The Inequality of Government Access

deblasiofinlayter4A day after New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Tale of Two Cities address in which the wealthy Park Slope resident once again made inequality his focus, the radical pol intervened to spring one of his biggest supporters from prison. The New York Post responded by putting, “A Jail of Two Cities” on its front page.

Aside from being the commonplace corruption that one ought to expect from a politician trying to ban horses in Central Park because a wealthy real estate magnate wants to seize their stables, the Jail of Two Cities also reveals why government wars against inequality are a dead end.

When government is big, then the true inequality is not of wealth, but of political access. Money can buy you access, or as the recently released Orlando Findlayter discovered, so can being an activist who bets on the right horse-hating politician. The rich can write a check, but the poor can vote early and often. Access isn’t about money; it’s about becoming useful to those in power.

There are two cities and two countries in America; the land of the politically connected who are part of a network that can score anything from millions in cash to open door prisons and the land of the politically unconnected who don’t understand why the government won’t leave them alone. It won’t leave them alone because in a corrupt system, being left alone is a special political favor.

Government should not be concerned with the inequality of income, which isn’t in its purview, but with the inequality of access, which is. It’s not the job of government to even out how much money everyone makes, but it is its job to ensure that everyone has equal access to government.

In a city or a country run by income inequality campaigners like Barack Obama or Bill de Blasio, the inequality of wealth takes a back seat to the inequality of access. Battling income inequality leads directly to inequality of access by putting the equalizers in charge of picking winners and losers through the agency of an expanding government.

The bigger government gets, the less sense it makes to invest in business and the more sense it makes to invest in politicians. Powerful politicians are a much less riskier investment than millions of customers whose behavior is hard to predict.

The unpredictability of the public makes competition possible and reduces income inequality while the predictability of politicians is a monopoly that increases income inequality as political monopolies become economic monopolies.

Obama handed out hundreds of millions to the Green Energy tycoons who supported him and dispenses ambassadorships to unqualified bundlers who barely know the name of the major country they have been assigned to. Voters who came out in collective groups for Obama got wealth redistribution paydays. Everyone else got taxed.

There is no equality of access even within the ranks of his supporters. The Obama voter was rewarded with ObamaCare, but the ObamaCare website was outsourced to an incompetent company whose top executive was a pal of Michelle Obama. The company got a six hundred million dollar contract and the ObamaPhone voters got a broken website and hours on hold.

Government works when it’s held accountable. Inequality campaigners avoid accountability by assembling a base of enthusiastic voters who come out in large percentages to score special access. Those voters are hard to beat because, like the politicians they vote for, they take bribes, using their votes to gain insider access in a corrupt system while ruining it for everyone else.

They take the bribes and then complain that nothing works. And they’re the reason why. Their corrupt choices are why the sidewalks are cracked, the streetlights don’t turn on at night, the firefighters don’t show up and the pension fund is empty. They have become complicit in a corrupt system that encourages them to take advantage of others even as it takes advantage of them.

A thief is still a thief whether he wears a mask, a suit or a t-shirt with a social justice slogan. When people appoint thieves to steal for them, they shouldn’t be surprised when the thieves also steal from them. As the scorpion said to the frog, “You knew what I was when you let me ride.”

The voters who most depend on government vote to break it far more thoroughly than any Tea Party politician could. No Republicans could have done to Detroit what Detroit did to Detroit. Not even the most extreme Tea Party politician could have done as much damage to the federal government as Obama did.

Corruption and ineptitude are far more of a threat to the progressive vision than any number of people waving Gadsden flags. Republicans can shut down a progressive program, but only progressives can discredit it from the inside the way that Obama has done with ObamaCare; taking it apart piece by piece to cover for his incompetence and appease pieces of his coalition.

The urban and rural political centers of the Democratic Party are places where the progressive vision lies dead and buried with a stake through its rotten heart while its zombie policy corpse shambles around decaying streets moaning, “Money, money, money.”

It doesn’t take the Koch Brothers to kill the left. Letting the left have what it wants does it much more devastatingly, but with more collateral damage.

Campaigns against income inequality invariably become mandates for corruption as aggrieved voters convinced that the system is rigged against them embrace the unfair advantage that they believe they are owed and politicians escape accountability from their own corrupt voters because every crime they commit is officially for the benefit of the underclass.

Class warfare leads to a culture of thievery even inside the most Socialist systems. The Soviet Union’s class warfare produced Homo Sovieticus, a disgusting creature who believed that  “Everything belongs to the collective, everything belongs to me” and accordingly stole everything that he could get his hands on leading to a broken system where nothing was available in stores and everything was available on the black market.

Even after the fall of the USSR, $400 billion in bribes are paid out annually. Russians bribe their officials for access. Americans bundle donations to them. The more power a government has over its people, the more people are willing to pay for access to those who hold power over them.

The cycle of corruption follows its own inevitable momentum. The more people come to believe that a system is corrupt, the fewer will vote for honest politicians over the crooks who promise them special benefits. Everyone becomes cynical and complicit in the corruption. Politicians play divide and conquer, redistributing wealth from some groups to other groups. Trust vanishes from government and financial institutions. Everyone suspects everyone else… and everyone steals.

That is the formula for a failed nation, a failed city and a failed community. A society is built on confidence in its institutions and its people. When that confidence falls apart, then nothing works and everyone has someone to blame. Social justice politicians begin by telling a tale of two cities and end by locking up everyone in a jail of two cities to which they alone hold the key.

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  • http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com/ Jason P

    Venezuela on the Hudson … if Comrade Bill has his way.

    • Omar

      You mean Nicaragua on the Hudson. Warren Wilhelm, Jr. was a Sandinista puppet in New York City. He is still unrepentant about his support for the Marxist totalitarian cult in Nicaragua.

