Tasty Tidbits 8/16/11

  1. Self-medication comparisons.
  2. God’s best.
  3. Buffet deserved better artwork.
  4. Right position, opaque reasons.
  5. Plutonomy.
  6. Religious freedom today.
  7. Dwelling in unity.
  8. Who’s your physician?

1

There was a little Facebook flash mob being organized to get John Médaille, the leading proponent of Distributist economic theory in the U.S. today, onto the Colbert Report, by liking the Colbert Report, then liking someone’s comment on Colbert’s wall. (It’s all so 2011 and I’m all so 1948.)

Anyhow, one person commented on Facebook:

Sorry, but I think that would be a mistake. You would have just as much luck going on “Fox and Friends”. Both shows are made for idiots, although I think Colbert’s audience smokes more dope. Not MUCH more, though.

That definitely struck my funny bone. But I “liked” Colbert, pimped for Distributism and “liked” all the other pimps.

Then I read this Colbert quote and felt less mercenary:

Donating to Obama is like smoking pot — everything feels new for a while, but at the end of the day you realize you didn’t get anything done.

I don’t know what James Howard Kunstler’s position is on — er — “herbal medicine,” but it’s easy to imagine him dosing up before penning this week’s opener:

Looking every inch the Assistant Manager of a J.C. Penny, Rick Perry of Texas stepped on-board the touring evangelical freak show that the Republican pre-primary parade has turned into. I like to think of him as George W. Bush without all the encumbering intellect. I give it three months before media snoops catch him in bed with Michele Bachmann. The two of them will claim it was all right because Jesus was there as chaperone and anyway, “…alls we did was watch the Vikings-Cowboy game….”

It’s mostly downhill from there, except when he says what he would expect from “dissembling [GOP] ninnies” “if they’re so all-fired up about fiscal rectitude and the honest disposition of money, and stuff like that.”

For something less rolickingly funny, take a look at John Médaille’s “Playing Poker with Obama,” wherein he argues that the two parties aren’t even bickering over the right questions. Stone cold sober.

2

“We’re not doubting that God will do the best for us, we’re wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.” @CSLewisDaily on Twitter.

3

Lots and lots of buzz on Warren Buffet’s New York Times editorial about the super-rich being coddled by the tax code, including Ann Althouse faulting the illustration which, as a matter of fact, was so lame that I’d never have read the editorial had others not started recommending it.

4

I’ve tried not to write obsessively about same-sex marriage, and I’ll not even link to what I have written. I’m against it because … oh, never mind.

That does not mean, however, that I can endorse all arguments against SSM. Rick Santorum of late has issued forth some really addled rabble-rousing.

5

In a plutonomy, Kapur and his co-authors wrote, “economic growth is powered by and largely consumed by the wealthy few.” America had been in this state twice before, they noted—during the Gilded Age and the Roaring Twenties. In each case, the concentration of wealth was the result of rapid technological change, global integration, laissez-faire government policy, and “creative financial innovation.”

Income inequality usually shrinks during a recession, but in the Great Recession, it didn’t. From 2007 to 2009, the most-recent years for which data are available, it widened a little. The top 1 percent of earners did see their incomes drop more than those of other Americans in 2008. But that fall was due almost entirely to the stock-market crash, and with it a 50 percent reduction in realized capital gains. Excluding capital gains, top earners saw their share of national income rise even in 2008.

(Can the Middle Class be Saved?, Don Peck, The Atlantic.)

6

William McGurn at the Wall Street Journal has an important column on how the egalitarian fetish is impinging religious freedom of many groups. I’m pretty sure it’s behind a pay wall, though.

7

For a while, I feared that my Church would turn people off by Dittoheads turning every Coffee Hour into a political rant. I knew that some of the immigrants were not likely to be amused, and frankly, I think there’s a lot of spiritually sensitive Americans out there who would love to know Christ as I’m coming to know Him but would run screaming for the door at that sort of thing (although, initially at least, the reason might be that they’d prefer left-wing politics).

I’m pleased to report that it has not happened, and that there are strong friendships between people who definitely don’t mesh politically. Heck, I’m even going to come out of the closet and say I prefer Ron Paul’s position on Iran to Rick Perry’s bellicosity, even though one of my friends thinks Paul’s beyond the pale precisely on the Iran issue.

“How pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity”!

8

Grant me a straight path unto Thee, O good Lord; for, though I have sinned, yet have I not had recourse unto any other physician, nor have I stretched out my hands toward any strange god. Reject not, therefore, my supplication ….

(Prayer after reading the 4th Kathisma of the Psalter.)

Bon appetit!

About readerjohn

I am a retired lawyer and an Orthodox Christian, living in a collapsing civilization, the modern West. There are things I'll miss when it's gone. There are others I won't. That it is collapsing is partly due to calculated subversion, summarized by the moniker "deathworks." This blog is now dedicated to exposing and warring against those deathwork - without ceasing to spread a little light.
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