Monthly Archives: September 2010

Bozell Column: Polymorphous Propaganda | NewsBusters.org

The sexual revolution always seems to have another frontier. Indeed, the very idea of a “revolution” would be negated were there no frontiers to conquer. So deeper, ever deeper, we plumb the depths. Look at television. Every new frontier is just another titillating, initially shocking plot for a fictional or “reality” show, until there’s a “new normal” and the novelty and naughtiness wears off.

Brent Bozell discusses the variety of TV shows and movies openly propagandizing the perversion of marriage and fidelity.  It needs to be remembered that Hollywood, like the mainstream media, is led from the top down by policy groups that want to destroy our traditional way of life, with freedom, and the morality and personal responsibility on which freedom relies, at the core of that life.

This is Hollywood blazing a trail because it wants to tear down the family, for once and for all. The barrage of libertine entertainment should remind us that it’s become countercultural to champion the Judeo-Christian tradition. As strange as it may sound, the advocates of tradition can’t rest on their laurels. Marriage as we’ve always known it has to be not just revered, but saved.

via Bozell Column: Polymorphous Propaganda | NewsBusters.org.

The Decivilizing Effects of Government by Jeffrey A. Tucker

This is a fantastically interesting article, summarizing how the push of the “reformers” has changed from improving the quality of life, to destroying it.  Tucker doesn’t mention Cap and Trade – one of the key planks of the Democrat agenda – but the stated goal of Cap and Trade is to reduce the energy usage of the United States to what it was 100 years ago… to halt nearly all industrial activity in the nation!

Somewhere along the way, during the last 50 years, the critique of capitalism changed from condemning its failure to spread the wealth to condemning the very opposite. Suddenly the great sin of capitalism was that it was producing too much, making us all too materialistic, fueling economic growth at the expense of other values, spreading middle-class decadence, and generally causing society to be too caught up in productivity and too focused on the standard of living.

In noting this dramatic change, Murray N. Rothbard writes that the turning point might have been John Kenneth Galbraith’s 1958 work called The Affluent Society, which is one long harangue against consumerism, middle-class decadence, and the ever-increasing wealth of the average person under capitalism. Galbraith claimed that all of this was coming at the expense of public institutions and public infrastructure.

This book became a bestseller. It changed the way the Left went about promoting government intervention and critiquing free markets. This book was the first of a half-century of similar books that recaptured that Rousseauian spirit, that penchant to romanticize the world before industrialization, to toy with the idea that the hunter-gatherer society has a lot going for it, to imagine we can all live better by trading only at the level of the small tribe and raising our own food, and all the rest that comes with primitivism.

via The Decivilizing Effects of Government by Jeffrey A. Tucker.

Senate Democrats give up push for pre-election tax cut vote

Displaying the sheer political acumen that’ll keep you in office for decades in California, Feinstein tries to rationalize that a tax increase isn’t a tax increase if taxes used to be higher at some point:

“I believe a vote on taxes right before the election is a mistake,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, adding that critics “will find a way to mischaracterize it.”

She noted that extending only some of the tax cuts is “not really a tax increase” because the tax rate on those earning more than $250,000 a year will be “simply returning to where it was.”

“But that won’t come across in an election debate,” Feinstein said.

She’s right though, if she tried to explain that to someone in an election debate, she’s more likely to irritate them into voting for the opposition than convincing them.

via Senate Democrats give up push for pre-election tax cut vote – CNN.com.