      • DB1954

        Oh yeah, the Sandinistas who literally turned Nicaragua into a dung heap.

  • thult

    THAT WAS THE PLAN!

    This is the fallout from the Great Society, wherein America has squandered over $17 TRILLION (some say $21 TRILLION) on anti-poverty programs, the sole purpose (certainly, SOLE OUTCOME) of which, has been to HUGELY degrade the Black American family, and everything that springs from a cohesive and intact family unit!

    How about letting this be a “wake up call” to the underlying issues? How about “waking up” to the FACT that Black-on-Black murder rates are HUGE! How about “waking up” to the FACT that Black-on-Black crime is HUGE! How about
    “waking up” to the FACT that ONE OUT OF THREE Black men is part of the jail/prison system! How about “waking up” to the FACT that 73% of ALL Black babies are illegitimately born (read that, born into FATHERLESS households)! How about “waking up” to the FACT that many, if not MOST, Black students CHOOSE to perform abysmally at academic achievement in securing a FREE education, paid for by the taxpayers!

    WAKE UP!!!

    WAKE UP, and then take the next step and lay the blame for the FEW OF MANY problems within the Black culture that you cited, where they belong! LBJ’s “War on Poverty,” established AFDC MANDATED regulation whereby there could NOT be a man in the house, in order for the woman to fire up her own FREE “government ATM dispenser,” thereby institutionalizing generational dependency and today’s 73% Black illegitimacy rate!

    Why do you suppose, after LBJ enacted the “War on Poverty,” he said, “I’ll have those ni**ers voting Democratic for the next 200 years”?

    • mtnhikerdude

      Sad but true .

      • thult

        NOT TRUE!!! See above, YOU MORON!

        • thult

          mtnhikerdude: On subsequent reading, I think you were agreeing with me, not the MORON uptownsteve; accordingly, I apologize.

    • uptownsteve

      ALL LIES. In 1960 over 60% of black America was in poverty. Today that number is about 24% Urban crime currently are at 40 years LOWS. I challenge you to PROVE your assertion one out of 3 black men is in the prison system. That is an outright LIE. You rightwingers have to make up lies about blacks because you can’t deal with the FACT that your 40 year run at wedge issues and race baiting is all over. Democrats have won the popular vote in 5 out of the last 6 national elections and it will just get worse for the right with the demographics in America becoming younger and less white,

      • truebearing

        Let us all make this Valentine’s Day also a Boycott the Racist Moron Day. Please don’t succumb to the temptation to answer upsidedownsteve. He’s just trying to ruin a great thread. If we continue to respond to his demented comments, he succeeds at disruption.

        • uptownsteve

          ROTFLMBAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • thult

          See above, YOU MORON!

          • truebearing

            What is wrong with you? Please keep it to professional diagnoses. I don’t have all day.

        • philbest

          I dunno. I rather enjoy a bit of “whack-a-mole”; the “whack-a-troll” version. With the whackers outnumbering the troll several to one……

      • thult

        uptownsteve: You are either PURPOSEFULLY ignorant, or you have a twisted agenda. Following are some of the MANY, MANY references to the statistics you challenged. Please note that the source IS NOT the “rightwinger” site you claim it to be, YOU MORON! Take a look, YOU LIAR!:

        One in three: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/04/racial-disparities-criminal-justice_n_4045144.html

        Black-on-Black murder rates: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Race_and_crime_in_the_United_States

        You DID NOT challenge the 73% Black ILLEGITIMACY rates, nor did you challenge the academic achievement in securing a FREE high school education (about HALF!), nor did you challenge either the dollars WASTED on LBJ’s “War on Poverty,” nor did you refute what he thereafter said, “I’ll have those ni**ers voting Democratic for the next 200 years!”

        WAKE UP!

        • uptownsteve

          You racist piece of garbage. This piece very vividly points out that 1 in 3 black men will go to jail IN THEIR lifetime, not for violent crimes but for nonviolent drug offenses, even though whites are 5 times MORE likely to have used or dealt drugs than blacks. More TRUTH for your racist rump. 82% of black men over the age of 18 possess a High school diploma or a GED. 25% of black men 25 or older have an Associates, Bachelors Masters or PhD. And use your pointed head for a second. If LBJ’s goal was to get the “ni**ers” to vote Democratic, it sure was a politically dumb one since the GOP won 5 of the 6 national elections after 1964.

          • thult

            I’m NOT racist; I’m just citing FACTS! My original statement was, “ONE OUT OF THREE Black men is part of the jail/prison system!” Once “IN THEIR lifetime” counts, YOU MORON!

            As for High School graduation rates, listen to Ben Jealous, Chairman of the NAACP, tell you the FACTS at the following site, YOU MORON: http://thegrio.com/2010/08/17/grim-graduate-rates-for-black-males-highlight-racial-gap-in-schools/

            You have CITED ABSOLUTELY NOTHING but unsubstantiated LIES.

            As for LBJ’s intentions and the results that still plague the Black community TO THIS DAY, his VERY WORDS speak volumes, YOU MORON!

          • uptownsteve

            Racist, you cannot tell me MY reality. I live in a 90% black community where the median household income is in excess of $100,000 and there is at least one college graduate in every home. Where the median household income ROSE when the demographics changed from majority white to majority black. But that is something somebody like you cannot concieve of because of your sick racist hatred.

          • thult

            Are you purposefully trying to be obtuse, YOU MORON? I HAVEN”T said ONE THING ABOUT YOU, except to note that you are a MORON! ALL of the statistics, numbers, and READILY AVAILABLE FACTS that I have cited are VALID THIRD-PARTY developed percentages, and you have been UNABLE to refute ANY of them, YOU DISINGENUOUS, bloviating MORON! You’ve got NOTHING but misplaced emotion and OUTRIGHT LIES! NOTHING!

