Skip to comments.Van Jones and Philosophical Warfare
Posted on 11/23/2012 2:18:23 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
..... Mr. Jones claimed,
"I hear a lot about liberty now from the so-called libertarians and they say the only thing that matters in America is liberty. That's what they say. They say America has only one value: liberty. Economic liberty. My economic liberty and if you stand for any other value you're anti-American. And they've taken their despicable ideology, and they're using it as a wrecking ball that they've painted red, white, and blue to smash down every good thing in America."
In the novel The Fountainhead,Ellsworth Toohey says,
"If you learn how to rule one single man's soul,you can get the rest of mankind. It's the soul, Peter, the soul. Not whips or swords or fire or guns. That's why the Caesars,the Attilas,the Napoleons were fools and did not last. We will. The soul,Peter,is that which can't be ruled. It must be broken. Drive a wedge in,get your fingers on it --and the man is yours."
.....It has always been, and will always be, a war of philosophy. There are those who believe in the ideas espoused by the likes of Jefferson and there are those like Mr. Jones who advocate for forms of collectivism which state that individual man has no right to his own life or liberty,but must instead focus on pursuing happiness for the group as a whole,or for the common good. For the latter, they have already been intellectually crushed by the thinkers ranging from Aristotle, Rand, Hayek,and so on. Therefore,they understand the use of deception and force are their key weapons. To use force,they must deceive people into believing it is moral for others to use force on them. That is why Van Jones, and those like him,cannot achieve their goals if that one dreadful word that libertarians hold,liberty itself,is the primary value of the American people.
(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...
In describing Mr. Jones they left out,self avowed Communist,a perfect fit for a CNN contributor
The watermelon is networking and on the college campus speaking circuit.
Biography and Booking Information "Globally Recognized Pioneer in The Green Collar Economy"
Van Jones Green Economy and Human Rights Pioneer - "The Green-Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Solve Our Two Biggest Problems."
" Hi, I'm Van, your server. You want fries with that??
Education, Labor, Green infrastructure, Pension $$$ [aka wealth transfer from taxpayers]:
AFL-CIO Makes $10 Billion Infrastructure Commitment At the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) - America yesterday the AFL-CIO announced a $10 billion commitment to invest in America’s infrastructure. This commitment puts labors money where their mouth is.
This initiative will help create mechanisms to finance infrastructure projects. Over the next 5 years at least $10 billion will be raised to invest in infrastructure projects beginning with investment specifically geared toward retrofitting large commercial buildings to be energy efficient. The money will be recruited from pension funds, state and federal governments, beginning with union pension funds.
Retrofitting Buildings — How It Pays Off
Initially $20 million will come from union pension funds to invest in pilot programs retrofitting large public and commercial buildings for energy efficiency. The union money covers the cost of the work. They get the money back over the long term by receiving the difference between the building’s current utility bills and the lower utility costs that result from the retrofitting. So along with creating jobs, reducing our dependence on foreign (and Koch) energy sources and helping get America moving again, the pension funds and other financing entities will be paid back directly from the resulting savings on utility bills.
Because the labor organization is willing to make a long-term investment, they can finance this work where other entities will not. It is called patient capital. For an investment of patient capital, you need non-exorbitant but predictable returns. This reduction in utility bills provides just that. This is the first time anyone willing to put enough money in this to get projects like this going. As other investors see the success that results they will join to finance future projects. This project means public buildings can be retrofitted now, without the governments having to come up with any money. Because this is very labor-intensive work it will create many construction jobs.
Other infrastructure projects will follow the initial building-retrofit effort.
The CGI Process
This is a great commitment to be announced at CGI because it fits the CGI model. It is practical, gets something done that is important to do, brings labor, business and government together to solve problems and is completely scalable so if it works it can be rapidly and dramatically expanded.
[American Federation of Teachers] AFT President Randi Weingarten and AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades President Mark Ayers [update: died April 2012] announced the project here at CGI-America, with President Clinton explaining to the assembled audience how it will have such a positive impact. Clinton explained that China spends 9% of income on infrastructure, US only 3%.
Investment in infrastructure gets Americans back to work and enhances energy independence, so it is good economics. We dont have the same capacity to amass significant amounts of capital required for these kinds of investments. AFL-CIO investing at least $10 billion from pension funds into Americas infrastructure projects that are competitive and energy efficient, bringes utuilities, labor, government, investors and business groups together.
In addition, AFL-CIO will train 40,000 apprentices as well as 100,000 mid-career construction workers to do this.
