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Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973) was the greatest economist of my time. His greatest works can be accessed here at no charge.

Mises believed that property, freedom and peace are and should be the hallmarks of a satisfying and prosperous society. I agree. Mises proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that the prospect for general and individual prosperity is maximized, indeed, is only possible, if the principle of private property reigns supreme. What's yours is yours. What's mine is mine. When the line between yours and mine is smudged, the door to conflict opens. Without freedom (individual liberty of action) the principle of private property is neutered and the free market, which is the child of property and freedom and the mother of prosperity and satisfaction, cannot exist. Peace is the goal of a prosperous and satisfying society of free individuals, not peace which is purchased by submission to the enemies of property and freedom, but peace which results from the unyielding defense of these principles against all who challenge them.

In this blog I measure American society against the metrics of property, freedom and peace.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

The Left REALLY Hates Paul Ryan

I did a bit of web surfing this morning and discovered that there is no love lost between the Left and Paul Ryan.

Here's a typical example:
Seriously, this is how I learned Satan was chosen to be Liar Romney’s V.P. running mate.
That sentiment was posted by "MsStevie" under the title of: A Teabagger And A Mormon Walk Into A Bar

At least Ms. Stevie doesn't wish a heart attack on Mitt's new running mate:
's father, grandfather and greatgrandfather all died early from heart attacks-at: 55, 57,&59.Hope genetics will do it's job again
Mary at Freedom Eden posts the above Tweet and several more disgusting, foul mouthed comments from the hardcore nuts of the Leftwing hate machine.

The Lefties hate Paul Ryan because he directly contradicts their collectivist beliefs by means of a philosophy and a program of individualism and free enterprise. Paul Ryan has credited his entry into politics to inspiration provided by Ayn Rand. [He has stated, however, that he rejects Rand's atheism.] He learned economics by reading Mises, Hayek and Milton Friedman. Expect Leftist bloggers and pundits to excoriate Ryan over the next few months because of these intellectual mentors. Expect their words to be taken out of context and put into his mouth. I know this for a fact because they have been hard at work doing so since Ryan emerged as a national figure and a GOP budget guru years ago.

By and large Leftist criticism of Ryan is remarkably shallow and ad hominem. There is almost a religious fervor to it. Ms. Stevie's comment is a case in point. Ryan is "Satan." Case closed. He is a stupid fool who simply drinks from an Evil Spring. He is, plain and simply, a diabolical enemy who must be destroyed.

It's impossible to reason with a religious fanatic. That's Ms. Stevie's attitude toward Paul Ryan and it's my attitude toward Ms. Stevie. The hallmark of Leftist critics is their run-of-the-mill arrogance and condescension. This stems from the fact that they are faithfully devoted to the apparent. By this I mean that they see only the surface of ideas and events. They lack the desire to dissect and rationally analyze them. Why should they want to? Their eyes confirm what their heart wants to believe. And this belief makes them more knowing than the rest of us and, hence, arrogant.

Ms. Stevie deals with Paul Ryan's concept of Natural Rights under a post titled: God-Given Rights My Butt…:
How many times have you heard someone say “government doesn’t grant rights, God does?” I mean seriously, why did it take God so long to free the slaves, give women the right to vote, the right to a jury trial of your peers, the right to freedom of speech, the press,  religion, assembly, petition for redress, privacy, due process, equal protection…Where was God when Civil Rights were granted, or when segregation in public schools was banned?? The right to marry whoever you loved? Was he/she/it watching MTV or something?
This is not argument but mockery. According to Ms. Stevie, Ryan is a stupid dolt because he doesn't recognize the obviously apparent truth that God didn't institute these wonderful policies, government did. Ergo, rights come from government, not from God.

Not to prove her point, but to demonstrate it, she quotes the Declaration of Independence, the "authority" that "GOP, Teabaggers, Ayn Randian nutcases and right-wing libertarians alike" rely upon to justify their stupid policies:
“…that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their CREATOR with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed…
She assumes that the words above in bold type prove her point, i.e., that rights come from government not from God. It's so apparent! If Ryan can't see  what is apparent to the rest of us, then he's a numbskull, or a purposely blind enemy, Satan! She ends her post with arrogant sarcasm:
Wtf? *facepalm* Okay spaceghost…
This is what we're up against, folks. Not political opponents with whom we have an intellectual disagreement, but religious zealots with whom we are at war, social and political war of course, except perhaps in the case of Leftist anarchists who are prone to set businesses on fire and break windows.

I could point out to Ms. Stevie that her quote from the Declaration of Independence says that "governments are instituted" to "secure" rights, not to create them. But making such an argument would be a waste of time and breath.

Ms. Stevie already knows otherwise.


LD Jackson said...

I have learned a long time ago that I am wasting my time debating most liberal nuts, such as Ms. Stevie. Nothing we can say will convince them of the error of their ways. They are masters at ignoring the obvious facts that are right in front of them, and at arguments that have nothing to do with the issues at hand. They would much rather ridicule someone, instead of having a real debate.

Sherman Broder said...

The worst part is these liberal nuts are the base driving the Dem agenda.