Wisconsin: reactionary liberalism unchained

February 22, 2011

Pajamas Media co-founder Roger L. Simon is a Hollywood screenwriter and lifelong Left-liberal who in recent years has made a journey back toward a pragmatic conservatism; it was through his writings at PJM and his earlier blog that I came to realize that American liberals and progressives are among the most reactionary people in today’s political environment. They cling bitterly to their ideology in the face of all evidence contradicting it, while conservatives such as Paul Ryan or Sarah Palin instead look at what’s been tried and what really works in the search for solutions to today’s problems — empiricism as opposed to dogma, reaction as opposed to thought.

In his post today at PJM, Roger recounts the saga so far of Wisconsin’s attempt to reform public employee benefits and collection bargaining and then asks why has American liberalism become so juvenile and reactionary? His answer, selfishness:

Liberalism has become a mask for greed in our culture — a way of hiding excessive selfishness from others and, importantly, from the self. It’s a deflection, really.

We see this in the billionaire extremes of a George Soros and a John Kerry, but also now in the demonstrators in the streets of Madison. Many are suffering economically in our country. Huge numbers are unemployed. But when asked to pull together for the good of the mean, the liberals, the ones who pay the greatest lip service to equality, say NO.

They hide behind “Union! Union! Union!” and “No pasaran!,” but it’s all a fake. When the chips are down, our modern liberals are overcome by their own sense of entitlement. Christopher Lasch’s Culture of Narcissism has infected them to such a degree reality cannot intrude. I get my pension even if there’s no money, even if you have to pay for it and you’re broke without any pension of your own.

Socialism, my fat fanny! It’s just plain old selfish greed.

I think this is spot on, at least for the large mass of those demonstrating in Madison and elsewhere for the preservation of their gold-plated benefits and outsized political influence. Among the ideologues and left-liberal elites, including our president, there’s a desire and a goal to reshape our nation along European social-democratic lines, the vast, highly regulated welfare-entitlement state we see in a France or –God help us!– a Greece. But for many, maybe most, it comes down to throwing a tantrum when some adult says there are no more cookies in the jar.

Be sure to read the rest.

RELATED: Another former Lefty “gone Right.” Ron Radosh on “How the Left sees the union crisis in Madison.”

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


James Cameron Gets an Indian Name: He Who Owes Refund

April 18, 2010

PJTV’s Roger L. Simon and Lionel Chetwynd take on James Cameron in the Amazon and Hollywood’s useful idiots:


A president in need of therapy? – Updated

April 4, 2010

Roger L. Simon thinks President Obama has a serious personality disorder:

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I found Anne Kornblut’s report in the Washington Post — “Obama’s 17-minute, 2,500-word response to woman’s claim of being ‘over-taxed’” — to be deeply disturbing. Although I disagree with most of Barack Obama’s policies, I took no pleasure in seeing a political opponent wound himself by talking on and on to the point of agitating his audience. The situation is much too grave for that. This is our country — all of us, Republican, Democrat and Independent. And I am now convinced of what I have long suspected — the United States has a president with a serious personality disorder.

Now I admit I am not a professional psychiatrist or psychologist, nor do I see myself even remotely as a paragon of mental health, but I have made a decent living for over thirty years as a fiction writer whose stock in trade is perforce studying people and this is one strange dude. He makes Richard Nixon seem almost normal.

I’m not sure I’d go that far. While I’m not even as qualified as a fiction writer to decide if someone is nuts, I do think Obama is a callow, brittle egotist and narcissist* who cannot handle challenges to his authority, and his lack of qualifications for the office have only exposed those qualities as he deals with the curve balls it throws him daily.

Given the state of the world, one can only hope he develops some humility and a thicker skin, soon.

*(Of course, there is such a thing as Narcissistic Personality Disorder, so maybe Roger’s right.)

UPDATE: Meanwhile, Ed Driscoll takes Roger’s comparison of Obama and Nixon and looks at the differing (and extreme) attitudes the media held toward each – All The President’s Yes Men.


Quote of the day

December 18, 2009

Roger L. Simon on the revelation he had about the whole Anthropogenic Global Warming cult while attending the UN climate change conference in Copenhagen:

I was trying to figure out what it was about the conference that so perplexed and disturbed. And then, before the Caudillo [Hugo Chavez] had concluded his tedious remarks and long before the “meaningful deal” between the world leaders was announced, I realized what it was. We had returned to the Middle Ages.

A high tech Middle Ages, of course, but still the Middle Ages. Forget the Renaissance, forget the Enlightenment, forget Spinoza, Locke, Galileo and everybody else, we had returned to our roots as gullible and idiotic human beings, as willing to believe in the primacy of anthropogenic global warming as we would in the sighting of the Madonna at a river crossing twelve kilometers south of Sienna in 1340.

Yup.


Take back Gore’s Oscar?

December 4, 2009

In the latest episode of PJTV’s Poliwood, Roger L. Simon and Lionel Chetwynd, both Oscar nominees, discuss what to do about Al Gore’s Academy Award-winning “documentary,” An Inconvenient Truth, in light of the revelations of Climategate:

Momentum? Simon and Chetwynd’s suggestion has made the LA Times. There’s no chance this would ever happen, but for it to even appear in a reliably liberal MSM outlet shows Climategate is starting to grab the public’s attention.


Hollywood, Rape, and Rape-Rape

October 4, 2009

Roger L. Simon and Lionel Chetwynd discuss the artistic elite’s lame defense of Roman Polanski, who drugged and sodomized a 13-year old girl:

Part 1

Part 2

One good point: What if Roman Polanski had instead been Father Polanski? Would the artiste-elites have been so swift to defend the indefensible? No, I don’t think so, either.

A truly excellent point: Where were these same defenders of the artiste-elite’s claim to a special morality when Theo van Gogh was butchered by a devout Muslim?

Side Note: I’ve really come to like Simon and Chetwynd’s Poliwood: it’s fixed stage and single camera remind me of afternoon talk shows from when I was a child, when the host and guests would actually, shock and surprise, talk about the issues of the day.


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