            WAKE UP! Try being intellectually HONEST!

          • uptownsteve

            YOU are the one being DISHONEST. I have refuted your lies. You keep using weasel words like black on black crime is HUGE! What does that mean? Isn’t white on white crime HUGE as well given that most crime is INTRARACIAL? Did you miss my PROOF that 82% of black men over 18 have a high school diploma or a GED? Finally, show some character and answer my question. Are you saying that black America in general was better off before 1965 DURING JIM CROW or not?

          • thult

            You have refuted NOTHING! You have NOT refuted Ben Jealous, Chairman of NAACP, regarding 50% High School graduation rate, the FACT that 1 out of 3 Black men is part of the jail/prison system, 73% illegitimacy (FATHERLESS) rates, Black on Black crime AND murder rates, nor have you IN ANY WAY refuted the effects of the “War on Poverty,” nor have you refuted LBJ’s horrific projection of the effects of his policies, YOU MORON! I AM SAYING that America’s Black community is WORSE OFF as a result of LBJ’s Great Society and his “War on Poverty!” You are a PHONY who tries to substitute hyperbole for FACTS! AND, you are a MORON because I think you actually believe YOUR FABRICATIONS; you ARE intellectually DISHONEST!

          • uptownsteve

            Explain this to me if you can. If the War on Poverty was such a disaster as you claim, why was the poverty rate for blacks in excess of 60% in 1960 and 24% today. And you do know that the Great Society created programs like Medicare and Medicaid which benefit millions of white people.

          • thult

            uptownsteve: Two (at least) things are painfully clear to me; one, you enjoy hyperbole, distortion (LIES), change-the-subject tactics, and, two, your Liberal Left, Radical Egalitarian, Godless Relativism has you so committed to Democrat/Socialist/Progressive/Marxist dogma that you will promote/defend big-government central control programs to anything approaching solutions based on personal responsibility and individual accountability. The $17 TRILLION (some say $21 TRILLION) spent as part of the “War on Poverty” has clearly NOT WORKED; in fact, it has had the counter effect of making things worse, ESPECIALLY for the overall Black community. Yes, you can point to individual success stories, but virtually ALL of those successes are a function of personal responsibility, at a time when YOU and the rest of the Democrat/Socialist/Progressive/Marxist enablers defend/promote the policies of INCREASING the poor’s GENERATIONAL dependency on Sugar Daddy big-government! Shame on YOU! YOU and LBJ are the true RACISTS!

          • uptownsteve

            Why won’t you answer my question? Because you are a racist LIAR. Since 1965 the black middle class has tripled as have the numbers of black college graduates, professionals and business owners. You cannot tell me my reality. However it feeds your white supremacist ego to think that most blacks are political fools stuck in the ghetto addicted to handouts because we don’t align ourselves with the likes of you. That takes balls.

          • thult

            uptownsteve: You’re right; Daniel Greenfield (and virtually EVERY other thinking person with eyes and ears) is wrong! One out of three Black men is not part of the jail/prison system, Ben Jealous, Chair of NAACP, is wrong when he dismays over a 50% Black high school graduation rate, HUGE Black-on-Black murder and crime rates are not worth worrying about, the 73% illegitimacy rate (fatherless Black households) is a GOOD thing, and generational dependency on Food Stamps, Obamaphones, and other government largesse is NOT happening, in spite of LBJ’s promise after he enacted the “War on Poverty” when he said, “I’ll have those ni**ers voting Democratic for the next 200 years!”

            Everything is working just fine, right, Steve? Do the arithmetic, Steve! Prorate the $17 TRILLION (or, the $21 TRILLION, if you like) across the 45 million Blacks in America TODAY, and tell everyone how well the “War on Poverty” is working, YOU MORON! Where has all that money gone, YOU MORON, and how TRULY effectively has it been WASTED, er, spent, YOU MORON?

          • DB1954

            HL Mencken said,”There are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies, and statistics.”

          • philbest

            “…..black America in general was better off before 1965 DURING JIM CROW…..” is NOT something that ANYONE on this site said. YOU introduced it to this site as a straw man, ad hominem Stalinist show trial charge against “conservatives”.

            Here is something I will say, and only an idiot would think otherwise. Black kids growing up with a church-going mum and dad, and dad working, were far better off than black kids growing up with a mum on welfare. And the “Great Society” has caused an explosion in the numbers of the latter. But this is not a racial issue, every ethnicity is “coming apart” with the possible exception of the Asians, who shame us inheritors of a stronger enlightenment tradition.

            The underlying problem both with the fatherlessness epidemic and the turning of minorities into grievance-culture group WMD’s against enlightenment culture, is the “long march through the insitututions”, Gramsci, the Fabians, the Frankfurt School, Alinsky, etc etc. These people are malicious and evil, not well-meaning and misguided. Their many useful idiots are not evil but might as well be. Their problem is arrested development.

            Martin Luther King had it right. He wanted the enlightenment culture to live up to its own standards and allow minorities to “cash a cheque drawn on the same bank”.

            You know, I agree with you as regards the success story of black progress. Success is now really truly colour-blind. The only reason for a proportion of minorities being left behind, black-on-black crime, incarceration rates, etc, is that family breakdown and fatherlessness affects black women more than white women. The same phenomenon is occurring in all society at the rate at which young women go solo. It is simply not sustainable to continue this. The Gramscians and Alinsky-ites knew this and liked it – as a Trojan Horse WMD.

          • DB1954

            Wow, phil you and Dan, you da mans!

