Wednesday, December 31, 2008
One to Avoid
Jennifer Snow, whose movie reviews I always enjoy, has no plans to watch The Day the Earth Stood Still. Neither do I, but she makes a connection I hadn't thought of that may be worth remembering.
The basic premise seems to be that humans are "destroying" the earth and thus some super-powerful aliens have decided to get rid of humanity in order to "save" the earth. What are we doing that's so bad? Technology.She also rightly describes the proper response to such a situation.
Now, here's where it just gets STUPID. How the hell did these aliens get the power to destroy us WITHOUT technology? We're being attacked by super-powerful HYPOCRITES? Wow, that's inspirational.
On the one hand, it is disturbing that Hollywood seems to have no lower limit on how lousy a movie it can put out. On the other, such a weak premise should be quite easy to demolish in a normal conversation. A great place to start would be to ask, "Why is it okay for aliens to use technology, but not man?" or "By what right should a human being be murdered simply for polluting?"
I enjoyed the following reaction to what David Harsanyi called, "a brilliantly absurd piece, titled 'Laissez-Faire Capitalism Should Be as Dead as Soviet Communism,'" by Arianna Huffington:
Huffington argues, in effect, that communism and "laissez-faire" (minimal-intervention) capitalism are equivalent ideological extremes.(HT: Amit Ghate)
Sure, one of these philosophies spurred the murder and misery of hundreds of millions worldwide; the other promotes liberty, innovation and welcomes foreigners to lounge around in expansive mansions paid for by their former oil baron husbands.
So we can agree; there is no such thing as a flawless ideology.
Explain Away, Blame Victim
Doug at Rule of Reason unearths an excellent blog posting by Caroline Glick that explains how multiculturalists aid and abet terrorism in no uncertain terms.
In the aftermath of the Mumbai massacres, it is hard to imagine that there is anything as pernicious as the jihadists who sought out and murdered non-Muslims with such cruelty. But there is. Their multicultural apologists, who enable them to continue to kill by preventing their victims from fighting back, are just as evil.The whole thing, which Doug quotes from extensively, is worth a read.
Heroes of Capitalism
Galileo Blogs has encountered a blog that I plan to add to the sidebar (along with Caroline Glick's) some time in the near future.
I want to draw attention to a great new one I discovered, "Heroes of Capitalism." Each day this blog features a businessman who improved our lives. Actually, the last part of that sentence is redundant because a successful businessman in a capitalist economy always improves our lives by creating goods that we value and purchase from him in trade.The blog credits Andrew Bernstein for its inspiration, and lists Eric Daniels of Clemson University among its contributors.
Fifty-Four Year Drought Ends!
I am happy to see that my alma mater won the Texas Bowl in impressive fashion!
1-9-09: Added hypertext anchors.