A Flea in the Fur of the Beast

“Death, fire, and burglary make all men equals.” —Dickens

Potentially Fraudulent Graph of the Day

by evanmcmurry

“[Dickens] told me that all the good simple people in his novels, Little Nell, even the holy simpletons like Barnaby Rudge, are what he wanted to have been, and his villains were what he was (or rather, what he found in himself), his cruelty, his attacks of causeless enmity towards those who were helpless and looked to him for comfort, his shrinking from those whom he ought to love, being used up in what he wrote. There were two people in him, he told me: one who feels as he ought to feel and one who feels the opposite. From the one who feels the opposite I make my evil characters; from the one who feels as a man ought to feel I try to live my life. Only two people? I asked.” –Dostoevsky, supposedly

Second-Hand Socialism

by evanmcmurry

Yesterday I said that Gingrich’s rhetoric was sounding an awful lot like what he himself had called Socialism. Apparently, he agrees: “It’s an impossible theme to talk about with Obama in the background. Obama just makes it impossible to talk rationally in that area because he is so deeply into class warfare that automatically you get an echo effect.” In other words, Obama is SO Socialist that he causes second-hand Socialism. Which is 40 times more dangerous than original class warfare.