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Are Academic Elites Communists?
Townhall ^ | 8/15/06 | Walter Williams

Posted on 08/15/2006 4:51:55 AM PDT by Molly Pitcher

Grove City College publishes an excellent newsletter titled "Visions and Values." Its July 2006 edition features an interview with Dr. Richard Pipes, acclaimed Russian historian and Harvard University professor of Sovietology. The interview was conducted by Grove City College professor of political science Dr. Paul Kengor.

Dr. Pipes, who served on the National Security Council during the Reagan administration, explained that there are actually only a few communists among academics. At first glance, that's a puzzling observation, given the leftist bias at most college campuses. Drs. Pipes and Kengor explain the puzzle in a way that makes perfect sense.

While academic leftists, and I'd include their media allies, are not communists, they are anti-anti-communists. In other words, they have contempt for right-wingers, conservatives or libertarians who are anti-communists. Why? Academic leftists, and their media allies, are in agreement with many of the stated goals of communism, such as equal distribution of wealth, income equality and other goals spelled out in Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels' "Manifesto of the Communist Party." Leftist elites love the ideas of communism so much that they are either blind to, or tolerant of, its many shortcomings.

In practice, communism is nothing less than sheer barbarism that makes even the horrors of Naziism pale in comparison. Professor Rudolph J. Rummel of the University of Hawaii outlines that barbarism in his book "Death by Government," a comprehensive detailing of the roughly 170 million people murdered by their own governments during the 20th century. From 1917 to its collapse in 1991, the Soviet Union murdered about 62 million of its own people. During Mao Zedong's reign, 35,236,000, possibly more, Chinese citizens were murdered. By comparison, Hitler's Nazis managed to murder 21 million of its citizens and citizens in nations they conquered. Adding these numbers to the 60 million lives lost in war makes the 20th century mankind's most brutal era.

At home and abroad, leftists have done a thorough and commendable job documenting and condemning the horrors and crimes of Hitler and his fascist Nazi regime, but when have you heard them direct similar condemnation of Joseph Stalin, his successors and Mao Zedong? By and large, they've chosen to overlook the horrors of communism.

The reason for their reluctance to condemn the barbarism of communism is simple. Dr. Pipes says, "Intellectuals, by the very nature of their professions, grant enormous attention to words and ideas. And they are attracted by socialist ideas. They find that the ideas of communism are praiseworthy and attractive; that, to them, is more important than the practice of communism. Now Nazi ideals, on the other hand, were pure barbarism; nothing could be said in favor of them."

Often, when people evaluate capitalism, they evaluate a system that exists on Earth. When they evaluate communism, they are talking about a non-existent Utopia. What exists on Earth, with all of its problems and shortcomings, is always going to fail miserably when compared to a Utopia. The very attempt to achieve the utopian goals of communism requires the ruthless suppression of the individual and an attack on any institution that might compromise the loyalty of the individual to the state. That's why one of the first orders of business for communism, and those who support its ideas, is the attack on religion and the family.

Rank nations according to whether they are closer to the capitalism end or the communism end of the economic spectrum. Then rank nations according to human rights protections. Finally, rank nations according to per capita income. Without question, citizens of those nations closer to capitalism enjoy a higher standard of living and a far greater measure of liberty than those in nations closer to communism.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Extended News; Government; Miscellaneous
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1 posted on 08/15/2006 4:51:56 AM PDT by Molly Pitcher
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To: Molly Pitcher

Those that can, do.
Those that can't, teach.

Those that can't do or teach, work for the government.


2 posted on 08/15/2006 4:55:33 AM PDT by Joe Boucher (an enemy of islam)
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To: Molly Pitcher
Are Academic Elites Communists?

That's like asking "Are Communists Communists?"

3 posted on 08/15/2006 4:59:05 AM PDT by Darkwolf377 (http://www.dansimmons.com/news/message/2006_04.htm)
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To: Molly Pitcher

Yes.


4 posted on 08/15/2006 5:03:10 AM PDT by Huntress (Possession really is nine tenths of the law.)
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To: Molly Pitcher
Good column. My son will be taking a college ethics course with a leftist instructor. I'm sending this his way.
5 posted on 08/15/2006 5:04:26 AM PDT by Varda
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To: Molly Pitcher
"professor of Sovietology"

Professor of Communism - fixed!

