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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Tom Woods on Maddow

Kathleen

Maddow referred to "nullification" as something only "racist neo-Confederates" would support. Tom Woods makes an apt criticism of this insipid characterization over at Lew Rockwell:

Whatever happened to “small is beautiful,” Rachel? Remember that progressive slogan (along with “question authority,” yet another such slogan to bite the dust)? Some 309 million people being infallibly ruled by one city is just the right size? This is the most humane way for human beings to live and interact with each other?

Did the centralized states of the 20th centuries have a particularly good record vis-a-vis their minorities? The total wars that the structure of the modern state made possible led to the unspeakable brutalization of minority populations; we might cite the Turkish treatment of the Armenians, the horrific Russian treatment of minority Polish, German, Jewish, Latvian, and Lithuanian populations in 1915, and countless similar examples. Minorities elsewhere have suffered from discrimination, as with the Chinese minority in Malaysia and other places, or outright expulsion, as with the Asians in Uganda. Most obvious and gruesome is the fate of the Jews in centralized Germany. It was not by coincidence that Hitler opposed states’ rights.

Oh, but it would be fine if only super smart technocrats were running a large government, right? That's where other players in history went wrong....

The epistemic arrogance and cognitive dissonance of leftist journalists never ceases to amaze me.
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5 comments:

  1. Hitler opposed a federated government on the grounds that Germany was too small geographically and the needs of the populous too similar to need one. But overall, Hitler admired the american system, he just felt it was designed to run a continent. That being said, we shouldn't decide whether something is good or bad on Hitler's preferences. Hitler was genocidal whack job and based his judgements in insanity, therefore it would be insane to evaluate policies based on insanity.

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  2. Maddow has been slapped.

    I would use an adjective to describe 'slapped' but my late mom (God rest her soul) taught me better. .....and I know she is reading this. :-)

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  3. Maddow? LOL. I don't like that guy.

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  4. Journalist?

    If Rachel Maddow is a journalist, then so is Howard Stern, and so was Bennie Hill...and Bennie Hinn too.

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  5. I might agree regarding cognitive dissonance, save for one salient detail:

    It presupposes some initial congition with which to be dissonant.

    I'm still waiting for it to be manifest in much of the scribblings and dribblngs that claim to be intellectual journalism.

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