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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Talk Like a Pirate Day 2013

As is traditional for Talk Like a Pirate Day, I'll be using a English-to-Pirate translator on a scurvy dog bent on pillaging Americans. This year, it's hardcore Randian uber-douche Harry Binswanger at Forbes for his sneering, taunting piece "Give Back? Yes, It's Time For The 99% To Give Back To The 1%." It's glibertarian/conservative linkbait, so I'll link some of the pieces mocking and dissecting it instead: Mock, Paper, Scissors, Lawyers, Guns and Money, No More Mister Nice Blog and Wonkette.

Here's some of it rendered into pirate:

It’s time t' gore another collectivist sacred cow. This time it’s t' popular idea that t' successful be obliged t' “give aft t' t' community.” That oft-heard claim assumes that t' wealth o' high-earners be taken away from “t' community. And beneath that lies t' perverted Marxist notion that wealth be accumulated by “exploitin'” people, not by creatin' value–as if Henry Ford was not necessary for Fords t' roll off t' (non-existent) assembly lines and Steve Jobs was not necessary for iPhones and iPads t' sprin' into existence.

Let’s begin by strippin' away t' collectivism. “T' community” never gave anyone anythin'. T' “community,” t' “society,” t' “nation” be just a number o' interactin' individuals, not a mestical entity floatin' in a cloud above them. And when some individual person–a parent, a teacher, a customer–”gives” somethin' t' someone else, it be not an act o' charity, but a trade for value received in return. . . .

Here’s a modest proposal. Anyone who earns a million doubloons or more should be exempt from all income taxes. Aye, it’s too little. And t' real issue be not financial, but moral. So t' augment t' tax-exemption, in an annual public ceremony, t' year’s top earner should be awarded t' Congressional Medal o' Honor.

Yes, he just proposed that anyone who "earns" a million dollars shouldn't be taxed. I'm reminded of a similarly sneering piece by National Review's Stephen Spruiell back in 2009, mocking a young woman who died because she lacked health insurance, and how dare you ask him to pay higher taxes to help prevent such a thing? It's probably obvious, but being an asshole is a feature, not a bug, for these guys. They're showing off for their pals, and will high-five each other for each condescending barb against those other, less-deserving people. They're paid to do it, and they enjoy it to boot. (Oh, and let's not forget the conservative faithful at a Republican primary debate in 2011 applauding the thought of one of the fellow Americans dying.) Upfront piracy would be preferable.


D. said...

That were sweet, matey, and apropos.

Randians need to walk a plank. (Metaphorically speaking.)

Anonymous said...

Ye has left him a-weepin' like the cabin boy at the end of a six-month cruise. Arrrrr!

Paul Wartenberg said...

Pirates at least spare the children. The Modern GOP would rather starve them to death under the excuse of "character building".

The Democrats should be campaigning in every GOP district in 2014 with candidates opposed to the gutting of the food stamps program that keeps our nation's kids alive.

Zach said...

Pirates? Is that why Republican politicians have an (Arrr) after their names?

Marc McDonald said...

Hi, Batocchio,
>>>Yes, he just proposed that
>>>anyone who "earns" a million
>>>dollars shouldn't be taxed.

Actually, this isn't too far from reality. For example, in 2011, 7,000 millionaires paid no income tax.