Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Preach It, Sister!

Run, do not walk, to Barbara Ehrenreich's essayin the Los Angeles Times.

I have to admit that I was sorely tempted to throw the rules of Fair Use right out the window to my left by simply reproducing the entire opinion piece right here, but I'd prefer Ms. Ehrenreich got the clicks. Instead, I will just quote her conclusion.

...When a congresswoman can be shot in a parking lot and a professor who falls short of Glenn Beck's standards of political correctness can be, however anonymously, targeted for execution, we have moved well beyond democracy -- to a tyranny of the heavily armed.

Now, to see how she arrived at that conclusion, go read the whole essay. As usual, Barbara Ehrenreich nails it.

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Anonymous the talking dog said...

Surprise, surprise: the gun enthusiasts have voiced their anger toward those who might suggest that the actual dispossessed engage in some sort of class-conscious self-help... tribe consciousness is to be encouraged, of course... it is, of course, good for property. Class-consciousness... is the enemy. It must be stopped-- violently if necessary.

The poor rubes that still cling to their guns and religion (well, their guns anyway) have indeed figured out that something is very wrong, and that they too have been dispossessed... and they have even figured out that there might be something they can do about it-- although their conclusion is that the answer is that they can get themselves guns.

What they have failed to figure out, as usual, is that they are being played by the very people who are dispossessing them [alas, this is consistent with the rest of their politics which are pretty much akin to the peasants storming the castle to demand more privileges for the aristocracy.]

Sufficeth to say, were the day to come when the sensibilities and attentions (as a general matter, of course) of gun enthusiasts were to turn away from threatening intellectuals, the government, and people with darker-hued complexions (and of course, librulz) and toward the members and instruments of the plutocracy itself... let's just say that one would see a rather instantaneous 180-degree turn in public policy with respect to gun owners' "rights."

No need to worry: this ain't gonna happen any time soon. America, f*** yeah!

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