Monday, March 31, 2014

Home Depot co-founder: Populist liberals adopting Nazi rhetoric

More shameless hijinks from Langone.  Story here at Haaretz.
“Because if you go back to 1933, with different words, this is what Hitler was saying in Germany. You don’t survive as a society if you encourage and thrive on envy or jealousy," Langone told the website on Tuesday. 
His frankness was preceded by venture capitalist Tom Perkins, who – a multi-millionaire, not a billionaire, he says – alerted the world to the evils of attacking the 1 percent: "Kristallnacht was unthinkable in 1930; is its descendant "progressive' radicalism unthinkable now?" wrote in a letter to the Wall Street Journal this January. His own firm disclaimed his broadside. 
Larry Summers, former secretary of the Treasury and a business baron himself, agrees on the perils of populism but put it less controversially: “Reducing inequality is good, but it’s 50 times better to do it by lifting those up who are low than by tearing those down who are high,” he told Politico, adding: “The better politics are the politics of inclusion where everyone shares in economic growth.”
Pretty bad when all you can do is resort to the Reductio ad Hitlerum.  Resorting to this fallacy means you have no real argument.

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