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And these people think they’re moderate
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Harvard Magazine carries a portrait of one of its illuminati, psychologist Howard Gardner (The Hobbs professor of cognition and education at the Graduate School of Education) which contains this little nugget:
In the magazine Foreign Policy, he argued in the spring for upper limits on the amount of income an American should be allowed to keep and the amount of wealth that can be passed on to beneficiaries ($4 million a year and $200 million, respectively). “It makes sense to be moderate politically only if there are two sides willing to engage,” he says. “The right wing isn’t just taking over the country, it’s shanghaiing all our values. If there’s a Republican administration after the next election, I would join in efforts for some sort of secession. It’s not the same country anymore.”
Heh ... yeah, you can tell by the first suggestion that he's "moderate politically" can't you? And when you peruse his last suggestion, you can only hope to have the opportunity to help him join a secession movement in '09.
 
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Actually, McQ, I don’t think he is presenting himself as a moderate but, rather, just the opposite. Moderation is fine in most normal circumstances where there is a middle ground to be found. However, since the Republican plutocrats hoarding and raping the nation’s wealth and values don’t want to talk about any sort of sharing then moderation is out of the question. Time to take to the streets in revolution (but will he get his own hands dirty in the process?).

Is he channelling Barry Goldwater’s mirror image?
 
Written By: D
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I disagree, D. I think he actually thinks of himself as moderate although driven by the present regime to more extreme measures.

I guess what I’m trying to say is folks like this consider themselves to be in the mainstream, normal, just like everyone else, when in fact they’re extremists (this is how much money an American sould be allowed to keep?). Naturally if you are an extremist who thinks he’s "normal", then real normal and mainstream people are going to seem to be extremists shanghaiing your country.
 
Written By: McQ
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he argued in the spring for upper limits on the amount of income an American should be allowed to keep
Is he willing to enact limits on how much people PRODUCE?

Maybe Alex Rodriguez should be forced to go home after he hits 30 home runs...

Maybe rock stars should have to quit the concert tours after two weeks.

Yeah, Rand sure had it down pat in "Atlas Shrugged".
 
Written By: Sharpshooter
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If this guy is moderate then who is to the left of him?
 
Written By: tkc
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"folks like this consider themselves to be in the mainstream, normal, just like everyone else, when in fact they’re extremists (this is how much money an American sould be allowed to keep?)."

Check the original article. In fairness, he seems to take it as common sense that markets are inefficient and inherently unfair
The accumulation and cross-generational transmission of wealth in the United States has gone way too far. .... It’s impossible to deny that market fundamentalism has gone too far.
Likewise, he is overly confident in the acceptability of his solution not to mention ignorant of history
To those who would scream “foul” to such limits on personal wealth, I would remind them that just 50 years ago, this proposal would have seemed reasonable, even generous [Isn’t that around the time of JFK’s tax cut proposals? -D]...Were these proposals enacted, I predict that they would be accepted with amazing speed, and individuals would wonder why they had not always been in effect.
So, you are right that his notion of "moderate" is probably skewed leftward in the extreme. Nevertheless, "It makes sense to be moderate politically only if there are two sides willing to engage" and his following remarks make clear that now is not the time for moderation, even his highly biased version thereof. Ergo, he is not a moderate - real or otherwise.
 
Written By: D
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The right wing isn’t just taking over the country, it’s shanghaiing all our values.
This is the sentence that stood out to me. As far as I know, this country has never had a law that confiscated everything above a certain amount. Therefore the phrase "all our values" must necessarily refer to that status quo. Therefore, if the right wing wants to continue the status quo, it’s ludicrous to talk about them "shanghaiing all our values"; they’re merely advocating the values we already have. It’s Gardner and his ilk that are trying to "shanghai values" into some new state where such confiscation is legal.

That’s the kind of double-speak that really, really pi$$e$ me off about today’s left. Words have meanings. They will use words as if they mean the exact opposite of what they really mean, to try and make an emotional pitch for their delusional programs.
 
Written By: Billy Hollis
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An academic you say? Quelle surprise.
 
Written By: tom scott
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"The Hobbs professor of cognition and education..."

How appropriate, a professor named for a cartoon character.
 
Written By: timactual
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"The Hobbs professor of cognition and education..."

How appropriate, a professor named for a cartoon character.
Or maybe they mean he is a Hobbsean professor, "Nasty, Brutish, and Short"
 
Written By: kyleN
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