Just Call Me Wanker Of The Morning

1 comment November 28th, 2005at 09:12am Posted by Eli

Ugh. Yet another reminder of why I can’t stand conservatives.

Today’s NYT has an op-ed piece by National Review writer John J. Miller, who starts out eulogizing the conservative, recently-liquidated Olin Foundation and what structural and strategic lessons it offers the liberal foundations trying to emulate it.

Okay, so far, so good. But then he abruptly puts the wank pedal to the metal:

So, is it possible to create a liberal version of the John M. Olin Foundation? I have my doubts. The success of any idea certainly depends to some extent on whether it can muster financial support, and it may also benefit from effective marketing. But in the end, not all ideas are equal. Some are simply better than others. After all, if money were everything, then liberalism would have nothing to worry about: the Ford Foundation’s coffers alone dwarf the combined resources of the conservative grant makers.

Conservatives never would have risen to prominence without their compelling critique of the welfare state, their faith in the power of free markets to create economic prosperity, and their belief that religion can play a constructive role in the public square.

The economist Thomas Sowell once joked that Hank Aaron was a lucky man, because he was always stepping up to the plate when a home run was about to be hit. Likewise, conservative ideas took flight not because wealthy philanthropists were suddenly willing to finance them, but because they identified actual problems and offered sensible solutions.

If liberals now want to create a counter-counterintelligentsia, it’s going to take more than money; what they truly need is a set of really good ideas.

Oh yeah, those conservative ideas are great. They’ve worked out really really well for us. Much better than silly liberal notions like Medicare and Social Security and not blowing up other countries for no damn reason. Arrrrgggh.

Entry Filed under: Media,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

1 Comment

  • 1. Neil Shakespeare  |  November 29th, 2005 at 12:50 am

    Well, they’re really good at ideas for the rich, I gotta hand ’em that. And the only good idea the poor can come up with is to kill the rich. But that IS a really, really good idea.

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