Duke Law professor calls for ‘real conflict’ in USA over inequality, climate change

posted at 3:01 pm on July 4, 2014 by Noah Rothman

Jedediah Purdy, a professor of law at Duke University Law School, is vexed by the two biggest problems facing the United States. No, not a chronically low labor participation rate, not an economic recovery which often looks more like a recession, not the renewed aggression of great powers like China or Russia, or the collapse of smaller powers in Central America and the Middle East. Taking to the pages of Politico Magazine, Purdy warned in stark terms of the real problems facing the country. They just happen to be problems which have always been and always will be problems; the disparity of wealth, which is a permanent feature of free societies, and the weather.

What’s more, Purdy says that American national comity is overrated, and the political class should embrace “conflict” over these issues – they are that dire. “Talk about embracing conflict seems divisive, which is automatically taken as a bad thing these days,” he wrote. “But division as such is not a bad thing.”

It is, in his opinion, cynicism which is the real evil, by which he more accurately means skepticism. Purdy’s brand of zealotry is the only truly virtuous course and, as zealots are wont to do, he seeks to impose his views on the public through the successful prosecution of “conflict.”

“So why am I calling for conflict—real conflict, not its facsimile?” Purdy continued ominously. “Because the United States got two big doses of reality in the last six months. One was the explosive arrival of Thomas Piketty’s finding that inequality is vast and that we are headed toward a second Gilded Age, if we aren’t there already. The other was the new set of U.N. reports on climate change, which confirmed, yet again, that the problem is real and accelerating.”

He suggests that, if the United States allows the phenomenon of income inequality to grow, it will eventually lead to political pressures on a representative government which might result in increased tax burden on the wealthy. This fundamentally democratic outcome, Purdy seems to suggest, is a wholly undesirable half measure. He appears to prefer that the Cheka simply confiscate wealth.

Without bubble-driven illusions of shared prosperity, those who lose out from inequality might demand greater tax contributions from the winners—higher taxes on the highest incomes and taxes on wealth, where the money is. On average, people are richer than they have ever been. It’s just that a tax system that focuses on income from work and treats insanely wealthy people the same as (or better than) ordinary high earners misses where most of national wealth has been accumulating, giving the impression that “we” are sharing a tight period—when, in fact, the burden is disproportionately on the middle class and professionals, who have missed the biggest gains.

Similarly, he wrote, climate change represents an existential threat to the planet. It is a threat so great that onerous carbon taxes must be imposed on businesses to decrease their productivity, curtail supply, and reduce demand. In clearer terms, the economy as we know it must be destroyed and remade.

“These kinds of measures would be worth some conflict,” Purdy again asserts. By this, he says he means titanic clashes on political battlefields as opposed to the literal kind.

Calling for a more divisive politics does not mean embracing polarization for its own sake. It also doesn’t mean denying that, in the end, we really are all in this together. But we need versions of patriotism and solidarity based in real—which means conflictual—responses to our big problems. We have some fighting to do.

“What’s especially tricky now is that some of the conflicts we need to embrace are transnational,” Purdy closes. Why, there could even be a song about it. The “Transnationale,” perhaps. Uniting the human race.

“[F]or patriotism and solidarity that go beyond denial, the fighting starts at home,” Purdy’s opus concludes. “Let the fireworks begin.”

It is difficult to craft a rebuttal to this form of thought as it is a theological construct rather than a logical one. Purdy’s piece is a declaration of faith in a cause, one which would be perfectly recognizable to the socialist revolutionaries of the early 20th Century. The global problem of income disparity, the need for the redistribution of wealth rather than income, curtailing the first world’s ability to produce in order to level the fundamentally unfair international playing field, and appealing to “conflict” in order to effect this grand change; it is all quite familiar.

Rebutting this ideology would be like rebutting Bogomilism. While the philosophical underpinnings of Gnosticism remain a valued component of Christianity’s metaphysical whole, the sect of Bogomil died out a millennium ago when it could no longer address the challenges that had once made it relevant. Are there adherents of the faith to which Purdy declared fealty? Of course, but their ideas have been defanged by the admonitions of history.

It is nevertheless important to highlight Purdy’s work particularly because of his reliance on “conflict” as a means of achieving his preferred end. He is not suggesting violence, but what’s a revolution without a little terror? The Purdys of this world are the fire-eaters of our time. The fire-eaters got their “real conflict,” even though it seemed an unthinkable prospect right up until the minute the first shots rang out.

