An Editorial From BBC Commenting On American Culture

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  1. Annie
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    Xen will love this: Capitialism is the root of all evil! :rolleyes:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/4275818.stm

     
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    We just confuse the hell out of socialists, don't we? Of course, the fact that they appear so hell-bent on confusing themselves makes the job a little easier:

    "Will the American social and economic system - which creates the wealth that pays for billionaires' private jets, and the poverty which does not allow for a bus fare out of New Orleans - be addressed?"

    That statement is so wrong - so demonstrative of a complete lack of understanding of human nature - on so many levels - that I scarcely know where to begin. Let's start with the portion that is baldly, deliberately disingenuous.

    The "fare" - or lack of - was never the issue, and the author knows it. After a lifetime of consuming the whimsy of liberal media, I know I should be able to laugh off its tendency to...how shall I put it...LIE. But I can't; it burns me up. The first line of defense in the event of natural disaster is local government, and all this local government knew how to do was collect votes and distribute welfare checks. Because of this criminal, hopelessly entrenched incompetence, people suffered and died, and that's the awful truth of it.

    The more harmful, insidious lies, however, are the ones socialists tell THEMSELVES. Let's disabuse ourselves of some of liberalism's most cherished fables:

    Wealth is not a zero/sum game. The poor people of New Orleans did not lack busses because billionaires have private jets. I'm not broke because Michael Jackson has money. The politics of envy is a detestable lie because it seeks to elevate a character flaw to the status of nobility. Envy is a weakness to be overcome, not a "just cause".

    Bemoaning the fact that the poor don't receive some sort of "windfall" is destructive fantasy. If New Orleans didn't teach us that, nothing ever will. Generation after generation after generation of entitlement without self-determination leaves the recipient ungrateful to - and contemptutous of - the giver. Worse, it erodes the recipient's ability to do ANYTHING for himself. Why should he?

    What made me the saddest of all, however, was the author's complete befuddlement at America's charitable spirit. It is completely at odds with his worldview; in fact, it actually ANGERS him a bit. How are people going to revolt and change the system when the blow of a natural disaster is being softened by human kindness? Damn!

    Having swallowed whole the socialist utopian pipe-dream, he simply lacks the capacity to understand America. We are charitable and generous to a fault - if not COMPELLED to be.
     
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    Damn I'm glad you're back! :thup:
     
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    Me, too - thanks, K!
     
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    Musicman, great post!

    If you want to laugh (or retch) over some real Socialist bilge, and you have some time, read up on posts by our new member "Xen".
     
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    Thanks, Abbey! I'll do that, and - I'm sure - greatly enjoy it. I love to listen to socialists argue; it's kind of like watching a dog chase its' tail!
     
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    We get in our points and gain our amusements! :thup:
     
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    I would add that whatever has been going on in New Orleans for the last 40+ years can scarcely be called "the American social and economic system".

    Case in point: Europe.
     
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    i was actually kind of confused at what he was trying to say. the article was full of long sentences, but I wasn't sure about the actual message. an article full of words, but no actual content.
     

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