Video: On MSNBC, “Animal Farm” is a parable about … income inequality

posted at 4:41 pm on April 30, 2014 by Allahpundit

A nifty catch by the Libertarian Republic. I used to think AF was a cautionary tale about leftists exploiting the aspiration of equality to amass power over people, but now that I re-read the final line, I see her point: “The creatures outside looked from pig to Koch, and from Koch to pig, and from pig to Koch: but already it was impossible to say which was which.”

Credit where it’s due. It takes brass balls to give Orwell himself full Orwellian treatment. Well done, MSNBC.

One tiny criticism, though. If you’re going to toast Thomas Piketty and the looming demise of income inequality, do it with a $16 cocktail like respectable intellectuals do.


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ummmmm, honey, if the top tax rate was 94% in 1944 and if those rates raised so much extra revenue, why did revenue as a % of GDP remain in the sub-20% range, just like it has through ALL rates since the 1930′s???

So many loopholes, that the “top tier” actually only paid about 13%.

You see, we had a war going on and war bonds, well they were not taxable…among other things.

Math is hard…but throwing out stats is easy.

right2bright on April 30, 2014 at 5:54 PM

She’s dumber than a flat rock.

rdbrewer on April 30, 2014 at 5:54 PM

kcewa on April 30, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Finally, I got it. Thank you!

Cindy Munford on April 30, 2014 at 5:55 PM

If you think about it, Green Eggs and Ham is a cautionary tale about sodium and trans fats.

Mr. Wednesday Night on April 30, 2014 at 5:52 PM

So you are saying that Obama was influenced by “If I Ran the Zoo”

right2bright on April 30, 2014 at 5:55 PM

dentarthurdent on April 30, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Yeah, I can see where they might be touchy about you messing with their computers. It’s maddening.

Cindy Munford on April 30, 2014 at 5:57 PM

ummmmm, honey, if the top tax rate was 94% in 1944 and if those rates raised so much extra revenue, why did revenue as a % of GDP remain in the sub-20% range, just like it has through ALL rates since the 1930′s???

So many loopholes, that the “top tier” actually only paid about 13%.

You see, we had a war going on and war bonds, well they were not taxable…among other things.

Math is hard…but throwing out stats is easy.

right2bright on April 30, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Great. Now you made me think of the “Oh Honey” episode of “How I Met Your Mother.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_0mSuUNVRE

There Goes the Neighborhood on April 30, 2014 at 5:58 PM

The Wile E. Coyote character is actually a veiled reference to Sarah Palin’s barbaric practice of shooting animals with an Acme Giant Slingshot.

Mr. Wednesday Night on April 30, 2014 at 5:59 PM

Can’t do that stuff with systems and software under IT control.

dentarthurdent on April 30, 2014 at 5:47 PM

That sux.

Donuts help with those guys :) They will know that disabling that isn’t a security risk and might do it for you. Although they might not like you browsing at work. As if they don’t.

kcewa on April 30, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Donuts help with those guys :) They will know that disabling that isn’t a security risk and might do it for you. Although they might not like you browsing at work. As if they don’t.

kcewa on April 30, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Nope. Not corporate……

dentarthurdent on April 30, 2014 at 6:02 PM

For those supposed leftist Christians…go read yourself the Parable of Talents.

CW on April 30, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Mr. Wednesday Night on April 30, 2014 at 5:52 PM

Soooo funny!!!!

Cindy Munford on April 30, 2014 at 6:05 PM

That sux.

Donuts help with those guys :) They will know that disabling that isn’t a security risk and might do it for you. Although they might not like you browsing at work. As if they don’t.

kcewa on April 30, 2014 at 6:00 PM

And normally I can’t even see most videos – blocked by the firewall. Places like youtube, facebook, even outside email servers like comcast are verboten.
But sometimes videos that are embedded in certain ways on “acceptable” sites show up – like this one did – on auto-play – so quick shut off audio….

dentarthurdent on April 30, 2014 at 6:06 PM

It’s about damn time a “talking head” with a stripper name explained Orwell:)

Clink on April 30, 2014 at 6:05 PM

If she explained it while working on a pole, I might have listened…. well, maybe not – but I would have watched….

dentarthurdent on April 30, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Orwell was a socialist. But he was more concerned with totalitarianism than the capitalism that existed in social democrat England.

