25 January 2013

David Mamet's Timely Warning against the Gun Confiscation Push

First thing-- David Mamet, in case you didn't know, is an artistic genius, brilliant playwright, writer, and director. If you haven't seen any of his plays or films, you should.

Second thing-- big deal. Lots of entertainers have opinions, and the mere fact that they are famous doesn't make their opinions correct or even cogent.

Third thing-- so what? This article is good, written by a person who cannot be smeared with the label, right-wing Christian, nut-job extremist:

Karl Marx summed up Communism as “from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.” This is a good, pithy saying, which, in practice, has succeeded in bringing, upon those under its sway, misery, poverty, rape, torture, slavery, and death.

For the saying implies but does not name the effective agency of its supposed utopia. The agency is called “The State,” and the motto, fleshed out, for the benefit of the easily confused must read “The State will take from each according to his ability: the State will give to each according to his needs.” “Needs and abilities” are, of course, subjective. So the operative statement may be reduced to “the State shall take, the State shall give.”

Read the whole article here.

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