Sunday, May 23, 2010

America's new culture war: Free enterprise vs. government control

This excerpt is the from The Washington Post's Outlook section; "America's new culture war: Free enterprise vs. government control" by Arthur C. Brooks. No matter what side you are on (I'm sure you can guess where I stand on this), its a great read. Click here to go to the article.

This is not the culture war of the 1990s. It is not a fight over guns, gays or abortion. Those old battles have been eclipsed by a new struggle between two competing visions of the country's future. In one, America will continue to be an exceptional nation organized around the principles of free enterprise -- limited government, a reliance on entrepreneurship and rewards determined by market forces. In the other, America will move toward European-style statism grounded in expanding bureaucracies, a managed economy and large-scale income redistribution. These visions are not reconcilable. We must choose.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Comedy Central developing Jesus Christ cartoon -- The Live Feed

Comedy Central developing Jesus Christ cartoon -- The Live Feed

I'm glad to see this for several reasons. Personally its a slap in the face for those idiots offended by deities documented in cartoon form (don't forget this by the way) . Secondly, no matter who satiric in nature, a cartoon like this could very well promote positive elements of religion to a largely disaffected audience.

Will it offend the majority of Christians? Probably. I'm a lapsed but still struggling Roman Catholic, and I might find it uncomfortable. But satire is meant to make people feel uncomfortable. I'm sure there were Victorians upset by the notion that cutting off a child's legs at the knees would prevent them from reaching doorknobs and escaping from the house. That's why Johnathan Swift wrote it all those years ago, and why people still laugh at the absurdity today.

When I do a satiric piece for this blog, my email averages 6:1 negative to positive. Four out of the six are idiots and not worth discussing. Two may hate the post, but they take the time to thoughtfully frame their arguments, and generally avoid the word castrate. I really appreciate their effort. After all, they could be doing something more valuable with their time. Sometimes they admit it was a funny idea, they get the joke, but its a little too close to home. And that my friends, is why people write satire.

Q: Where can men over the age of 50 find younger women who are interested in them? A: Try a bookstore under fiction.