Clinton said Rich Trumka couldn’t be here, they started talking about this last January, Trumka will report on the progress at the September CGI in New York.”
Initially $20 million will come from union pension funds to invest in pilot programs retrofitting large public and commercial buildings for energy efficiency. The union money covers the cost of the work. They get the money back over the long term by receiving the difference between the building’s current utility bills and the lower utility costs that result from the retrofitting.
Elon Musk [read: “Obama crony capitalist” of SolarCity, Tesla Auto and SpaceX].
SolarCity Building 7.4-Megawatt Project for California Schools
SolarCity Corp. (SCTY), the developer of rooftop solar systems whose chairman is billionaire Elon Musk, is installing panels with 7.4 megawatts of capacity at 26 schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
The project will save the district more than $776,000 in energy costs in the first year and more than $25 million over 20 years, according to a statement today. SolarCity has installed systems at 17 schools and will add nine more by the first half of next year. Terms of the deal werent disclosed.
SolarCity has installed or is developing power projects at more than 200 U.S. schools, according to the statement. It sells power to residential and commercial customers in 14 states, including Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Intel Corp.
The company filed this month to to raise more than $200 million in an initial public offering........”
160,000 military buildings to get rooftop arrays “........Recently, SolarCity — which also expanded to the East Coast this year — announced the launch of SolarStrong, an audacious, $1 billion project that aims to double the number of residential photovoltaic systems across the U.S. through the installation of rooftop solar arrays on 160,000 homes and other buildings like community centers and administrative buildings on the country’s military bases.
In total, 124 different military housing developments in 33 states would partake in the program that is expected to create as many as 6,000 jobs over the next five years, many of them earmarked for U.S. veterans and military families.
Right now, SolarStrong is already under way at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii where, when all is said and done, 2,000 military homes will boast rooftop solar arrays. MNN: 10 surprisingly easy forms of alternative energy
Given the magnitude of the project, it’s no surprise the federal government has stepped in to help — the Department of Energy has extended a conditional commitment for a partial guarantee of a $344 million loan that will support SolarStrong..................”
GIM: Generation Investment Management LLP co-founders: [Al Gore and David Blood [headed Goldmans $325 billion asset management division] LINKS to their advocacy and editorials.
“The $683 million “Climate Solutions Fund” piece of GIM has made direct, minority investments in a number of cleantech firms including SolarCity, Tigo, Ausra, and SMA.” Source Oct. 4, 2012 MORE
You can “laugh” at Van Jones but do it at your own peril.
I take this guy deadly seriously.
It’s astonishing to me that Americans can look at pure evil in the face and fail to recognize it. Jimmy Crater’s “inordinate fear of communism” remark seems to have started the decline towards the total ideological blindness we suffer from today.
Hiding his agenda behind the green initiative which is evil in it’s own right. Green is the new red. He is radical racist convict in a suit
They also left out POS as well. Why (rhetorical) does this a$$hat have or get any mention at all? I recall him asking someone in the audience somewhere “how’s that working out for ya?” concerning capitalism. I appears it’s workin’ out pretty darn good for him. All these fools love to spread their ideals but none of them have lived under commie rule so to them it all sounds great. They only witness it from on high standing beside u-go chavez or fiddle castro where it’s all dom perignon and caviar with plenty of facades shown to them. Tail gunner Joe was right in the 50’s. He may not have been a pillar of society but he was right on the money with the red menace.
Helping keep mankind warm for 65 years.
I seem to remember reading about people of whom “God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”
Sounds pretty much like America’s ruling and cultural elites. “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”
Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equaility. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks
equality in restraint and servitude.
Alexis de Tocqueville
You can laugh at Van Jones but do it at your own peril.
I take this guy deadly seriously.
Amen! A dangerous threat, to be sure.
Also, I am always bothered by the ridiculing of fast food jobs, as I believe that this has contributed to a lot of bad attitudes among the young. Such jobs can provide many character-building opportunities for teens. So many of them have come to regard low level jobs as beneath them and think they should start at the top.
Van Jones and his ilk should always be greeted with pointing fingers, derision and laughter.
The 1960s Marxist-Alinsky campus radical, psycho spoiled brats were celebrated in the establishment MSM as the most intelligent generation ever!. They are now arguably that very establishment that praised them and they hold themselves and their ideological issue in even higher regard.
.. and they want to debate men like our Founders?!
Debate? All they can do is scream "RACIST!" "BIGOT!"
Bump to your post no. 6.