6 posted on 08/15/2006 5:05:13 AM PDT by RasterMaster (Winning Islamic hearts and minds.........one bullet at a time!)
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To: Darkwolf377

"That's like asking "Are Communists Communists?"


Exactly.
DUH!


7 posted on 08/15/2006 5:05:30 AM PDT by Jameison
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To: Cannonette

ping


8 posted on 08/15/2006 5:05:39 AM PDT by Cannoneer No. 4 (Coming to you live from Hesco City)
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To: Molly Pitcher
Without question, citizens of those nations closer to capitalism enjoy a higher standard of living and a far greater measure of liberty than those in nations closer to communism.

That's because governments just haven't done it right, yet.
9 posted on 08/15/2006 5:07:23 AM PDT by Lord Basil (Hate isn't a family value; it's a liberal one.)
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To: Joe Boucher

speaking of which, in California, I read that one bill Gil, and Villaraigosa, both law students, NEVER passed the bar exam, yet profess to be attorneys.


10 posted on 08/15/2006 5:07:28 AM PDT by television is just wrong (our sympathies are misguided with illegal aliens...)
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To: Molly Pitcher
There is a connection here with why the MSM sympathizes with terrorists.

Journos are wannabe literary elites. Words are vastly more important to them than deeds.

11 posted on 08/15/2006 5:08:59 AM PDT by Cannoneer No. 4 (Coming to you live from Hesco City)
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To: Molly Pitcher

There are more communists on our university campuses than in Russia. In Russia they know communism does not work.


12 posted on 08/15/2006 5:09:41 AM PDT by GarySpFc (Jesus on Immigration, John 10:1)
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To: Molly Pitcher

13 posted on 08/15/2006 5:17:07 AM PDT by DaveTesla (You can fool some of the people some of the time......)
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To: Molly Pitcher

All ELITES share one common ideology .... that THEIR elite should run things on behalf of the common man because they better knowledge of what is best for the common man than the common man does for himself.

With Marx-Leninism it was the "ditatorship of the proletariat" which meant the Communist Party ELITE.

The Western ELITE just wants the "dictatorship of the proletariat" with a "human face". The term "human face" means they don't have to be logically consistent... and God forbid ... not dogmatic. The political correctness of what is in the best interest of the common man can change rapidly as circumstances change.

Of course, ultimately, what is in the best interest of the common man is that these self-designated ELITE be in power to control the behavior of the common man.


14 posted on 08/15/2006 5:17:59 AM PDT by spintreebob
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To: Molly Pitcher
Academia is insulated from the real world. Let's face it. universities revolve around problem solving based upon theory, not fact.

Fact: Communist forms of government do nothing but to stifle growth, health, and wealth of the masses while a select few reap the rewards and lush lifestyles of an Utopian oligarchy that feeds off the backs of the poor.

Look at the professors positions, salaries, power, etc. compared to that of the young student. A great similarity exists between the 2 social structures.

15 posted on 08/15/2006 5:19:50 AM PDT by RSmithOpt (Liberalism: Highway to Hell)
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To: RasterMaster

No, it's more like "Professor of Communism, Soviet Style."


16 posted on 08/15/2006 5:21:22 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: RSmithOpt

"....while a select few reap the rewards and lush lifestyles of an Utopian oligarchy that feeds off the backs of the poor."


This is the reason party hacks, who could never hope to achieve ANY measure of wealth on their own, all naturally become Communists...the Clintons are a prime example.


17 posted on 08/15/2006 5:24:35 AM PDT by mo
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To: Molly Pitcher
Academic leftists, and their media allies, are in agreement with many of the stated goals of communism, such as equal distribution of wealth, income equality and other goals spelled out in Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels' "Manifesto of the Communist Party."

One of my older sisters, who holds a PhD in Business Mathematics and teaches college, has stated her one wish for society is income equality. I admonished her for influencing America's youth with this communist philosophy, an accusation she denied. She and her husband (formerly in academia) are rabid Hillary! supporters.

18 posted on 08/15/2006 5:28:39 AM PDT by Quilla
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To: Molly Pitcher

They think they are.


19 posted on 08/15/2006 5:29:17 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: Varda
Highlight this paragraph for your son. Since anti-anti-communists feel superior to conservatives they shut their ears if they get into a discussion where the word "communist" is used. I use the word "utopian" and watch the emotions flit over their faces as the meaning sinks in.

