Atlas Shrugged: The Mocking

Sunday, August 29, 2010


Reason's Matt Welch demonstrates the ease with which a corporate shill refuses to believe and/or admit he is a corporate shill.

Here is the basic and apparently horrifying fact: There are millions of people, including me, including the Kochs, including people who have never heard of the Koch family, who feel some basic bedrock affinity for the notion that that government is best which governs least. There are a thousand disagreements about the details, but that American tradition is real, and sporadically potent. As it gathers strength in advance of November (and hopefully long beyond), it will be interesting–and so, so pleasurable–to watch people continue criticizing what they can't understand.

It's not that they're shills--they're just patriots. You just don't understand. There's nothing wrong with taking money from polluters to help them get away with polluting. Or porn money. Or tobacco money. Nothing! It's American to want to get rid of all regulation so that corporate power can grow unabated. It's American to accept money from any source, no matter how corrupt. It's small government. They're helping people by lowering taxes! They deserve praise.

They deserve money.

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