Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Books or Boobs?

I wasn't thinking of Sheyla Hershey, who has the world's largest breasts,  when I wrote the headline, but a picture of her boobs is more interesting than one of O'Reilly the boob.
When was the last time you read a book instead of watching the boobs on Fox News?  According to bestselling author Tess Geritsen, a fiction book can reach the bestseller list with as few as 5,000 copies sold in a week.  In contrast, a boob like O'Reilly has an audience of more than 1.3 million for his 11:00 pm show--and of more than 3 million for his 8:00 pm show.  According to Mark Joyella of Mediaite.com, O'Reilly and Hannity combined have more than 5 million viewers.

America is a dumbed-down country.  It is not just that no one reads books. It is also that millions obtain information from ignorant opportunists like O'Reilly and Hannity.  No wonder Republicans vote for goofballs like Rick Sanitarium and Speaker Newt Moonbeam.

One cannot express ideas coherently in a television program.  This explains Americans' voting choices. They do not vote coherently; indeed, they vote against their own interests by insisting on candidates who support the Federal Reserve Bank and failed government programs.  There is no debate permitted on the television networks and talk radio shows because they are run by the Council on Foreign Relations-linked economic interests who benefit, at public expense, from bailouts and paper money subsidies.

If you haven't read a book in a year, here are four that might start your thinking:

James Perloff, Shadows of Power
Murray Rothbard, What Has Government Done to Our Money?
F.A. Hayek, The Road to Serfdom
Henry Hazlitt, Economics in One Lesson

5 comments:

Unknown said...

Speaking of BOOB, what constitutional right do you think this BOOB has?

http://news.yahoo.com/hot-teacher-essay-lands-student-trouble-221254769--abc-news.html

Where can we draw the thin line between Academic Freedom and Sexual Harassment? or better...outright Stupidity??

Mitchell Langbert said...

I would obviously draw the line on the side of freedom, unlike the campus Nazis who threw that guy out of school. And what, exactly, do you mean by sexual harassment? How can a student in an essay harass a professor? Was it repeated? What makes it harassment? True, it may have been distasteful, but to throw out a student because of something distasteful is no different from firing a professor who smears feces on a statue of Jesus. Or do you advocate offensive speech that you like and suppression of speech for those you don't like?

Anonymous said...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/is-virginias-ultrasound-bill-the-future-of-abortion-regulation/2012/02/18/gIQAzqgvLR_blog.html#excerpt

Awesome. A world of right wing Republicans.

Mitchell Langbert said...

Do you think the reason that left wingers feel the need to categorize people with whom they disagree as "right wing" or "Republican" derives from their incapacity to think for themselves and, as well, their inability to respond intelligently to rational debate?

Mitchell Langbert said...

Do you think the reason that left wingers feel the need to categorize people with whom they disagree as "right wing" or "Republican" derives from their incapacity to think for themselves and, as well, their inability to respond intelligently to rational debate?