SerfCity 2009 Autumn :
Rich Old White Men
Mid July , on HuffingtonPost.com1
a guy named Charles Alexander2
who apparently used to be a business , science and international
editor at TIME posted "Heads
Still in the Sand on Global Warming3"
about a Manhattan
luncheon with James Manzi speaking about "Keeping Our Cool on
Alexander found it "one of the my
most dispiriting experiences in a long time" to be at the
Harvard Club , packed in with other mostly "middle-aged to
elderly white executives and professionals ... I didn't
any people of color, except among the waiters." . It's simplest
to just quote a couple of paragraphs :
Finally, I stood up
show myself as an
enemy in the midst of this gathering. Revealing my former TIME
connection, I said that "some of you probably used my cover
stories as dart boards." I explained that people like Gore and
Pelosi are very worried about the future of their children and
grandchildren. I explained that the media didn't print "the
facts" this group wanted to see because 90% of "the facts"
this group has heard are part of a two-decade campaign of
disinformation financed by the oil and coal industries. Manzi denied
being financed by the oil and coal industries. But I can assure you
that these industries helped create the ideological world that has
nurtured his career.
That's what's so
These rich old white
men live in their own isolated, ideological world. They watch Fox
News. They read the
editorial page. They read the
output of conservative propaganda machines like the Manhattan
Institute. They send e-mails to each other. They talk only to each
other. They actually think they are right.
I guess they would
the same about
enviros like me. But I came to hear what they had to say, and I found
it very unconvincing. Will they ever realize that their ideology is a
self-delusion used to justify their own selfishness? In my opinion,
here's what their philosophy boils down to: Let me keep my riches
now. Screw my children. Screw my grandchildren. If someday their
grandchildren confront them about the effects of global warming, and
they realize they have been wrong, I hope they feel really bad.
I posted some comments about how scientifically
who claims Venus's extreme temperature was due to some runaway
greenhouse effect shows themselves to be . Some time later ,
the bizarre racist , ageist , marxist self-loathing his
description of his peers reveals , I posted :
Ironic title .
The projection that
men" have the attitude towards their posterity : "Screw my
children. Screw my grandchildren" sets a record in being
arrogantly insulting .
The damage to the welfare of the
living and in fact the "greening" of the Planet , these
alarmists lust for in defiance of all science reflects Alexander's
curse back upon himself :
"If someday their grandchildren
confront them about the effects of global warming,
realize they have been wrong,
I hope they feel really bad.
I've been to a bunch of those sorts of meetings .
compensation for living in a global metropolis . The audiences are
very self selected , and the hosts very open to anyone who has the
time to be there ( which biases the
retired ) and ,
preferably , at least a sport coat . One of the things that impressed
me in New York was how rapidly one can get to the center of any
particular milieu you are interested in , be it the visual art world
or the Wall Street analysts .Far from being restricted to the rich ,
these meeting are a substantial source of nutrition for a subset of
the attendees . You can get right to the center of the Freedom
Movement in the city just by going to a meeting of the Manhattan
Libertarians ( no open bar or buffet , tho
think this openness is universal . It has tremendous competitive
advantage . I guess if the meeting had been anywhere from Dubai to
Hawaii and he was a local , Alexander would have have bitched about
the preponderance of the modal local demographic of rich old
men - like himself . What's he been doing all
those years as
an editor for TIME other than going to all sorts of such meetings .
That's the point of being in Manhattan . And boy I wish I'd had his
income all those years .
Alexander's moment of self insight
is his admission : "I guess they
the same about enviros like me" . But I don't think
thought patterns like his are symmetric between eco-socialists like
him and the capitalists he means to disparage by the self referential
"RichOldWhiteMen" - as if there's no more
concentrated demo of ROWM than WDC .
He brings to
mind a couple of contrasting quotes I have on my CoSy.com/Liberty5
ideas of the Left are both superficial and audacious and therefore
quite comforting to most of people most of the time ; the ideas of the
right are both deep and humble and therefore less attractive to most of
the people most of the time .
Dick Armey Cato
aniversery Heyak's Road to Serfdom6
must be ready to employ trickery, deceit, law-breaking, withholding and
concealing truth. We can and must write in a language which sows among
the masses hate, revulsion, scorn, and the like, towards those who
disagree with us.
