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June 07, 2008

Comments

rusty

how appropriate you believe the same things as the most successful fantasy writer in history.

the two of you should be very happy together living in dreamland.

the darkness in the world does not end at our borders and the suffering of the many is EASILY eluded by the few.

because that's the way power likes it.

this nation has been and will continue to be ruled by murderers just as cruel and UNDEMOCRATIC as any imagined in your fantasy history of famous dictators of yore and seem to think elsewhere.

I guess as as the bad guys in your bedtime stories get theirs in the end, everything will be ok...

red

this nation has been and will continue to be ruled by murderers just as cruel and UNDEMOCRATIC as any imagined in your fantasy history of famous dictators of yore and seem to think elsewhere.

I guess as as the bad guys in your bedtime stories get theirs in the end, everything will be ok...

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You are the one wearing pajamas, sucking your thumb and wetting your bed.

AntonK

...this nation has been and will continue to be ruled by murderers just as cruel and UNDEMOCRATIC as any imagined in your fantasy history of famous dictators of yore and seem to think elsewhere.

Rusty, you really are a pathetic and uncivil creature.

Mr. Davis

Rusty, are you on the Harvard faculty?

Jack Klompus

You're a true dissident and freedom fighter rusty. Thank God we have such strong, brave soldiers in the fight against oppression like you, sitting at your keyboard, lamenting the tremendous horrors that you are suffering under this regime. I'm sure the dissident students in Iran, Holocaust survivors, Soviet refuseniks, and the opposition party members in Zimbabwe greatly appreciate how much you are bravely putting yourself on the line!

Brown Line

Rusty, if what you wrote were true, you will have been hunted down and be on your way to the torture chamber. Since this has not happened, I suggest you open your eyes and try to see the world as it really is, rather than as your ideology dictates it to be. As Dr Johnson advised Boswell, "Free your mind of cant."

And many thanks to Ms Rowling, for her wonderful books.

Porkov

Apparently Rusty lacks the imagination to visualize any torment beyond his own pathetic existence in one of the freest, most privileged environments ever to exist. If his experience here is one of opression, I would invite him to enlist in the military first (to experience a mild form of external discipline and to serve something larger than his miserable ego) and travel at their expense to some of the world's garden spots where the amenities of freedom exist only in imagination.

Assistant Village Idiot

rusty's just mad that his tribe is not in charge. That's what people who blather about power in that context are talking about. They are oppressed because they narcissisticly believe their views should rule, and anything that prevents that is undemocratic and unfair.

That's harsh of me to say that, rusty, and you may be among the few who think as you do yet rises above that meanness of spirit (disguised as nobility). But I rather doubt it. Those who believe that those who have power can only have achieved it dishonorably operate from a deep resentment, and can imagine only that the others must be as evil as they.

lbillman

Rusty, thankfully you have never met people who have been in re-education camps secretly asking you to get word to their family or seen children denied emergency medical care because their parents weren't party members-I have. America and the Americans who defend her are the last hope to change cruel dictatorships!

Russ

Yup, free speech and expression are under such attack in this country that someone like Rusty can shout about it all day...without ever being sent to a prison camp as a result.

SWLiP

The very fact that people like "rusty" could hang on to such morally equivalent rubbish sort of proves J.K. Rowling's point, doesn't it? I mean, if you really believe that this country's government is no better than, say, the regime of Bashar Assad or an Idi Amin, then you must indeed suffer from an astonishing lack of empathy and imagination.

Wildmonk

Frank,

That was a very good post. Thanks for bringing Ms. Rowling's words to us. Thank you even more for your reprise of your October post. It is extraordinarily frustrating to see so many people take so much for granted that they cripple us as a nation from doing the good - imperfect as it may be - that we are capable of doing.


Clint

Let us all thank Rusty for that.

In case anyone had a hard time understanding what J.K. Rowling meant when she spoke of the "mental agorophobia" of those who lack the ability to imagine real oppression.

I'll just repeat her words quoted above:

I might be tempted to envy people who can live that way, except that I do not think they have any fewer nightmares than I do. Choosing to live in narrow spaces can lead to a form of mental agoraphobia, and that brings its own terrors. I think the wilfully unimaginative see more monsters. They are often more afraid.

