09 Sep 2011

Game Over, Liberals

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James Lileks tells the liberals why their time on top is rapidly drawing to a conclusion.

Because that old world is over. . . .

A half-century experiment in draping steam­ship anchors around the necks of the productive class and expecting them to run a four-minute mile has ended in failure. The confiscation of rights and property, the moral impoverishment of generations caused by the state’s usurpation of parental obligations, the elevation of a credentialed elite that believes academia’s fashions are a worthy substitute for knowledge of history and human nature, and above all the faith in a weightless cipher whose oratorical panache now consists of looking from one teleprompter screen to the other with the enthusiasm of a man watching someone else’s kids play tennis–it’s over, whether you believe in it or not. It cannot be sustained without reducing everyone to penurious equality, crippling the power of the United States, and subsuming the economy to a no-growth future that rations energy.

To which some progressives respond: You say that like it’s a bad thing.

Hat tip to Bird Dog.

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SDD

Liberals have always maintained that you could violate the laws of economics with impunity as long as nobody noticed. Well, people are starting to notice.

And thank heavens Rick Perry has the temerity to point out that Social Security does, in fact, fit the description of a Ponzi scheme. It’s always been one, but liberals got away with it until people started to realize that the benefits on their SS statements were not being paid out of a lock-box, but out of the new “contributions” from younger workers.



Dave

which would you prefer – a credentialed elite or a moneyed elite? coz those are the only two choices at this point.



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