          • philbest

            I am honoured to be referred to along with Dan, like this.

          • BenZacharia

            Name the community without ‘outing’ yourself and I’ll check the demographics. Put up, or shut up.

          • MadDog2u

            um… no you don’t

          • uptownsteve
          • MadDog2u

            Planned Parenthood is an organization that gets $337,000,000 of tax payer’s blood and sweat to kill babies.

            Last year Planned Parenthood reported a $114,000,000 profit, yet has repeatedly been charged of shielding Child Rapists, fraudulent Title Ten reporting, of targeting minorities for abortions, and purposely defrauding the citizens of California of millions in State and Federal Tax Dollars.

            Will anyone hold them accountable?

            Why doesn’t Congress call for a Congressional Investigation? Could it be because of the promise of Planned Parenthood to spend $10,000,000 on Congressional races in the fall?

            Has Planned Parenthood successfully bribed Congress into continuing to give them a pass so as not to investigate?

            America should look very carefully into the silence and compliance of those in Congress who refuse to hold Planned Parenthood accountable.

          • uptownsteve

            This is simply incredible. A bunch of toothless inbred racists telling black people what we should be concerned with or opposed to.

          • MadDog2u

            WOW!!

            so you favor black abortion, and Planned Parenthood?

            look in the mirror… the RACIST, is YOU!!!

          • uptownsteve

            Hey stupid, no one is forced to get an abortion. I believe in an individual’s right to choose.

          • DB1954

            You mean a individual black person’s right to choose self-extermination for his or her race? I can see that PP founder and frequent speaker at Ku Klux Klan rallies, Margaret Sanger, did her job well. No look who’s calling who stupid.

        • uptownsteve
          • MadDog2u

            you’re citing the DailyYeast for FACTS???

            HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

      • philbest

        And going by the example of the cities run by Democrats, that will be good for America?

        I agree that major gains have been made by black America and that that is a good thing. But I would dispute that that has anything to do with welfare, which is responsible for an explosion in family breakdown and births out of wedlock. White America is “coming apart” too. The group “All Americans” have made gains and losses.

        The data here is interesting:

        http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2013/08/22/race-demographics/

        In 2011, the median income for black households was about fifty-nine per cent of the median income for white households, up slightly from fifty-five per cent in 1967. But when you consider wealth—that is, everything a family owns, including a home and retirement savings—the difference seems to have grown.

        The wealth gap (in contrast to the smaller income gap) mostly comes down to home ownership. When one compares white families whose wealth grew over the years to black families whose wealth grew twenty-seven per cent of the disparity between the two groups is related to home ownership.

        Ironically, black home ownership is highest in the Southern States. This is because they don’t have liberal-leftard policies on urban planning that force house prices up, leading to what Thomas Sowell called “Green Disparate Impact” in an article with that title. Randall Pozdena has authored a more in depth article entitled “The New Segregation”, on the same subject.

        • uptownsteve

          Excuse me but the states run by Republicans are the poorest and get the most federal aid. http://www.businessinsider.com/red-states-are-welfare-queens-2011-8

          • philbest

            That is not a question of “politics”, those are almost all rural States. It is a question of the “rural” sector of the economy getting more federal spending and paying less tax than the urban sector. This is something that economic libertarians like me are opposed to. It has the redeeming feature though, that at least the product of the rural sector is essential and maybe justifies subsidising – unlike the production of fatherless children.

            The inhabitants of predominantly urban States end up with cheaper food because of the subsidy of the rural States, so there is some benefit. But the “benefit” to subsidising the production of fatherless children, is getting mugged one day by one of those fatherless children and/or paying for the cost of keeping them in jail.

          • trickyblain

            California — a subsidizing state — leads the nation in ag production by a 2:1 margin over the second producer — Texas (also a subsidizing state).

            The subsidized states (eg, smaller, mostly red states) are hardly pulling their weight in terms of the handouts provided to them

          • philbest

            Sure, but CA and TX have such powerful urban economies, which “rural states” do not, that they end up paying their own way on net.

            Interestingly, the Democrats never seem to suggest doing anything to rectify the imbalances, which I think they would if it was about politics rather than the rural/urban divide.

          • Wolfthatknowsall

            California leads the nation in ag production? Not this year …

          • trickyblain

            Well, it probably will but not by a 2:1 margin. Very dry here. I blame Obama.

          • mtnhikerdude

            Uptown ,you related to Saul Alinsky , Stalin , Castro or Mao?

      • MadDog2u

        Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in America. 78% of their clinics are in minority communities.

        Blacks make up 12% of the population, but 35% of the abortions in America.

        Isn’t that genocide?

        http://www.blackgenocide.org/planned.html

        Why does the Commiecrat Party and half black Obama
        support a racist Planned Parenthood?

    • BagLady

      Quite so. The downside of welfare without opportunity. The same story can be told in Australia and most any indigenous population, or where the ‘caste’ system marginalizes some.

  • http://www.clarespark.com/ Clare Spark

    I don’t know why there has not been more discussion of the black power annexation of the civil rights movement–with the exception of David Horowitz’s Hating Whitey. It was petit-bourgeois radicalism that was pushed by the liberal foundations and universities for obvious reasons. See http://clarespark.com/2012/12/01/petit-bourgeois-radicalism-and-obama/. “Petit-bourgeois radicalism and Obama.” That’s where the money and grants were forthcoming.

  • Steve Bryant

    Brilliant explanation of the hidden costs of big government. Greenfield is rapidly becoming the Right’s leading intellectual, especially for his ability to identify and describe the real state of the nation. Move over George Will, and Thomas Sowell, and let Daniel take his deserved place.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Sowell is a great thinker. I’m just happy to do my part. But thank you.

