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The Left Hates Inequality, Not Evil (Dennis Prager On Moral Fools Alert)
Townhall.com ^ | 11/22/05 | Dennis Prager

Posted on 11/21/2005 10:21:45 PM PST by goldstategop

If you want to understand the Left, most of what you need to know can be summarized thus: The Left hates inequality, not evil.

As one raised as a New York Jew (who, moreover, attended an Ivy League university) and therefore liberal -- it took me a while to recognize this fatal moral characteristic of the Left. But the moment I realized it, it became immoral not to oppose leftist values.

It is neither possible nor virtuous to be devoid of hatred. Even those who think it is always wrong to hate must hate hatred. The question therefore is not whether one hates but what (or whom) one hates.

For example, on the basis of the value system that I hold -- the Judeo-Christian -- I try to confine my hating to evil. By evil I mean the deliberate infliction of unjust suffering on the undeserving; cruelty is the best example of such evil.

Those who hate evil hated the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union, after all, was a made-up country, created by a band of gangsters called Bolsheviks and Communists. They murdered between 20 million and 40 million innocent people, spread their totalitarianism around the world, and thereby rendered hundreds of millions of people slaves and automatons.

From the 1930s to the 1950s, liberals and social democrats vigorously opposed communism. But the rest of the world's Left, especially its intellectuals and artists, not only did not oppose communist governments, they were the greatest defenders of communism.

By the end of the Vietnam War (begun and prosecuted by liberals), however, most liberals abandoned anti-tyranny, anti-evil liberalism and joined the rest of the Left. Since the late 1960s, with almost very few exceptions (one is Sen. Joseph Lieberman), "liberal" and "Left" have become synonyms. (That is why The New York Times characterizes the Nation, a far-left journal, as "liberal.")

Thus, when President Ronald Reagan called the Soviet Union an "evil empire," the liberal world condemned him. The Cold War, once regarded as an epochal battle between freedom and tyranny, came to be regarded by liberals as an amoral battle between "two superpowers."

Likewise liberals almost universally mocked President George W. Bush when he labeled Saddam Hussein's Iraq, North Korea and Iran an "axis of evil." It takes a mind that either has little comprehension of evil or little desire to confront it to object to characterizing three of the worst regimes in modern history as "evil."

How else can one explain the Left's enchantment with Fidel Castro, the totalitarian ruler of Cuba? Clearly his evil is of little consequence. What matters to people on the Left is that there is free health care and almost universal literacy in Cuba. Whereas non-leftists believe that it is far better to be illiterate but free, leftists believe that it is better to be a literate slave.

Today, this inability to either recognize or to hate evil is manifested in the liberal opposition to the war in Iraq. As I pointed out in a previous column, opponents of the war should be asked to at least acknowledge that America is fighting evil people and an evil doctrine in Iraq. But even that is difficult, if not impossible, for most people on the Left.

As noted above, everyone hates someone, and that includes people on the Left. The problem is that because they don't hate evil, they hate those who oppose evil. That is how liberals went from anti-communist to anti-anti-communist. To paraphrase one of the greatest moral insights of the Talmud, those who show mercy to the cruel will be cruel to the merciful. So, George W. Bush, not the Islamic terror world, is the Left's villain; life-embracing Israel is the Left's villain, not their death-loving enemies; and religious Christians who note moral weaknesses within the Islamic world are the real danger, not the moral weaknesses within the Islamic world.

To be fair, it should be noted that confusion over evil and insufficiently hating it are not confined to the Left. There are religious people who conflate sexual sin with evil and/or advocate automatic forgiveness of all evildoers, even when no repentance has taken place.

But the inability to acknowledge the greatest evils, let alone to join in fighting them, is the defining characteristic of the Left. That is why former Vice President Al Gore just announced that global warming was a worse threat to humanity than terrorism. He really believes that. As do the great many people on the Left whose moral passion focuses more on gasoline prices, drug prices, health care prices, and other expressions of material inequality than on people and movements dedicated to murder. That is why Robert Redford and friends from Hollywood can celebrate Fidel Castro. Castro may imprison political opponents, and most Cubans may have no right of dissent, but they are economically equal.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; Philosophy; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: democrats; dennisprager; evil; good; gwot; liberals; materialists; moralfools; moralrelativism; townhall; waronterror
The Left are moral fools. Their support for dictators is explained by their belief eliminating material inequality is more important than opposing evil. That is why Democrats have sided with left-wing dictatorships since the 60s. For people like Al Gore, global warming is a greater threat than Al Qaeda. Moral fools who hear, see and find no evil. Such is the bane of those who pursue moral relativism. An absolute such as good and evil doesn't exist in their world-view.