But he did have problem with capitalism. That’s a fact.

Walter L. Newton on April 30, 2014 at 5:52 PM

So, was that, like, his estate in the video Schadenfreude link to?

WryTrvllr on April 30, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Or, seriously, a sanitorium?

WryTrvllr on April 30, 2014 at 6:09 PM

So, was that, like, his estate in the video Schadenfreude link to?

WryTrvllr on April 30, 2014 at 6:08 PM

I’ll let Orwell speak for himself. It’s about a 10 minute read…

George Orwell – Shopkeepers At War

http://orwell.ru/library/essays/lion/english/e_saw

Walter L. Newton on April 30, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Someone told her this was what the book was about. She obviously hasn’t read it, and/or she’s horribly dishonest (surprise!)

Annielou on April 30, 2014 at 6:15 PM

and/or she read the book and didn’t understand it….is probably a little from column A and a lot from column B.

Annielou on April 30, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Orwell was a socialist. But he was more concerned with totalitarianism than the capitalism that existed in social democrat England.

But he did have problem with capitalism. That’s a fact.

Walter L. Newton on April 30, 2014 at 5:52 PM

He saw socialism in opposition to Fascism mainly, he said that much himself: ‘The choice is not, as yet, between a human and an inhuman world. It is simply between Socialism and Fascism, which at its very best is Socialism with the virtues left out.”, reason why he volunteered to fight in Spain…after his Spain experience though he confessed that he was left hating both Communism and Fascism…. He was one of the few honest ones (unlike most if the French intellectuals on the left, Romaine Rolland, Barbuse, etc) who told the truth abiut the politicizatiin of the civil war in spain by vorb sides….unlike the French leftist intellectuals for instance, who flat out lied about the horrors of the Soviet regimes in former USSR, despite the fact that they visited and they saw the disaster that socialism was with their own eyes….

jimver on April 30, 2014 at 6:19 PM

If you think about it, Green Eggs and Ham is a cautionary tale about sodium and trans fats.

Mr. Wednesday Night on April 30, 2014 at 5:52 PM

Its also subliminal indoctrination about mass transit systems.

BobMbx on April 30, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Politicization by both sides that is…

jimver on April 30, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Sure, we don’t need good things like capitalism at all. The following Chesterton quote is remarkably similar to Animal Farm, in that a problem arises, and the solution of the Animals is a little… off:

“Suppose that a great commotion arises in the street about something, let us say a lamp-post, which many influential persons desire to tear down.

A grey-clad monk, who is the spirit of the Middle Ages, is approached upon the matter, and begins to say, in the arid manner of the Schoolmen, “Let us first of all consider, my brethren, the value of Light. If Light be in itself good —.” At this point he is somewhat excusably knocked down. All the people make a rush for the lamp-post, the lamp-post is down in ten minutes, and they go about congratulating each other on their unmedieval practicality.

But as things go on they do not work out so easily. Some people have pulled the lamp-post down because they wanted the electric light; some because they wanted old iron; some because they wanted darkness, because their deeds were evil. Some thought it not enough of a lamp-post; some too much; some acted because they wanted to smash municipal machinery; some because they wanted to smash something. And there is a war in the night, no man knowing whom he strikes.

So, gradually and inevitably, today, tomorrow, or the next day, there comes back the conviction that the monk was right after all, and that all depends on what is the philosophy of Light. Only what we might have discussed under the gas-lamp, we now must discuss in the dark.”
– G. K. Chesterton (Heretics)

RockinRickOwen on April 30, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Deal with facts.

Like, the benefits of fellating dildos tied to your husbands face.

BobMbx on April 30, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Hysterical. This is on Krystal Ball’s Wikipedia page:

On April 29, 2014, Ball was quoted as saying that the George Orwell book, Animal Farm, was about Capitalism, but everyone with even room temperature IQ knows this is not the case. Animal Farm is about the Soviet Union and the danger of allowing the fascist Progressives to seize power.