      • uptownsteve

        LMAO!!!! Rightwing intellectual. That’s like being a “dry drunk”. More like “artful propagandist”.

        • Daniel Greenfield

          I always take intellectual critiques very seriously from people who begin their comments with “LMAO!!!!”

          • uptownsteve

            Coming from someone who calls Uncle Thomas Sowell a “great thinker”, I’ll just say “belch”.

          • Daniel Greenfield

            I always take intellectual critiques very seriously from people who end their comments with “belch:

          • UCSPanther

            Or cry “Racist” at every opportunity, or call their opponents “Jethro”.

            Morons like that only deserve two things: Mockery and contempt…

          • uptownsteve

            Long as you don’t answer their questions or respond to their challenges, right Jethro?

          • UCSPanther

            Go get some more fried chicken, watermelon and malt liquor, Tyrone.

          • Western Canadian

            You don’t challenge. You defacate.

          • philbest

            Socrates’ people despised him too.

          • Omar

            And you support “Uncle” Tim Wise and his race-obsessed theories.

          • CosmotKat

            Your envy for an intellectual titan shows. Sowell is revered for his intellectual prowess and he understand the self defeating hatred that lies in the black man who has become a bigot instead of embracing his freedom. He evolved and gained respect and adulation from all men who respect their fellow man. That acceptance must drive you crazy as evidenced by your hateful screeds.

          • uptownsteve

            Revered my butt. Sowell is propped up by the racist right as the sort of self-hating Stockholm Syndrome negro you wish we all were. Sowell is generally despised by the black community as the bootlickin sellout that he is.

          • CosmotKat

            You more than proved my point. You have not evolved beyond an angry, thin skinned, bigot, who cannot move beyond hatred. Who cares what your “black” community thinks and whether they despise Sowell. That says more about their inferior intellect and cultural backwardness than a reflection on Sowell’s ability to transcend this narrow minded thinking of “your” people. Aiskhos! Ntroupi sou!

          • uptownsteve

            LMAO!!!! Get you yahoos angry and your racism comes spewing out like water from a fire hydrant. Thanks for confirming what I already knew.

          • CosmotKat

            critiques beginning with LMAO are not taken very seriously they generally confirm a lack of creative and intellectual thought.

          • uptownsteve

            But you spew “who cares what black people think” and then in the next breath calls somebody a bigot is to be taken seriously? You clowns are a laugh a minute.

          • CosmotKat

            You see simple minded bigots like you interpret “all’ as in inclusive of all, which is a mistake of the simple mind. I could care less what ‘your’ black people think. Your type is the stink that permeates the sewers of this country that enlightened Blacks want to escape.

          • uptownsteve

            Believe me, the feeling is mutual. No liberated upwardly mobile black man gives two craps what a scared, resentful racist loser like you thinks because you can’t do anything but rant at your keyboard. You don’t even count anymore. Check the elections results in 2016. It’s all over for the right.

          • Daniel Greenfield

            “No liberated upwardly mobile black man gives two craps what a scared, resentful racist loser like you thinks”

            So I guess you aren’t liberated and upwardly mobile.

          • Wolfthatknowsall

            I appreciate it when racists describe other people as “racists”. It aids in identifying them …

          • DB1954

            Sowell is despised is he? Since you’re the authority on the “black community,” I wonder how they feel about “da Revs.” Al Sharpton, Jeremiah Wright, Louis Farrakhan, Whoopi Goldberg, and that towering figure of the intellectual left and civil rights war hero, the “Reverand Jesse Jackson, the millionaire?

          • objectivefactsmatter

            Sowell is one of the brightest and most well regarded role models for any conservatives. His skin color only matters to leftists.

            “Sowell is generally despised by the black community as the bootlickin sellout that he is.”

            This shows just how corrupted you are by Marxist-derived Critical Race Theory and Marxism in general.

          • Western Canadian

            ‘ I’ll just say “belch”.’
            That would be an improvement over your usual ignorant and hate filled drivel.

          • DB1954

            You got your doctorate in economics from U of Chicago, right?

          • truebearing

            Perfect! I was tempted to include an LOL! to your rejoinder, but wanted to avoid association with upsidedownsteve.

        • Omar

          Shut the f**k up, uptownloser. You are simply jealous of those intellectuals.

        • DB1954

          Who said anything about being “rightwing”? I’m a conservative, not a “rightwinger.” Rightwingers are goosesteppers. That’s not who we are. If I ever run into a lefty who calls me that, I’m going to take some “rightwing” action and remove his face. Fortunately for them, I’ll not likely have that opportunity.

    • philbest

      I think Daniel is a young, American Theodore Dalrymple. And I mean that as praise indeed.

      • Daniel Greenfield

        It is high praise indeed

  • logdon

    ‘Letting the left have what it wants does it much more devastatingly, but with more collateral damage’.

    I see parallels here with both the left and Islam.

    Talking specifically of the latter, the more we let them have rein, the more they act to type as the camoflage net of taqiyya and deception, previously a pre-requisite of the stealth jihad is deemed unnecessary.

    In particular I’m thinking of Syria, where every megabyte of the bloody truth is beamed into computers across the world and a gradual understanding of raw mohammedism dawns on people, previously pummeled by the blunt instrument of political correctness into acquiscence.

    Of course there is the collateral damage in the shape of the Boston bombing and murder of Lee Rigby but sadly it seems to take the blunt instrument of these atrocious acts to lift the scales of complacency from the perceptive nodes of a public so self absorbed, that any other form of communication falls by their flaccid waysides.

    To save the village first of all we must destroy it, first off looks like the insane paradox of crazy US imperialistic Vietnamese adventure but there’s more to it.

