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Duke Law professor calls for ‘real conflict’ in USA over inequality, climate change
Hot Air ^ | July 4, 2014 | Noah Rothman

Posted on 07/04/2014 12:37:41 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Jedediah Purdy, a professor of law at Duke University Law School, is vexed by the two biggest problems facing the United States. No, not a chronically low labor participation rate, not an economic recovery which often looks more like a recession, not the renewed aggression of great powers like China or Russia, or the collapse of smaller powers in Central America and the Middle East. Taking to the pages of Politico Magazine, Purdy warned in stark terms of the real problems facing the country. They just happen to be problems which have always been and always will be problems; the disparity of wealth, which is a permanent feature of free societies, and the weather.

What’s more, Purdy says that American national comity is overrated, and the political class should embrace “conflict” over these issues – they are that dire. “Talk about embracing conflict seems divisive, which is automatically taken as a bad thing these days,” he wrote. “But division as such is not a bad thing.”

It is, in his opinion, cynicism which is the real evil, by which he more accurately means skepticism. Purdy’s brand of zealotry is the only truly virtuous course and, as zealots are wont to do, he seeks to impose his views on the public through the successful prosecution of “conflict.”

“So why am I calling for conflict—real conflict, not its facsimile?” Purdy continued ominously. “Because the United States got two big doses of reality in the last six months. One was the explosive arrival of Thomas Piketty’s finding that inequality is vast and that we are headed toward a second Gilded Age, if we aren’t there already. The other was the new set of U.N. reports on climate change, which confirmed, yet again, that the problem is real and accelerating.”

He suggests that, if the United States allows the phenomenon of income inequality to grow, it will eventually lead to political pressures on a representative government which might result in increased tax burden on the wealthy. This fundamentally democratic outcome, Purdy seems to suggest, is a wholly undesirable half measure. He appears to prefer that the Cheka simply confiscate wealth.

Without bubble-driven illusions of shared prosperity, those who lose out from inequality might demand greater tax contributions from the winners—higher taxes on the highest incomes and taxes on wealth, where the money is. On average, people are richer than they have ever been. It’s just that a tax system that focuses on income from work and treats insanely wealthy people the same as (or better than) ordinary high earners misses where most of national wealth has been accumulating, giving the impression that “we” are sharing a tight period—when, in fact, the burden is disproportionately on the middle class and professionals, who have missed the biggest gains.

Similarly, he wrote, climate change represents an existential threat to the planet. It is a threat so great that onerous carbon taxes must be imposed on businesses to decrease their productivity, curtail supply, and reduce demand. In clearer terms, the economy as we know it must be destroyed and remade.

“These kinds of measures would be worth some conflict,” Purdy again asserts. By this, he says he means titanic clashes on political battlefields as opposed to the literal kind.

Calling for a more divisive politics does not mean embracing polarization for its own sake. It also doesn’t mean denying that, in the end, we really are all in this together. But we need versions of patriotism and solidarity based in real—which means conflictual—responses to our big problems. We have some fighting to do.

“What’s especially tricky now is that some of the conflicts we need to embrace are transnational,” Purdy closes. Why, there could even be a song about it. The “Transnationale,” perhaps. Uniting the human race.

“[F]or patriotism and solidarity that go beyond denial, the fighting starts at home,” Purdy’s opus concludes. “Let the fireworks begin.”

It is difficult to craft a rebuttal to this form of thought as it is a theological construct rather than a logical one. Purdy’s piece is a declaration of faith in a cause, one which would be perfectly recognizable to the socialist revolutionaries of the early 20th Century. The global problem of income disparity, the need for the redistribution of wealth rather than income, curtailing the first world’s ability to produce in order to level the fundamentally unfair international playing field, and appealing to “conflict” in order to effect this grand change; it is all quite familiar.

