Friday, April 17, 2009

"The Million-Mook March"

The Atlanta newspapers have posted a link to photos of yesterday's 'Million Mook March', which took place right under the jowls of the state capitol building:

The estimates I've heard so far suggest as many as 250,000 individuals took part in the "festivities" nation-wide. I don't know the source of this figure. If it is in fact from the shout-monkey right, then 100,000 or less would be more believable. (The audio of Neil Cavuto leaping from a private crowd estimate of 5000 to an on-stage estimate of 15,000 would have been more entertaining had it been less cynical)

My heart goes out to all those precious over-taxed babies who were able to take the time away from their offices and desks and employees and drive from all over the state to watch a bunch of cynical blowhards sell-out our national birthright in exchange for a pot of message...and pretty thin soup, at that.

I recognize a lot of these faces, in bulk if not in specific: I've known these people all my life, and they're just as nice as they can be. To your face. Mean as a snake otherwise, like as not. Little more than wealthy & well-connected suburbanites urging largesse for themselves, their companies and their investments at public expense. Look closely: this is a disappearing species - not true apex predators like the Rockefellers, DuPonts, Bushs, etc (most of these tarred as "liberal" for some unfathomable notion), but wanna-bes; individuals so wedded to their dreams of wealth that they'll defend their avatars (the flesh-and-blood rich) against reason, against logic, against fact, against history - against their own manifest self-interest, if it come to that.

And, just because I know my friends...I know there are some who will bash anyone and anything once the tar of "OMG TAXXES!!!1" has been applied. For them, a few words about taxes, qua taxes: Taxes pay for contract enforcement, fire departments, sewers and sewage treatment, food safety inspection, civil and military defense, forest rangers, 911, and the interstates. Take away taxes, you take away these things - and many thousands of other things that I would then have to figure out how to arrange for myself (food safety? sewage treatment? interstates?), contract for separately (contract enforcement? forest rangers?), or do without entirely (emergency services of every kind?).

There is a segment of the population that says let the private sector provide these things; however, the private sector has not exactly proven itself in the public-services/utilities department. When everything is a la carte, shoddy products, dishonest marketing, and all-the-traffic-will-bear pricing impose financial and safety burdens that are (I submit) far beyond the weight of the taxes we currently shoulder in this country.

It is the libertarian conundrum: how to provide the scale and quality and availability of infrastructure and services that modern society requires to function without passing the hat on the one hand (taxes) or getting in debt to a loan-shark (unregulated private business) on the other. This issue didn't bounce me out of being a libertarian, but it's certainly an uncomfortable thing for an honest libertarian to contemplate. Too bad these days, libertarian has come to mean 'knuckle-dragging, people-hating, money-loving, demagoguing fear-monger' (also known variously as "Mike the Savage Weiner", or "Crocodile-Tears Dundee").

A little too 'Ruby Ridge' to actually play well with others, if you know what I mean.


  1. Did I miss something about Paul Hogan that I should know? There's nothing inevitable but death and taxes, the man says. If a group wants to do something bigger than they can do individually, they have to pass the hat. The libertarian (should be the one that) argues that the smallest organization possible for such purposes is the best, because if it's allowed any excess, there will be corruption. How true is this? I dunno. It seems like corruption happens without excess these days.


  2. Silly me: that's a bit of my personal slang sneaking in: Paul Hogan, TTBOMK is not involved.

    "Crocodile-Tears Dundee" is a reference to Glenn Beck, whose willingness to transparently force tears ON-CAMERA & then sell his audience of fools on his "deep emotion" in consequence I find especially vile

    Perhaps it's an inappropriate holdover from my days growing up in the south during the Eisenhower years, but it's only honest, unbidden tears in men's eyes that are compelling: fake tears, coined to manipulate, are dishonest, "unmanly", and unworthy of anyone who wished to be taken seriously. Beck loses whatever credibility he might otherwise pretend to with thisinsolent and disreputable trick; that he can so easily herd his followers with so transparent a bit of stagecraft is repellent to me - and disgusting; and so is he...and so are his dam'fool minions.