This warning will be mocked and derided by those sophisticated types for whom nothing is more important than consensus and a sense of superiority. Let them. There is more honor in speaking out against agitators than ridiculing those who do.

“With malice toward none, with charity for all,” Lincoln said famously in his second inaugural address, “let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds.” Those wounds remain bound despite the best efforts of men like Purdy to reopen them.


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It’s pretty obvious that climate change is here to stay,

oakland on July 4, 2014 at 3:38 PM

When did it ever go away?

otlset on July 5, 2014 at 8:29 AM

I agree. We should have real action. Let’s start arresting the AGW cultists for imposing their religion on the rest of us using the federal government. I refuse to worship Gaia.

Wino on July 5, 2014 at 8:42 AM

Yeah, I wanted to see if he was in the 1% and found this:

PURDY, JEDEDIAH SPENSER
Description: 2005 SUBA IMPREZA WRX SW STATION WAGON
Location: Address withheld due to Federal Law
Mailing Address: Address withheld due to Federal Law

I guess he’s in the 1% Protection Program.

BigAlSouth on July 5, 2014 at 8:43 AM

From my point of view, this guy is hugely privileged. Could he start by giving us a list of the privileges he’s willing to give up? How much of his salary he gives away to charity every month?

And another thing, I don’t believe in AGW yet I have a tiny, for a Westerner, carbon footprint. I’ve been in a private car about 3 times in the past 10 years, have used public transport or walked for about 50 of my 52 years etc., and am totally sick of being lectured to by people who do, supposedly, believe in AGW but have a carbon footprint about 100x mine. What was that thing in the bible about motes and planks? It’s a shame people don’t have a bible education anymore, because there are a lot of ideas in it that help you be less of a prat.

Esperanza on July 5, 2014 at 8:46 AM

Obama is working feverishly to overcome one conflict–the disparity of wealth–being aided and abetted by “me too” RINOS–by his open door immigration policies, thus virtually guaranteeing there will be no prosperous nations left in the Americas.Immigration, education, wealth, it’s all the same. You bring the richest nation (and its people) down to the lowest common denominator so that it’s indistinguishable from the poorest, and, presto, you have social equality-liberal style. The fly in the ointment is that not everybody plays by the rules and the tyrants win.

Of course, only liberals pick a fight with Mother Nature. This war is literally unwinnable but, like ’1984′, a propaganda victory will suffice when the real thing is unattainable-and liberals have the media echoing their lunacy.

The sad thing is not the lunacy of a university professor( this one is from Duke but he could just as easily have come from Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Stanford , Northwestern or 100 more schools just like them). College professors have always been eccentric nuts-lacking both practical experience and common sense. The difference today is that people actually listen to them.

MaiDee on July 5, 2014 at 9:01 AM

It’s likely that the only people who read Purdy’s tiresome socialist bleat books are students who are forced to do so. His Amazon ratings are mediocre at best.

The guy may think he’s Thoreau but all he has in common with that writer is the insipid desire to live off others.

As for any call to redistribute his high income, I am sure he’ll pass. It is unlikely that he ever did a day of real work, as opposed to academic posturing, in his life. Harvard, Yale…he’s the kind of puke that the press admires and promotes without too much investigation as we all know.

clnurnberg on July 4, 2014 at 5:34 PM

A facts about how Marx was able to do his philosophising tells you all you need to know about Socialism. Marx and his wife and kids were was bankrolled by his friend Engels. It’s all about living off someone else ‘s work.

Esperanza on July 5, 2014 at 9:07 AM

The spread of Marcusian intolerance and progressive fascism is accelerating. Imagine 2+ more years at this pace.

If history makes any more than a footnote of Obama, it will be that he brought the anti-Western, America-hating left out from the underground into the open and provoked the authoritarian-libertarian conflict into an end-game for the generations.

