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...
But because people in the West are not threatened by concentration camps and are free to say and write what they want, the more the fight for human rights gains in popularity, the more it loses any concrete content, becoming a kind of universal stance of everyone toward everything, a kind of energy that turns all human desires into rights. – Milan Kundera
I would like to propose a short thesis on the American Left. The primary goal of the contemporary American Left is the destruction and refocusing of human desire. The root of this project is the Left’s perennial project to remake the human.
Vulgar Marxists proposed that the human was an inherently economic animal, and, because of that, placed their hope in economic revolution. History proved them wrong; the human could not be reduced to economic motivation. The proletariat failed to unite against their oppressors, and violent revolution failed to sustain itself.
Waking up in 1968 with a bad Soviet hangover, the post-Marx Left sought to find the true site of revolution. The proletariat must be replaced by a more reliable revolutionary class, one based on something other than economics. The New Left proposed that the human, rather than a fundamentally economic animal, was a fundamentally desiring animal, and, rather than a slave to capitalist production, was a slave to capitalist desire. Capitalism monopolizes and controls human desires in order to perpetuate its existence.
The Left relies on human selfishness to remake desire…Human desires are frequently cited, accurately or not, as the basis for human rights. Want publically [sic] funded birth control? Then argue that it’s a human right. The same goes for SSM or assisted suicide. If you love someone, then it’s your human right to marry them; if you no longer want to live, then it’s your right to die. If you don’t want a child, then abort it. But if that same baby dies in a car accident on the way to the abortion clinic, the death becomes homicide. By making human desires indistinguishable from human rights, the Left fundamentally recreates the historic Western category of the human.
That’s a big-thought, that “I should have it because it’s my right” is an agenda-item, as opposed to a flailing-about brain fart from someone who never matured and has run out of arguments.
I have often heard of leftists insisting on as much, that their political movement is truly “progressive,” a linear-trajectory unidirectional perpetual expansion of human rights so that people could do more and more things. I’ve never thought of this as rational, since they seem to acknowledge that these rights are attached to expenses; they want the expenses to be absorbed by “The Rich,” who are uniquely capable of so absorbing; but they must understand the wealth of The Rich is still a finite resource. And rational people should understand that an infinite depletion from a finite resource must end in exhaustion, with all the devastation that would be attendant to such exhaustion, no other outcome possible. They must understand this.
Could it be that they actually get this, and figure something like “What do I care, I’ll be dead by then so let my grandkids deal with it”? What a sorry lot of sick sons-of-bitches…
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