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"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Thursday, November 08, 2007

Reality Deficit Disorder

Funny, if annoying. Regnery, the publishing house that produces goofy, reactionary screeds is being sued by some of its goofy, reactionary authors. Why?

Well, they're "acting like a Marxist cartoon of a capitalist company."

And how are they acting like communists, exactly?

Well, they're depriving their "writers of royalties by selling their books at a steep discount to book clubs and other organizations owned by the same parent company.

The alleged result?

The authors argue that in reducing royalty payments, the publisher is maximizing its profits and the profits of its parent company at their expense.

I know I don't need to spell out the comedy here, but I'm going to anyway. Because it makes me laugh. In today's political bizarro-landscape, Karl Marx (and today's liberals) intended for communism to be a system whereby the wealthy could become even wealthier through aggressive exploitation of workers. Fortunately, free-market capitalism came along to see to it that exploited workers could collectively bargain with their wealthy employers to see that they get an equitable piece of the pie. If that wasn't sufficient, free-market capitalists could use the court system to pursue what commies (and today's liberals) call "frivolous lawsuits," but what they consider a mainstay of democracy. That's why liberals are constantly fighting to protect business interests from having to account for their unfair, irresponsible, illegal, and even dangerous actions. They actually think that people are rich only because they work hard, play by the rules, and totally deserve it! Free-market capitalists, on the other hand, recognize that sometimes factors beyond our control are involved, that some people get rich by illegal means, and that the playing field isn't perfectly level.

...In Bizarro-world! Oh, and one more thing-- companies that have friends and allies buy large quantities of product at fire-sale prices? Think Scientology, Regnery authors. That's how laughable fringe books make the bestseller list.