Rebutting this ideology would be like rebutting Bogomilism. While the philosophical underpinnings of Gnosticism remain a valued component of Christianity’s metaphysical whole, the sect of Bogomil died out a millennium ago when it could no longer address the challenges that had once made it relevant. Are there adherents of the faith to which Purdy declared fealty? Of course, but their ideas have been defanged by the admonitions of history.

It is nevertheless important to highlight Purdy’s work particularly because of his reliance on “conflict” as a means of achieving his preferred end. He is not suggesting violence, but what’s a revolution without a little terror? The Purdys of this world are the fire-eaters of our time. The fire-eaters got their “real conflict,” even though it seemed an unthinkable prospect right up until the minute the first shots rang out.

This warning will be mocked and derided by those sophisticated types for whom nothing is more important than consensus and a sense of superiority. Let them. There is more honor in speaking out against agitators in ridiculing those who do.

“With malice toward none, with charity for all,” Lincoln said famously in his second inaugural address, “let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds.” Those wounds remain bound despite the best efforts of men like Purdy to reopen them.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Conspiracy; Education; Government
KEYWORDS: climatechange; cw2; cwii; inequality
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1 posted on 07/04/2014 12:37:41 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“So why am I calling for conflict—real conflict, not its facsimile?” Purdy continued ominously.

Because you have no concept of what's going to happen to you and your comrades once the shooting starts.

2 posted on 07/04/2014 12:40:08 PM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We are rapidly approaching a time when there will indeed be ‘conflict’ but I doubt Mr. Purdy will be too keen on it then.


3 posted on 07/04/2014 12:42:51 PM PDT by JOAT
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This little punk ass needs a couple nice knuckle sandwiches.


4 posted on 07/04/2014 12:44:16 PM PDT by Bullish (You ever notice that liberalism really just amounts to anti-morality?)
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To: JOAT

I wonder if she’ll turn down the obligatory cigarette there at the end?


5 posted on 07/04/2014 12:44:56 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: Bullish; JOAT; Jim Noble

6 posted on 07/04/2014 12:47:11 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“[F]or patriotism and solidarity that go beyond denial, the fighting starts at home,” Purdy’s opus concludes. “Let the fireworks begin.”

Be careful what you ask for, bub. For a lot of us the idea of shooting a few totalitarian liberals has a growing appeal.

7 posted on 07/04/2014 12:50:13 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
You got to just love this: A law professor, who appears to know squat about economics, quotes an article by a Socialist economists and augments it with reference to another self-interest piece by the UN, and we're dumb enough to not only let it appear in print, but to read it. I guess I should pitch my Ph.D. in economics and start advising people on the law and throw in my sentiments on climate change just for good measure.
8 posted on 07/04/2014 12:50:34 PM PDT by econjack (I'm not bossy...I just know what you should be doing.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Email: Purdy@law.duke.edu
Room: 4178
Phone: 919-613-7077
Fax: 919-613-7231
210 Science Drive
Box 90360
Durham, NC 27708-0360


9 posted on 07/04/2014 12:50:36 PM PDT by Vasilli22
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This guy is a freaking idiot. Yes, in the Marxist/communist/fascist government controlled societies that he loves so much, everyone is equal. They all share equally in poverty. Well, except the big shots, party officials, bosses and oligarchs. They’re quite a bit more equal than others. And the college professors? Dead along with all the other useful idiots, clerics, homos, insane, people of color, “undesirables,” “dangerous,” etc, etc, etc.


10 posted on 07/04/2014 12:50:56 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Okay, let’s see. Compare the salary this parasite makes with that of the janitor who cleans his office, and begin with the war there.


11 posted on 07/04/2014 12:52:27 PM PDT by DPMD
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Another ivory tower revolutionary who has undoubtedly never touched a gun and opposes firearms ownership.


12 posted on 07/04/2014 12:54:31 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Purdy, you little twit-be careful what you wish for...


13 posted on 07/04/2014 12:55:42 PM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Not to worry, Jethro. It's coming.