Often, when people evaluate capitalism, they evaluate a system that exists on Earth. When they evaluate communism, they are talking about a non-existent Utopia. What exists on Earth, with all of its problems and shortcomings, is always going to fail miserably when compared to a Utopia. The very attempt to achieve the utopian goals of communism requires the ruthless suppression of the individual and an attack on any institution that might compromise the loyalty of the individual to the state. That's why one of the first orders of business for communism, and those who support its ideas, is the attack on religion and the family.

PS: Ask your son to listen for the words "think" and "feel". Their use generally defines whether one is talking to a lib or a conservative. It works almost every time on talk shows. I bet it will be the same on campus also.

20 posted on 08/15/2006 5:31:35 AM PDT by maica (Creating human shields is a war crime. It is also a Hezbollah specialty.-- Charles Krauthammer)
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To: GarySpFc

I highly doubt that. I spent a while in academia and got a phd. You find a lot of flaming liberals but I only met one real communist.


21 posted on 08/15/2006 5:32:23 AM PDT by SmoothTalker
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To: Molly Pitcher

Is the Pope German?


22 posted on 08/15/2006 5:33:24 AM PDT by HIDEK6
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To: Molly Pitcher
"Academic Elites" are too ignorant to be communists.

The academics move from dependency from father and mother into a system of dependency to the education system, all the while never having the nerve, endurance, confidence nor required brain power to achieve a self defined life of moving out on their own and thus they create a shell for themselves that identifies with communist rhetoric but they have never actually lived, achieved, experienced those ideals and so they are like parrots chirping out catch word phrases that they don't have a single clue as to what they really mean and so are ignorant.
23 posted on 08/15/2006 5:41:50 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (ETERNAL SHAME on the Treasonous and Immoral Democrats!)
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To: neverdem; Congressman Billybob; Howlin; Calpernia; Molly Pitcher
Rank nations according to whether they are closer to the capitalism end or the communism end of the economic spectrum. Then rank nations according to human rights protections. Finally, rank nations according to per capita income. Without question, citizens of those nations closer to capitalism enjoy a higher standard of living and a far greater measure of liberty than those in nations closer to communism.


Good points throughout this article!

But notice that, like this little example, the SOCIALISTS who "rank quality of life" ALWAYS put highest weighting to (government-provided) child care, (government-provided) health care, (government-provided) social security, (government-provided) "security" (gun control) , (government-provided) commuting, etc..... (Longevity also gets credit, which is good.)

These people are afraid of, and resent freedom. So, of course, the EU (European socialism) gets a higher standard of living than the US.
24 posted on 08/15/2006 5:41:58 AM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Hillary's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: Molly Pitcher
While academic leftists, and I'd include their media allies, are not communists, they are anti-anti-communists.

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

So?...Professors are merely anti-anti communists and in complete sympathy with Karl Marx? Huh???....

If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck it is a duck!

And, don't fool yourself thinking that this is only on the college and university level. Our K-12 schools are full of "anti-anti-communist" useful idiots as well.

Suggestion: Homeschool your children and if they go to college, at least spend the least amount of money possible on it.
25 posted on 08/15/2006 5:46:00 AM PDT by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid.)
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To: Molly Pitcher

Yes.

There, didn't even have to read the article.


26 posted on 08/15/2006 5:46:10 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Darkwolf377

Sort of redundant if you ask me.


27 posted on 08/15/2006 5:48:35 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Kill all the lawyers? No, kill all the politicans.)
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To: maica
I agree. Some words (appropriate though they are) cause people to quit thinking and just react. "Utopian" is a good word because it's in juxtaposition to the reality of human behavior and the real world institutions that are constantly disparaged.

I don't believe the instructor will use the word "feel" in his statements. This course is being given by the philosophy department and most philosophy types are precise in their arguments.
28 posted on 08/15/2006 5:50:43 AM PDT by Varda
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To: SmoothTalker

You find a lot of flaming liberals but I only met one real communist.

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Please define a "flaming liberal". You will find that they are communists. Remember if they are quacking like a communist, they are a communist.


29 posted on 08/15/2006 5:54:46 AM PDT by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid.)
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To: Molly Pitcher
"Are Academic Elites Communists?"

