This week I couldn’t stay away from Ken Langone’s ridiculous comparison between liberal rhetoric about the 1% and “what Hitler was saying” in 1933, though “with different words”. I mean, he’s right: If you change all the words, the two are exactly the same. How can you argue with something like that?
Since that part is logically unassailable, I decided to focus on the part of Langone’s statement that has content: “You don’t survive as a society if you encourage or thrive on envy or jealousy.” I figure that’s the venom that supposed to stay in the public’s system after the Hitler-barb gets pulled out: the Left’s message is all about envy and resentment. (It’s as if he said your moustache resembles Hitler’s, and then you denied it, but forgot to mention that you don’t have a moustache. The public is likely to come out thinking that your moustache is probably more like Stalin’s, or maybe Ming the Merciless.)
So “The Real Politics of Envy” pays attention to whose message is actually raising and capitalizing on resentment: the Right’s. That’s a constant background refrain whenever they campaign against unionized workers, or sexually active young people, or the poor: Somebody’s getting away with something you wish you could have gotten away with, so don’t you want to see them punished? Nothing the Left says about the rich is remotely comparable.
That should be out in about an hour and a half. Later this morning, the weekly summary will snark about the news networks’ 24/7 coverage of the missing airliner, which has exemplified just about everything that’s wrong with contemporary journalism. I’ll also link you to stuff written by people who understand Crimea, Russia, and Ukraine better than I do; point out some of the classy ways people reacted to the death of Fred God-Hates-Fags Phelps; mark ObamaCare’s fourth anniversary; and call your attention to some hilarious examples of the new Internet art form “McConnelling”.