MSNBC host: No, seriously, “Animal Farm” is about corporate plutocracy, sort of

posted at 9:01 pm on May 6, 2014 by Allahpundit

Via Twitchy and Mediaite, which has a transcript in case the thought of sitting through even three minutes of this on video is too much. Last week she claimed that “Animal Farm” was about fatcat capitalist vampires keeping the working man down; this week she acknowledges that it’s technically about communism, but now that the commies are all gone, the book can safely be repurposed for other leftish ends. Because if there’s one thing George Orwell stood for, it’s distorting the plain meaning of words to advance your collectivist political agenda.

He wrote another book in which that theme figured prominently, in fact. “1984,” about the horrors of libertarianism.

At its heart, Animal Farm is about tyranny and the likelihood of those in power to abuse that power. It’s clear that tendency is not only found in the Soviet communist experience. In fact, if you read Animal Farm today, it seems to warn not of some now non-existent communist threat but of the power concentrated in the hands of the wealthy elites and corporations…

As new research shows that we already live a sort of oligarchy that the preferences of the masses literally do not matter and that the only thing that counts is the needs and desires of the elites, Animal Farm is a useful cautionary tale warning of the corruption of concentrated power, no matter in whose hands that power rests.

No, it’s really not, and if it were it wouldn’t be remembered. “Concentrated power is dangerous” is so prosaic an “insight” that it barely qualifies as one. The special insight of “Animal Farm” is that utopian left-wing solutions to concentrated power can and will produce even more dangerous concentrations. In the name of “progress” and “equality,” the utopians end up building a system more oppressive than the one it replaced. That this book is being used on this network to obscure that point rather than illuminate it is itself Orwellianism 101. Coming soon to MSNBC: A disquisition on how “Fahrenheit 451″ reminds us that some speech is dangerous and should probably be banned as hate crimes.

And now that we’re done with that, I’m going to send you over to Twitter to spend some time with “Krystal Ball’s Book Club.” Exit quotation from C.J. Ciaramella: “Animal Farm might be the worst analogy for the problems of late capitalism. A better example might be that our system has produced someone with the critical reading skills of a potato, and then allowed her to rise to the position of a national TV news host, mostly by virtue of her membership in the entrenched political class.”


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No she is not dumb.

xkaydet65 on May 7, 2014 at 12:34 AM

Right. And Obama is one of the smartest presidents we’ve ever had.

non-nonpartisan on May 7, 2014 at 1:07 AM

Phenomenal analysis, but Ball rising up the ranks “mostly by virtue of her membership in the entrenched political class” is giving her too much credit.

More like the high school cheerleader that gets on the debate team by boinking the class president.

To paraphrase Ayres:

Hot as a pistol…

Dumb as a stump…

jmad on May 7, 2014 at 1:12 AM

Ball Fluke 2016!

The bumper stickers themselves would be worth the price of admission.

WhatSlushfund on May 7, 2014 at 3:04 AM

Animal Farm reads differently than it does today? Did someone re-write the book or issue the new extended version? No, the book has always been an anti-big government book about the “promises” of equality. Capitalism doesn’t pretend to promote equality, it promotes opportunity.

Frank T.J Mackey on May 7, 2014 at 6:21 AM

What is wrong with this bimbo? She is stuck on stupid!

crash72 on May 7, 2014 at 7:13 AM

Two points:

1) “Krystal Ball”? Is that a stripper stage name or something?

2) ” non-existent communist threat “. Does she not understand that Socialist/Communist systems still exist and are a geopolitical threat (China, call on line 1)?

I’m not sure if she’s doubling down or dumbing down.

Bigurn on May 7, 2014 at 8:02 AM

And Alice in Wonderland is really about the ascendancy of Hillary.

BobMbx on May 7, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Because if there’s one thing George Orwell stood for, it’s distorting the plain meaning of words to advance your collectivist political agenda.

Excellent. This is why I love reading you.

yongoro on May 7, 2014 at 8:15 AM

I’m not sure if she’s doubling down or dumbing down.

Bigurn on May 7, 2014 at 8:02 AM

I’m betting she’s not done with it yet.

BigWyo on May 7, 2014 at 8:25 AM

Since she gets to live a comfortable (pig-like) existence by spouting off nonsense, perhaps she should consider how her rant applies to herself.

Deafdog on May 7, 2014 at 8:27 AM

As new research shows that we already live a sort of oligarchy that the preferences of the masses literally do not matter and that the only thing that counts is the needs and desires of the elites,

If by “the elites”, she means gheys and environmentalists, then I guess she’s right.

