No Foolin’

The most gratifying thing about my bits on Wal-Mart, here and here, are those numerous commenters who stepped up with reason and held up facts in full and honest context. Of course, everyone always has facts, just as Joseph claimed to have in his argument against Wal-Mart. But, as I pointed out in one of my own comments…

But Joseph, facts exist in a context. If you kill another person,
that’s a fact. But whether you’re a hero or an evil predator is a
matter of other facts that establish a context and real meaning.
Lawyers, politicians, powercrats, activists and media are all expert at
manipulating facts out of context–to make the innocent and heroic
appear guilty when the exact opposite is the case.

Some Wal-Mart employees don’t make it financially. That’s a fact. However, reality and nature dictates that no one
but one’s self is responsible for one’s well being. Those employees who
are not making it financially are defaulting on their own
responsibility to do whatever it takes to make things balance out.
Instead, they whine, and then people like you come along to spout out
"facts" for no other purpose that to shift responsibility from the
guilty to the innocent.

In a related story, Greg Swann, who didn’t comment within the posts on the posts, nevertheless made some sweeping points on his own blog. Among those points is a peripheral issue that bears spotlighting…

The second point is actually more important: It is common to see
libertarians of various stripes affecting to equate the right with the
left in American, to claim, however implausibly, that the ‘radical
right’ or the ‘christian right’ or whatever is somehow a potent threat
to liberty, as bad or even worse than the Communist left. This is
measurably, demonstrably, objectively, inarguably false. The
bible-thumpers are pikers, hapless amateurs at everything they do,
where the Communists are serious, dedicated, unwavering professionals.
They are always five moves ahead in every game they run, and
they are running every single game being peddled by the mainstream
media and the rest of the sneering class. It is not going to far to say
that everything discussed in public is on some level a Communist gambit. Certainly all of the terms of the debate are theirs. Islamism may
be as great a threat, making up for a dearth of finesse with a surfeit
of zeal. No other political movement comes even close to posing a peril
equal to that of the Communists. To say otherwise is a decisive victory
for Communism.

I’m probably guilty–from time-to-time–of over-slamming the right, and that’s probably more out of frustration that anything else. The Republicans are frauds; and stupids. But they’re not evil, at least not to the extent the communists (democrats) are. That’s not hyperbole. Virtually all democrats are communists, through and through (if words mean anything), whether they wish to admit it or not. Politically, they are pure, unadulterated evil–even though many of them are otherwise good and benevolent people who generally benefit themselves, others, and society.

At any rate, I am on record having laid some of this out before. Reading it now, it’s quite relevant to this whole Wal-Mart discussion.

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  1. Kyle Bennett on May 17, 2005 at 16:40

    Without putting words into his mouth, I took it to mean the religious right in a purely political context, as compared to communists in that same context. Compared to the commies' subtle and long-ranging manipulations, even Ralph Reed and Jerry Fallwell are amateurs and pikers.

  2. Lute Nikoley on May 17, 2005 at 15:52

    I am not sure what Greg Swann means by "bible thumpers." If he means bible believing christians, I totally disagree with the phrase "bible thumpers are pikers, hapless amateurs at everything they do, I do know many of these "pikers" and they are far from being stingy, small minded people.

  3. Richard Nikoley on May 18, 2005 at 07:19

    "So thats how it works…"

    Uh, yes, Dav, that is how it works. How else could it work? Who else but the individual is or should be responsible for ensuring his or her own well-being?

    See, that's the whole brunt of it. When one strips away all the BS rhetoric and exposes the false "ideal" (social responsibility) for what it is (communism), then we're left with a real, indisputable human reality. Everyone is responsible and accountable for themselves.

    Sorry to have to be the one to break REALITY to you.

  4. Kyle Bennett on May 18, 2005 at 07:31

    Yes, dav, that's how it works. You can't argue with that simple statement without arguing that you are not responsible for yourself. But you weren't quite willing to go that far, were you? You hoped a feeble attempt at sarcasm would cover that fact with enough mud that you wouldn't have to face it.

    The truth will set you free, dav. Accept Richard's stark, simple statement as the fact that it is, and suddenly the whole world clicks into sharp focus, and your purpose and place in it becomes clear. The fear goes away and becomes hope and confidence.

    Or not, it's up to you. It's always up to you and you alone.

  5. dav on May 18, 2005 at 05:36

    "Those employees who are not making it financially are defaulting on their own responsibility to do whatever it takes to make things balance out."

    So thats how it works…

  6. billy-jay on May 18, 2005 at 06:33

    Damn, Richard, you're on a roll lately.

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