Thursday, October 15, 2009

A Lofty and Noble Idea

Interesting plaque I saw today, which commemorated the building's grand opening - in 1951! Its a former bank that's currently a downtown high rise apartment building:

"This building is dedicated to the principle that only business that will endure is that which is unselfishly devoted to the interests of its country, state and community."

The sentiment may be incredibly lofty - but it shows that capitalism doesn't have to be predatory!

6 comments:

Chris said...

The greatest predator of the 20th century is Mao Tse Tung, responsible for the death of 78 million people. Incidentally, he is the favorite philospher of Obama's Communication Director, Anita Dunn. Makes Van Jones look like a Sunday school teacher.

Gerald Britt said...

Chris,

Aside from the fact that you are waaay off topic, I'll indulge you a little.

I assume you know for a fact that Mao Tse Tung is one of Dunn's 'favorite' writers AND that she's done something more than just study is writings and biography. AND I also give you credit for knowing America's actual dubious alliance with oppressive, exploitative and murderous dictators: the Shah of Iran, Stalin, even Sadaam Hussein.

AND if you have no more evidence that Dunn did no more than study or read Mao's writings, I'd remind that Dr. Condoleeza Rice was a professor of Russian studies at Stanford University. By your illogic, she has to be a Communist sympathizer.

I'm afraid, Chris, you're past the point of being taken seriously...

Chris said...

There is a world of difference in teaching a subject and saying a person is your favorite philosopher. For example, if one says Jesus is their favorite philosopher, it indicates a certain agreement with his teachings.

Gerald Britt said...

Chris,

Its easy to cherry pick logic out of total context and make it mean whatever you want.

For one to say that Jesus is a 'favorite philosopher' for instance, doesn't mean that one is a Christian.

I like some of the philosophy of Ayn Rand, but don't necessarily agree with much of it.

It's enough to say that you don't like Obama, or his policies or the people he has in his cabinet. But the degree to which you go to discredit and delegitimize his presidency is, again, what makes it hard for you to be taken seriously.

Chris said...

I wonder if Mao is her favorite murderer also?

Gerald Britt said...

Nice relevant, intelligent, rejoinder, Chris! Thanks for showing your capacity for useful conversation...