WND: “Occupy Wall Street” & Charles Darwin

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We were once again awakened by blaring sirens and lights flashing on the wall display of our Retard-o-tron™. The blinking letters on the wall said WorldNetDaily.

WorldNetDaily (WND) is the flamingly creationist, absolutely execrable, moronic, and incurably crazed journalistic organ that believes in and enthusiastically promotes every conspiracy theory that ever existed. WND was an early winner of the Curmudgeon’s Buffoon Award, thus that jolly logo displayed above this post.

We were directed to this story: Behold, the Occupy Wall Street messiah! We never heard of the author, but that doesn’t matter. To our surprise this thing is more than an ignorant attack on Darwin, it also appears to be a film review. Yes, WND offers cultural guidance for their brain-dead readers. Here are a few excerpts, with bold font added by us and scripture references deleted:

Here’s something both tea partiers and the Occupy Wall Street gang can agree on: When wealthy, powerful interests get the keys to Big Government, nobody wins. But just because we can agree on the problem, doesn’t mean we can agree on the solution

Okay, he says the tea party people and the leftist vermin in the “occupy Wall Street” movement can agree on the problem (your Curmudgeon has profound doubts about that), yet disagree on the solution. Let’s get to WND’s analysis of the situation:

The occupiers believe the solution is to … well … they haven’t exactly agreed upon that just yet. But give them time; it seems their answer is to make Big Government bigger, under the delusion, frankly, that a socialist government … will somehow be too big for moneyed interests to control? Not that that’s a logical conclusion, but that seems to be where this is going.

Yes, that’s where the “occupy Wall Street” hippies are going, but where is this article going? Let’s read on and perhaps we’ll find out:

It’s just the kind of fallacy that is easily embraced by inexperienced and idealistic young people who have been subjugated to the indoctrination of academia. So it seems fitting that in the new film, “In Time,” where every character is exactly 25 years old, Hollywood would unveil a radical, messianic socialist to take on the evil rich people and fulfill the mostly young occupiers’ wildest dreams.

At last we get to the movie. Here’s a Wikipedia article on it: In Time. It sounds like one we definitely plan to miss, but that’s not important. The WND review continues:

In the future of “In Time,” humans have been genetically modified to live to exactly 25 years old, before a clock implanted in the forearm ticks down every person’s last year of life. People can buy, sell, earn, borrow and gamble for more time, however, creating a form of currency that is literally life and death. In this future world, the very rich live in posh circumstance for centuries, while the poor live day-to-day – literally – in the slums.

Stupid premise, stupid movie, and typical of Hollywood. But why does WND bother with it? Bear with us, all will be reveaaled:

Throughout “In Time,” however, the dog-eat-dog world of capitalism is treated as a zero sum game (an economic lie believed and perpetrated by the political left), where there are only so many minutes to go around, and one man becomes rich only at the expense of another man’s life. In such a world, “In Time” identifies the enemy, even names it point-blank, as “Darwinist capitalism,” defined in economic terms as “survival of the fittest” and “only the strong survive,” literally.

That’s in the movie? Aaaargh!! What does WND say about it? Surely they’ll object to the movie’s misrepresentations and defend the free enterprise system! Let’s find out:

Even many tea partiers, at least many Christians in the bunch, would agree that Darwinism is an enemy to ethical society, and an amoral Darwinism in economics gives excuse to irresponsible greed.

Aaaargh!! WND agrees with the film’s insane premise! This is flat-out madness! But then it gets worse. Starting with their acceptance of Hollywood’s false and vile characterization of economic freedom, WND proposes what they say is a “better solution” than the dumb one the movie offers:

But though we may agree upon the enemy, “In Time” presents the solution in the form of a radical socialist neither Christian nor tea partier could support.

Aaaargh!! Only the Christians and the tea partiers have the true solution. And now, dear reader, here’s the crescendo, the climax, the insane conclusion to the WND movie review:

But let’s introduce a bit of truth into this Hollywood fantasy: Redistributing wealth from the rich to the poor is not “sharing,” it’s government-sanctioned theft.

The Bible is an advocate of real sharing, voluntary sharing; in fact, it commands it, commends it and exemplifies it ([deleted scripture] which is far from the communist mantra many make it out to be). But the biblical purpose of government is to punish evil and commend the good [deleted scripture], not to steal people’s property in order to create socioeconomic equality.

So while we may agree that Darwinist economics, greed and a society devoid of ethics are the collective “bad guy,” the solution presented by “In Time” cannot be commended by a Christian worldview.

