May 12, 2005

Quote du Jour..

...It is the peculiar genius of Third Way solutions like the Ownership Society that they use the mechanisms of government authority to make individuals independent of the State. The Right will squawk about your being ordered to save for retirement by the government but the Left is absolutely frantic over the prospect of everyone owning a stake of their own in society.
Orrin Judd

"Absolutely frantic." I''d say that hits it. Think of some poor schlep who mops floors for a living, getting a monthly statement from Fidelity or Vanguard! He may not be too bright, but some small light bulbs are likely to come on. He will be less ready to believe lying politicians who tell him that "the corporations" are responsible for his problems, if he owns part of some of them.

A little fantasy pops into mind...the janitorial crew is drinking coffee in their break-room, down in the sub-sub-basement. The resident Bolshie starts to spout the usual balunky about the evil Oilyburton Corporation and its war-profiteering, and Marcus says, "Don't gimme that shit, man, my Halliburton just dropped another 10 points. I'm gonna sell it and find sumpin' wit profits!"

Posted by John Weidner at May 12, 2005 8:53 AM
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