Yes, along with the MSM and a lot of "liberals." You know, the kind of people who hate Bush, but still think Castro is a pretty good guy.

30 posted on 08/15/2006 5:56:50 AM PDT by Sam Cree (Don't mix alcopops and ufo's)
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To: Molly Pitcher

Wikipedia on The Frankfurt School (later to become Columbia University), IMO the beginning of the state higher education is now in: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frankfurt_School


31 posted on 08/15/2006 6:01:09 AM PDT by polymuser (There is one enemy and one war.)
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To: Molly Pitcher
Academic leftists, and their media allies, are in agreement with many of the stated goals of communism, such as equal distribution of wealth, income equality and other goals spelled out in Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels' "Manifesto of the Communist Party." Leftist elites love the ideas of communism so much that they are either blind to, or tolerant of, its many shortcomings.

Academic leftists always delude themselves into thinking these goals can be achieved by mutual consent of the robber and the robbed - rather than by using a man with a gun from the government as a collection agent.

32 posted on 08/15/2006 6:05:43 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ("When the government is invasive, the people are wanting." -- Tao Te Ching)
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To: Darkwolf377

You Can Trust The Communists (to be Communists)
Dr. Fred C. Schwarz
Download the whole book in Rich Text Format (RTF)

http://www.schwarzreport.org/

"You don't understand the class structure of American society," said Smetana, "or you would not ask such a question. In the United States, the working class are Democrats. The middle class are Republicans. The upper class are Communists."

Whittaker Chambers, Witness, p. 616


34 posted on 08/15/2006 6:10:12 AM PDT by Right_Rev (If there is a just war (and there is), there must be an unjust Peace!)
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To: Mr. Jeeves

The number of apologists for the former Soviet Union and its mass murderers dwarfs the handful of aberrant pro-Nazi academics in America. Sympathy for the Communist project and distaste for attacking are today fully accepted in American higher education.

John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr, In Denial: Historians, Communism and Espionage (2003), p. 13


35 posted on 08/15/2006 6:11:35 AM PDT by Right_Rev (If there is a just war (and there is), there must be an unjust Peace!)
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To: RasterMaster
"professor of Sovietology"

Professor of Communism - fixed!

I would think that Sovietology would be a more narrow field than Communism in general.

You're correction would seem to be less exact, and Pipes doesn't deny studying Communism extensively, he merely has merely focused on the Soviet Union.

He's also not a communist himself.

36 posted on 08/15/2006 6:20:46 AM PDT by untrained skeptic
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To: Molly Pitcher
Are Academic Elites Communists?

Does a bear honk in the woods?

37 posted on 08/15/2006 6:22:22 AM PDT by arthurus (Better to fight them over THERE than over HERE)
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To: Molly Pitcher

What amazes me of these elites is that they believe in distribution of wealth except when it comes down to their own.


38 posted on 08/15/2006 6:24:25 AM PDT by Two-Bits
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To: Joe Boucher

"Those that can, do.
Those that can't, teach."

So all teachers are at best second-rate? Does that include homeschooling parent teachers?

"Those that can't do or teach, work for the government."

Don't you just hate those do-nothings like Condi Rice and Rumsfeld?


39 posted on 08/15/2006 6:30:37 AM PDT by Gone GF
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To: Molly Pitcher
Academic leftists, and their media allies, are in agreement with many of the stated goals of communism, such as equal distribution of wealth, income equality and other goals...

Academics and media types are wage earners who by and large will never accumlate the wealth and assets that risk takers and business owners do. Smug in their cerebral superiority, they deeply resent industrious, and often less well educated entrepreneurs, who accumulate more than they have. It does not take much of a leap for them to also see those gains as being ill gotten and having resulted from the exploitation of others. Academics and their left wing elitist brethern are not immune from materialistic envy and like the idea of income redistribution. They hate feeling inferior.

40 posted on 08/15/2006 6:45:00 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: Joe Boucher

I've long worked in the private sector, been a government employee (once upon a time), and even did a little bit of teaching on the side. Wonder where that puts me? :)


41 posted on 08/15/2006 6:50:33 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: Molly Pitcher
Is the Pope Pol German?
42 posted on 08/15/2006 6:51:12 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: RSmithOpt
Let's face it. universities revolve around problem solving based upon theory, not fact.

Yep, their models and solutions are based on the unrealistic assumptions of perfect rationality and consistent human behavior.

