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Our good friend and Righter's Blog alum, Walter Scott Hudson just got him a link on Instapundit to his piece at PJ Media. Awesome job, Walter! Nobody deserves it more.

And it's a great piece to boot. I've been longing for a moment when those in the occupy movement and the Tea Party movement realize that we have something in common: The government and big business TOGETHER are the problem. Author of the new book, Moral Capitalism, Steve Young, thinks he's got the answer with yet another warmed over version of left-liberalism or "third way" politics...

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Communitarians seek a synthesis of capitalism and communism, an imagined happy middle ground where people can pursue their dreams in a market smartly regulated to ensure that the poor and under-privileged don’t slip through the cracks. Young’s book synopsis explains:

Author Stephen Young argues that “brute capitalism” — profit-seeking regardless of effects — must give way to moral capitalism to attain widespread monetary and moral well-being.

You get the idea.


We've been getting the idea for over a century. It's Fabian Socialism, liberal fascism, Democratic Socialism, Social Democracy, New Dealism, Great Society and Compassionate Conservatism. None of these permutations of left-liberalism ever came to the conclusion that the problem is in the synergy created by the partnership between big business and big government in which both feed off one another only to get even bigger. None of their concepts of fairness confront the fact that this partnership has at its center the inherently unfair goal of protecting the established producers for the benefit of all involved in the partnership but to the detriment of those seeking a level playing field. Their rhetoric notwithstanding, of course.

Walter does a great job of listing the steps by which the occupiers, who are sincere in their skepticism of bigness, will come to the realization that the Tea Party way might not be so antithetical to their core ideals as they thought:

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8 ) The Futility of Protest Without Power

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Tea Partiers have come to realize that protest without power is little more than cathartic release. As Occupiers come to recognize that same futility, they will be one step closer to Tea Partiers.

7 ) The Futility of a Movement Without Focus

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Without a clear focus, an objective and a plan to achieve it, the brighter Occupiers will eventually bore of fruitless activism and either reevaluate or disengage. Those who reevaluate may discover an affinity for the Tea Party’s message of proper governance and individual liberty.

6 ) Revolution Is a Poor Alternative to Participation

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When Occupiers search their souls and ask themselves what the consequences of revolution might be to themselves and their loved ones, they may begin to realize that there is an easier if less sexy way to affect change.

5 ) Force, Not Money, Is the Root of All Evil

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If Occupiers really want to defang corporate lobbyists, they should defang Washington. Some of them may eventually come to realize that.


4 ) No One Will Ever Care About You More Than You

3 ) Ownership Has Its Privileges

2 ) There’s a Legitimate Case for Not Trusting Anybody Over 30

1 ) The Wisdom of Age


Read the whole thing, as they say. In fact, read every word. If you don't, you'll miss great insights like, "the only way to maldistribute wealth is to maldistribute power. And the only entity capable of that is government."

Again, great job, Walter. This is spot on and exactly what I've been wanting someone to say for a long time.

And that's about the best compliment I can pay a writer.

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Any form of governance in which the "greater good" is the primary focus, and not the individual, is doomed to fail.
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Hawkeyeted, on 27 April 2012 - 08:10 PM, said:

Any form of governance in which the &quot;greater good&quot; is the primary focus, and not the individual, is doomed to fail.


Precisely. Concern for the greater good cannot be forced upon individuals, it has to come from them freely.
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Congrats to Walter. He is an articulate writer and the recognition is well deserved.
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Whitey, on 28 April 2012 - 04:10 PM, said:

Congrats to Walter. He is an articulate writer and the recognition is well deserved.

And he's a great guy. I hope he makes it big.
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Mr. Naron, on 28 April 2012 - 04:26 PM, said:

Whitey, on 28 April 2012 - 04:10 PM, said:

Congrats to Walter. He is an articulate writer and the recognition is well deserved.
And he's a great guy. I hope he makes it big.



So big that he can bring us all along with him. :coolshades:

(just kidding.)
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wag-a-muffin, on 28 April 2012 - 06:04 PM, said:

Mr. Naron, on 28 April 2012 - 04:26 PM, said:

Whitey, on 28 April 2012 - 04:10 PM, said:

Congrats to Walter. He is an articulate writer and the recognition is well deserved.
And he's a great guy. I hope he makes it big.
So big that he can bring us all along with him. :coolshades: (just kidding.)

I'm down with that. We all know conservative pundits are notorious for MC Hammeresqe entourages. William F. Buckley went broke several times because he always kept an unnecessarily large retinue of dancers.
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I sorta figured that showering and bathing would be in there somewhere....

Oh yeah, and actually paying taxes
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