Erich66 on April 30, 2014 at 6:37 PM

Hysterical. This is on Krystal Ball’s Wikipedia page:

On April 29, 2014, Ball was quoted as saying that the George Orwell book, Animal Farm, was about Capitalism, but everyone with even room temperature IQ knows this is not the case. Animal Farm is about the Soviet Union and the danger of allowing the fascist Progressives to seize power.

Erich66 on April 30, 2014 at 6:37 PM

:) Don’t worry, the leftist hords will correct that paragraph in no time…check again in a few days…

jimver on April 30, 2014 at 6:39 PM

Erich66 on April 30, 2014 at 6:37 PM

:)

kcewa on April 30, 2014 at 6:40 PM

libfreeordie on April 30, 2014 at 5:03 PM

A legal blunt and a well lubed rubber object up the Old Dusty Trail have apparently sent the (formerly) “Tenured Professor of the Humanities” (aka General Ed bull$hit classes) into a well deserved slumber…

BigWyo on April 30, 2014 at 6:41 PM

My IQ dropped with that one.

PhillyCon on April 30, 2014 at 6:50 PM

I’ll let Orwell speak for himself. It’s about a 10 minute read…

George Orwell – Shopkeepers At War

http://orwell.ru/library/essays/lion/english/e_saw

Walter L. Newton on April 30, 2014 at 6:12 PM

OK. My apologies. I’ll try again later, but I almost died during the first two paragraphs.

So he blames WW II and Hitler on Capitalism?

And now look at the results. After 1934 it was known that Germany was rearming. After 1936 everyone with eyes in his head knew that war was coming. After Munich it was merely a question of how soon the war would begin. In September 1939 war broke out. Eight months later it was discovered that, so far as equipment went, the British army was barely beyond the standard of 1918. We saw our soldiers fighting their way desperately to the coast, with one aeroplane against three, with rifles against tanks, with bayonets against tommy-guns. There were not even enough revolvers to supply all the officers. After a year of war the regular army was still short of 300,000 tin hats. There had even, previously, been a shortage of uniforms – this in one of the greatest woollen-goods producing countries in the world!

Capitalism doesn’t profit from the military-industrial complex?

Sorry, I may not bother to finish it, but I’ll try. Tell me this. Is that his estate or not?

WryTrvllr on April 30, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Walter L. Newton on April 30, 2014 at 6:12 PM

From your link.

An army of unemployed led by millionaires quoting the Sermon on the Mount – that is our danger. But it cannot arise when we have once introduced a reasonable degree of social justice. The lady in the Rolls-Royce car is more damaging to morale than a fleet of Goering’s bombing planes.

An excellent read all could use to read…..or read again. ; )

Bmore on April 30, 2014 at 6:59 PM

In addition to having read the book 4 times, I also have a degree in Russian Studies with a focus on 20th century politics and history, and… I don’t think it says what she thinks it says.

JamesB on April 30, 2014 at 7:36 PM

If you think about it, Green Eggs and Ham is a cautionary tale about sodium and trans fats.

Mr. Wednesday Night on April 30, 2014 at 5:52 PM

I was in a band named Green Eggs and Ham. It was a tribute to Green Day.

Steve Eggleston on April 30, 2014 at 7:43 PM

So extend the courtesy back or start calling out your own hucksters.

libfreeordie on April 30, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Hmm. Seems to be a strong inference that Ms. Ball is a huckster. Tacit admission?

soundingboard on April 30, 2014 at 7:50 PM

I’ll lay ten to one that Ms. Ball’s parents took the brown acid at Woodstock.

soundingboard on April 30, 2014 at 7:51 PM

hucksters.

libfreeorgan on April 30, 2014 at 5:03 PM

…the biggest huckster here…using the word hucksters?…you really don’t really read peoples comments here do you?

KOOLAID2 on April 30, 2014 at 7:53 PM

I was in a band named Green Eggs and Ham. It was a tribute to Green Day.