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie.Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

1 posted on 11/21/2005 10:21:47 PM PST by goldstategop
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To: goldstategop
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Dennis Prager
2 posted on 11/21/2005 10:33:54 PM PST by Old Seadog (Inside every old person is a young person saying "WTF happened?".)
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To: goldstategop
"If you want to understand the Left, most of what you need to know can be summarized thus: The Left hates inequality, not evil."

Thanks for posting this article, it was a great read. I believe the reason why the Left are so obsessed with 'equality' but have no hatred for evil, is because they are pro-socialist and communist, believers in systems where everyone is 'equal' but no one is free. This system is coming into being right here in America, today. "Equality" is rising, personal and religious freedoms are waning.

3 posted on 11/21/2005 10:37:36 PM PST by TheCrusader (Evolutionist know everything about the missing link, except the fact that it's missing~GK Chesterton)
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To: goldstategop
I think the real reason the left admires an abstraction such as "equality" is a tacit assumption of its own superiority, both intellectual and moral, coupled with a desperate anxiety that it might not be true, which it is not.
4 posted on 11/21/2005 10:41:09 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: goldstategop

"... The problem is that because they don't hate evil, they hate those who oppose evil..... To paraphrase one of the greatest moral insights of the Talmud, those who show mercy to the cruel will be cruel to the merciful."


DEEP...DUHHH(in my best homer voice)


5 posted on 11/21/2005 10:42:40 PM PST by penelopesire
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To: goldstategop

After pointing out that the Soviet Union did not let its citizens leave the country, my former commie brother explained that these people had been given an education by the government and thus they owed, so therefore they were morally bound to stay.

So that is what communism offers....gov gives education...you give back your freedom. Commies think this is a good deal. I think it sucks. That is what divides us and that is why I will fight the bastards to my last breath. Although it looks now that it will be islamofascists instead of commies...no matter to me they are all evil sob's.

My brother made good in the stock market and retired nicely at 55....no thanks to his hero Karl Marx...:)


6 posted on 11/21/2005 10:47:21 PM PST by fizziwig
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To: Old Seadog

Dennis Prager is my first dose to newstalk radio every day. The best!


7 posted on 11/21/2005 10:48:23 PM PST by HitmanLV (Listen to my demos for Savage Nation contest: http://www.geocities.com/mr_vinnie_vegas/index.html)
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To: goldstategop
What matters to people on the Left is that there is free health care and almost universal literacy in Cuba. Whereas non-leftists believe that it is far better to be illiterate but free, leftists believe that it is better to be a literate slave.

And why is this? Because (among other reasons) literate slaves will still be able to serve as audiences for the musing and posturing of their artistic betters, and throw a few pennies from their wages into the hat passed by the liberal artestes who are brought into the workhouse by their benevolent masters. And by so doing they will keep the liberal fantasy world of words and empty gestures alive, which is all that counts, in the end, for these people. The fantasy lives if it can be kept alive in the mind of even one silly fool, and if a million wise men must be kept in slavery, or consigned to mass graves, so that reality can be turned upside-down, it is worth doing.

8 posted on 11/21/2005 10:54:36 PM PST by Steely Tom (Fortunately, the Bill of Rights doesn't include the word 'is'.)
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To: goldstategop

This is interesting. I agree with him, but at the same time the lefts biggest nightmare is to be all-equal or the same. Like one of the old twilight zones.


9 posted on 11/21/2005 11:02:06 PM PST by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric cartman voice* “I love you guys”)
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To: fizziwig
I ordered this past weekend Leszek Kolakowski's magnum opus, Main Currents Of Marxism. Written by a Polish ex-Communist, it remains one of the greatest studies of Leftist thought ever written. Every conservative should read it, if only to understand how Marxism morphed into a totalitarian ideology that enslaved millions and still does hold sway in parts of the world today.

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie.Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

10 posted on 11/21/2005 11:04:13 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

bttt


11 posted on 11/21/2005 11:12:04 PM PST by Christian4Bush (Howard Dean would declare DNC victory after winning a game of rock/paper/scissors.)
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To: goldstategop

Excellent article. The only issue I would take up is the one about sexual sin. You need only see the trauma left to a child who has been molested to know that it can be evil.