KS Rex on May 7, 2014 at 8:28 AM

Ms. Ball would be easier to listen to if she had an adult voice. Isn’t that what people go to broadcast school for, to learn how to broadcast/

Willys on May 7, 2014 at 8:29 AM

And this is why you should fear the removal of tangible books from the classroom, library, and society in exchange for cloud server texts read on a Kindle and Nook. Because liberals will always try to distort or censor the true meaning if they disagree with it.

Scottie on May 7, 2014 at 8:33 AM

Lord of the Flies is a laudatory tale about self organizing democracy and the attendant emergence of equal protections under the law.

Murphy9 on May 7, 2014 at 8:34 AM

What is wrong with this bimbo? She is stuck on stupid!
crash72 on May 7, 2014 at 7:13 AM

She’s a young infobabe with a porn actress name. I don’t think she was hired for her analytical abilities.

tommyboy on May 7, 2014 at 8:45 AM

If you ever have a doubt about Kristal Ball’s ‘intellect’ just check her “Naughty Santa” pictures at Gawker. To call her a dumb bimbo is not an understatement. Talk about been well acquainted with the casting couch!

conservative hispanic on May 7, 2014 at 8:47 AM

Deafdog is right. She is living the pig-like life. No way does she speak the truth. Remember, this is a group of political elites standing guard over a lower level of administrative bureaucrats, who owe their livelihoods and futures to those above. In the wings are the media wannabes and elites, who eat the crumbs left over by this machine. She is one of those.

It all runs on the power we provide it. All kidding aside, one day you’ll see a university course on the movie “Matrix” and how it predicted the future of the world, figuratively.

Carbon taxes are the next fuel supply. That is why they push it in such a massive effort.

archer52 on May 7, 2014 at 8:51 AM

So cute.

kcewa on May 7, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Lord of the Flies is a laudatory tale about self organizing democracy and the attendant emergence of equal protections under the law.

Murphy9 on May 7, 2014 at 8:34 AM

I thought it was a memoir of Obama’s cabinet?

kcewa on May 7, 2014 at 8:55 AM

What I can’t stand about liberalism is the shear lack of logic.

So here this mouthpiece is complaining about the power of corporations, but yet they wouldn’t have any real power without a big government and the coercion inherent in money relationships. But when the TEA Party comes along and advocates for small government, which would eliminate the influence of rich corporations, this mouthpiece and other liberals like her are the first to call them racists, sexual slurs and other nasty words. She is the epitome of ignorance and stupidity.

dominigan on May 7, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Romeo and Juliet: A story of two gay children forced to live a lie due to a ban on same sex marriage.

BobMbx on May 7, 2014 at 9:11 AM

I thought it was a memoir of Obama’s cabinet?

kcewa on May 7, 2014 at 8:55 AM

That will actually use the nom Beelzebub.

Murphy9 on May 7, 2014 at 9:14 AM

Good Lord…

This dipstick sounds like she should tooootally be talking about how hawt hawt hawt Jimmy the Quarterback is, or asking if like yer going to be at the cheerleader like, car wash or something?

As for her content… uh, whuh? That’s one creepily stupid suzie creamcheeze.

So this is what passes for “telejournalism” on the high school av club tv network operating as msnbc?

A drooly drunk (matthews), a suety raging drunk (special ed), a washed up child actor (Rachel Macchio), an illiterate tootsie pop headed criminal (sharptone), a raging beta male/androgyne with magical petrochemical hipster specs (christina hayes) and this dolt?

Yeah, just like Edward R. Murrow and stuff. Only dumber. Waaaaay dumberer.

GrassMudHorsey on May 7, 2014 at 9:17 AM

If the pigs were capitalists, what was the farmer?

emz35 on May 7, 2014 at 9:21 AM

She is the epitome of ignorance and stupidity.

dominigan on May 7, 2014 at 9:03 AM

That sums it up well.

cwon14 on May 7, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Brilliant Allahpundit

gwelf on May 7, 2014 at 9:34 AM

When I want literary analysis, I always go to someone who goes by their Facebook stripper name.

If the pigs were capitalists, what was the farmer?

emz35 on May 7, 2014 at 9:21 AM

Trolls?

*crickets*

98ZJUSMC on May 7, 2014 at 9:39 AM

“Krystal Ball”…are you kidding me…who the hell named you???..

PatriotRider on May 7, 2014 at 9:39 AM

MSNBC – Mostly Stupid Network B’s and Criminals. Um, the “B’ depends on the gender of the person. Yeah.

At any rate, they are criminals disguised as a “news” network.

Brilliant Allahpundit

gwelf on May 7, 2014 at 9:34 AM

Aw, yeah, babe.

Chuck Ef on May 7, 2014 at 9:43 AM

A metaphor for the hypocrisy of Stalinism is, in the eyes of a MSNBC bird-brain, about capitalistic greed. ‘All networks are equal but some are LESS equal than others.’

