Alarming News: I like Morgan Freeberg. A lot.
Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler: We were following a trackback and thinking "hmmm... this is a bloody excellent post!", and then we realized that it was just part III of, well, three...Damn. I wish I'd written those.
Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler: ...I just remembered that I found a new blog a short while ago, House of Eratosthenes, that I really like. I like his common sense approach and his curiosity when it comes to why people believe what they believe rather than just what they believe.
Brutally Honest: Morgan Freeberg is an intriguing guy...[he] asks great questions and answers others with style, flair, reason and wit. On the blogroll he goes. Make him a part of your regular blogospheric reading. I certainly will.
Brutally Honest: Morgan Freeberg is brilliant.
Common Sense Junction: Misha @ Anti-Idiotarian never ceases to amaze me. He keeps finding other good blogs. I went over to A.I. this morning for my daily Misha fix and he had found this guy named Morgan Freeberg in Fair Oaks, California, that has a blog, House of Eratosthenes. Freeberg says its "The Blog That Nobody Reads" but it may now become the blog that everybody reads.
Jaded Haven: Good God, Morgan, you cover a topic from front to back with a screwy thoroughness I find mind boggling. I'm in awe of your thought proccesses, my friend, you're an exceptional talent. You start by throwing in the kitchen sink, tie in someone's syphilitic uncle, bend around a rip tide of brilliance and bring it all home in a neat, diamond dripping package of an exceptionally readable moment of damn fine wordsmithing. I love reading you.
Mein Blogovault: Make "the Blog that No One Reads" one of your daily reads.
Philmon: When Morgan meanders, stick with him - he's got a point and it'll be worth it in the end. He's not a hit-and-run snarky quip kind of guy. The pieces all fall into place like tumblers in a lock and bang! He's opened a cognative door for you.
Rightlinx: Morgan at House of Eratosthenes is one of the best writers out there. I read him nearly every day because he manages to provide an interesting perspective, even though I don't always agree.
Poetic Justice: Cletus! Ah gots a laiv one fer yew...
You can read my comment on the Hello Kitty of Blogging, but some among us have made a point of not creating an account there and presumably cannot do so. Now here’s the problem: Defining communism, communists, socialism and socialists has, in itself, become a tactic used by the communists to make inroads into our country, its culture, and its political process. Here and there you may have seen those enthusiastically-leftward-leaning making a point of questioning their antagonists “Do you even know what Communism is?” and you’ll notice they do not supply any specifics when they do so, nor do they undertake to define how some meaningful misunderstanding might have occurred in the definition of communism.
These words are special in the sense that, they become less useful when they are defined with greater precision:
“Communism” is one of the few words whose definition makes more sense as you loosen it up, make it less specific.
The ultimate precise definition makes no sense at all: Life in a commune, in which property ownership only applies to the community as a whole, individual ownership has been entirely eliminated, and the community is classless. “Communist” would be someone living in, not desiring to build, such a commune. This definition doesn’t even intersect with reality because it has never been successfully put into practice. If the definition is this narrow, then it must forever remain a dream and nothing else. As a practical matter it doesn’t define anything because it doesn’t include anything.
Think how this would work: The assets, revenue-generating and otherwise, would be placed in a common store, and the accumulation of assets along with the associated revenue streams would be parceled out equitably, according to community share or according to need. Someone needs to figure out what that is. We-ell…no matter how you cut that up, that’s power. Not everybody in the community can wield that kind of power. Some sort of officer has to be elected to make these tough decisions. So for the society to be class-less, that office would have to be rotated throughout all the competent community members. Or, you could have some kind of a robot do it. An artificial intelligence to administer the day-to-day living of this community for hundreds or thousands of years…until Captain Kirk beams down to use some Kirk/Spock logic to blow it up or something.
But, no, it hasn’t happened. The communist pattern has been to “elect” some super-duper-special-macho demigod guy to pick the winners and losers. Dictator for life. He can’t make any mistakes because if he ever makes a mistake, it stops being a mistake on the spot. Napoleon. Pol Pot. Mao Tse-Tung. Kimg Jong-Il. Castro. Lenin. Stalin. Pharoah Ramses II. “Class-less” my ass.
The BROADEST definition makes the most sense: Agitation for political reform, cloaking its destructive energies in the disguise of creative efforts, using inter-class resentment and a phony desire for “equality” to make said disguise more effective. A “communist” would be a revolutionary-minded zealot acting on destructive impulses and recruiting outsiders to his agenda by means of the general human emotions of envy, jealousy and resentment.
A communist is distinguished from other political advocates in the sense that when individuals achieve material success, he sees something wrong with it and nurses a destructive desire to “fix” the problem.
So: Communism. Noun. A protocol of political reform — not a system of government — in which the fuel of interclass resentment is used to power an engine of confusion between creative efforts and destructive efforts. Communistic political agendas have it in common that they are deeply invested in rubbing (economically) jealous feelings raw, to confuse the populace into thinking the reformers are in the process of building something when the reformers are really in the process of tearing something down.
They are also to be distinguished from other flavors of political reform, in the sense that they are constantly making an issue out of “equality.” If you come up with a solution that helps a stranger to whom you were not indebted in any way, and in so doing achieve a material profit through a process of trade, the communist sees that as an unsolved problem. There may follow a bunch of empty rhetoric about “I want to make sure the people standing in line behind you have a fair shot,” but that is nothing more than a deception. The material profitability is the real problem.
And so I would call out these common, vital elements:
1. It seeks to destroy. Its political agenda is one of destruction.
2. It seeks to confuse, primarily to present its destructive efforts as creative ones.
3. It does not seek to confuse these destructive energies with creative ones by means of being clever; it seeks to achieve this confusion by means of aggravating natural human jealousies.
4. It defines economic classes according to its own convenience. Its message to the classes is “I am here to represent you, and open a can-of-whoop, bring a beatdown upon those who are one class above you.”
5. In pushing for this, it creates a natural incentive for itself to broaden the population of the lower economic classes, and narrow the population of the higher, more successful ones. Communism constantly makes itself into the enemy of economic success, since it is most durably maintained as a political arrangement when there are lots of poor people and not very many rich people.
6. Its leaders, by their existence, confound this stated objective of achieving a “classless” society, since the leaders occupy a class unto themselves. They monopolize power. They deny their human flaws and failings, and the system of government they establish and maintain similarly denies their human flaws and failings. These dictators cannot make a mistake, ever, since should they ever make one, the mistake will cease to be a mistake on the spot.
7. This new system of government, by insisting on “equality,” insists on failure. As I’ve made the point earlier: What is the big challenge in a potato-sack race, the challenge is that you cannot move your feet too far apart, right? That is the way it is with a capitalist economy; when it is not permitted that people and their prospects can drift too far from the median, the incentive disappears and things don’t go. A dogmatic insistence on equality in all things, stops things from running. When heat and pressure cannot deviate from some established norm, a car’s engine cannot run. When voltage cannot be anomalous, an electric motor cannot run, a light cannot go on, and things don’t work.
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