And it ain't gonna work out the way you think.

14 posted on 07/04/2014 12:56:03 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He can’t practice Law so he Teaches


15 posted on 07/04/2014 12:58:46 PM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: Jim Noble

Good post. I have been waiting to fight commie scum like this professor for years.


16 posted on 07/04/2014 12:59:58 PM PDT by ohioman
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He calls for it but, fer sure he’s a poosy and would never take up arms.

Sweater wearing jackass


17 posted on 07/04/2014 1:00:09 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What would Pol Pot do to Duke law professors?


18 posted on 07/04/2014 1:00:44 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Bring it, leftscum. Please.


19 posted on 07/04/2014 1:03:28 PM PDT by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Jedediah’s got a real Purdy mouth.


20 posted on 07/04/2014 1:04:12 PM PDT by Chad_the_Impaler
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Wouldn't even need the 12 ga to give this little ponce more conflict than he could handle.

21 posted on 07/04/2014 1:05:01 PM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: DPMD

Exactly.

Wonder what his reaction would be if a group of poor whites showed up on his doorstep demanding that he share his wealth with them?


22 posted on 07/04/2014 1:07:49 PM PDT by Ban Draoi Marbh Draoi ( Gen. 12:3: a warning to all anti-semites.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

My last post clearly directed at the author of this article, not you, 2nd.


23 posted on 07/04/2014 1:10:42 PM PDT by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think it is past time for the adults in the country to stand up and push back. Hard.


24 posted on 07/04/2014 1:12:42 PM PDT by llevrok (Straight. Since 1950.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He wants REAL conflict? OK, what’s his address?


25 posted on 07/04/2014 1:14:09 PM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What a namby pamby.


26 posted on 07/04/2014 1:14:45 PM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The only problematic inequality in this country is the one between the government class and regular folks.

27 posted on 07/04/2014 1:15:04 PM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Like this dimwit doesn’t believe the “conflict” will begin with the elimination of all the anti-Christian anti-capitalist Obama stickered Prius driving privately owned gun hating collectivist envirowhackos?


28 posted on 07/04/2014 1:18:29 PM PDT by Blue Collar Christian (There's only one reason for authorities to take the arms of good people.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We should all be calling for real conflict.


29 posted on 07/04/2014 1:19:03 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Billthedrill

I’m reading a lot of posts and comments on Facebook from liberal drones - sounds like their getting froggy too. I don’t know what they intend to fight with . . . I suppose they think the dog killing cops are going to do the fighting for them


30 posted on 07/04/2014 1:19:24 PM PDT by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Such a small container to hold so much crap.


31 posted on 07/04/2014 1:20:38 PM PDT by dforest
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I suggest the conflict begin with him.


32 posted on 07/04/2014 1:21:16 PM PDT by Williams
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To: Billthedrill

They’re not their - darned smart phone


33 posted on 07/04/2014 1:21:30 PM PDT by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever.)
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Duke University is seething hole of liberal/progressives memes with absolutely no socially redeeming features. I wouldn’t send a child of mine there if it were offered for free.


34 posted on 07/04/2014 1:28:43 PM PDT by Jenny217
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I’ve been arguing your comment for a long time. I think its time for Christians to start acting a little less Christian. These bastards don’t know when to stop; they keep pushing it. When the hell are we gonna say ‘enough’?


35 posted on 07/04/2014 1:29:28 PM PDT by lesko
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Headline:

Victims Industry Sees Need For More Aggressive Approach.
Cash flow decreases in recent months alarm Industry.

Industry leaders seek merging with Climate Change Industry and together "simply confiscate wealth" with threats of terrorism and all forms of conflict against society. Experts expect that will draw the ire of Islamists who claim exclusive rights to those tactics, lawsuits likely.

More than a hundred years and some are still too lazy or too crooked to work.

