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Mr. Piketty´s Big Book of Marxiness
Commentary, by Jonah Goldberg

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Posted By:Toledo, 6/24/2014 7:16:24 AM

One: Piketty’s Charge- If politics is a war by other means, then books often serve as the artillery. Take Herbert Croly’s The Promise of American Life, the foundational text of modern American liberalism. Its publication in 1909 was heralded as a revelation, when in fact it was more a synthesis of notions that had been floating around in the political ether for a decade. Theodore Roosevelt loved it. “I do not know when I have read a book which I felt profited me as much,” T.R. wrote to Croly. “I shall use your ideas freely in speeches I intend to

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: mathman, 6/24/2014 8:46:22 AM     (No. 9897619)

I am so ready for high taxes on the rich. FDR established tax rates in the stratosphere to pay for his social engineering. The B actor Ronald Reagan met with his accountants, was told how much he would have left after making three movies a year, and stopped making movies. With time on his hands, he went into politics instead.
The moral: our next great conservative free-market leader is out there. To scare him out of the bushes we need high taxes.
This is called an unintended consequence. Where is this person?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: krause, 6/24/2014 9:15:42 AM     (No. 9897649)

How does Steve Jobs being a zillionaire hurt Joe Blow on the street? ´Income inequality´ focuses primarily penalizing the ´rich,´ which, of course, Democrats love to do. What about the many, and growing, low enders who have little education, little ambition, and are happy with enticing minimal hand-outs from the government, you know, that agency that purports to help them? Do the low enders have any responsibility to try to improve their lot, at all?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: steph_gray, 6/24/2014 10:19:12 AM     (No. 9897726)

Wonderful article and particularly telling in the tenth section. There Jonah points out that Piketty is not a real full-throated Marxist for the simple reason that he is part of the now-ruling class and does not want a real physical revolution, for all his bombast.

However, Jonah could have found some help in explaining the philosophical morality of capitalism by referring to Ayn Rand´s Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal. Her book is the ultimate refutation of Piketty´s stupidity.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: peterfleming, 6/24/2014 11:52:29 AM     (No. 9897865)

I love Jonah, but do not like his intellectual sounding ramblings on, all centered around a confused collectivist Frenchman, this guy Picketty. I had to give up about halfway through the seemingly endless ramblings, name and phrase droppings, that made not enough sense. Love to read common sense (COMMON SENSE by Tom Paine).

Marx, and dictator Lenin, taught the power of propaganda, lying for the advancement of more State power (best book THE BIRTH OF THE PROPAGANDA STATE by Peter Kenez).

Nowhere in his article (as far as we read) does the interference of the State enter into corrupt business rules.

Mussolini, Hitler, Franklin Roosevelt taught "fascism", the superior power of exclusive legislated privileges, shared by corporations and government legalizing rules nobody else can use (any book, article by Rothbard, von Mises, Hayek). The monster corporations spend billions lobbying for Washington privilege, the lobbyist pressed Cantors, Reids Feinsteins make millions running their costly errands. Despite this favoritism, great wealth is created, and society benefits even with this distortion.

The rest of non lobbied, big, medium and small business,
creates pure wealth for every citizen to benefit. The vast economy not affected by Washington privilege of fascism, gives us the greatest style of living in all the history of the world.

Income taxes and the incredible consumer taxes built into every product and service we buy, virtually make everybody into an unknowing government worker.
The lower the income, the higher the percentage of tax
all people pay .... without fully realizing this oppression.
Most individuals are working for taxes through September;
only the last few months is their money their own.

THERE ! is the income disparity ! unconscionable taxation!






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Reply 5 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 6/24/2014 6:27:35 PM     (No. 9898332)

Thank you for the reference to Riesman’s The Lonely Crowd. The crappy little diatribe that was rammed down our throats in so-called Senior Sociology class in 1959. I shudder to recall the gimpy liberal weasel leading that class as the ´´teacher.´´ My pet rabbit was a better teacher, and infused with lots less jarringly communistic blather.

Thank you, Jonah, for reading such a long drawn-out item so I won´t have to.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Heraclitus, 6/24/2014 7:40:20 PM     (No. 9898394)

Took me all day to read the interesting piece... in between housecleaning; feeding the dog and playing with her; chatting and laughing with the couple who help me with the yard work; pruning and dead-heading roses and tying up the leggy climbers; contending with the plumber; dealing with craftspeople, vendors, and talking with hubby in between his court cases...

And this little vignette from a random day in my life, just here at home, is a microcosm of the complexities in a free economy, as most of these interactions reveal economic relationships of one sort or another.

Sit in your car or at an outdoor café and watch the cars and truck whir by, people busy, getting, fixing, pursuing, shopping, exploring, and on and on.

You witness something like what de Tocqueville observed: people are busy, enterprising, restless, eager.

Compare and contrast with socialist regimes, or parts of our country dependent on government (tax-payer) largesse: you find indolence, hopelessness, neglect, apathy (unless The Government tries to cut back).

In the first months of the Bolshevik regime, people had believed Leninist rhetoric about Land*Bread*Peace! --especially the peasants who eagerly planted and tended their little farm plots.

Within a couple of years, Lenin launched wholesale warfare against RICH PEASANTS (sounds funny, doesn´t it?), the kulaks, and forced collectivization.

The richest farmland on the planet very quickly became unproductive.

Try to "equalize" and you demolish the human spirit. It is impossible to equalize, to predetermine the needs and desires of millions of people, with all of life´s surprises and accidents and vicissitudes good or bad.

People love Liberty and they thrive in it.

I´d rather trust the Invisible Hand of the market economy, than submit under the iron fist of Command and Control authoritarianism trying to enforce "equality.".


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