    What I’m getting at is that before coherency can blossom, we seem to insist upon incoherency just to see how bad the comparison is.

    It is, of course theatre of the absurd but the evidence both in America and Europe is undeniable.

    Both giants of commerce and culture were built upon a set of similar Judeo/Christian values which both entities now seem hell bent on destroying and it looks like the only saviour is that eleventh hour, of the eleventh month brink of edge of catastrophe which will save us.

    That’s if we’re lucky.

    The alternative is the gotterdamerung of Hitler’s Thousand Year Reich on a truly global scale with it’s shattered cities and forty million dead.

    And next time recovery will not be so easy, if not impossible.

  • logdon

    I’ll try again….

    ‘Letting the left have what it wants does it much more devastatingly, but with more collateral damage’.

    I see parallels here with both the left and Islam.

    Talking specifically of the latter, the more we let them have rein, the more they act to type as the camoflage net of taqiyya and deception, previously a pre-requisite of the stealth jihad is deemed unnecessary.

    In particular I’m thinking of Syria, where every megabyte of the bloody truth is beamed into computers across the world and a gradual understanding of raw mohammedism dawns on people, previously pummeled by the blunt instrument of political correctness into acquiscence.

    Of course there is the collateral damage in the shape of the Boston bombing and murder of Lee Rigby but sadly it seems to take the blunt instrument of these atrocious acts to lift the scales of complacency from the perceptive nodes of a public so self absorbed, that any other form of communication falls by their flaccid waysides.

    To save the village first of all we must destroy it, first off looks like the insane paradox of crazy US imperialistic Vietnamese adventure but there’s more to it.

    What I’m getting at is that before coherency can blossom, we seem to insist upon incoherency just to see how bad the comparison is.

    It is, of course theatre of the absurd but the evidence both in America and Europe is undeniable.

    Both giants of commerce and culture were built upon a set of values which both entities now seem hell bent on destroying and it looks like the only saviour is that eleventh hour, of the eleventh month brink of edge of catastrophe which will save us.

    That’s if we’re lucky.

    The alternative is the gotterdamerung of Hitler’s Thousand Year Reich with it’s shattered cities and forty million dead.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Yes, Islam, like every totalitarian ideology self-destructs once in power, turning on each other and then decaying.

      And when it begins to succeed, people begin to see it for what it is

      • logdon

        It also applies to our politicians who will obfuscate and obfuscate until the Islamic cows come home.

        Only when a Rigby or Boston happens do the public see the true face.

        And even then Cameron who is facing his very own
        götterdämmerung (fixed the spelling) due to his EU and immigration stance will dig deeper.

        Following Rigby’s slaughter he stood in front of camera’s of all stripes to utter that this had nothing to do with Islam.

        We all saw Michael Adebolajo on video explaining his actions and citing islam as motivator..

        We all know who to believe.

        • Daniel Greenfield

          As did Boris who had previously written editorials that showed he once got it.

          • logdon

            As London mayor with a huge ethnic community and growing he’s become a bit of a revisionist.

            He’s also extremely pro EU and as his grandfather was Turkish quite the Turkophile.

          • Daniel Greenfield

            True colors only come out with elections

      • mtnhikerdude

        How can anyone take a religion that bombs its own places of worship seriously ?

        • Daniel Greenfield

          How can anyone not?

          • mtnhikerdude

            Point taken.

  • The March Hare

    And another home run by Daniel Greenfield. Daniel, I am so grateful that you have the insight you do and the forum here to spread the word. Thank you for everything you do.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      thank you

  • mtnhikerdude

    Daniel , we lost Andrew B. Thanks for stepping in .
    Is there one thing D.C. and their ilk have done in the past 5 years to contribute to the welfare of our Nation ?

    • Wolfthatknowsall

      That is a statement I agree with, wholeheartedly …

    • Daniel Greenfield

      They put their ideology on the path to destruction

      • DB1954

        That’s encouraging to think there may be an end to his madness.

    • DowntotheBone

      Not yet.
      But it will ultimately happen.
      They are not in D.C. forever….

  • http://www.shugartmedia.com/ Chris Shugart

    It’s occurred to me that voting for politicians because of promises of financial entitlements is, in a way, a form of bribery. It’s a payoff system more powerful than any lobby could possibly wield.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      It is bribery.

  • uptownsteve

    This is why I say that any black person who aligns themselves with conservatives is truly insane. They tell us right to our faces that blacks were better off under Jim Crow!!!! How stupid can you black conservatives be?

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Could you cite where this article states “blacks were better off under Jim Crow”?

      • uptownsteve

        Greenfield, your lies and distortions may work with these lunkheads who post on this page but don’t try your weak crap with me. The Great Society, which you rightwingers claim signaled in the destruction of black America, started in 1964. Before that Jim Crow was the law of the land in America where a black had no rights any white was bound to respect. Now either you believe black people were better off THEN than they are today, when the majority of black Americans are working to middle class, law abiding and upwardly mobile. Which is it?

        • Daniel Greenfield

          “Jim Crow was the law of the land in America”

          All of America? Really? You must stop getting your history from MSNBC.

          Now could you cite where this article states “blacks were better off under Jim Crow”?

          • uptownsteve

            Answer the question and stop diverting you fraud. Oh and here is some info on Jim Crow in the North. You can thank me later. http://inthesetimes.com/article/4124/jim_crow_in_the_north/

          • Omar

            Jim Crow existed in the North mainly BEFORE the Civil War. After the Civil War, the system spread over to the South, while the laws were gradually overturned in the North. Of course, the laws were completely overturned in the South by key civil rights legislation passed in the mid-twentieth century. Today, very few people want segregation. You, on the other hand, would be more than happy to support “John Crow” laws, which is the inverse of Jim Crow. Fact-check.