“There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs-partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs. ~ Booker T. Washington (1856-1915.) ~ Educator, Author, Civil Rights Leader

36 posted on 07/04/2014 1:30:26 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: Jim Noble
Because you have no concept of what's going to happen to you and your comrades once the shooting starts.

I believe you are correct sir. This chump should be careful what he wishes for, he might get it.

37 posted on 07/04/2014 1:34:44 PM PDT by Mark17 (Rats and RINOs, who are destroying America, may you be screwed by the fickle finger of fate)
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or if my reply above is taken to mean race alone (which it was) Abe has a more general opinion.

You initiated a policy to tolerate the Marxist-Alinsky radicals and let them rant; not only has it not ceased but was constantly augmented by decades of infiltration and indoctrination. You now have two Americas. In my opinion, it will not cease until a crisis shall have been reached and passed. A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure, permanently, half statist and half free; I do not expect the house to fall; but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing, or all the other.

The "professor?" is an ideological issue of the 1960s Marxist-Alinsky campus radical, psycho spoiled brats. What he is advocating is that crisis that must be "reached and passed."

38 posted on 07/04/2014 1:38:14 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

How can wealth NOT be “unequal” when intelligence, natural talent, diligence, persistence, willingness to sacrifice, luck and chance, incidence of timing and many other factors in life are NATURALLY UNEQUAL, and all of them, collectively, contribute to our ability to make the best of whatever opportunities come before us.

Yes, UNNATURAL barriers can also arise between us and opportunities. But, my experience and my reading, suggests they are hurdles most can and do overcome, compared to the natural limitations we have been given or have ourselves created.


39 posted on 07/04/2014 1:41:15 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: Jim Noble

Guys like Purdy who’s solution is conflict, don’t realizes the solution to their solution is the Mussolini solution.


40 posted on 07/04/2014 1:48:00 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This fool of a “professor” must have a death wish. To think that taxpayers pay him to think-up such drivel...


41 posted on 07/04/2014 1:48:23 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Scratch a liberal find a fascist. Never fails.


42 posted on 07/04/2014 1:48:41 PM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Watch what you wish for - my little pony!


43 posted on 07/04/2014 1:54:39 PM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: Jim Noble
Because you have no concept of what's going to happen to you and your comrades once the shooting starts.

I'm guessing he doesn't intend to have any part of the fight.
44 posted on 07/04/2014 1:57:37 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I graduated law school and worked at three major nyc law firms. Almost nobody in the system has been in a fight since the fifth grade.

Law professors talking like this is laughable.


45 posted on 07/04/2014 1:58:15 PM PDT by Ted Grant
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Mr. Purdy, you want conflict come see me.
Make sure you are loaded for bear, because I will be loaded for Tyrannosaurus Rex.


46 posted on 07/04/2014 1:59:38 PM PDT by 5th MEB (Progressives in the open; --- FIRE FOR EFFECT!!)
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To: Blue Collar Christian
...Obama stickered Prius driving privately owned gun hating collectivist envirowhackos?

Careful now, I saw a Prius the other day with a sticker on the back that said, "I drive a Prius so I can afford to buy more ammo." Made me chuckle.

47 posted on 07/04/2014 1:59:45 PM PDT by KevinB (Barack Obama: Our first black, gay, Kenyan, Muslim president!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Global Warming is a hoax.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyUDGfCNC-k


48 posted on 07/04/2014 2:00:15 PM PDT by Vision (Living in beauty)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I don’t care what commie professors think.

And if they want conflict, I’m ready.


49 posted on 07/04/2014 2:01:08 PM PDT by SaxxonWoods (....Let It Burn...)
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To: cripplecreek
I'm guessing he doesn't intend to have any part of the fight

When they are in takeover mode, as they are now, they seem irresistible - because they can easily find people willing to kill for socialism.

Once we round the Franco turn at Pinochet corner, it gets harder, because very few of those willing to kill are willing to die for socialism.

50 posted on 07/04/2014 2:03:49 PM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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