Going through this thing has really hurt your Curmudgeon’s brain this morning. This film review has within it more flat-out craziness than we’ve ever encountered in any other article. The “problem,” which the WND film reviewer says the “occupy Wall Street” people and the tea party people both agree on, is the hideous evil of Darwin. The wrong solution is socialism, and the right one is the bible. Stupid premise and two equally stupid solutions.

The result is the frightening dichotomy we’re written about before, with one political party being socialist and the other theocratic. WND provides evidence that our vision of a nightmare future isn’t just in our own imagination.

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31 responses to “WND: “Occupy Wall Street” & Charles Darwin

  1. The Bible is an advocate of real sharing, voluntary sharing; in fact, it commands it…

    Yes, it commands you share your wealth. As does the government. The command is what makes it involuntary. The only real difference is whether disobedience is punished in this life (Government) or the next (Christianity).

    Acts 4-5 is clearly communist: Peter is indicating that if you keep any profit for yourself instead of giving it to the church, you are lying to God and deserve death. IMO its highly amusing to see (conservative) fundies try to make the bible sound as socially conservative as they want it to be.

  2. He’s a birther.

  3. the tea party people and the leftist vermin

    I don’t quite see how the ‘occupy’ movement is any less sane than the tea partiers – if anything, the muti-decade age gap would give the tea baggers the senility edge.

    While I have a job and have better things to do than camp out on cold, wet pavement, I know many who have gone to the rallies, but it’s been much more of a “something to do on a Saturday afternoon” thing.

    The “movement” is taking on more of an identity outside of these “protests”, and I know of at least a half a dozen people who have switched their bank accounts from large “evil” multinational banks to local credit unions within the last two weeks. I believe this sort of shift in ideology is what will give this movement more credence than the TP which, by all accounts I can find, are based on theocracy, insanity, and voting in the loudest moron they can find.

  4. I know of at least a half a dozen people who have switched their bank accounts from large “evil” multinational banks to local credit unions within the last two weeks. I believe this sort of shift in ideology is what will give this movement more credence…

    Well, another reason local credit unions are getting more popular is that they (generally) won’t sell your mortgage. Its kind of an interesting phenomena, where the market has a choice between more and less regulated banking entities, and is shifting its choice to more regulated entities.

  5. Curmudgeon: “Going through this thing has really hurt your Curmudgeon’s brain this morning.”

    Your pain is nothing compared to that of poor David Klinghoffer. He must be kicking himself for being beat to the punch on the OWS-Darwin connection. By WND no less, which at least one of his fellow Discoveroids (Medved) thinks is as nuts as we do,

  6. I don’t quite see how the ‘occupy’ movement is any less sane than the tea partiers – if anything, the muti-decade age gap would give the tea baggers the senility edge.

    Because they’re the same progressive, leftist and Communist groups that were protesting all through the 2000s.

  7. The leftish portion of the American political continuum has finally spoken up on the economic situation. As usual, they are a diverse lot and have a bit of trouble defining specific goals, and also as usual, they have more fun at their protests. They’re just Americans like the rest of us, though, not “Communist groups” or “leftist vermin”. They just happen to be protesting the irresponsible actions of the large financial institutions. Those institutions have, indeed, been rather irresponsible in recent years and deserve a public scolding.

    The right 15-20 percent or so of the American political continuum, on the other hand, are focused on what they view as the irresponsible actions of government, and as usual, they are much more organized and direct in their goals. Certainly they have been effective in, so far, paralyzing congress, but perhaps something more positive will eventually emerge from the movement. The Tea Partiers also overlap that part of the political spectrum occupied by religious fundamentalists, so the two groups are mostly the same people and it’s hard to separate the theocracy movement from the more economically driven one.

    Probably the biggest achievement of the occupy movement has been to demonstrate that there are still multiple points of view in this country, and Tea Partiers or anyone else who claims that they speak for all americans are clearly wrong. It’s a good thing.

  8. When was the last time some group claimed all of their country’s problems were caused by about 1% of the population and claimed to be representing the best interests of everyone else?

  9. Gabriel Hanna says:

    Because they’re the same progressive, leftist and Communist groups that were protesting all through the 2000s.

    Since the 1960s, actually, but without the anti-draft component.

  10. Leftist vermin here, just dropped in to watch the rabid wingnuts chew on their paws in an attempt to break free of their self imposed ideological shackles.

  11. @Ed: They’re just Americans like the rest of us, though, not “Communist groups” or “leftist vermin”.

    Check the sidebar there for many other videos “Americans like the rest of us”, not a single Communist or radical to be found among them. (rolls eyes)

    http://american-rattlesnake.org/2011/10/return-to-zuccotti-park/

    No Marxist tracts on sale, no socialism, oh no.

