Atlas Shrugged: The Mocking

Friday, March 25, 2011

A Small Note Of Concern

Because any attention is better than no attention, Megan McArdle twitter-links to a Mark Ames article about the Koches and their, as Ames puts it, "whores."


@asymmetricinfo
Megan McArdle
What I like about Mark Ames is that every piee [sic] contains at least one completely new, easily checkable factual error http://bit.ly/gq93Pt
5 hours ago via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet Reply



Of course when one calls Koch employees who spread Koch propaganda to enrich their masters and themselves and families "whores" one is only speaking metaphorically, hence the quotation marks. We would never wish to malign real whores, who harm only themselves by taking money for sex. Koch "whores" take money to harm other people physically and emotionally, which is far, far worse.

Real whores dress up in revealing clothing, the better to advertise their wares. Koch "whores" dress up in vests and ties or Land's End dresses. Real whores tell their customers exactly what the customers are paying for. Koch "whores" hide what they are selling behind sweet words and veiled threats. Real whores deliver value for money to their customers. Koch "whores" have perfected the art of providing nothing in return for their customers' money.

Sadly, it is the Koch "whores" who are respected, not the real whores. Like the prostitutes in Firefly, this group of "whores" are educated, sophisticated and well protected by the elite. They come from well-to-do, politically connected families and were trained in rhetoric and philosophy, taught all the social graces, and groomed to be the most exclusive club of "whores" on this or any other world.

But no matter how elegantly they live, how much money they spend, how much influence they accrue, they are still just whores. They take money for services that others will not lower themselves to perform. They make a mockery of their religion, they betray their country, and they sit idly by while their work adds to the suffering of an already stressed people.

But there is one sad corner of this lucrative world. As the Koches become better known, the army of no-so-elite bloggers on the right are starting to realize that all that lovely wingnut welfare is not trickling down very far. Only the elite get the six figure salaries, the rest of your Toms, Dicks and Harriets have to raise money from their readers. Jonah Goldberg, thanks to his wealthy, well-connected parents, lives on the West Side and vacations in Europe. Megan McArdle, whose father grew wealthy while he trod the well-worn path between government and corporations, was able to throw a lavish wedding. Glenn Reynolds went to Yale. Even Ann Althouse, while not elite, is able to trade on her status as a law professor to make some extra cash. Most of the bloggers without family connections or wealth or Ivy League educations are left to scramble as best they can, unrewarded for their loyalty and unpaid for their labor. It's one thing to be a pampered courtesan; it's quite another to hang out on the street corner working for small change.

While they are warning us of socialism the lower class bloggers of the right might want to think for a moment about how much free labor they provide to people like the Koches, Roger Ailes, David G. Bradley, and other multi-millionaires and billionaires. The elite's friends and the children of their friends are paid hundreds of thousands of dollars every single year to blog while the elite make a fortune off the unpaid labor of the little people. The little bloggers work hard and spend a lot of time on their blogs. They promote Fox events and spread politicians' talking points and raise money for the elite. The lower classes sacrifice to travel to political rallies and tea party events and pour their energy and passion into electing politicians. And what do they get in return? E-mails telling them they haven't donated enough money, spent enough time, worked hard enough or campaigned smart enough. They just give and give and give and get nothing in return.

It doesn't seem fair, does it?

15 comments:

MMD said...

Absolutely every time I saw McArdle criticize someone, I first thought she was quoting someone talking about her. This is no exception.

Deep down, she knows she's a "whore", she wouldn't react so violently to valid criticism otherwise, but I don't think she's smart enough to see how bad she is at being a propagandist.

Susan of Texas said...

McArdle believes money equals success and merit, therefore she msut be great at her job, one of the best, according to her own standards.

fish said...

Perhaps they should unionize to leverage their value with the Koches.

Ken Houghton said...

"Jonah Goldberg, thanks to his wealthy, well-connected parents, lives on the West Side and vacations in Europe."

Didn't Jonah move to DC in a desperate effort to disown the sadness of being the only Republican voter* and to attempt to make more connections to feather his nest?

"What I like about Mark Ames is that every piee [sic] contains at least one completely new, easily checkable factual error"

Ah. So now we know what her goal is--to get down to one.


*Having voted at the same polling place as Jonah for a couple of elections, I can vouch that most of the time anyone went in there they were the only voter of that party--unless they voted before 8:00 or after 6:00, in which case everyone else was leaving/getting home.

Susan of Texas said...

They should go on strike and refuse to post until they get a contract.

Perhaps James O'Keefe can trick up a bus with Che Guevara and Joan Baez posters and a bong and film them so he can humiliate them later.

Susan of Texas said...

Ah. So now we know what her goal is--to get down to one. Heh!

I think he's still in New York, but the last time I remember him talking about the West Side was the snowpocalypse.

Dillon said...

"What I like about Mark Ames is that every piee [sic] contains at least one completely new, easily checkable factual error"
Ah. So now we know what her goal is--to get down to one.


Either that, or her goal is to start making at least one completely new error per post, instead of the same old errors over and over again.

Anonymous said...

Don't be silly. Megan doesn't make mistakes.
Other people just misread what she meant to say which doesn't invalidate her main point whatever it was.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

While they are warning us of socialism the lower class bloggers of the right might want to think for a moment...

You're such a dreamer, Susan.
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KWillow said...

"...What I like about Mark Ames is that every piee [sic] contains at least one completely new, easily checkable factual error..."

... whatever a piee is... pie? pee? pi? As for whether it's checkable, how would she know? she's never "checked" facts in her life.

JCfromNC said...

"...What I like about Mark Ames is that every piee [sic] contains at least one completely new, easily checkable factual error..."

Pie(c)e, on the off chance you were serious about not knowing what it was. Rather ironic, even if predicable.

Andrew said...

That's funny, James Wolcott was talking about this just a fortnight ago...

http://www.vanityfair.com/online/wolcott/2011/03/the-soros-and-the-pity.html
http://www.vanityfair.com/online/wolcott/2011/03/the-soros-and-the-pity-ii.html

Susan of Texas said...

I've been thinking about those posts all week. It's so funny how few of these actors understand the nature of the class war they're engaged in. Not only are the lower classes working for free, they're doing all the dirty work that would harm the elite's reputation. Meanwhile, the elite also use the wanna-be elite, using up their reputations to persuade the lower classes.

It's all about the money, and the best way to reach the dim conservatives who are being ripped off is to point out, as often and clearly and loudly as possible, that someone is cheating them of their precious money. They are already trained to believe they are being cheated by taxes, it is emotionally resonant to remind them they are being cheated of payment for their labor as well.

Substance McGravitas said...

It's Bloggy Loman though: it's the right-wing blogosphere, and happy talk will ensure your progress towards the lottery win of the American Dream.

Bob Hopeless said...

"It doesn't seem fair, does it?"

No, but fuck them.

And thanks for standing up for actual whores, who don't deserve to be compared to these scum of the earth.