I think I will have to steal the phrase "willfully unimaginative" -- envious that I didn't think of it myself.

MarkJ

Folks, don't be too hard on "Rusty." He always acts this way when he forgets to apply his anal balm and take his lithium.

Letalis Maximus, Esq.

And yet, for all of the many faults of the United States, Cindy Sheehan remains alive and free to say whatever she pleases. The problem for her, though, is that nobody is listening.

Uncle Ralph

"Few people have the imagination for reality." -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"There will always be dissident voices heard in the land, expressing opposition without alternatives, finding fault but never favor, perceiving gloom on every side and seeking influence without responsibility." -- John F. Kennedy

bruce

Rusty. Another Alex Jones listener.

TmjUtah

Cindy Sheehan?

Pfft.

Nancy Pelosi consorts with our enemies and Maxine Waters intends to nationalize energy companies, and I see no black cars pulling up to their estates in the night.

Rusty. Waiting for the Obamessiah is tough.

Celebrim

We should be thankful for idiots like Rusty. Without him, the small minded could simply brush aside Rawlings comments as mere fantasy and there would be no where to turn to refute the charge. If we wish to make the accusation that those living in freedom and prosperity lose the ability to imagine anything else, where would we turn to find examples of this behavior? How could we impress upon people inclined to disagree with us that in fact they too had lost that crucial imagination. The quickest defence against this charge is to claim that people like Rusty are figments of our imagination and that no real person could imagine prosperity, freedom, and security to be its opposite.

Fortunately, Rusty comes along to prove the point. To the extent that anyone has ever heard the echo of themselves in Rusty's comments, our point is well and powerfully made far beyond our own ability to prove it.

Bart

As we watch free speech wither on the vine in our Northern neighbor, we must keep in mind that our political "enemies" serve a necessary function: they keep the extremists on our side in check. Freedom of thought and the right to express it, no matter how outrageous some may consider it, is the bedrock of our society.

bour3

Well, I have to say, I really did enjoy that pile on. Right off the bat the first of the 25% spoken of up there pipes up. I thought in that moment, "Oh crap. Here we go." Thanks for the laugh. My whole world is populated with Rustys.

Bob Grant

Thank you for that lecture J K Rowling but surely another subject that you could have addressed would have been how middle-class people can abuse the UK benefits system that was meant for the poor.
You never address this. As a single mother in Edinburhg in the early nineties you chose to live on welfare in a comfortable heated two bedroom flat in a leafy part of the city that the poor could never have aspired to.
Your well off sister was there so you were never short of family support.
It was like an artistic grant. You were luckly nobody told you to get off your bum and get a job. Thousands of liberal middle class people but for you it worked out but hey - even a stopped clock is right now and again.
How indulgent our benefits system is to the middle class. And how easy they forget it, to move onto much more colourful and globe spanning causes.


Tom Grey - Liberty Dad

What I especially love about the Harry Potter novels of Good vs. Evil, is that the good is NOT impossibly, perfectly good. Nor even trying to be perfect (well, maybe Hermione is).

Basically, imperfectly, consistently trying to be good, and fighting against evil.

Amnesty, in focusing so much more criticism on Good but imperfect America when fighting true but not exclusively Evil, has made it more difficult for the good US to lead the world in stopping genocide. In Darfur, for instance, where Amnesty doesn't call it genocide, but Pres. Bush did.

Were it to be called genocide, that would be a call for using war to stop it -- no "genocide" label, no automatic war justification. This is the pro-dictator formula that Amnesty (and Human Rights Watch) now use to enable the terrible acts of evil that dictators continue to do.

It's a terrible shame that anti-war means accepting genocide by so many.

Peg C.

Wonderful post, excellent points made by Rowling, and great follow up.

Amusing, the way this kind of post draws out the nutters it refers to. They just can't help themselves.

Letalis Maximus, Esq.

TmjUtah:

Don't worry too much. Nobody listens to Maxine Waters, either, and Nancy Pelosi has no intention of nationalizing energy companies.
Nancy talks a good game for the moonbat base, but she learned at the feet of real, treacherous, old masters back in Maryland (do the names Spiro Agnew and D'Alesandro ring any bells?) and she won't do anything that will actually upset the apple cart.

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