          • uptownsteve

            Hey dummy, my link showed explicitly how Jim Crow existed in the North as well up into the 60s just without the “colored” and “white” signs.

          • reader

            Hey, dummy, did you even read the article you’re referring too? Your former aid to NAACP lawyer craftly wrapped this straw man by stating that as the blacks moved to urban areas, the whites moved to suburbes. Then it listed 2 developments that were “restricted to whites only.” Well, a simple google search reveals that those belonged to private developers who were suied for the alleged discrimination. So, what does it have to do with Jim Crow? NOTHING.

          • Omar

            It wasn’t de jure. Besides that, the country experienced a huge change in civil rights ad race relations during the mid-twentieth century. Today, we live in a different world from the one that existed over a half-century ago. Why don’t you denounce institutionalized discrimination in Zimbabwe, where your beloved black racist and Marxist dictator, Robert Mugabe, is practicing racism against the white population in that country. The only reason why “John Crow” hasn’t fully taken place in Zimbabwe is because the Movement for Democratic Change and the rest of the democratic opposition in Zimbabwe is fighting back against Mugabe’s racist and Marxist ZANU hate party. Fact-check.

          • Wolfthatknowsall

            Why should he? You never answer questions, except to call the questioner a “racist” …

          • philbest

            Just published:

            GASKI: The liberals’ new ‘McCarthyism’

            http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/feb/14/gaski-the-liberals-new-mccarthyism/?page=all#pagebreak

            “Of all the crimes against standards of decent discourse that we observe in contemporary politics and media, several are congealing into an ugly mass that stifles free expression and civil interchange.

            In roughly inverse order of dysfunctional magnitude, they are: the tendency for sophists and demagogues to rely on mere unsupported assertion as a tactic; cheap, pejorative name-calling descending to the level of smear and slander; and violating a basic rule of argumentation by questioning, or presuming to know, others’ motives.

            Perhaps the only way to make matters worse would be to apply the poisonous amalgam to the most sensitive of all issues; namely, race. Readers surely have noticed that the topic of race itself has become the No. 1 conversation stopper of our time — except for those who incessantly exploit it.

            For anyone uneasy about this unwholesome pattern that has transpired lately, and who may be not quite able to put their finger on it, here is a deconstruction in the form of elaborated and grounded hypothesis: There is a reason why liberal Democrats resort to sophistry and other dishonesty so regularly, whether on national television, around the water cooler, in Congressor the White House.

            Evidently, they know they cannot win a fair debate because the facts are against them. Their retreat to the illegitimate tactics itemized above suggests their awareness of this deficiency — consciousness of guilt, as it were.

            Then, combining the inherent disadvantage of substantive weakness with their political intensity, the offenders are given to extreme rhetoric. Unlike conservatives and Republicans, for liberals and Democrats, politics is paramount because government is everything to them. This premise is demonstrable, not assumed.

            An especially sordid tactic that has become tediously familiar is use of the race card. Liberal Democrats can hardly resist throwing around the “racist” accusation against political opponents.

            In fact, they overuse it so much that they are like “the boy who cried ‘wolf,’” except for two things: The supposed neutral referee — the mainstream media — does not call them on it, and the flat-footed fecklessness of their Republican foes allows them latitude to get away with it…….”

          • Omar

            So-called “liberals” are not liberal. They are leftists and nothing else. There is nothing liberal about them except maybe for drugs. We modern conservatives are the real liberals, which believe in classical liberalism. Real liberals follow the ideas of John Locke, Adam Smith and their followers, not the so-called “liberal” agenda of leftists like Jimmy Carter and Al Sharpton. That is undeniable.

          • philbest

            Absolutely true. One of many things that conservatives in the USA have let the left get away with, was hijacking the term “liberal”. Now it is irredeemably poisoned, at least in America. And people from the British Commonwealth are confused by the way Americans use the term.

            I think the only solution now is to use the term “classical liberal” to mean the good and true liberalism.

            I like to use the term “libbewal” to make it clear when I mean the American Left. They suffer from arrested development and talk like children.

          • Daniel Greenfield

            You were asked a question first. You have yet to answer it.

            Where did this article claim that black people were better off under Jim Crow?

        • philbest

          What a classic leftard you are.

          You accuse Greenfield of saying something he didn’t, and then launch into a long rant condemning him on the basis of your own allegation of something he didn’t say.

          Furthermore you accuse all conservatives of saying something they don’t.

          You are a spiritual inheritor of the traditions of the great totalitarian show trial prosecutors. Pity help humanity when your kind ever achieve political power.

          • uptownsteve

            Why won’t any of you frauds answer my question?

          • philbest

            I can’t speak for anyone who is a fraud. Like people who actually said what you accuse all conservatives of saying about “Jim Crow”, I don’t think there are any of them participating in this forum. I think it is a KKK forum or David Duke’s blog that you want to troll on, not Frontpage Magazine.

          • uptownsteve

            KKK forum of Frontpagemag? What’s the difference really except there are a lot of Jews wearing sheets over here.

          • Omar

            Shut the f**k up, you s**t-eating pile of vomit. Front Page Magazine is not like the KKK at all and never will be. Your beloved Black Commentator, on the other hand, repeats the racist anti-white, anti-Christian and anti-Jewish propaganda of the Nation of Islam and the New Black Panther Party. I bet that you support the hate speeches of the late Khalid Abdul Muhammad, isn’t thet right, Elijah Muhammad II? Fact-check.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            And we’re supposed to take you seriously.

          • CosmotKat

            Ask a question germane to the article and perhaps someone will grant you the reply. You are a disrespectful cretin here to taunt and spread FUD.

