Saturday, November 21, 2009

Shanghaied by Forked Tongue

My friend Ed (author of the "Sparrowhawk" series on the American Revolution) makes the excellent point in his latest editorial Fork-Tongue in Shanghai that when Obama said he was a fan of "non-censorship" while visiting China recently, what he really meant was that he was not a fan of freedom of speech. No slip of the forked tongue. As Ed observes,

The satire is that in Shanghai, Obama was subjected to the same censorship that he wishes to impose on America. It was the professional totalitarians showing the ropes to an amateur.

An amateur with grand ambitions to be a pro, I might add.

Ed also makes the cogent point that terms like "providers" are concocted by Leftists to imply a sacrificial obligation (and thereby seize the moral high ground) by businesses to provide free services to everyone else, without rights to control the means of providing. To ensure that, government must therefore have the authority to force businesses to comply. You may note that what is really implied is the destruction of the concept of property rights as such. That is always the real goal of such agendas. To quote Ellsworth Toohey, the arch-Marxist par excellance from "The Fountainhead" (quoted in my own editorial on Toohey vs Obama, "Good Night America", 6/28/09),

"Don't bother to examine a folly--ask yourself only what it accomplishes.

See Ed's column at

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