Sunday, April 10, 2011

On the Unreliability of Professional Talkers

I’ve been listening to Michael Savage since 1997. He, along with every other talkshow host, is feeding back to you and me our own common sense — kind of like the robber in the JS Mill quote* — and claiming it for his own.

The best thing is that they amplify our voices.
The bad thing is that talkradio associates the thoughts with the host, and that has been and will still be a deficit. The Agency of Lies and their Statist masters love to tar you and me with guilt by association.

I learned long ago, back in the early days of Rush, how to answer the parrots with their charges of “Ditto-head.” “No, you have it wrong. I don’t sound like Rush — he sounds a bit like me, but often comes to the wrong conclusions.”

Now we have the internet, and are not reliant on any leaders except when they have put together a good series of words as Savage often does. And Levin too. And each claims the other steals from him. The reality is that the underlying observations and conclusions are ours, and both those talkers ride point clearing the way for you and me. We simply have to understand that they help make our thinking more mainstream, and that’s a good thing.

But they often get it wrong, such as in their style and egomania and unwillingness to work well with others.

*The quote is below the break.

*“There is nothing which impresses a person of reflection with a strong sense of the shallowness of the political reasoning of the last two centuries than the general reception so long given to a doctrine [..] that the man who steals money out of a shop, provided that he expends it all again at the same shop, is a public benefactor to the tradesman whom he robs, and that the same operation, repeated sufficiently often, would make the tradesman a fortune.” -- John Stewart Mill as suitably edited by Redbaiter.

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