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Why Does Alec Baldwin Fear Women?

Posted on | June 29, 2011 | 34 Comments

Newsbusters calls attention to Alec Baldwin’s Twitter rant against GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann:

Of course, Baldwin boldly defended Anthony Weiner as “the modern, high functioning man.” Richard McEnroe on Twitter reminds us of Baldwin’s infamous phone call to his 12-year-old daughter:

When I previously called attention to Baldwin’s abusive call to his daughter, another writer accused me of siding with “our whole feminist society” — certainly the first time I’ve ever been accused of that.

Let me say this about Alec Baldwin (and perhaps to Alec Baldwin, since I intend to Tweet this post at him): He is not a stupid man nor an ignorant man. Rather, he is one of those celebrities who, as P.J. O’Rourke once said, are not content with wealth and fame, but also crave a reputation for moral altruism.

That’s really all there is to Hollywood liberalism.

Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself) have labored long and skillfully to portray liberalism as a sort of charitable do-gooder philosophy. The beauty of liberalism is that it doesn’t require that you actually do anything to help the poor and downtrodden. All you have to do is vote Democrat, and you’re automatically entitled to think of yourself as a philanthropist.

Alec Baldwin is a liberal because being a liberal makes him feel good about himself, and allows him to bask in the admiration of his fellow liberals, who believe that merely being a liberal makes you the moral equal of Mother Teresa selflessly treating lepers in Calcutta.

And it doesn’t cost him a dime.

Alec Baldwin is neither stupid nor ignorant, but rather is an example of the power of liberalism to delude intelligent and educated people by appealing to their moral vanity.

Thomas Sowell wrote an entire book about this — The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy — and yet the syndrome Sowell so persuasively described continues to ensnare intelligent people like Alec Baldwin, simply because they can’t be bothered to read the book. And perhaps also because, as a matter of self-interest, they don’t want to lose the professional and social advantages that accrue to liberals in those environments (entertainment, academia, media) where liberalism prevails.


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