MaiDee on May 7, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Pretty but dumber than a box of rocks. She’s on MSLSD solely because they had to have at least one attractive female.

ConstantineXI on May 7, 2014 at 9:55 AM

A much more detailed and serious debunking of the right wing lie that Animal Farm is anticommunist was given by Andy Reiss in 1999.

–snip–

Trotsky on May 6, 2014 at 9:20 PM

Thank you for the reference. I disagree with your (and Reiss’s) conclusions–instead of the theoretical, I prefer the “by their fruits ye shall know them” method of analysis–but I appreciate getting the communist/socialist analysis directly from unabashed apologists/promotors of the social philosophy.

In this case (I haven’t read enough of his/her comments over all to have a more general statement), I agree with de rigueur that Animal Farm can be a thinly veiled allegory of Soviet formative politics and in-fighting; be a warning against communism; AND be a warning against massive revolutions and their usual aftermath in general. (The United States revolution is the main exception to this generality, and that is due more to the people involved as anything else.)

Kevin K. on May 7, 2014 at 9:56 AM

And now that we’re done with that, I’m going to send you over to Twitter to spend some time with “Krystal Ball’s Book Club.”

Heh, good one. I like your sly sense of humor, AP.

MisterElephant on May 7, 2014 at 9:57 AM

And now that we’re done with that, I’m going to send you over to Twitter to spend some time with “Krystal Ball’s Book Club.”

Heh, good one. I like your sly sense of humor, AP.

MisterElephant on May 7, 2014 at 9:57 AM

I bet the books she reads have more pictures than words in them.

ConstantineXI on May 7, 2014 at 10:02 AM

She’s not the brightest bulb in the chandelier, is she . . .

TarheelBen on May 7, 2014 at 10:11 AM

She’s not the brightest bulb in the chandelier, is she . . .
TarheelBen on May 7, 2014 at 10:11 AM

I thought that they put the dumb ex cheerleader types on reading the weather on TV?

ConstantineXI on May 7, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Why is MSNBC giving a news commentary show to someone with a name more appropriate for a stripper or a porn star?

pilamaye on May 7, 2014 at 10:16 AM

I thought she was cute until she starting talking.

EA_MAN on May 7, 2014 at 10:18 AM

She’s attractive. That’s how you get on TV.

Is someone really going to try and say all the Fox News Blondes are smart?

Look good, read the teleprompter. Get paid. You shouldn’t let them actually speak though. Martha MacCallum sounds not so smart when she does it.

Moesart on May 7, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Andy Serkis of Gollum fame will be directing a new film adaptation of Animal Farm and had some similar things to say:

“First and foremost, we are not making a film about Communism and Stalinism because if Orwell was writing the story today, he would be talking about other relevant topics like globalization and corporate greed,”

Star Bird on May 7, 2014 at 10:47 AM

A better example might be that our system has produced someone with the critical reading skills of a potato, and then allowed her to rise to the position of a national TV news host, mostly by virtue of being decent looking, having a stripper name, her membership in the entrenched political class AND pictures of her in a racy outfit sucking a dildo on a guy’s nose.

FIFY. Who the heck are we kidding here? Without those pictures no one would have ever heard of Krystal Ball.

Rocks on May 7, 2014 at 10:48 AM

If the pigs were capitalists, what was the farmer?

emz35 on May 7, 2014 at 9:21 AM

Charles Koch, maybe?

TarheelBen on May 7, 2014 at 10:53 AM

This made my day.

Drum on May 7, 2014 at 10:55 AM

compared to Rev Al she is a genius. They wonder why no one watches?

iam7545 on May 7, 2014 at 11:02 AM

“All animals are equal. But some animals host shows on MSCCCP.”

Akzed on May 7, 2014 at 11:14 AM

I can’t stop laughing at this. If one is going to use ‘Animal Farm’ as a parable for the dangers of centralizing wealth and power with an elite oligarchy then it is simply surreal that MSNBC, which supports the progressive cause of more power in Washington, would end up warning against the very thing they promote.

tkc882 on May 7, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Step one: create straw-man demonstrating a breathtaking ignorance of the issue in question

In fact, if you read Animal Farm today, it seems to warn not of some now non-existent communist threat but of the power concentrated in the hands of the wealthy elites and corporations…

Step two: Feign disgust at the projection constructed solely of your own psyche.

As new research shows that we already live a sort of oligarchy that the preferences of the masses literally do not matter and that the only thing that counts is the needs and desires of the elites

Step three: Be laughed at. Again.

LOL

CapnObvious on May 7, 2014 at 11:44 AM

A much more detailed and serious debunking of the right wing lie that Animal Farm is anticommunist was given by Andy Reiss in 1999.

