A prominent left wing economist at the Roosevelt Institute equated the libertarian political movement to white supremacism in a Twitter discussion that quickly devolved into name calling.
Marshall Steinbaum, a Research Director and Fellow at the far-left Roosevelt Institute, made the remarks in part of a wider discussion about the potential usefulness of libertarian economists as “anti-Trump allies”, when Steinbaum declared he had no interest in “winning over” libertarians.
The situation escalated after a fellow left wing intellectual, E. Glen Weyl, respectfully bemoaned Steinbaum’s unwillingness to make inroads with and “win over” libertarians, saying his attitude “is responsible for so much of the self-defeating nature of today’s left.”
— (((E. Glen Weyl))) (@glenweyl) December 30, 2018
In reply, Steinbaum wrote that “If it is self-defeating to refuse to ally with white supremacy, then fine,” and cited contemporary opposition among to the New Deal among those who may have held libertarian beliefs, neglecting to mention that the policies comprised in the New Deal were legislated in the 1930s, and the Libertarian Party was not founded until 1971.
At this point, an incredulous Weyl asked Steinbaum to clarify whether or not he was “equating libertarianism with white supremacy.” Steinbaum replied in the affirmative, and cited various statements made by Libertarians.
Weyl then asked Steinbaum whether this type of blanket condemnation of libertarian would mean that prominent libertarians and self-proclaimed libertarians Tyler Crowen, Thomas Sowell, and Jeff Flake are part of the same political movement as Richard Spencer, who claims to have founded the Alt Right and helped organize the rally that led to the tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017.
In his reply to Weyl and his final tweet on the subject, Steinbaum elaborated that libertarianism is merely a “flavor” of white supremacy, and that it is part of the umbrella group that creates the white supremacist “political movement”.
At this point, Weyl attempted to continue the debate, leading other left wing Twitter users to point out inconsistencies with Steinbaum’s thinking and chastised him hold himself to “a standard worthy of Roosevelt”.
What a silly, obviously absurd argument. Hold yourself to a standard worthy of Roosevelt and progressives.
— Zach Tratar (@zachtratar) December 31, 2018
If you’re implying that self-determination is a white attribute and not a human attribute, it is likely people like you would also agree that the opposite is true about non-whites…..Maybe you shouldn’t play this game.
— JtheHornet (@JPHorn7) December 31, 2018
Ironically, the entire discussion was provoked by Weyl requesting that left wing economists refrain from speaking in jargon, make efforts not to alienate mainstream Americans, and find ways to relate complex economic theories to voters. Instead, Steinbaum condemned an entire political movement and school of economics as racist.
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Elitists Ready State-of-the-Art Doomsday Bunkers as Coronavirus Pandemic Worsens
It’s good to be a plutocrat!
While ordinary Americans deal with the coronavirus pandemic and the many anxieties that accompany the unprecedented crisis, the super rich are retreating to state-of-the-art bunkers featuring bowling alleys, swimming pools, and other amenities.
The providers of these doomsday bunkers are reporting a drastic increase in business, with coronavirus hysteria causing at least one economic sector to boom.
“As unpopular as coronavirus is, it’s getting the publicity of a Backstreet Boys hit in the ‘90s,” said Gary Lynch, general manager of Texas-based Rising S Bunkers. “People have an infatuation with it.”
Business is good for Lynch and other bunker manufacturers, as the ultra rich scramble to use their remaining wealth to seclude themselves. There is no limit to the luxuries that can be provided in a modern bunker, with many of these bunker models resembling mansions.
“Movie theaters are common,” Lynch said. “We built one in California that has a shooting range, swimming pool and bowling alley.”
Lynch offers 24 different options for individuals wishing to purchase a bunker. The smallest model costs $39,500 and includes a custom air filtration system, bunk beds, a functioning toilet, and a kitchen counter. A more decadent set-up is the Fortress, which costs $1.009 million, including 15 private bedrooms, 42 bunk beds, a panic room, and a room to house guns.
The most garish model of all is the Aristocrat, which features a sauna, hot tub, swimming pool, gym, greenhouse, billiards room and garage. It costs an incredible $8.35 million to construct and is off limits to all but the super rich. Coronavirus is causing a run on these types of shelters, Lynch explains, as high-class Americans realize the necessity of extreme preparedness.
“In 2008, I talked to a guy for four-five months who was thinking about purchasing a shelter. I think he probably used the coronavirus to convince his wife, because he finally just bought one,” Lynch said. “That’s how most buyers are; they’re not in it for one single reason.”
The providers of these bunkers feel they are supplying a much-needed service in the market to alleviate the authentic fears of families in an increasingly topsy-turvy world.
“We don’t create fear. We resolve it. The true elite all have backdoor plans. They’re jumping on planes and flying to islands,” said Robert Vicino, who is CEO of the shelter-building company Vivos. “We give people the peace of mind that they have their own backdoor solution for when it’s time to take shelter.”
Vicino noted that his clientele has moved from middle class to upper class in recent months, as the wealthy no longer feel insulated from the rest of society from their gated neighborhoods. He reports that interest in his bunkers are up 1,000 percent year-over-year, and sales are up 400 percent, as doomsday fever sweeps throughout America.
“As long as time permits, we will continue to build bunkers. This world won’t be safer tomorrow,” he added.
For the Americans without the wealth to retreat from society, they will have to deal with a tumultuous and dangerous reality for their loved ones as the coronavirus pandemic continues without any sign of slowing.
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