Posts Tagged ‘criticize’

Here is a quotation commonly attributed to Voltaire, and some sources say it has been misattributed, but in any case, I present it to you, the readers, with the question in mind: does it remind you of any group within society today?

To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.

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English: Radio host and documentary film maker...

During the Bilderberg 2012 meeting, Alex Jones interviewed one of his most frequent guests, and fellow GCN host, Webster Tarpley.

At the start of what became a one-hour and 20 minute interview, Tarpley gave his analysis of Ron Paul, and since it was something Alex Jones didn’t want to hear, he started acting childishly at the 9-minute mark.

Since 2011, I started writing about some of Alex Jones’ questionable guests (Dr. Steve Pieczenik, Pastor Lindsey Williams, Lyndon LaRouche, …) who are repeatedly invited back, as well as some of the questionable articles on Infowars.com. But it was on April 26, 2012 when I had finally heard enough to go public, and put myself on Alex Jones’ blacklist for daring to hold him accountable for his own behaviour, in a manner similar to the way he holds establishment figures accountable for their own behaviour.

Because Alex Jones didn’t like the way Webster Tarpley was hacking apart Ron Paul in the way Alex has let him hack away with impunity at establishment figures, he decided to act childishly, starting at 9 minutes in by raising the deliberately diversionary question, “so Obama’s gonna save us?”

It goes downhill from there over the next ten minutes, with Alex Jones using a childish voice and engaging in childish behaviour to try to steer Tarpley off-topic, which he didn’t fall for.

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Ludwig von Mises

Despite the veneration of Ludwig von Mises by his devotees, his works do contain their flaws, and an example was pointed out by a fellow Austrian School economist, no less.

Giving the 2009 F.A. Hayek lecture, George A. Selgin said (at 1:34):

Years ago, I gave a lecture commemorating the anniversary of Human Action, in which I wrote an essay about Mises and the gold standard, and of course I criticized Mises. I pointed out that he had actually undermined his own case for a gold standard, somewhat. And, as a result, somebody — a very prominent fan of von Mises — wanted to suppress the article, saying “this is terrible, this is critical of Mises.”

Austrian School economists would be wise to follow the example set by Selgin and critically analyze the works of the great names in the Austrian School of Economics and recognize that they didn’t have all the answers, even from a “free market” perspective.

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