Call it a fight over ‘inequality’. Or a fight over ‘climate change’. Call it whatever you want, because we see that behind the curtain it’s a fight for liberty itself.

petefrt on July 5, 2014 at 9:30 AM

The time for the “fight” draws nearer.
Only problem for the Marxist, Social Justice, what’s yours is mine side is they are unarmed, untrained, and incapable of defending themselves.
Bammy and his bunch are pressing for social upheaval, believing that the “government” side will prevail without splitting the Republic in half. Not likely.
They believe all those armed Fed agencies will somehow survive a conflagration.
The reality is somewhat different….
The Bundy ranch standoff gave them an indication of the costs associated with overt expression of force and how committed the resistance is to opposing them….over a bunch of cows.
They really don’t know how to respond without blowing up the country.
What will be the trigger…..illegals?
III

Sgt Stryker on July 5, 2014 at 9:59 AM

when, in fact, the burden is disproportionately on the middle class and professionals, who have missed the biggest gains.

Yeah. Its called the income tax. Dick.

Spliff Menendez on July 5, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Did you ever notice that people who advocate for “social justice”, “equality”, “climate change” are the people who benefit the most financially when we address those issues. Obama organized in Chicago for the poor. Look how he’s doing. Gore advocated for addressing climate change. Can you afford the restaurants he dines in? Hillary is all over equality herself having come from a low income community in Illinois near Chicago. She has been able to lift herself up the income ladder despite those greedy Republicans holding her back. As far as immigration Religious Orders all advocate for open borders but have big locks and high walls to keep them safe. It’s us working stiffs who fight the wars, make the goods for the good life that are asked to share what little we saved. Unable to send our children to a good college, etc. we are TOLD to pay more taxes so others may live comfortably.

Herb on July 5, 2014 at 10:05 AM

petefrt on July 5, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Very well stated.

celtic warrior on July 5, 2014 at 10:09 AM

The reality is somewhat different….
The Bundy ranch standoff gave them an indication of the costs associated with overt expression of force and how committed the resistance is to opposing them….over a bunch of cows.
They really don’t know how to respond without blowing up the country.
What will be the trigger…..illegals?
III

Sgt Stryker on July 5, 2014 at 9:59 AM

The aim is not outright confrontation. It’s to collapse the system. They believe that once you cannot access employment, food, water or electricity, you’ll cave and get in the bread line.

ROCnPhilly on July 5, 2014 at 10:12 AM

It’s just that a tax system that focuses on income from work and treats insanely wealthy people the same as (or better than) ordinary high earners misses where most of national wealth has been accumulating, giving the impression that “we” are sharing a tight period—when, in fact, the burden is disproportionately on the middle class and professionals, who have missed the biggest gains.

“I am well-paid but not filthy rich so I’m not talking about people who make $100k+ like me. In fact, I do not receive the deference and pay that I deserve, which I could live with so long as no one made more than I do.” -Jedediah “Springfield” Purdy

Akzed on July 5, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Initiating “real conflict” with the people who have all the guns will clear that up promptly. Just sayin’!

Fat Hubie on July 5, 2014 at 10:13 AM

While the philosophical underpinnings of Gnosticism remain a valued component of Christianity’s metaphysical whole,

Only among heretics.

What the hell are you talking about?!

Akzed on July 5, 2014 at 10:17 AM

All this proves is that education is not the solution for stupidity. As the saying goes, “Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.”

savage24 on July 5, 2014 at 10:37 AM

The aim is not outright confrontation. It’s to collapse the system. They believe that once you cannot access employment, food, water or electricity, you’ll cave and get in the bread line.

ROCnPhilly on July 5, 2014 at 10:12 AM

That is why one prepares for when the SHTF.

And then you make it very expensive for those who would then try to deprive you of your prudence.

davidk on July 5, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Akzed on July 5, 2014 at 10:17 AM

That was my reaction to the Gnostic quote.The commenter needs to study church history and philosophy.

celtic warrior on July 5, 2014 at 10:46 AM

The spread of Marcusian intolerance and progressive fascism is accelerating. Imagine 2+ more years at this pace.

If history makes any more than a footnote of Obama, it will be that he brought the anti-Western, America-hating left out from the underground into the open and provoked the authoritarian-libertarian conflict into an end-game for the generations.

Call it a fight over ‘inequality’. Or a fight over ‘climate change’. Call it whatever you want, because we see that behind the curtain it’s a fight for liberty itself.

petefrt on July 5, 2014 at 9:30 AM

I hadn’t been thinking of this until very recently: I hope that some knowledgeable and patriotic military people are making plans for a coup.

If the fix is in for the 2014 elections like it was in 2012, it may be one of two options.

