“The game is rigged and the American people know that. They get it right down to their toes.” —Elizabeth Warren
Elizabeth Warren and I have very different views about the world, about humanity, and the optimum trajectory and contours for civil government. I believe there’s a place for government, but in a much more limited sense than Ms. Warren.
I hold the “messiness of freedom” as a higher value than the alleged “wisdom” of an elite class convinced it knows what is best for people, and utilizes government coercion as the way to get citizens to adhere to those ideas.
I prefer the “School of Hard Knocks” versus being a forced participant in the “Progressive University of Good Intentions.”
I believe people learn best from mistakes—those made by others, and their own—because pain provides an incentive to change, rather than having someone else use force to achieve what is often a mere outward obedience (while internal rebellion seethes, and seeks the perceived best timing to emerge into behavior).
That said, I generally see Ms. Warren as an honest and sincere Progressive—one with whom I could actually have a fruitful conversation. Many others very obviously care only about getting their desired outcome, no matter how many lies have to be told, and bodies left in their wake. I think she is motivated, to a degree, by principle, rather than a naked lust for power and greed.
The quote below from her book refers to former Secretary of the Treasury Lawrence Summers (who was also Chief Economist of the World Bank) and is absolutely stunning. It reveals the heart of the ravenous elite, who will do anything to crush those who get in their way, and to line their own pockets (and I have no illusions–there are “Conservatives” of this bent, too).
“After dinner, ‘Larry leaned back in his chair and offered me some advice,’ Ms. Warren writes. ‘I had a choice. I could be an insider or I could be an outsider. Outsiders can say whatever they want. But people on the inside don’t listen to them. Insiders, however, get lots of access and a chance to push their ideas. People — powerful people — listen to what they have to say. But insiders also understand one unbreakable rule: They don’t criticize other insiders.'”
Larry Summers is an example of the kind of sociopathic cancer all Americans must unite to surgically remove from positions of power and influence. He is not a “public servant” in any way, shape, or form–he is a predator. His “insiders” are an intellectually-ingrown collection of moral midgets who are directing the Western world away from her roots, and over a cliff.
Ms. Warren and I could “agree to disagree” on many issues—I think her presuppositions are unfortunate, but we could discuss those over time. Mr. Summers and I… well… I would certainly attempt to reach him through rational persuasion, but—in the end—my guess is that he would choose to have the ultimate conclusion on a literal battlefield, rather than a boardroom.