Monday, August 10, 2009

Opposing Hyperbolic Symbols

Robert Wright at The Daily Dish writes:
"In Palin’s fantasy, the death-panel 'bureaucrats' were going to pick winners and losers based on a judgment about their “level of productivity in society.' Well, if you view income as a gauge of a person’s productivity in society—and God knows there are Republicans who do—then the quality of health care is already correlated with 'productivity in society.' Obama’s plan, by making health care more affordable to lower income people, would make that less true."
He Goes on:
"And if these opponents of health-care reform are going to conjure up images of fascism to caricature the pro-reform side, it seems fair to conjure up a comparably hyperbolic symbol of their side of the argument—social Darwinism. As Herbert Spencer put the social Darwinist credo, 'The poverty of the incapable, the distresses that come upon the imprudent, the starvation of the idle, and those shoulderings aside of the weak by the strong, which leave so many ‘in shallows and in miseries,’ are the decrees of a large, far-seeing benevolence.' But I guess a picture of Herbert Spencer on a placard doesn't pack quite as much punch as a picture of Hitler."
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