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Hitchhiker's Guide to the Bailout
The American Spectator Online ^ | January 13, 2009 | Joseph Lawler

Posted on 01/14/2009 10:35:20 AM PST by oldtimer2

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Bailout

By Joseph Lawler on 1.13.09

In a recent Wall Street Journal opinion piece, Stephen Moore highlighted the parallels between today's economic events and those depicted in Ayn Rand's classic Atlas Shrugged.

"Many of us who know Rand's work have noticed that with each passing week, and with each successive bailout plan and economic-stimulus scheme out of Washington, our current politicians are committing the very acts of economic lunacy that 'Atlas Shrugged' parodied in 1957," Moore wrote.

Point taken: Rand was eerily prescient in predicting the encroachment of big government during this crisis. Then again, it doesn't take Nostradamus to predict that eventually government will go awry.

In fact the ultimate riff on government came out roughly 1,957 years (give or take about 33 years) before Atlas Shrugged, when someone, probably a clever proto-Objectivist, quipped, "Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's," as if to warn us that eventually the government is going to do what it wants to do, and the rest of us are better off worrying about more important things.

No, if you are looking for the most complete forecast of today's economic and political turmoil in 20th century literature you will have to look beyond Rand's one-dimensional economic vignettes to a work of scope and sophistication: Douglas Adams's all-encompassing masterpiece, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

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TOPICS: Books/Literature; Humor; Society
KEYWORDS: bailout; guide; lizards
This is really dark humor, however it is also what I think is true about our politics today.

The part of the essay that most describes the last election is when it is stated that lizards win elections. The question is "why do we vote for lizards?"

The answer is: "If we did not vote for a lizard, the wrong lizard might win."

The only hope we have is in the last two words of the essay: Don't panic.

1 posted on 01/14/2009 10:35:21 AM PST by oldtimer2
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To: oldtimer2

The economy has been demolished to make way for a hyperspace bypass.

2 posted on 01/14/2009 10:38:48 AM PST by DManA
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To: oldtimer2
I think I need a nice hot cup of tea.

And my advise to Obama: Go stick your head in a pig!

3 posted on 01/14/2009 10:45:12 AM PST by KarlInOhio (On 9/11 Israel mourned with us while the Palestinians danced in the streets. Who should we support?)
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To: oldtimer2

America is at that awkward stage.
It is too late to work within the system,
but too early to shoot the bastards.
- Claire Wolfe

4 posted on 01/14/2009 11:02:24 AM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (Obama, Change America will die for.)
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To: DManA

“The economy has been demolished to make way for a permanent Democratic majority.”

Fixed. :(

5 posted on 01/14/2009 11:02:26 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I figure the odds be fifty-fifty I just might have somethin' to say)
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran

See tagline.

6 posted on 01/14/2009 11:03:38 AM PST by Lurker ("America is at that awkward stage. " Claire Wolfe, call your office.)
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7 posted on 01/14/2009 1:19:19 PM PST by Rio (Don't make me come over there....)
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To: Rio

The answer to the bailout problem is 42.

8 posted on 01/14/2009 1:24:23 PM PST by SeanOGuano
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To: oldtimer2

Watch this video, listen closely, THIS explains why our Founding Fathers gave us a Republic and not a Democracy and what can go wrong in a Republic once it gets too complacent and finds out that “government can vote itself pay raises.” (Not the term used, but similar.)

The term “Democracy” is NOT in the Constitution or Bill of Rights. Or Declaration, either, if memory serves me correctly.

9 posted on 01/14/2009 2:29:52 PM PST by HighlyOpinionated (The American Form of Government . . .
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; justiceseeker93; ..

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10 posted on 01/14/2009 7:10:56 PM PST by SunkenCiv ( Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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