Believing in Fairies

One of the more annoying things (and there are many…) about Randian Righties is the way they repeatedly announce, against all evidence, that their destructive, rich-coddling economic policies are the One True Way, handed down to us by the God of the Market, and all we need to do is throw another virgin or two into the volcano, and all will be well.  Though this theory has been disproved countless times as the superrich thus created invariably spend their wretched excess purchasing the government, since there aren’t enough furs and jewels in the world to dent their colossal bank accounts, they tend to have a lot left over for such nefarious purposes.  They use it wisely, financing “thinkers” like the writer below, given that credulous and elite-serving publications like the Washington Post will throw up whatever claptrap the lavishly funded “think tanks” of the right are churning out on any given day.  In a “panel discussion” about the Lame Duck session of Congress, or more accurately, a bland question asked to a few dozen miscellaneous Villagers who respond in predictable sound bites, I came across this:

Diana Furchtgott-Roth; Senior fellow, Hudson Institute :

The most productive aspect of this lame duck session has been President Obama’s intellectual growth.

Of course, since her intellectual ideal is in this case George W. Bush, this phenomenon could more accurately be described as shrinkage, but she does have a point, albeit an infuriating one:

He convincingly argued in favor of extending the current Bush-era tax rates so as not to choke off economic growth. And he declared at a press conference on Wednesday that “we celebrate somebody like a Steve Jobs, who has created two or three different revolutionary products. We expect that person to be rich, and that’s a good thing. We want that incentive. That’s part of the free market. “

You see, even that Kenyan socialist finally caught on to the fact that God created America to serve the rich, although he’s still kind of a dummy:

(No matter that Jobs has created not two or three, but dozens of revolutionary products.)

And now that Obama has finally Seen the Light, this otherwise unemployable flack gazes into her Koch-funded crystal ball and sees a bright future indeed…..

Will we see a simpler tax system with lower rates voted out by the 112th Congress and signed into law by the president?

Hmmm.  You mean like Ireland tried?

I don’t begrudge people believing  utter horseshit, especially when they are well paid to do so, but I do wish that they could show a little humility and not think that they alone have access to some higher knowledge that has somehow escaped centuries of economists, historians, and ordinary people.  It’s an insulting and repellent trait they evidently picked up from their sometime political allies, the Religious Right, who similarly dismiss mountains of evidence that what they hold most dear is contemptible hogwash.  Both endlessly predict dire consequences for nonbelievers, and no matter how often proven wrong, they still think they’re the Chosen Ones, battling a benighted world.

If it takes “intellectual growth” to believe in what George H.W. Bush correctly called “Voodoo Economics,”  then I suppose it’s possible that, say, Sean Hannity is some sort of genius, like Einstein.  Possible, yes, but unlikely.


  1. dirigo says:

    I realize this may not be at all helpful in the context of the quixotic and never-ending charge against the Big Windmill of the Market, but conceding that true believers really believe what they profess or proffer can relieve pressure on one’s gasket.

    Perverse as it may sound, I find great pleasure these days in thinking about villainous characters – like Jack Abramoff, played to the hilt in the new movie with Kevin Spacey.

    Here’s the thing. If you look at these people as an actor might, you’ll concede their monstrosity. But in order to play the role, an actor must get “into the skin” of the character and believe, as the character does, that he or she is not a monster, but rather the hero of their story.

    Throw in humor to grease the path and you’ve got entertainment. One more send up. In some cases, pure joy.

    I only mention this because, really, given what some people believe, no matter how maddening, there’s not much that can be done.

    You’re not going to change their minds, that’s for sure.

    Hammering out a tad of decent law in a lame duck session (goodbye DADT!) where “progressives” hold sway for a historical nanosecond? Well, that’s good.

    • cocktailhag says:

      Good, yes, but as Susie Madrak ably points out at Crooks and Liars, DADT was one of those things the plutocrats (Including Dick and the girls, obviously…) just don’t care about. Let it pass; the money’s elsewhere. Outside certain religious circles, people don’t get rich bashing fags anymore, and thus the Village has moved on, to public employees’ unions, brown people, and the unemployed, for starters. When those run dry they’ll think of new ones, I have no doubt.

      • dirigo says:

        Oh sure. It never stops, it just moves. Bigotry that is.

        Here in Connecticut, practically a whole town, mostly Eyetalians it seems, are trying to drive Hispanics out, aided by a fair amount of police intimidation. The FBI is taking a look.

        But I was saying ridiculing reactionaries can be a form of effective rebuttal, and fun.

        I’ll bet Mzzzzzzz Furchtgott-Roth is a lot funnier than she knows. Let her in on the joke.

        • cocktailhag says:

          Maybe I already have…. She strikes me as no less likely to be a closet self-googler than Len Colodny and Joe Conason, both of whom improbably showed up here for one reason or other when I tagged their hallowed names. I wonder if ol’ Diana drinks and smokes More 120′s…. seems like it. Maybe we’d hit it off.

          • dirigo says:

            Oh you’re funnier than most, though giving her text this much exposure is headache-inducing.

            You can see it comes out of a content mill. Oh it’s the Hudson Institute Content Mill.

            Fine grind that.

          • dirigo says:

            On another level entirely (trying to push the New Year’s Eve absurdity envelope): what is Hugh Hefner, as he announces his engagement to another twenty-something?

            Is he a libertarian hero (as he might perceive himself), or, an unintentional something else, as 2011 knocks?

            He is kinda funny, with that signature Hef grin.

  2. cocktailhag says:

    Yeah, Hef’s not so fond of the curlers and bathrobe look, and understandably so. Those young tarts look a lot better in the morning; that’s why God took away our vision after 40. Somebody ought to hide his glasses.

  3. mikeinportc says:

    Re that last one from dirigo, I read a related story in Positive News .Unfortunately it’s only in the hard-copy version. I’ll have to send it to you* . It mentions how negative experiences tend to make a greater impression on the brain , even if positive ones predominate. However….. that can be overcome . It also mentions how to consciously achieve that. Of course , it helps if you want to do so .

    Here’s some encouragement for those tommy-type ” pinched nerves” ;)

    * I have the Hag’s address, but not sure of anyone else, as I deleted a lot of stuff when RMP’s surprise visitor got loose over here . Wrote some down on actual paper , but not sure of yours, dirigo .

    • dirigo says:

      Mike, you could send that piece to Hag and I’d ask him to pass it along. He has my email and slow mail address. Or did. Rather not post email here thanks. Don’t want to agitate my amygdala any more than necessary. It’s big enough already, and starting to get bossy too.

    • cocktailhag says:

      Yeah, that’s a great idea for a blog post; maybe when I get past my writer’s block/move-in crunch I’ll write about it. Lots of humor in the predictability, anyway. Thanks for the links.

    • mikeinportc says:

      :) I just came here from reading that . Did you read the comments ?


      I’m supposed to be surprised at the first-grade level of thinking in which this coprocephalic shrew indulges? Not bloody likely. It’s exactly the way I’d expect her rattling little pea-brain to work.

      Love the creativity. :)

  4. cocktailhag says:

    As others have no doubt concluded, the woman is illiterate, in addition to her other charms.