Immanentize The Eschaton: Move To Sunny Somalia (December 20, 2010)
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I “You can indeed immanentize the eschaton.”
T “The what?”
I “Immanentize the eschaton. Achieve utopia. Create heaven on Earth. Promote your own Maslowian self-realization by immanentizing the eschaton.”
I “You don’t want any government regulation, right.”
I “The market cures all, you say.”
T “Right. The market rules.”
I “You vote with your dollars and decide which businesses survive and which don’t. Unless there is only one monopoly player in each industry. In that situation, there is absolutely and unambiguously no market solution.”
T “Don’t tread on me.”
I “You cannot have free markets unless you have free markets. Every business is in business to put its competitors and the free market out of business. Only one countervailing force is available. That is us working through and with another institution that we love to castigate.”
T “I want my freedom.”
I “A beast with ‘Inc.’ as its surname is as dangerous as one with ‘Bureau’ as its first name. Big business can take away your freedom as easily as big government. The Constitution constrains the government and protects you. However, the Constitution only constrains big business and only protects you if the government is there to uphold and enforce the law.”
T “I want my country back.”
I “Then go back. If you are so hot to trot, why not trot on over to where it is hot. Trot on over to your utopia, your heaven on Earth, your eschaton. Jump a Pan Am or TWA flight to sunny Somalia.”
T “Somalia! The utopia cannot be in Asia. By definition. It has to be here. In ‘Merica.”
I “By definition.”
T “We are exceptional.”
I “We certainly are. What about Somali exceptionalism?”
T “They aren’t exceptional, whoever they are.”
I “I take exception. They may not be the exception, the way we are heading.”
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Bumper stickers of the week:
I’d rather not entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory or to the faculty of Harvard University.
Why don’t those who have already immanetized the eschaton want others to immanentize the eschaton?
My grandparents went to Somalia and all I got was this lousy t-shirt that says: “Don’t immanentize the eschaton.”
If O’Bama gets re-elected, I’m moving to Somalia