by Microsoft directly or indirectly (everyone from personal groomers to stockbrokers to personal shoppers to yacht salespeople etc), then Gates has probably collected just a fraction of a percent of his real contribution to society. Yet it is easy to see that he eithers feels guilty about all this or feels he has to appear to feel guilty about all this. So he supports leftist causes. After all, what does he care now. He has his.