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There Exist Things That Make The PuffingtonHost Look Sane

Posted on | September 24, 2011 | 14 Comments

by Smitty

Insty is off doing the Founders proud, and he links some ‘Political Eclownomist’ named Raymond Lotta who has apparently smoked a. . .no, too obvious.

Under the rubric of dialogue and debate between the “Left” and Right about amending the U.S. constitution, this conference will further legitimate the reactionary Tea Party movement.

The U.S. is waging unjust imperial wars. The ecosystems of the planet are endangered. The know-how and technology exist to produce enough food for everyone on the planet; meanwhile some one billion go hungry. Capitalism is a horror and a failure.

I put this challenge to progressive people seeking change and attending this conference. Rather than reaching out to the proto-fascists and Tea Party-ers with their anti-immigrant, Islamophobic, and racist-encoded “states rights” agenda, rather than looking to repair a system that has only meant misery and more misery for humanity—why not reach forward to a viable and emancipatory alternative? This is what the Constitution of the New Socialist Republic in North America (Draft Proposal) From the Revolutionary Communist Party, U.S. is about.

Raymond, may the Almighty arrange for you to see the depth of your falsehood, and have mercy upon your slander of innocent Tea Partiers.

I could fisk this risible article at length, but it’s really more interesting from a pathological angle. How do people become this insulated from reality? Is there hope for them under the sun?

Apparently this guy has been Mugged By Mythology.


14 Responses to “There Exist Things That Make The PuffingtonHost Look Sane”

  1. DaveO
    September 24th, 2011 @ 4:32 pm

    “legitmate” is a verb now?

    Yes, Raymond, the technology and know-how does exist to feed everyone on earth. However you failed to notice you and your pals shut down California’s Central Valley. And insist on putting food and silage corn into gas tanks, instead in the stomachs of humans and critters that are food for humans.

    By the way, good luck regulating Russia and China’s ecology-destorying industries. They’re old Communist Party, and still have the woodshed and the Tokarev out back.


  2. Anonymous
    September 24th, 2011 @ 5:17 pm

    No I doubt that there is any hope for them under the sun or the sea.

    As more nations and the people within them move farther and farther away from “emancipatory alternative” the more even their reality challenged eyes see that their dystopian vision will not come to pass the more dangerous and unhinged people such as Mr Lotta will become. Ideologies such as this are how suicide bombers are created.

  3. Adjoran
    September 24th, 2011 @ 6:08 pm

    “The Crimson” is the student paper at Harvard, so the ignorance is even more disturbing.

    We need to cut off federal subsidies for higher education.  All they have ever accomplished is enabling colleges to raise tuition by a like amount, and hire the sort of the leftist idiots who filled this poor kid’s brain with all that neo-marxist garbage.

  4. Bob Belvedere
    September 24th, 2011 @ 6:14 pm

    I am disappointed in Insty.  There is no point in trying to deal with Leftists on any honorable level.

    We have no reason – none at all – to be intimidated by the Left. Who gives a good Goddamn what they think of us? Look, I know we all have a deeply ingrained desire to want to be liked by our fellow-men, but it is important to realize that the Left will never, ever like any one of us unless we submit to their ideas. To submit to them is to betray what you know is right, to place your soul in chains to others.

    It is time we on the Right realize that there is no reasoning with the Left, that they will not listen.

    Their minds are closed and bolted shut to any arguments because they believe they have found THE ANSWER, the Way. The Progressives believe they are the only Enlightened Ones and that we are, at best, misguided idiots, and, at worst, dangerous and insane lunatics. This is what they believe. Don’t kid yourself that they view us as anything but fools or thought criminals. Just think of the ways they describe us and our ideas…go ahead, think…I’ll wait…well? In their depraved way of thinking, the Left believes that the Right is evil.

    Therefore, there’s no point in EVER arguing with them about anything.

    O, that way madness lies; let me shun that;
    No more of that.

    –King Lear, Act III, Scene 4

  5. RG
    September 24th, 2011 @ 6:31 pm

    Lotta is just another communist. Check him out on Wikipedia. Looks like he’s probably a Maoist who doesn’t really care how many millions die in the attempt to bring his fantasy world to fruition.

  6. M. Thompson
    September 24th, 2011 @ 6:37 pm

    Bob, I’ve got to disagree with you here.  At least, it is needed to appear as reasonable people to those Americans who are under the spell of the MSM.  Yeah, they may be the enemy, but sadly, they control way to damn much idea-space.

    OTOH, this guy is a real loon.  Anyone who thinks communism is a good thing should see Mordor, err, North Korea.

  7. Anonymous
    September 24th, 2011 @ 7:02 pm

    Shorter Lotta: Help us Obi-Lysenko, you’re our only hope!

  8. elaine
    September 24th, 2011 @ 7:35 pm

    …rather than looking to repair a system that has only meant misery and
    more misery for humanity—why not reach forward to a viable and
    emancipatory alternative?

    I hate to disillusion Mr. Lotta’s beliefs here, but the reality is that for the vast amount of human history, most people have lived very miserable existences.  The average age at time of death stubbornly held around 40 for centuries.  Proper hygiene practices were unknown.

    But more importantly, most people had little or no money to obtain the foods necessary for a proper diet.

    That’s all changed with the advent of capitalism.  Thanks to capitalism and the drive to invent, running water and flush toilets are common in even the poorest communities on earth.  Thanks to capitalism, everyone on the planet enjoys a higher standard of living than nearly all people who lived before the 17th Century — including the wealthiest of the time.  Thanks to capitalism, people are able to market and sell their goods to others around the world.

    It’s idiotic to claim that capitalism causes more and more misery, when the historical fact is that it has vastly improved the lives of everyone on the planet.

  9. Bob Belvedere
    September 24th, 2011 @ 8:57 pm

    The Eye Of Sauron lives in the Oval Office.

  10. Datechguy
    September 24th, 2011 @ 9:49 pm

    Wouldn’t you know Insty is an hour away and I have no time to see him!

  11. William T Quick
    September 24th, 2011 @ 9:57 pm

    I’m always bleakly amused at how much hysteria in certain quarters can be engendered by the mere presence of libertarians and conservatives somewhere in the vicinity.

    Lotta must be terrified he might catch something.

    Like sanity.

  12. M. Thompson
    September 24th, 2011 @ 11:22 pm

    Merely one of his servants, or a different guise, such as Annatar, the Lord of Gifts.

  13. Julie
    September 25th, 2011 @ 12:46 am


    Just taking the most obvious…   we have the technology to feed everyone but someone (and I’m not naming names) vilifies the companies and processes that produce higher yield crops, in particular spending great time and effort convincing hungry people in developing countries that higher yield crops are a conspiracy against them.   These same people (and I’m not naming names) also do their best to retard and restrict the other most important thing related to hunger, and that is transportation of food from one place to another because it is fueled by fossil fuels.

    And somehow this all becomes the failure of capitalism?


  14. Bob Belvedere
    September 26th, 2011 @ 11:35 am