Steve Eggleston on April 30, 2014 at 7:43 PM

I once saw a Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills & Nash tribute band in the Old Port Exchange (a bar in Portland, Maine) – named Buffalo Chip Tea.
They were actually very good – and I’ve seen CSN in concert 3 or 4 times….

dentarthurdent on April 30, 2014 at 7:56 PM

I’ll lay ten to one that Ms. Ball’s parents took the brown acid at Woodstock.

soundingboard on April 30, 2014 at 7:51 PM

Good possibility, although some people just don’t think when naming kids.
I have a niece who named a daughter Krimson Bush – great name if you want your daughter to be a porn star….

dentarthurdent on April 30, 2014 at 7:58 PM

sk the people of Venezuela, or Argentina, or China, or just sit back, and watch what happens to western Europe.

(France and England now share 1 aircraft carrier you know. Capitalism at it’s worst!

WryTrvllr on April 30, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Good possibility, although some people just don’t think when naming kids.
I have a niece who named a daughter Krimson Bush – great name if you want your daughter to be a porn star….

dentarthurdent on April 30, 2014 at 7:58 PM

Krimson Bush? Ooohh.

But I was referring more to the deleterious effects of the parents indulgence on Ms. Ball’s cognitive acuity.

soundingboard on April 30, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Walter:

What was the Lend-Lease program?

WryTrvllr on April 30, 2014 at 8:07 PM

But I was referring more to the deleterious effects of the parents indulgence on Ms. Ball’s cognitive acuity.

soundingboard on April 30, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Sometimes genetics can be cruel…. and if you put that into a union controlled public skrewl system – well, just a lost cause.

dentarthurdent on April 30, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Guess who slept thru lit classes?

VALman on April 30, 2014 at 8:38 PM

Guess who slept thru lit classes?

VALman on April 30, 2014 at 8:38 PM

If you don’t mind, I’ll expand on that-
Guess who slept her way through college?

dentarthurdent on April 30, 2014 at 8:47 PM

If you don’t mind, I’ll expand on that-
Guess who slept her way through college?

dentarthurdent on April 30, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Ha! There’s sleep and then there’s “sleep”!

VALman on April 30, 2014 at 9:13 PM

In addition to having read the book 4 times, I also have a degree in Russian Studies with a focus on 20th century politics and history, and… I don’t think it says what she thinks it says.

JamesB on April 30, 2014 at 7:36 PM

JamesB I have to beg a favor. Having taken some Russian history in school, I seem to remember an incident where a plane of Chinese Nuclear Physicists blew up over/ chrashed into the Urals, after Mao recalled them.

Am I getting old or did that happen? I cannot seem to find any mention on the “search” engines.

Thanks for your time.

WryTrvllr on April 30, 2014 at 9:30 PM

I don’t watch MSNBC, even clips. It’s off my channel list at home.

It is designed for those too stupid to know they are being lied to or too far left to care. This dumb cluck is apparently typical. But I wouldn’t bet that AF isn’t being taught that way at the college level today, after “deconstructing” it – or even in public high schools.

But embedding auto-play videos of MSNBC is a good way to cut down on us annoying commenters.

Adjoran on April 30, 2014 at 11:49 PM

Who is this woman? “Incorrect belief that doing so would increase growth”?

Intellectually bankrupt.

freedomfirst on May 1, 2014 at 12:28 AM

Talk about “bizarre and ultimately incorrect.”

Kenosha Kid on May 1, 2014 at 12:32 AM

Dumb blonde disease has mutated.

Shy Guy on May 1, 2014 at 2:15 AM

I just want to split the country in half down the Mississippi river and divide it in two. All of the leftists can go live in their New England, New York, Washington D.C. Marxist Utopia. All of the conservatives can come live in Texas, Oklahoma, etc. We will then see exactly how long their Utopia without the thinkers and the producers last. We’ll see exactly how long it will be before they look like Venezuela.

You can go do what you want with yourselves, socialists, but leave me and mine alone.

Theophile on May 1, 2014 at 3:04 AM

Missed the closing line. Did she say, “That’s it from the psycho now…”?

NoPain on May 1, 2014 at 7:59 AM

After watching Krystal Ballgag I think it is clear that leftists really are that stupid.

Fine, let’s raise rates to 110%, but only if we get the same loopholes that existed when rates were over 90%. And we also have to cut spending so that it is once again below 20% of GDP.

