Category Archive 'Mallory Ortberg'
17 Nov 2020
The above chilling tweets, advocating book burning and other other forms of forcible suppression of opinion have recently gone viral.
Heine long ago observed: “Dort, wo man BÃ¼cher verbrennt, verbrennt man am Ende auch Menschen.” (Those who burn books, they will also in the end burn people.)
Grace E. Lavery is a post-doc Associate Professor at Berkeley.
GEL is a transexual, who is “married” to “Daniel M. Lavery“, a transexual who was born Mallory Ortberg.
So we have a boy who think’s he has become a girl married to a girl who thinks she has become a boy. One cannot help thinking that they didn’t really have to go to all that trouble: they could just have gotten together and married the way they were.
I remembered Mallory Ortberg. Over the years, I came across a number of witty little postings of hers and linked them here.
Obviously, both GEL and MO/DML are highly intelligent (though seriously screwed up), talented, witty, and erudite people who’d be a great asset at any cocktail party.
I’m basically tolerant. I don’t care what they do in private, and I agree that they are, privately, entitled to characterize their identities and relationship in any terms they like. If I knew them as friends, I expect I would politely refrain from expressing my own private opinion of their world-view and fantasies and would go some distance in humoring them.
Where I draw the line, though, is in allowing people this far removed from normal reality to define the culture and public policy. They may be talented and well-educated, but they are also obviously afflicted with grave psychological problems and they not only subscribe, but are fundamentally invested in, they have centered their lives and their identities around, a futile and essentially pathological fantasy. People with this grave a level of removal from normalcy and reality ought not to be allowed to occupy any positions of trust, responsibility, and public influence.
20 Aug 2015
Mallory Ortberg delivers another of her amusing Ayn Rand parodies. This time imagining what you’d get if Ayn Rand had written C.S. Lewis’s Narnia stories. Personally, I find them much improved.
If the witch understood the true meaning of sacrifice, she might have interpreted the Deep Magic differently, for when a willing victim who has committed no treachery, dies in a traitorâ€™s stead, the stone table will crack and even death itself will turn backwards.â€
â€œOh, how interesting,â€ Lucy said. â€œWhat is the true meaning of sacrifice, Aslan?â€
â€œIt is an artificial anti-concept,â€ Aslan said in his low, golden voice. â€œIt is the ultimate force of destruction. The very word self less suggests self-immolation, a complete annihilation of oneâ€™s own self for the sake of others. Sacrifice destroys knowledge, skill, talent, usefulness, all in the name of duty. It destroys love and self-esteem, which are the same thing. Self-sacrifice is an immoral nightmare.â€
â€œI donâ€™t quite understand,â€ Lucy said. â€œDoes this mean Edmund is going to die instead of you?â€
â€œLet us put it this way,â€ Aslan said. â€œIf I exchange a penny for a dollar, have I made a sacrifice?â€
â€œNo,â€ Lucy said.
â€œBut if I were to exchange a dollar for a penny instead,â€ Aslan said, sounding rather as if he had a locomotive in his throat, â€œwould I be making a sacrifice then?â€
â€œY-e-s,â€ Lucy said.
â€œAnd you understand why your brother is not the dollar, in this analogy,â€ he said.
â€œSo Edmund must die,â€ Lucy said triumphantly, â€œor else you would be betraying your own values!â€
â€œExactly,â€ Aslan said. â€œHave a penny.â€
Edmund burst into tears, like a Communist.
â€œOh, do be quiet,â€ Lucy said to Edmund. â€œI want to listen to Aslan explain his plans for a transcontinental railroad into Calormen again.â€
Read the whole thing.
12 Apr 2015
Mallory Ortberg has another episode of Harry Potter as written by Ayn Rand.
â€œThe Ministry of Magic has fallen,â€ Neville said in despair.
Harry laughed long and loud. â€œYou should not mourn the government,â€ he told Neville. â€œThe state has never shed a tear for you. Why waste your tears on it?â€
He picked up his wand. â€œFor my part, I withdrew my consent to be governed years ago. Taxation is destroying private resources.â€ A smile played across Harryâ€™s lips. â€œI hope they destroyed the national bank, while they were at it. I should like to see the goblins of Gringotts face their real enemy â€” deregulation.â€
HERE LIES DOBBY, the stone read, A FREE ELF.
Underneath, in slightly smaller letters, it continued: What is the basic, the essential, the crucial principle that differentiates freedom from slavery? It is the principle of voluntary action versus physical coercion or compulsion. Freedom, in a political context, has only one meaning: the absence of physical coercion. It does not mean freedom from the landlord, or freedom from the employer, or freedom from the laws of nature which do not provide men with automatic prosperity. It means freedom from the coercive power of the stateâ€”and nothing else. If one upholds freedom, one must uphold manâ€™s individual rights; if one upholds manâ€™s individual rights, one must uphold his right to his own life, to his own liberty, to the pursuit of his own happinessâ€”which means: one must uphold a political system that guarantees and protects these rightsâ€”which means: the politico-economic system of capitalism. Intellectual freedom cannot exist without political freedom; political freedom cannot exist without economic freedom; a free mind and a free market are corollaries. Since knowledge, thinking, and rational action are properties of the individual, since the choice to exercise his rational faculty or not depends on the individual, manâ€™s survival requires that those who think be free of the interference of those who donâ€™t. Since men are neither omniscient nor infallible, they must be free to agree or disagree, to cooperate or to pursue their own independent course, each according to his own rational judgment. Freedom is the fundamental requirement of manâ€™s mind. A rational mind does not work under compulsion; it does not subordinate its grasp of reality to anyoneâ€™s orders, directives, or controls; it does not sacrifice its knowledge, its view of the truth, to anyoneâ€™s opinions, threats, wishes, plans, or â€œwelfare.â€ Such a mind may be hampered by others, it may be silenced, proscribed, imprisoned, or destroyed; it cannot be forced; a wand is not an argument. It is from the work and the inviolate integrity of such mindsâ€”from the intransigent innovatorsâ€”that all of mankindâ€™s knowledge and achievements have come. It is to such minds that mankind owes its survival.
The gravestone was seven and a half feet tall.
NINETEEN YEARS LATER
â€œIâ€™m taking the children down the Platform 9 3/4s to see them off to school,â€ Ginny said to Harry. â€œWant to come?â€
â€œI build trains,â€ Harry said, adjusting his hat so that the brim sat low over one eye, â€œI donâ€™t watch children board them.â€
Ginny respected him for it.
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