Lenin quoted in Max Eastman : Reflections on the Failure of
To Dick Armey's description , I would add arrogant
and change the label to statist , a
believer , as the
Libertarian Party puts it , "in
the cult of the omnipotent state8"
. Alexander is what would have been called in the old cold war , a
dupe . He buys the stances and stereotypes of
monopolists without analysis . Even tho he has been a science editor
for TIME magazine , he is too incapable of independent thought to
have correctly evaluated Gore's
Global Warming fraud9
. Why then would he not believe that extending the government control
of the country's health related cash flows from about 50% to
100% monopoly would be both more charitable and efficient than market
competition between all those ROWM ? After all , The Statists say
they have no desire other than his and his progeny's best interests .
State Force is needed because not everybody is as enlightened as he
How do those Old White Men , so evil they father families to
sorrowlessly condemn to the coming hell on earth , get to be rich ?
And what does it mean to be rich ?
I'll use as a definition
that being rich means having control of assets substantially greater
than one's annual expenditures and having at least some of one's
income dependent on the value of those assets . Those ROM are members
of, as Zogby would put it , the investor class .
family's welfare depends upon their perspicacity in allocating their
assets . And they are rich because they have made wise
over many years .
Consider Roger Penske . I know of him mostly from
owning winning auto racing teams . I guess he got his start with car
dealerships , then became a major brand in , particularly , truck
leasing . Now , he's virtually been given the Saturn spin-off from
GovernmentMoters . Want to know which I'd bet on , Saturn or GM ?
Certainly , in terms of annual consumption , few in the
economy live as sumptuously as the world's top politicians so there's
no distinction there .
The class Alexander really wants to
target is this class which are the neurons of the mind of the free
market . Perfect , it ain't , but we're all part of it . A world
without Rich old – hell there are more rich old women than men
– farts the would be no excellence .
so certain that he and his fellow statists are so much more
intelligent and oh so much more charitable than
ROWM , that they must put their finger or a fist , backed by state
guns and prisons , into every decision of every mind . This notion
that some subset of the population is so superior to the whole that
they must enforce a partial slavery upon their fellow
is Marxism in its purest form :
The rich don't deserve their accumulated assets
what they do isn't real work . And they have the fates of hundreds or
thousands of families in their hands because they are evil ,
not because they have been facilitated competitively efficient
of goods and services balanced by cash counter-flows , ie , free
market commerce .
Therefore we must take their decision making
power from them and allocate it to millions of square meters of
bureaucrats under the control of our cronies who control the State's
guns and prisons .
A more complete and rigorous picture of the Marxist
trying to convey is given in "Unresolved Contradiction in the
Marxian Economic System" in Shorter
Classics of Eugen von Bohm-Bawerk10
, ~1895 which demolishes Marx .
The dangerous fallacy of the
arrogant world view of Alexander and his fellow progressives
is glaringly evident because he is provably
about CO2 ( we're 93% CO2 + H2O )
planetary temperature . ( See my CoSy.com
for the implementation of the classical physics backing up that
assertion. ) And , they are now running scared
backlash of more technically competent peers calling their bluff on
the blogshere . They are fighting with all the disrespect they can
muster to avoid a public evaluation of their "science" but
it looks like they may be stopped from doing any more damage at least
here in the USA .
But the important generalization to
make is that the notion that a centralized gun and prison toting
elite subset can be as intelligent as voluntary associations of the
total citizenry . This progressive political philosophy left the
Soviet Union an utter basket case . ( Look
up Lysenko ;
it was their pseudo-science tragedy . )
class is simultaneously seeking to monopolize what is left of a
market in health care . It's their control of half the cash flow
right now , and enormous regulations and inhibitions on trade , and
the bureaucracies they entail that are the
inflation in health
care . An example is , in synergy with the DEA , the collecting of
millions of records of any cold or allergy medicine - and making it
almost impossible to get any non-prescription asthma inhaler even
those which have been used by millions for years .
needs to turn . The brilliance of the founders was to recognize , in
their better selves , that we are all peers . This is more than ever
so with the web . It is time to put these arrogant statists in their
proper place - which is the past .