12 posted on 11/21/2005 11:22:30 PM PST by King Black Robe
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To: NoCmpromiz

ping


13 posted on 11/21/2005 11:23:17 PM PST by NoCmpromiz (John 14:6 is a non-pluaralistic statement.)
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To: Steve Van Doorn

"This is interesting. I agree with him, but at the same time the lefts biggest nightmare is to be all-equal or the same. Like one of the old twilight zones."

Twilight Zone is an underestimate when we are talking of the left.

One minute they are fighting for the 'rights' of the foreign terrorists/enemy combatants...and claiming a constitutional right to our judicial system on the part of enemy combatants.....

And at the same time, they fight for the right to kill any baby in a USA woman's womb...without a trial..without a jury..without a care.

It is beyond strange.


14 posted on 11/21/2005 11:26:51 PM PST by penelopesire
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To: goldstategop
btt



15 posted on 11/21/2005 11:45:19 PM PST by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: goldstategop
Since the late 1960s, with almost very few exceptions (one is Sen. Joseph Lieberman), "liberal" and "Left" have become synonyms.

I do not understand this statement. Is Dennis saying that Lieberman is both liberal and Left, or is he stating that democrates EXCEPT for Lieberman are "liberal and Left"? In my opinion there is no exceptions to "liberal and Left". If a person is other than liberal and left he would be conservative and left.(In my opinion this would be a misnomer)

16 posted on 11/22/2005 12:10:58 AM PST by taxesareforever (Government is running amuck)
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To: goldstategop

This is what makes them inherently antisemitic. They cannot stand Jewish distinctions...and Christian ones too.

Yet they themselves aspire to distinctions of their own in total Orwellian "more equal than others" opinion maker hypocrisy. This is why they inwardly love Bin Laden and find him cool and that I find more and more feminists on campus going out with Syrians, Morrocans and what not.

The negative distinctions they seek in hate of genuine distinction is what makes them psychedelic brothers of Bin Laden, because Bin Laden also distincted himself through such hate...yet it does not prevent them from making Christian distinction a sin and calling the like of Robertson terroists.

"I can't get no satisfaction" is the liberal mindset too. They always stand in the way of people's commitments coz they have none themselves distinctly in their cult of death and murderous seeking of material satisfaction with a quiet greed beyond anyone's imagination....and yet they preach equality coz they are so jealous and paranoiac of what one's blessed ingenuity can do with little.

Liberals sin continuously in latent permanent state and cannot get out of this. It's what makes them evil and inherently insane.


17 posted on 11/22/2005 12:43:20 AM PST by JudgemAll (Condemn me, make me naked and kill me, or be silent for ever on my gun ownership and law enforcement)
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To: taxesareforever

Lieberman is a Haredi Jew against abortion personaly, assumably, but politicaly he is for abortion.


18 posted on 11/22/2005 12:46:03 AM PST by JudgemAll (Condemn me, make me naked and kill me, or be silent for ever on my gun ownership and law enforcement)
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To: penelopesire

They want it both ways...

Terrorists are the poster boys for their fascist fn' it all, I'm the big vagina b!tch attitude, I don't need to commit to you, I'm fine...

Yet when in 'troubah', they whine and scream and plead for God and JudeoChristians' cmmitments to their lives, like pathetic mafiosos caught in cookie jar by their boss running to the cops pleading them after having sworn to blow their brains out the day before...


19 posted on 11/22/2005 12:51:14 AM PST by JudgemAll (Condemn me, make me naked and kill me, or be silent for ever on my gun ownership and law enforcement)
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To: JudgemAll

LOL


20 posted on 11/22/2005 1:26:54 AM PST by taxesareforever (Government is running amuck)
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To: goldstategop

Thanks muchly for the OP (Prager article) and the
Kolakowski reference. Another writer on a subject
akin to this topic (inequality) was Murray Rothbard,
whose " Freedom Inequality and Primitivism " was
very diffilcult to find, even in NYC, before the 'Net
became popular. It's now an e-book at mises.org, alas
it's an .asp but one can't expect everything all at once.


21 posted on 11/22/2005 2:38:22 AM PST by cycjec (doesn't teach or inspire or compel them to think things through)
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To: penelopesire

"To paraphrase one of the greatest moral insights of the Talmud, those who show mercy to the cruel will be cruel to the merciful."

