David M. Brown's Blog

September 1, 2009

Evil is as evil does

Filed under: Uncategorized — davidmbrowndotcom @ 3:43 am

Over at Robert Ringer’s Voice of Sanity blog, we have another good post on the commiecare assault on our liberties, on how some lefties are vilifying the CEO of Whole Foods, John Mackey, for the crime of preferring freedom to serfdom vis-a-vis the debate over further socializing health care.

…[Greta] becomes very impatient when guests talk nonsensically, lie, or try to spin the facts. And in her recent interview with Russell Mokhiber, founder of “Single Payer Action”—a group right out of Atlas Shrugged—there was a lot of all three going on.

I couldn’t make up my mind who Mokhiber most resembled—Joseph Goebbels or Adolf Eichmann. I guess I’d have to give the nod to Eichmann, because his twisted scowl reminded me more of an executioner than a mere propagandist.

In an excerpt from the 1960 trial posted at YouTube, Eichmann gives the impression of a clerk trying to helpfully clear up some unfortunate misunderstanding. My German doesn’t extend beyond “was ist das,” and the captions don’t really help, but one presumes that, per the title of the video, the questioning has something to do with the Nazis’ Final Solution meeting at Wannsee about how best to exterminate the Jews. Hannah Arendt famously emphasized Eichmann’s incongruously bland demeanor in her book, Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil.

Apparently, then, too much can be made of villainous-seeming scowling, although it appears to be spiritually apt enough in Mokhiber’s case. Other partisans of the destruction of our liberty are all sweetness and light and accommodation in the process of ushering in commiecare; they’re booked on the “PBS News Hour.”


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