Rebirth of Reason

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Friday, December 24, 2010 - 10:52pmSanction this postReply
The more I think about it, of course this story became a hit; you expected any more from a society that promotes the idea of a fat guy breaking into your house, eating your food, and giving your kids "presents"?

Think about it.

Oh, and btw...Charles Dickens was completely opposed to the idea of the poor people actually having to work at all. He believed the rich should just give the poor a free ride...because.

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Saturday, December 25, 2010 - 12:16amSanction this postReply
I sat through A Christmas Carol just tonight. This is a nice tonic for it. The hatred of wealth and of business in it is maddening.

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Saturday, December 25, 2010 - 4:26amSanction this postReply
I prefer to interpret Scrooge as a Non-conformist, an old Presbyterian or Congregationalist, for whom Christmas was a pagan holiday.  They did not celebrate it.  That would also tie in with the Protestant Ethic of work. Max Weber explained it well.  For Catholics, the monastery and convent took people out of the world. Living in the world, the righteous Protestant was an example to others: hard work, industry, thrift, all the virtues of the cloistered community were in and of the present here and now.  The problem then became what to do with the inevitable wealth.  Obviously, it must be invested well, where it will do the most good.  While charity is a virtue, allowing the poor to squander good wealth on immediate vices does no one any service. 

Max Weber quotes at length (in entirety, I believe) from Benjamin Franklin's The Way to Wealth.   Typically, I link to that essay here at Swarthmore.  However, I have been using a different search engine lately, Exalead.  It is recommended by the library at Berkeley as an alternative to Google. Via Exalead/search, I found this set of readings on Wealth, including an essay by P. T. Barnum.  In a term paper on the Objectivist Ethics applied to business, I called such literature the "pillow books of economics."  We don't learn how to make money in economics classes, sort of like sex education in Christian schools.

And speaking of sex, did you know that Ann Coulter posed for Playboy?  I never thought much of her so-called ideas, but I have a new appreciation of her.

(Edited by Michael E. Marotta on 12/25, 4:28am)

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Saturday, December 25, 2010 - 11:33pmSanction this postReply
I don't think she actually did; I think it was an internet hoax.

Oh, and it's worth noting that--when you think about it--the basic moral of A Christmas Carol is "accept the mediocrity from everyone else, and you'll be happy; failure to accept it will bring you nothing but loneliness in death".

What's even sadder is that Scrooge actually realizes he'd prefer those who treated him like crap in life to "appreciate" him in life, rather than he die a lonely man.

I think Scrooge was a Capitalist out of necessity, not necessarily out of objective wisdom and rational thinking.

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Sunday, December 26, 2010 - 6:42amSanction this postReply
Perhaps Ebeneezer Scrooge had started out life as a Bob Cratchett. Ending up as he did because of natural events and disasters. Irrevalent to the story but hey yah gotta start someplace right. Scrooge plagiarizes Cratchetts disciplines. Finally  Scrooge realizes his niggardliness and realizes he can not make it rain all by himself.
An example of extremes, as not all Employers are Scrooges and not all employees are Cratchetts . Out of necessity Cratchetts application of capitalist leverage was more efficient than the lumbering Scrooge.

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Sunday, December 26, 2010 - 9:56amSanction this postReply
Mr. R. Kay: "I don't think she actually did; I think it was an internet hoax."
Hoaxes and Jokes
There have been several Internet rumors and pranks talking about Ann Coulter’s appearance in Playboy. Many website who run these stories even show Ann appearing in a photo spread for the nudie magazine. However, all of these pictures have been Photoshopped and only serve as part of the hoax.
Some websites even go so far as to “quote” Ann when she’s talking about appearing in Playboy. These quotes too are all false although Ann has spoken about appearing in the magazine. In her most famous quote regarding Playboy, Ann says, “Like the Democrats, Playboy just wants to liberate women to behave like pigs, have sex without consequences, prance about naked, and abort children.”
This quote was taken from Ann’s own book, How to Talk to a Liberal, a book that clearly shows Ann’s strong conservative views and seems to promote arguing and provoking while remaining mum on things like compliments and encouragement.

Ah, more's the pity.

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