A profound statement. Leftists do not want equality. They want to destroy society to the extent that they can take over and install themselves as "God," therefore, declaring themselves to be the judges of what is "good" and what is "evil" and of who lives and who dies. They must do this by force. So far, the courts and not the ballot box, have been that force. This is why we see such viciousness coming from the left over conservative Supreme Court appointments. Equality is only a political correct tool they are using to achieve their goals.


22 posted on 11/22/2005 2:42:59 AM PST by jazzlite (esat)
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To: goldstategop

The homogenization of man is wrong. To be a literate slave is to be an automaton.

When God created everything, He could have made a human race of automatons. Then everything would have been peaceful and everybody would have served Him. But He's smarter than that. He knew that the worship of automatons would be meaningless.

Forseeing all the evil to come in the world, and even His son's crucifixion, he opted for "free will" instead of automated robots. Why? Meaning, significance and worth are near the core of value. Value beyond gold and diamonds.


23 posted on 11/22/2005 5:23:29 AM PST by RoadTest (I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus - - - Rev. 20:4)
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To: goldstategop; NCSteve; Huber
I think Prager is Totally Dead Wrong here. The left doesn't hate inequality. They LOVE inequality, as long as it benefits the "right" people. You don't see Robert Redford or Barbra Streisand or Jean Kerry buying tract houses in the suburbs or secondhand minivans, do you? That would be too much like their being equal to all those schlubs who aren't nearly as good as themselves.

The left doesn't love dictators because dictators are champions of "equality." They love dictators because they want to be just like Joseph Stalin or Fidel Castro ... able to have the best of everything for themselves and the few they favor, while having the power of life and death over everyone within reach.

I think Prager's background has left him mushy-minded on this point. Maybe he needs to spend his declining years enjoying the "equal" health care in Cuba, to clear his head? The left loves power and hates freedom, and if we forget that, we've swallowed the Big Lie.

24 posted on 11/22/2005 5:32:51 AM PST by Tax-chick ("Everything is either willed or permitted by God, and nothing can hurt me." Bl. Charles de Foucauld)
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To: jazzlite

Should have read further before I posted ... you beat me to this absolutely essential point.


25 posted on 11/22/2005 5:35:02 AM PST by Tax-chick ("Everything is either willed or permitted by God, and nothing can hurt me." Bl. Charles de Foucauld)
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To: goldstategop

The left is deathly afraid of making ANY type of value or moral judgement at all. There are paralyzed by it.


26 posted on 11/22/2005 5:45:36 AM PST by Buffettfan
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To: goldstategop

No, what the left hates is accountabilty for themselves. They love inequality, as long as they are on top.


27 posted on 11/22/2005 6:50:59 AM PST by Netheron
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To: Tax-chick; Huber
Prager has made a meaningless argument. While he is probably correct in his assertion that the left does not hate what you and I consider to be universally evil, his dichotomy is faulty. Evil and equality do not preclude nor ordain one another. And the left does not comprehend equality in the same way as the rest of us. Members of the left preach equality on a cosmic scale, but they know, as do the rest of us that cosmic equality does not exist. The difference between the left and the rest of us is that we are willing to acknowledge that fact. To the members of the elite left, equality is a commodity of largess to be dispensed by their own to those they deem to be benighted.
28 posted on 11/22/2005 6:51:31 AM PST by NCSteve
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To: NCSteve

Too early for all those big words, Steve. I think I'll have a cup of tea and then read that again.


29 posted on 11/22/2005 6:54:22 AM PST by Tax-chick ("Everything is either willed or permitted by God, and nothing can hurt me." Bl. Charles de Foucauld)
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To: taxesareforever

No, you see a few 'JFK' style democrats around still, although they are few and far between. They actually believe in good and evil and believe that goverment social programs can promote good. They are validly noble in intent, but totally wrong in practice. They shouldn't be shouted down, but respectfully voted against and given a calm rebuttal. You can detect them by their ability to carry on reasoned discussions.

The reason that there are so few of them today, is that many have either realized that these programs won't work or have a serious problem with long-term dependency, while maintaining their commitment to good. Once they have internalized this criticism of social programs, they become conservatives. Others couldn't shake their attachment to goverment power and went left by giving up their committment to good.