NotCoach on May 1, 2014 at 8:38 AM

Then by all means MSNBC libs, put your words into action and give the government most of your money. Anything stopping you but hypocrisy?

Blacksheep on May 1, 2014 at 8:46 AM

That moronic dolt should contribute all of her pay to the nanny state.

rplat on May 1, 2014 at 9:50 AM

For God sakes…her name is Krystal Ball!

crazywater on May 1, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Look, it’s not her fault. She probably went to a liberal college and majored in a some degree like “identifying trangendered sexual needs studies” taught by a woman who used to be a man, who used to be a woman…and is tenured. Oh, and a communist.

Her part of this, the accountable part, is now she lives in the real world and she is still dense and unable to grasp the obvious.

That is on her.

There is a good chance she never really took the time to read or study the history around Animal Farm.

My two kids, a boy and a girl- teenagers to boot- both read it. They got exactly what Orwell was getting to. No form of government; communism, socialism, fascism or even our form of a Republic are immune to the abuses brought to it by human nature. It is our way to seek power and control over others. As the pigs proved. And the masses allowing it to happen is simply a variation of the adage: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

A study of the French Revolution- something we are headed toward- shows the same exact series of events. A call for justice turned into petty power plays and murder for political convenience. In the end, it ate its creators as easily as it did the unjust.

archer52 on May 1, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Is anyone else beginning to question what is taught at most universities? And they are the intelligentsia? I really am getting worried about our future. The only good news is that everyone who heard this idiocy probably already believed that…not that they actually read AF, but I am sure there is a Cliff Notes for Lefties sold at most Ivy League schools.

Doctor_ChristopherCOS on May 1, 2014 at 11:03 AM

(France and England now share 1 aircraft carrier you know. Capitalism at it’s worst!

WryTrvllr on April 30, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Wonder what happens when the French want to surrender their half?

Alien on May 1, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Among all the other nonsense in this MSNBC clip is the notion that the confiscatory tax rates were first done away with by the Reagan Administration. They were actually first reduced during the JFK administration. When he did so, revenues increased. Reagan himself acknowledged this saying “we’re going to try that again.”

nopendejos on May 1, 2014 at 12:33 PM

I would love to be a fly on the wall when, and if, this bimbo ever took the time to read a little F.A. Hayek or Milton and Rose Friedman.

This fly would request a Gallagher style spray shield though…

DimsdalePiranha on May 1, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Krystal Ball = stupid name. The first step toward getting intelligent people to take her seriously would be to change her name.

And in the screen cap of her at the top of this page, she looks like one of the zonked-out Manson followers–creepy.

MisterElephant on May 1, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Analysis doubleplus unsmart.

danite on May 1, 2014 at 2:54 PM

She should have her own show and give book reports for all the classics……dressed in lingerie. Bet it would msnbc’s highest rated show

jaywemm on May 1, 2014 at 7:36 PM

More about a bunch of preppies running the school

RdLake on May 2, 2014 at 8:57 PM

Ya know Walter, I would have thought some type of response by now. But that’s OK. I can forgive Orwell his dalliance with socialism. It was a relatively new construct and no-one knew how it would suck the work ethic out of the population.

What I can’t forgive are the people who have had roughly 100 years to watch it’s insipid rot destroy cultures and still cling to it, or use the authors mistake to claim everything else he wrote or thought was wrong as well. The world has had 1000s or years of experience with totalitarianism.

Ya know, Aldous Huxley went wild for LSD. Idiot savant.

No reply expected. You never did answer my question.

WryTrvllr on May 3, 2014 at 12:17 AM

Oops, Walter, that’s no sanatorium. That’s Barnhill on his isolated little island of Jura.

Nice gig, if you can get it.

WryTrvllr on May 3, 2014 at 12:32 AM

The audacity…..of liberal insanity.

maddmatt on May 3, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Her next segment is “1984 and Orwell’s defense of government oversight”.

virgo on May 4, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Animal Farm, by George Orwell was not about economics unless those finding such an interpenetration viewed the story an insider view of the future of Pork Bellies, or Tyson chicken.

MSGTAS on May 5, 2014 at 10:02 AM

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