July 17, 2012

Meanwhile, in Buffy News

Happy 20th Anniversary, BtVS! (James Marsters offers the link -- I have not been able to make it work all day.)

More important to ThreeSourcers -- the tape and transcript are in (HT: @jtLOL).

It ain't pretty.

Tim Ross's transcript rather rudely includes every "umm." The man is extemporaneously answering a rather serous question, I'll allow him a few cycles to compose. And he ends with a smack at the atheist Whedon being called "A God" by a fan.

But in-between, he makes a substantive case that Whedon was actually embracing and promoting socialism.

Whedon's socialist hero, John Reed, received horrible grades as a youth, was a socialist in college, considered a bully, committed several crimes, promoted the Communist movement, belonged to the Communist Labor Party, and was indicted for sedition.

Television Posted by John Kranz at July 17, 2012 1:33 PM

Rude and substantive, I suppose, is better than overly-sensitive and trifling. Nevertheless, thanks for the read and the promotion.

"Joss Whedon, um, is a, you know, great, uh, orator."

Posted by: Tim Ross at July 19, 2012 4:13 AM

Rude and substantive rock my friend! Welcome to the blogroll.

ThreeSourcers: Ross contributes to A Hollywood Republican -- a great read.

Posted by: jk at July 19, 2012 10:06 AM

I think the "umms" are germane, for they show where Whedon spoke freely and where he did not. These contrasts seem to show an academic training that egalitarianism is necessary for the "personal dignity" of the "working class and middle class." Yet he stumbles in the transition to talking about it being "really, really important that we find a system that honors both our need to achieve, and doesn't try to take things away from us..."

And what is Joss's companion liberty to this TEA Party boilerplate? The "both" that he refers to? "...everybody's need to have a start, to have a goal, to have a life, um to have an income, to have a chance..."

This is the heart of the #Occupy/TEA Party confluence I first noticed here. Could Joss not see, if he started to pal around with a different sort of Facebook friend, that the antidote to "giant corporations and the enormously rich people who are very often in power" is not restricting corporations' free speech, but restricting their government bailouts and government guarantees and back-room, back-scratching deals with government officials? Join your votes with those of the Liberty Movement and we'll throw the cronies out together, Democrats and Republicans alike!

What prevents this, of course, is the feeler/perceiver's (colloquially known as "liberal's") innate desire to "help" others by giving to them from the public treasury in order to prove how much they "care." But honestly Joss, buddy, how can anyone have a start, a chance, an income, a life, if everything is given to him? Dignity has nothing to do with equity and everything to do with earned ownership.

Whedon's overarching lament is that "... nobody has the perfect answer." True. There is no perfect answer, but purely free-market capitalism in a libertarian social society is as close to perfection as humanity can get on this July day in the year 2012.

Posted by: johngalt at July 19, 2012 3:31 PM | What do you think? [3]