We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
It's about freedom and compulsion - one of our favorite topics. At RCP, via a piece at Blue Crab. A quote from Stossel:
He knows I defend limited government, so he tried to explain why I was wrong. He began in a revealing way:
"I gotta believe that, even though I know you're very much for the individual determining his own destiny, you also have a heart."
Notice his smuggled premise in the words "even though." In Moore's mind, someone who favors individual freedom doesn't care about his fellow human beings. If I have a heart, it's in spite of my belief in freedom and autonomy for everyone.
Doesn't it stand to reason that someone who wants everyone to be free of tyranny does so partly because he cares about others? Wishing freedom to one's fellow human beings strikes me as a sign of benevolence. But Moore and the left don't see it that way.
Moore thinks respecting others' freedom means refusing to help the less fortunate. But where's the connection? All it means is that the libertarian refuses to sanction the use of physical force (which is what government is) to help others. Peaceful methods -- like voluntary charity -- are the only morally consistent methods. I give about a quarter of my income to charities because I've seen that private charity helps the needy far better than government does.
Moore isn’t advocating charity so much as he would infantilize the citizenry. In his world, Government should be Mommy, all collectivized heart and nanny nurturer. Mommy should dig into her purse, which Daddy filled with money before being kicked out of the house, and give allowances and benefits to her children. She should be a “loving,” permissive parent who condones and even facilitates her dependents’ lifestyle choices, slacker standards, poor education, and tantrum protests. She should inform them, from birth, that they’re "different" and that others will always pick on them unfairly-- and that is why they suffer from bad self-image and poor performance.
Mommy should always provide a place at her house for her grown, un or under-employed kids and agree with them that fun, suitable work is impossible to find. She should provide their meals and pay all their doctor bills. All they need do, in return, is stay with her and not go live on their own or with the stern step-mother across town, because then Mommy would no longer be head of a household, such as it is …
Moore is telling us more about himself than he wishes. In the times he is thinking of people determining their own destiny, he cannot imagine that any might be empathic or generous. Sad, and a primer lesson on liberalism.
Assistant Village Idiot
Micahel Moore's an old time Marxist nutjob with a little more talent than your typical propaganda commissar. How does a guy his age maintain his delusions? His adolescence had to be the best time in his life. Now he has the money but he misses his childhood as a grimy, purposefull revolutionary hanging around HQ on 23rd St.
Tom C., Stamford,Ct.