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The Rational Capitalist
Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) concretizes the intellectual stature of the enemy we face. As far as I know, this video is real. (CBS has story here.)
What?The only suggestion that it's a send-up is that his "tipping" comment wasn't followed by uproarious laughter.
Lynne, exactly!http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20001567-503544.htmlCBS reports on the story here.
With enough government force behind him, any sort of ignorance like this becomes not a joke, but everyone's nightmare.As an example, consider that Trofim Lysenko was a quack who thought that acquired characteristics could be passed on genetically. But with Stalin's support, he was able to impose his ideas on Soviet biologists and farmers. The result was devastating.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trofim_LysenkoIt is a good example of how force destroys rational thought. Americans should remind themselves of these examples as our government ratchets up its exercise of force over us.
GB,It's funny - I wrote about Lysenko's "deep plowing" technique in this post:http://dougreich.blogspot.com/2009/04/golf-clap-for-dear-leader.htmlYou make a crucial point. When the marketplace decides what makes sense, bad or irrational ideas disappear quickly. Under central planning, they become everyone's "worse nightmare" as you say. Thanks
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