October 14, 2003

My First Endorsement

Yay! I am LOVED! Loved, I say! LOVED!

Exalted! Read these words!

    Once again, Heather goes into attack mode (a common trait among high school-level objectivists). Her indignation is that we don't hold her aloft as a shining example of the Great American Success Story to those she believes remain mired in subsistence-level jobs because they don't possess Heather's strength of character, will, moxie, spunk, etc.

    The facts remain, however, that Heather's very brief foray into the entry-level world was not without a safety net. And, in fact, she worked with multiple safety nets and was unencumbered by burdens and/or responsibilities.

    As Ehrenreich's book vividly illustrates, many people simply don't have the advantages and safety nets Heather had. For these people, an illness, car problems, a sick child, a job loss are not mere inconveniences--they are often cataclysmic events all too often resulting in homelessness.

    Of course, underlying Heather's disinclination to look at the facts is her unwillingness to realize her current lifestyle is largely subsidized on the backs of these people she scorns. Like all High School Ayn Rand-wannabes, she regards her lifestyle as an entitlement; there's a fair amount of insecurity involved as well.
Brought to you by the Venerated Jade Gold in comments for the previously mentioned Barbara Ehrenreich thread on Andrew Hoog's blog.

Isn't it amazing when others know you ever so much better than you know yourself? They're able to grasp your every thought, circumstance, history, word, idea, and possible consequence!

Perhaps this person is a psychic! I've been waiting for an endorsement fit enough to describe this blog. Which paragraph should I use?

(Oh, and, as my mama always told me, "Never take to heart the opinions of those whom you do not respect.") Kate, we have our snark.


Posted by hln at October 14, 2003 05:46 PM | Dripping Bloody Sarcasm | TrackBack

Ah, Jade Gold, professional troll and MacDiva impersonator. Consider yourself blessed to be attacked by such a font of wisdom.

Posted by: Matthew at October 14, 2003 07:56 PM

Your new friend's other recent subject appears to be accusing John Cole of considering Clinton worse than McVeigh, despite clear evidence to the contrary.

Posted by: hans at October 14, 2003 09:13 PM

You've been trolled! I'm so jealous.

Posted by: physics geek at October 15, 2003 08:43 AM

She's just garden variety. Perhaps you should check out her ego-stroking.

"Possessing a rare combination of wisdom and humility, while serenely dominating your environment you selflessly use your powers to care for others."

She doesn't advance arguments or even talk about what she thinks. She just points out how evil and degraded everyone else is.

No comments and no original posts. Yeah - she's a real winner.

Posted by: TheYeti at October 15, 2003 11:32 AM

First, ditto physics geek.

Second, I think this would make a *marvelous* pull-quote:

"a shining example of the Great American Success Story"

Posted by: Harvey at October 15, 2003 11:47 AM

On a serious note, I have found that an accurate judge of the strength of a person's argument can be made based upon how much of it can be taken literally. This is because if someone is making a serious, intellectual attack, it will be stated concisely and precisely with terms that are easily understood.

Tell me, at any point in your life, have you been followed about by a team of circus folk with nets, pillows, and other safety accoutrements? And tell me, have you ever found yourself without obligation to actually lift a finger to your own benefit?

I dare say that this is not the case... yet, Jade appears to know better than you.

I wish Jade would troll me. What are they called? Strawmen?

Color me jealous. Good job!

Posted by: Trey Givens at October 15, 2003 06:39 PM

Put yourself in JadeGold's shoes. Its own existence poses a contradiction.

Jade, a precious stone.

Gold, a precious metal.

How do you reconcile your two disparate precious natures into a single individual?

It's not as easy for others as it seems to be for you, my dear.

Posted by: Brian J. at October 15, 2003 08:42 PM