This is slightly different than 'compassionate conservatism' which realizes the importance of nuturing self-reliance, but doesn't reject the possibility of goverment programs. Your 'JFK' liberal doesn't recognize the serious danger of long-term goverment dependence. A leftist recognizes it and either doesn't care or is counting on it. A 'True Conservative' says nothing good can come of goverment programs that do not relate to the military or standard 'law enforcement'.

Years of experience have made honest 'liberals' a very rare breed, since the bad assumptions are just too obvious for most honest people to not realize. Their numbers will keep dwindling.


30 posted on 11/22/2005 7:06:16 AM PST by Netheron
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To: NCSteve

Okay, now I get it! Excellent points!


31 posted on 11/22/2005 7:14:45 AM PST by Tax-chick ("Everything is either willed or permitted by God, and nothing can hurt me." Bl. Charles de Foucauld)
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To: goldstategop
As noted above, everyone hates someone, and that includes people on the Left. The problem is that because they don't hate evil, they hate those who oppose evil.

And by definition, doesn't that mean liberals hate the good?

32 posted on 11/22/2005 7:26:14 AM PST by GOPJ (The costs of launching an attack on America is high - antiwar dems are working to change that)
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To: goldstategop
As noted above, everyone hates someone, and that includes people on the Left. The problem is that because they don't hate evil, they hate those who oppose evil.

And by definition, doesn't that mean liberals hate the good?

33 posted on 11/22/2005 7:35:49 AM PST by GOPJ (The costs of launching an attack on America is high - antiwar dems are working to change that)
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To: goldstategop
That is why Robert Redford and friends from Hollywood can celebrate Fidel Castro. Castro may imprison political opponents, and most Cubans may have no right of dissent, but they are economically equal.

Yes, wealthy Hollywood elites like to gaze upon economic equality... but they don't seem much interested in participating in it.

34 posted on 11/22/2005 8:30:49 AM PST by wizardoz
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To: Steely Tom
Because (among other reasons) literate slaves will still be able to serve as audiences for the musing and posturing of their artistic betters

Good point.

35 posted on 11/22/2005 8:33:23 AM PST by wizardoz
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To: NCSteve; Tax-chick

Are you channeling Sowell again? Did you mean to say cosmic "justice"?


36 posted on 11/22/2005 4:48:00 PM PST by Huber ("The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion." - Edmund Burke)
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To: Huber; NCSteve

That did sound very Sowell-ish :-). Maybe Steve's just feeling generally Cosmic, today.


37 posted on 11/22/2005 5:06:16 PM PST by Tax-chick (Advent starts November 27 ... have you dusted yet?)
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To: TheCrusader

Yep...and in the greatest irony of all for liberals the sun rises and sets with money.

And yet, they always say we are the one's obsessed with it.


38 posted on 11/22/2005 5:08:25 PM PST by pollyannaish
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To: Huber
Are you channeling Sowell again?

Absolutely. Cosmic equality is a natural corollary of cosmic justice. Actually, Sowell does address the myth of equality, but the correlation to cosmic justice is my own conclusion. Do you like it?

39 posted on 11/22/2005 6:15:45 PM PST by NCSteve
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To: NCSteve

Yes, very nicely done old chap!


40 posted on 11/22/2005 6:49:08 PM PST by Huber ("The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion." - Edmund Burke)
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To: goldstategop

bump


41 posted on 11/22/2005 9:15:00 PM PST by GOPJ (The costs of launching an attack on America is high.)
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To: Old Seadog

I'm waiting for Mr. Morality to apologize to Bob Grant.


Before he had converted to conservatism, he was a half-lefty on WABC radio in New York and had a TV show.

On this TV show he did a despicable ambush segment on Bob Grant, he invited him on and proceeded to assault him as a racist, taking every statement Bob had ever made out of context, interrupting him, etc.

He was merciless and totally and/or willingly unfair. All the while preening over himself and his superior morality like a fat, preening, peacock.

I will take everything he says with a grain of salt until he admits to being an opportunistic low life craven for acceptance and publicity and using Bob Grant (whose shoes he's not fit to shine) to further his career.

He used to use the word conservative like an expletive, now when I see him it's "us conservatives". I think his conversion to conservatism was to make himself money.

I don't forgive and forget too easily.


42 posted on 09/21/2006 11:17:13 AM PDT by word_warrior_bob
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