Thursday, January 29, 2009

Sailing On

Every right-thinking person loathes Karl Marx and knows that every word Marx wrote was false, including these, which are no less false for having been co-written with Fredrick Engels:

Constant revolutionising of production, uninterrupted disturbance of all social conditions, everlasting uncertainty and agitation distinguish the bourgeois epoch from all earlier ones. All fixed, fast-frozen relations, with their train of ancient and venerable prejudices and opinions, are swept away, all new-formed ones become antiquated before they can ossify. All that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned, and man is at last compelled to face with sober senses his real conditions of life, and his relations with his kind.
Whew! I'm glad we live in a world in which we curtly reject such absurdities in favor of incontrovertible assessments such as this CATO-approved one:
[A] Fed policy of low interest rates, home mortgage deductions, the positive encouragement of sub-prime loans, etc., etc. have doubly or triply screwed over huge numbers of Americans. Lots of people are now losing their jobs in part because of stupid homeownership subsidies. The sensible thing to do when you can’t find work locally is to pick up and go where you can find a jobs [sic] ... If government policy can help in these circumstances, it’s going to be policy that encourages mobility, not rootedness. The first thing government can do is to stop subsidizing homeownership in a way that anchors people at precisely the times when they most need to set sail.
Every right-thinking person knows that the life well-lived is spent crouched and ready to pounce at the next glint of silver in the distance. The wise presume to possess only that which they can carry to that next horizon. Rootedness in all its sundry forms -- owning homes, living in the vicinity of family, speaking the language, etc. -- is anathema to our precious, precious economic system.

Marx was just as fat as Al Gore! May god damn his filthy soul!

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