–snip–

Trotsky on May 6, 2014 at 9:20 PM

Orwell wanted the title for the French translation of Animal Farm to be Union des républiques socialistes animales. Need to spell that out? URSA: Latin for “bear”. Bear is the symbol for Russia. You should know this stuff, comrade. Anyway I think that’s clear enough evidence of what Orwell was about.

What’s that? Orwell is a capitalist stooge? Orwell was deceived by his false consciousness into thinking he was writing a satirical critique of Stalinism when he was really about the evil of capitalism? Who knew?

Anyway, Lev Davidovich, go along and play with your icepick.

dreadnought62 on May 7, 2014 at 11:50 AM

This is really all anyone needs to know about Krystal Ball:

http://patdollard.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/krystal-ball-e1286451070806.jpg

nullrouted on May 7, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Well at least we now know that not all liberals are ugly.

Decoski on May 7, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Why does a porn star have a show on MSNBC?

BuckeyeSam on May 7, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Well at least we now know that not all liberals are ugly.

Decoski on May 7, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Nice house, but nobody’s home.

BuckeyeSam on May 7, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Why does a porn star have a show on MSNBC?

BuckeyeSam on May 7, 2014 at 12:35 PM

They’re trying to get above zero in the ratings.

I still think instead of talking about Animal Farm on TV, she should be working at the Bunny Ranch….

dentarthurdent on May 7, 2014 at 12:43 PM

I just read ‘The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn”. I can’t believe how dangerous Global Warming has made rafting down the Mississippi.

GreenBlade on May 7, 2014 at 12:58 PM

What’s that? Orwell is a capitalist stooge? Orwell was deceived by his false consciousness into thinking he was writing a satirical critique of Stalinism when he was really about the evil of capitalism? Who knew?

dreadnought62 on May 7, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Go easy, dreadnough62. We all know how much trouble Lefties have with concepts like the Broken Window fallacy…it shouldn’t be surprising that that sort of shoddy half-thinking runs rampant in just about everything else they belch forth.

Dumb Lefty: “Animal Farm is NOT about communism!”
Person With Brain: “Why is that?”
Dumb Lefty: “Because the word “communism” doesn’t actually appear in the book!”
Person With Brain: “Ok…so what is about then?”
Dumb Lefty: “It’s obviously about the evils of capitalism and corporate oligarchies!”
Person With Brain: “So the words ‘capitalism’ and ‘corporate oligarchies’ actually appear in the book?”
Dumb Lefty: “………………………ummm…………………………uhhhh”

rvastar on May 7, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Go easy, dreadnough62. We all know how much trouble Lefties have with concepts like the Broken Window fallacy

I know, I know. It’s the intellectual equivalent of stealing candy from a baby, but I hate commie sympathizers.

dreadnought62 on May 7, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Ball Fluke 2016!
The bumper stickers themselves would be worth the price of admission.

WhatSlushfund on May 7, 2014 at 3:04 AM

I just caught this one.
ROFLMAO
That is just g-dang brilliant!!!!

dentarthurdent on May 7, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Her “commentary”? Whatever. Let’s just see her rack.

If she would run with Harry Reid in 2016, the bumper sticker would be:
Harry Ball 2016

NoPain on May 7, 2014 at 3:51 PM

“Nonexistent communist threat”
…? Don’t these idiots have ANY sense of self awareness?

bigGwillie on May 7, 2014 at 4:01 PM

At least the women that Fox hires are intelligent.
Last year Krystal couldnt spell anchor now she are one.

faol on May 7, 2014 at 4:09 PM

don;t get me wrong – when i saw her name i thought she was a stripper or a porn star.

I know.. jumping to conclusions and stero typing.. me bad

disguted by the elites on May 7, 2014 at 4:34 PM

After reviewing “Everybody Poops” its clear that this is a parable about how we ,the collective, can triumph by coercing others into eating healthier.

- Krystal Ball

StubbornGreenBurros on May 7, 2014 at 6:07 PM

She’s attractive. That’s how you get on TV.

Is someone really going to try and say all the Fox News Blondes are smart?

Moesart on May 7, 2014 at 10:30 AM

They are smart enough not to do on-air dissertations on subjects they obviously know nothing about. This puts them one-up on “Krystal Ball”.

She is a young self-righteous know-nothing who thinks that if she says something, that makes it true. I notice this with a few of my younger colleagues at work who have been raised in an atmosphere where everyone is a winner, and everyone is “brilliant”. They have never been told “you lost”, or “you were wrong”, and they have no understanding of the real world. Which leads them to occasionally blather on regarding some subject they know nothing about, and if you point out their mistakes and fallacies they just dig themselves in deeper, as Ms. Ball is doing here.

Dreadnought on May 8, 2014 at 12:31 AM

She probably thinks the book 1984 was written in 1984 and is about life under Ronald Reagan

jaywemm on May 9, 2014 at 11:56 AM

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