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#1 some One once said: The poor will always be with us.
Posted by OldSpook 2012-11-20 01:12||
#2 Best way to help poor countries is free contraceptives.
Posted by g(r)omgoru 2012-11-20 01:18||
#3 In Agee's book after he defected
He states Democrats are rich exploiters of the masses who feel a little bit guilty about exploiting their neighbors so they throw some pablum about paid for by the middle and working classes (heaven forbid they assuage their guilt with their hoard).
Posted by Water Modem 2012-11-20 02:15||
#4 Of course a good proletarian convert like Agee would never come and an really state the proletarian dictatorship's attitude toward hoards. That being: "What's yours is mine! What's mine is mine ... comrade".
Posted by Water Modem 2012-11-20 02:21||
#5 I love this - the answer to her guilt is to come back to the US and talk. She doesn't have to give up anything and gets to feel good about herself (for once).
Posted by Spot 2012-11-20 08:18||
#6 There will always be poor among us as long as there is human free will to choose. Some will choose behaviors known to afflict man for thousands of years and codified to some extent in the West under the titles like the seven deadly sins. No government program or funding will alleviate that to which people are willing co-conspirators to. We've provided education. We've provided opportunity. They must act themselves to save themselves. All else is wasted. Best summed up in the American colloquialism - you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink. Remember that for every victim condition there are others who exist in the same state who 'choose' to act otherwise to end the deprivations they found themselves in.
Posted by Procopius2k 2012-11-20 08:38||
#7 The whole liberal 'sustainable development' thing is about reducing (eliminating?) the human footprint on the planet, by reducing the number of human beings on the planet by a couple of orders of magnitude. Of course, being so superior, they get to choose who is eliminated (not them.)
In real life it cannot work; life forms are programmed to resist being eliminated. Besides, if they eliminated all the poor people who would pick their organic arugula?
Posted by Glenmore 2012-11-20 09:28||
#8 "...the charity that unmotivates the beneficiaries..."
Huh...? Why is it that this type of language is permitted only when a lib is engaging in self-flagellation...?
Posted by Uncle Phester 2012-11-20 09:47||
#9 @6 --
You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it THINK.
I made that up!
Posted by Bobby at the kids place. Albemarle McGurque9750 2012-11-20 10:15||
#10 I forget who came up with the original version, you can lead a horticulture, but you can't make her think. Google sez Dorothy Parker.
Posted by Thing From Snowy Mountain 2012-11-20 10:45||
#11 I don't understand the Liberal Guilt thing.
Posted by Deacon Blues 2012-11-20 12:10||
#12 I think you need to be a guilty liberal to understand the whole liberal guilt thing. They feel guilty for all the unearned stuff they have, and atone for it by taking YOUR stuff and giving it to some underprivelaged proxy for whoever they wronged.
Posted by Glenmore 2012-11-20 12:16||
#13 "Someone is drowning in a lake and you are watching. She is sinking lower and lower, her head tossed back so that she can just barely manage a gulp of air. You can save her."
But you don't since she'd destroy your career if she survived, and you can't have that!
You're a BIG MAN!
You're Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy, Senior US Senator from Massachusetts and she is Mary Jo Kopechne.
Posted by Elmerert Hupens2660 2012-11-20 13:29||
#14 That's what this letter is about, brothers and sisters, about you learning of your deep inner guilt.
And its incredibly poorly written. That is, if you are an educated person who knows how the world works. Target is suburban pre-18s who, like the author, are more likely to understand how to make frozen pizza in the 3rd world than know how to prepare rice or dry beans.
In fact, I think if there is much truth in here, the bulk is a bag of crap.
Posted by swksvolFF 2012-11-20 16:02||
Best way to help poor countries is free contraceptives.
No -- the best way is to kill the leftists.
Posted by Rob Crawford 2012-11-20 17:06||
You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it THINK.
No, it's "you can lead a horticulture, but you can't make her think".
Posted by Rob Crawford 2012-11-20 17:07||
#17 Dang. Snowy beat me.
Posted by Rob Crawford 2012-11-20 17:08||
#18 BTW -- a lot of the people who work at Disney World, particularly in the resorts doing the less "glamorous" work, are immigrants. Going to Disney World, you help employ these people and give them a good start in the US.
This "urban studies" major would prefer they not be employed, not be in the US. She'd prefer they were left in poverty back home.
Posted by Rob Crawford 2012-11-20 17:11||
#19 And, finally, the developed world HAS shared the most important aspect of our wealth -- the secret behind it. Rule of law, equality before the law, property rights, hard work... those four things will build a wealthy, healthy society faster than you can blink.
Is it our fault that the third world prefers comfortable lies? Is it our fault that deluded idiots with "urban studies" degrees think they know better than 10,000 years of human history?
Posted by Rob Crawford 2012-11-20 17:14||
#20 One way she should be able to get over her guilt is to give away everything she has, renounce her US citizenship, and live the rest of her life as a peasant in Paraguay, with no hope of return to her life of privilege.
Posted by Rambler in Virginia 2012-11-20 18:04||
#21 "And, finally, the developed world HAS shared the most important aspect of our wealth -- the secret behind it"
An enormous pile of money borrowed from the Chinese?
Or Ben Bernanke running a printing press? Germany tried that in the 20s - doesn't work. Led to war. Avoid.
Posted by HunWithGun 2012-11-20 19:11||
#24 #19 And, finally, the developed world HAS shared the most important aspect of our wealth -- the secret behind it. Rule of law, equality before the law, property rights, hard work... those four things will build a wealthy, healthy society faster than you can blink.
Actually, there are six according to Niall Ferguson: The 6 killer apps of prosperity. (it's a TED talk, and yes, the TEDsters tend towards hipster douchebaggery, but this guy is an economist. And no, not a Paul Krugman economist) He adds a couple to your list.
But you are right, Rob. It's no big secret, just that nobody wants to hear this. Much easier to blame FILL-IN-THE-BLANK. As for the article, that was the stupidest thing I've read all day.
Posted by SteveS 2012-11-20 21:49||
#25 As P.J O'Rourke pointed out all mass starvation in the world is government caused. We could do more to eliminate poverty and starvation by sending the Marines in then we do by giving to NGOs who generally hand the food/cash over to the person who has created the problem in the first place.
Posted by rjschwarz 2012-11-20 23:57||