43 posted on 08/15/2006 7:07:41 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: Molly Pitcher
Leftist elites love the ideas of communism so much that they are either blind to, or tolerant of, its many shortcomings.

Umm... That would make them Commies.

Any more questions?

44 posted on 08/15/2006 7:08:54 AM PDT by TChris (Banning DDT wasn't about birds. It was about power.)
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To: Molly Pitcher; Varda; maica
"Intellectuals, by the very nature of their professions, grant enormous attention to words and ideas. And they are attracted by socialist ideas. They find that the ideas of communism are praiseworthy and attractive; that, to them, is more important than the practice of communism.
You don't have to be an intellectual to fit that bill. I don't consider journalists to be intellectuals (perhaps that's an error), but journalists do nothing but talk, and therefore they promote talk above action. To do so they take every opportunity to denigrate people who get things done - police and the military, businessmen, engineers . . .

Journalism is just cheap talk, and the cheapest talk of all is the second guess. And sometimes they are caught in outright lies such as the "TANG memos" and the Fauxtogrphs. Democrat voters tend not to internalize responsibility for getting things done and consider themselves victims. But the leaders and wealthy contributors simply promote the same ideas that ooze out of journalism's negativity toward the middle class.

If you start from the question, "Who says journalism is objective," and "What are the justifications for assuming that journalism - uniquely - is objective," you find that the whole liberal project collapses. Journalism selects the stories it will emphasize and the stories it will not report. And since Half the truth is often a great lie. Benjamin Franklin, it can never be proved that journalism is objective. More to the point, the actual perspective of journalism - cynicism toward the people and institutions which actually do necessary things - is in plain sight and that is not only not "objective," is one which profits from bad news and therefore journalism is a special interest. And therefore journalism is arrogant to argue from the assumption that it is objective.

"Liberal" and Progressive" and "Moderate" are simply honors which journalism awards to its acolytes for toeing journalism's party line that criticism of the people who get things done is a higher function than taking risks in the absence of perfect knowledge in order to take necessary action.

Now Nazi ideals, on the other hand, were pure barbarism; nothing could be said in favor of them."

. . . In practice, communism is nothing less than sheer barbarism that makes even the horrors of Naziism pale in comparison.

So although "Fascism" (especially National Socialism) is recognized as a dystopia rather than a utopia, people who are desperate that they get credit which actually belongs by right to the entrepreneur (they want to run the government by the "right" of their desire to 'make everyone equal' - but making the government do that redounds to their credit) are unwilling to give up the idea that the doers deserve credit for their deeds.

But real, existing Communism is no different than National Socialism - nobody but thugs would be capable of instituting such a barbarous system.

Utopias Elsewhere: Journeys in a Vanishing World


45 posted on 08/15/2006 7:19:40 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which liberalism coheres is that NOTHING actually matters except PR.)
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To: Quilla
has stated her one wish for society is income equality.

People who wish for this are SO dense. It requires one of two things:

1) Income is completely unrelated to amount of initiative and effort, or
2) No one must be allowed to decide for themselves how much initiative or effort to exert.

46 posted on 08/15/2006 7:37:41 AM PDT by Onelifetogive (* Sarcasm tag ALWAYS required. For some Freepers, sarcasm can NEVER be obvious enough.)
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To: Starboard
Wonder where that puts me? :)

You haven't achieved your level of incompetence yet or else you have and are just moving to the same level in different hierarchies.
47 posted on 08/15/2006 7:53:28 AM PDT by PeterPrinciple (Seeking the truth here folks.)
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To: Molly Pitcher

A lot of them are.


48 posted on 08/15/2006 7:54:46 AM PDT by jpsb
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To: Molly Pitcher

Great article.... Bump.


49 posted on 08/15/2006 7:56:10 AM PDT by demkicker (democrats and terrorists are intimate bedfellows)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

But real, existing Communism is no different than National Socialism - nobody but thugs would be capable of instituting such a barbarous system.


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Yes, it is a shame that one got dubbed "the Left" and the other "the Right"

Both are totalitarian in objective, and should share that same end of a spectrum based on liberty.


50 posted on 08/15/2006 8:09:25 AM PDT by maica (Creating human shields is a war crime. It is also a Hezbollah specialty.-- Charles Krauthammer)
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