          • CapitalistPig

            Because you’re setting up a straw man argument. When an author says blacks were better off under Jim Crowe–then you’re justified in asking him to defend that position. Until then, why should anyone here or this author defend it? No one here ever said it.
            This isn’t that complicated UpYoursSteve. I know you’ve been brainwashed since birth to think of yourself as a victim. But it just isn’t so. Making it up as you go along isn’t a substitute.

          • CapitalistPig

            It would be like me asking you “Hey, UpYoursSteve, do you STILL beat your wife & kids? Yes or no—c’mon, don’t be a fraud & dodge the question!”

            I’ll patiently await your answer—do you still beat em UpYoursSteve? Yes or no.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            This false dichotomy is what you want answered:

            “Now either you believe black people were better off THEN than they are today, when the majority of black Americans are working to middle class, law abiding and upwardly mobile. Which is it?

            The answer is that there were better options for moving forward than adopting Marxist policies and principals.

          • uptownsteve

            I thought we already have. Obama is in the White House. We won’t see another Republican President for decades. You people are America’s fringe.

          • philbest

            So when do you start rounding us up and conducting your show trials, Lavrentiy Beria you satanic spawn?

        • DB1954

          Translation: I won’t accept any answers other than in the only language I know: black or white; yes or no. Nice try, but you don’t dictate the terms of the debate.

    • Omar

      Shut the f**k up, uptownloser. Nobody here believes that blacks were better off under Jim Crow. You, on the other hand, believe that whites would be better off under “John Crow”, the inverse of Jim Crow. Fact-check.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      What the heck? You have to try to change the subject completely.

      Are you that brainless or are you afraid we’ll be able to wake people up to the truth of how corrupt the political left is?

  • truebearing

    Daniel, there is no one I can think of that exposes the Left, or the consequences of its agenda, like you. Your work is a portal, where the murk is penetrated, the lies are bared, and the truth shines, unobscured. Great Essay. Your fluid, lucid style is driven by purpose, not ego, which makes your insights so accessible to any reader. That is the hallmark of great writing. Your work is of inestimable service to this nation and should be read by every American, if only that was possible.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Ego, personal intrusions, tend to get in the way so I try to avoid them in my writing.

  • seewithyourowneyes

    Inequality is certianly maddening. I am frustrated by own personal deficits every single day. But neither God nor Charles Darwin chose to make human beings equally gifted, so we can hardly expect our Fairy-God-Government to succeed at that task! – Our government is like an incompetent clerk who claims he’d be a success if only he had a more important job. Let’s demand the government first succeed at creating equality of opportunity, before we consider promoting our government to the godlike job of creating equality of success.

  • Miip

    Great article. Well put…

    • Daniel Greenfield

      thanks

  • CosmotKat

    Bravo, Daniel, Bravo!

    • Daniel Greenfield

      thank you

  • Jsjk

    Excellent article. I also believe this is why “journalists” are so willing to genuflect to Obama — if they refuse to sing Obozo’s praises, they’ll be denied access, blacklisted, cut out of the loop, etc. So they all play along, even Fox News (ask the softball questions, make excuses for the Commie-in-Chief, etc.)

    • Daniel Greenfield

      That’s part of it certainly, but some are true believers

  • Aizeta

    Among Mr. Greenfield many gems I nominate this for sentence of the year:
    It [government] won’t leave them [us all] alone because in a corrupt system, being left alone is a special political favor.

    Food for thought..

    • Daniel Greenfield

      It’s what people need to realize, whether it’s crony capitalist selective deregulation or community policing

      • CapitalistPig

        I would put that in there with a PJ O’Rourke observation, when having interviewed residents of a public housing complex, stating that “the Welfare state controls every aspect of their lives while simultaneously taking no interest in it whatsoever.”—or something close to that anyway.
        BTW, I tend to refer to the term Crony Capitalism as “Crony Socialism” as it tends to be more accurate most of the time the term is applied. Actually, if you really think about the nature of socialism you find……….All Socialism–is Crony Socialism

  • CapitalistPig

    One of the better summaries of the failures of socialism I’ve read in some time.
    I’ll pass this one along & look forward to reading more of Mr. Greenfield.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      thanks

  • http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com/ Jason P

    News flash: “Two of Mayor de Blasio’s appointees tasked with achieving his goal of creating 200,000 units of affordable housing have ties to developers whose projects will likely wind up before them in their city posts.” http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/de-blasio-affordable-housing-appointees-ties-developers-article-1.1616075

    • http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com/ Jason P

      Wait Daniel, there’s more: “An ivory tower has been erected at City Hall — with Mayor de Blasio appointing so many NYU-connected officials to top-tier jobs that advocates fear the university’s controversial development projects will be rubber-stamped.” http://nypost.com/2014/02/16/de-blasios-nyu-appointments-may-influence-expansion-approval/

      At this rate, if you had waited a week you’d have tripled the number of cases of official corruption and cronyism.

  • Norman O. Brown

    Daniel and Ann-Marie,
    Sitting in a tree,
    K I S S I N G

  • CapitalistPig

    I couldn’t help it, I had to read this again today–this is too good. I’ve said it on various sites forever–All Socialism is Crony Socialism.
    ObamaCare is socialism in fast forward. You can witness one program & its inexorable march towards strangling an industry that has for the most part served this country admirably. ObamaCare has forced every citizen, worker & business in that industry to cozy up to, kiss up to, curry favor with or threaten every representative in Washington to either get favorable treatment under the law–or get out from under the law. We all have to find a “Crony” to look after our interests. It’s all in real time & it’s all playing out exactly as Mr. Greenfield describes.

  • Hank Rearden

    Outstanding article. You should publish it every day!