  12. bsharp, I don’t understand why you’d self-identify as “leftist vermin”. The groups that SC refers to with that epithet are literally self-identified Communists and Marxists. They carry big signs and posters saying so. Unless you belong to one of those organizations, you’re not who he’s talking about.

  13. Gabriel Hanna says:

    bsharp, I don’t understand why you’d self-identify as “leftist vermin”.

    That’s okay. Tundra Boy likes to flaunt his mildly left-wing politics in the hope of triggering an unseemly response from me. We’ve been at this for years, and it hasn’t worked yet.

  14. Ceteris Paribus

    As soon as the terms “Darwinism” or “Darwinist” show up in the premise of an WND article we know there will be misrepresentations which lead to a bogus conclusion.

    But it is possible to mix “Darwin” and “Economics” and come up with something worth looking at. Writer Robert H. Frank published “The Darwin Economy: Liberty, Competition, and the Common Good” recently. Haven’t seen the book myself; only heard a podcast book tour interview that piques the curiosity.

    Frank is a confirmed fan of Adam Smith, but argues that Smith’s “Invisible Hand” is really just an interesting special case of concepts laid out later by Charles Darwin.

    If I get the main thrust of Frank’s argument right, a robust economy is not merely the product of the zero-sum, I win you lose, “Struggle for Existence”, as evolution is often improperly portrayed by theocrats and/or some of the Tea Party persuasion.

    Instead, while an observer may see two stag elks using their impressive antler racks in a battle for the sole rights to pass their genes on to the elk herd, there is an underlying dynamic which Darwin well considered. Simply, it makes no sense for either the stags, or for the herd in general, for evolution to have provided the stags with ever larger racks. With increased size comes increased chances of the racks becoming ensnared in forest thickets where wolves would have a chance at easy prey.

    Frank notes that in the last 3 decades, nearly all the gains in income have gone to the stags of our economy, with little benefit to the OWS herd. It might just be that the growth at the top is no longer evolutionarily advantageous for the economy.

    Robert H. Frank home page is at: http://www.robert-h-frank.com/

  15. Jack Hogan wrote:

    When was the last time some group claimed all of their country’s problems were caused by about 1% of the population and claimed to be representing the best interests of everyone else?

    That should read: “wealthiest 1%” shouldn’t it?

    Stand by for the Krystallnacht ….

  16. nearly all the gains in income have gone to the stags of our economy, with little benefit to the OWS herd.

    Not sure what the OWS herd is, college students with too many loans I guess. But the last 3 decades have seen enormous increases in standard of living for even the poorest people in the US.

  17. Ceteris Paribus

    “… enormous increases in standard of living for even the poorest people in the US.”
    Or as Marie Antoinette might have suggested, the city rabble should be quite happy to have an occasional loaf of healthy whole-grain peasant bread to eat, and stop worrying about the plight of the suburban folk who have nothing but piles of unenriched white bread on their tables?

    Myself, I never give the effects of income distribution much thought. Except maybe at the airport while standing in line to get strip searched before boarding the always packed single class airliner, and realize that the former first class passengers that used to share the same ride are now boarding their private corporate jets minus the gratuitous gropings.

    I’m just waiting for the day when I’m leaving the airport in my econo rent-a-car, and can watch a Mercedes limo test its run flat tires at 75 mph against the potholed pavement that is years behind in maintenance because there is no public will to have a common vision of a modern society.
    Aux Barricades Citoyens!

  18. @Gabe; I read your link. Looks like the OWS crowd was having a good time. Yes, you are right, someone from the socialist party showed up and apparently set up a booth. The booth appears far down the list of various causes represented at the event.

    So what? Skin heads show up sometimes at Tea Party rallies, which doesn’t make the Tea Party a neo-nazi movement. People of all kinds appear at protests. Maybe you’re too young to remember the 60’s.

  19. I am still shocked and disgusted at the “leftist vermin” comment. Occupy has even spread here to Oklahoma, and for good reason too. We currently have our students doing a stupid fundraiser so we can buy CLEANING SUPPLIES, TOILET PAPER, and COPIER PAPER for our school. I buy my own office supplies for my classroom, and do all my own printing at home because I cannot find ink for this ancient printer.

    All the while our Republican governor keeps shoveling out tax breaks and exemptions for her biggest campaign contributors, the oil, natural gas and agribusiness corporations, all of whom IMPORT ILLEGAL FOREIGN LABOR.

    If you do not know what OWS stands for, you are being willfully ignorant. It cannot be from not paying attention.

