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November 30, 2019

The Invasion of the Control Freaks

Filed under: China,Climate Change,Economics,Politics,Regulation — cpirrong @ 11:47 am

It’s impossible to turn around these days without being beset by control freaks.

Exhibit 1. Michael Bloomberg, who is running for president. Bloomberg is infamous for his desire to control everything, from what you eat to what you drive to how you defend yourself. Bloomberg thinks taxing “sugary drinks” (among other things) is a great thing, despite the regressivity of this tax, because it’s good for the poor:

And if you buy a gun do defend yourself, you’re pretty stupid–so he will take them away:

Pretty sure his security detail is heavily armed. But that’s the credo of his ilk: for me, but not for thee.

Bloomberg also sucks up to the world’s leading control freaks, the Chinese Communist Party. When (amazingly) confronted about this by (amazingly) a PBS interviewer, Mikey totally flacked for them:

And behold the stunning dishonesty here–the lengths to which he goes to avoid criticizing the CCP. Bloomberg wants to control the entire energy system in order to reduce the emissions of global greenhouse gases (GHG). The Chinese are building coal plants at a frenzied pace, yet when confronted on this, Bloomberg treats the Chinese coal plants as merely an issue of local particulate pollution in places like Beijing.

As an aside on this issue: the silence of the Davos Douches (control freaks all) who sucked up to Xi on this issue, and so many others involving China, is deafening.

Exhibit 2. Elizabeth Warren, reprising her “you didn’t earn that” bullshit:

What pretzel logic. Because you might have benefited from some public goods, you are obligated to let Lizzie decide what she will take from you in order to pay for all the non-public goods that she wants.

I have a better idea: I’ll gladly pay taxes for public goods that earn a return in excess of the cost of capital, and Lizzie can STFU.

Exhibit 3. Angela Merkel. Zere vill be NO free speech for you!:

Nice hand gestures there. Wonder where she picked those up?

Such a good little Ostie, ain’t she?

Exhibit 4: “Scientists”:

The irony of this is that those so wise in the ways of science

are obviously lecturing the developed world, which in their wisdom they apparently haven’t recognized is depopulating. Population growth is overwhelmingly concentrated in very low income Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and the Subcontinent, whose peoples (a) will never hear what these scientists are demanding, and (b) would ignore it in any event.

So what are these scientists proposing? What coercive powers will they deploy against brown people in order to achieve their vision?

No doubt Bloomberg has the answer: if they don’t submit voluntarily, kill them. You know, for their own good.

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  1. Bloomberg’s speech reminded me about old Soviet joke about alcoholic-father who tells his son,that if the vodka’s price increases,he won’t drink less,but his son will eat less.

    Comment by mmt — November 30, 2019 @ 12:10 pm

  2. I rarely disagree with you but on China I think he has a point. Whilst the country gets wealthier and the middle class grows the masses will ignore what the CCP is up to, so its in Xi Jinping’s interest to listen to them and, where it isn’t criticism of the party, react to keep them happy. If the merry go round of wealth creation stops and reverses the CCP might have more dissent on its hands and it will be harder to maintain control.

    Of course by then Xi Jinping, who is proving to be a dictator in the mold of Mao, will have consolidated his position, to the extent he hasn’t already, and will be in complete control so there won’t be any counter-revolution or anything like that.

    Comment by Bloke in North Dorset — November 30, 2019 @ 12:23 pm

  3. The pro-central authority people try to align themselves on the side of innovation. However, they have zero tolerance for failure. Hence, no innovation.

    Comment by jeff — November 30, 2019 @ 12:32 pm

  4. “And if you want to have a gun in your house, I think you’re pretty stupid…” – Michael Bloomberg, 2014

    Is that his short way of saying you should keep your armed guards in a separate house within the perimeter?

    Comment by Ivan — November 30, 2019 @ 12:34 pm

  5. Inside every progressive is a totalitarian screaming to get out.

    Comment by The Pilot — November 30, 2019 @ 5:32 pm

  6. Comment by The Pilot Well put!

    Bloomberg is a weak attempt to pull the Dems to the middle, but my prediction is he does not get the nomination and runs as an Independent, which helps Trump win.

    Comment by Joe Walker — November 30, 2019 @ 8:18 pm

  7. I’ve just had a great insight into the Presidential race which I must urgently share with you all. There is no candidate brave enough to appoint Hillary Clinton as his VP running mate.

    Comment by dearieme — November 30, 2019 @ 8:44 pm

  8. “Inside every progressive is a totalitarian screaming to get out.”

    Always makes me laugh when someone calls me a liberal. Its happened on this site a few times. I’m sure many others feel the same.

    On this theme, if you haven’t seen it already, have a watch of the film Get Out!

    Comment by David Mercer — December 1, 2019 @ 1:09 pm

  9. @David Mercer, as you’re self-confessedly not a liberal, you’ll probably not be too put off by the damning exposé of progressive bloody-mindedness in Progressivism is Hostile to Humanism.

    Progressives have never failed to support mass-murdering tyrants, so long as they’ve been collectivist.

    Comment by Pat Frank — December 2, 2019 @ 8:06 pm

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