  20. You always seem to pick apart people or groups who are obviously off their rocker, what tools you have to say about someone who people actually listen to. How about Mark Driscoll, named one of the 25 most influential pastors in the last 25 years. It is easy to point out faults in people logic when they didn’t have logic to start with. Try someone difficult someone who is more influential some new people actually listen to.

  21. @Ed:Skin heads show up sometimes at Tea Party rallies

    Do link to some video or photos of skinheads allowed to march or distribute literature by the Tea Party. While you’re at it, link to rapes at Tea party rallies covered up by the organizers.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2055464/Occupy-Wall-Street-protester-sexually-assaulted-tent-demonstrators-handle-internally.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

    @Anonymous:We currently have our students doing a stupid fundraiser so we can buy CLEANING SUPPLIES, TOILET PAPER, and COPIER PAPER for our school.

    So you are saying that the goverment which runs your school is doing a lousy job? And so you think Wall Street is somehow to blame? And you are an educator, apparently. Unbelievable.

  22. Since your reading comprehension is low, let me put it thus: Our Republican governor is cutting education to the bone, gives oil and natural gas and agribusiness firms massive tax breaks. Perhaps the two are connected?

    Yeah, I am pissed that kids are getting shortchanged, and parents are having to shell out more and more money for “free” education. This is not what was ever intended, and maybe, JUST MAYBE, this is the reason why we are falling farther and farther behind as a nation.

    Education is not respected, and this is why we are getting more and more creationist morons. I know, I am a science teacher and am having to fight it already in the 8th grade.

  23. @Bryan Trim: Our Republican governor is cutting education to the bone

    Oh, it’s you again. Your GOVERNOR, then, not rich people, are running your GOVERNMENT, TAXFUNDED school badly (in your opinion).

    And “to the bone” means 2%.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_Oklahoma_state_budget

  24. ” public safety, healthcare, and education will see smaller cuts of only 3%.”

  25. Bryan Trim says: “Since your reading comprehension is low”

    I assume this is a continuation of your “Anonymous” comment in which you said: “I am still shocked and disgusted at the “leftist vermin” comment.” I’m getting the impression that you’re not happy here.

  26. Those cuts come on top of years of other cuts, plus things that are indirectly related to the schools. Why are you guys on an anti creationism blog if you hate education?

    And the governor is giving PUBLIC FUNDS away to big businesses. Did you suffer from a head injury, or are you just being an idiot as a hobby?

  27. Curmudgeon, I really enjoy your posts, and you provide me with great updates on the latest salvos from DI et al. However, you remind me of gay Republicans…embracing those who would stab you in the back with a smile.

    You bemoan the state of the sciences in America, but think that an educational system that is being shackled to standardized testing and budget cuts is completely at fault?

  28. @Bryan Trim:And the governor is giving PUBLIC FUNDS away to big businesses.

    Leaving aside that you cite no evidence of any kind for this statement, ONCE AGAIN, it is the GOVERNMENT that is doing WRONG here.

    The same GOVERMENT that you think should be MORE POWERFUL.

    You bemoan the state of the sciences in America, but think that an educational system that is being shackled to standardized testing and budget cuts is completely at fault?

    From the guy who thinks the Navigation Acts were “laissez faire”… are you going to teach your students to add fractions? When they get to colelge they can’t do it. Why are we supposed to pay you more?

  29. Bryan Trim says: “However, you remind me of gay Republicans”

    Okay. Goodbye, Bryan.

  30. http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/5189336-418/college-can-be-a-rude-remedial-awakening.html

    A survey by an education non-profit group showed that four out of five students taking remedial classes graduated from high school with a GPA above 3.0.

    In the meantime, funding per pupil has tripled in real dollars since the 60s and increased 30% since the 90s. Yet teachers only ever have one solution: more money.

  31. Tomato Addict

    Just when it was getting interesting too. I confess the OWS movement has me a bit befuddled; I feel I ought to agree with the cause, but it’s hard to figure out just what the cause wants. It’s a movement out-of-focus. Moving on …

    Jordan: “… How about Mark Driscoll …”

    I started researching Mark Driscoll (admission of boredom), but the videos of kittens playing with yarn were much more interesting – and probably more influential, now that I think about it.

    Driscoll seems to be a down-to-Earth sort of fundamentalist, and his views are hardly surprising. He lists Michael Behe at the top of his reading list for “Evolution and Creation”, and he wrote this rambling essay … sermon, really (theresurgenceDOTcom/2006/07/03/answers-to-common-questions-about-creation). Basically, Driscoll says science is wrong when it disagrees with the Biblical accounts, but is “open” to narrowly different (YEC/OEC) interpretations of Genesis. Standard stuff.