I would have never in my 63 years thought that that would be necessary to preserve our United States. I would have before now considered it the height of treason.

Could it be done? I would much rather see a bloodless coup than a horribly bloody civil war.

But I’m down with either.

God save the Republic.

davidk on July 5, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Only among heretics.

What the hell are you talking about?!

Akzed on July 5, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Noah Rothman types out of his ass. A lot.

Makes him the least liked writer here.

nobar on July 5, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Akzed on July 5, 2014 at 10:17 AM

That was my reaction to the Gnostic quote.The commenter needs to study church history and philosophy.

celtic warrior on July 5, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Yes. But there is the guy who urges us to “Read the Gospel of Thomas” every Sunday.

davidk on July 5, 2014 at 10:51 AM

The Professor is weak on economics if he is enthusiastic about Piketty’s treatise. What makes him dangerous, however, is being a loudmouth. Piketty’ “income inequality” and AGW as issues for a revolt. Nothing short of revolting and inflammatory for all the wrong reasons.

johncorn on July 5, 2014 at 11:00 AM

davidk on July 5, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Yep, ugly times ahead. Never thought I’d see it here.

More and more, I worry that Obama intends to throw us into an deeply transformational crisis before he leaves WH.

petefrt on July 5, 2014 at 11:09 AM

And the obligatory, What if a Sarah Palin had written this: “[F]or patriotism and solidarity that go beyond denial, the fighting starts at home[.] Let the fireworks begin.”?

davidk on July 5, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Yep, ugly times ahead. Never thought I’d see it here.

More and more, I worry that Obama intends to throw us into an deeply transformational crisis before he leaves WH.

petefrt on July 5, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Nah. He lacks the energy to start a fire in the park, much less across a great nation. He’s a dope, not an evil genius. The science on O’Bozo is settled – stupid, not evil; misguided and juvenile, not clever.

Ugly times ahead, I agree. But as I whine every Sunday morning — blame an evil media complex and the collective malevolence of the left, not this dopey little b1tch.

Jaibones on July 5, 2014 at 11:41 AM

BigAlSouth on July 5, 2014 at 8:43 AM Indicated that he was having difficulty in locating information about Prof. Purdy – he need only go to Wikipedia to discover that Prof. Purdy was born in 1974, was home-schooled until he went to Phillips Exeter Acadamey, then Harvard College and then Yale Law School, class of 2001.
He clerked for a Judge of the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals, apparently then went to Duke Law School as an Assitant Professor, then a full Professor.
He has also been a relatively prolific writer for someone barely 30 years old.
It is worth noting, I think, the Professor Purday has NEVER HELD A JOB in private industry.

realwest on July 5, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Good Lord, this is just like Duke. These self appointed elites insist that their worldview is superior, ignoring all empirical evidence of the contrary.

The twin pillars upon which we should stand in starting this very uncivil war, which by God I am certain that every one of these nitwits would cheer for from the comfort of a faculty lounge and not behind a loud, bumpy (ewww), smelly (double icky) gun are Tom Piketty’s book and AGW.

Both have had substantial and credible refutations, and at least in the case of AGW, substantial corruption has been proven in the data used to support its “conclusions”.

Rather than say that a debate of ideas should occur, let the best arguments win (a real anathema of some campuses, eh, Duke??), this bozo, like most of the Tolerant-If-You-Agree-With-Us Left, wants to shut down any debate and go straight to shout downs and now open conflict.

This, my friends, is an excellent reason to look again at the antiquated concept of tenure. Unfortunately, it is a self perpetuating club whose members will never agree to dismantle, but we can put a stain of dishonesty on it, and this idiot’s rantings will help.

NeoCon_1 on July 5, 2014 at 11:51 AM

It is worth noting, I think, the Professor Purday has NEVER HELD A JOB in private industry.

realwest on July 5, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Funny how you see that more often than not with these a$$holes.

BigWyo on July 5, 2014 at 11:52 AM

The way the country is going, I am afraid he’s going to get his wish. If so, I think he’ll find that wishing for violence is a lot more fun than being caught in the middle of it. I hope he finds out the hard way.

hachiban on July 5, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Jaibones on July 5, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Heh, we agree he’s inept… and that he’s not an evil genius, at least as to the genius part.

Maybe not evil, but willfully, deliberately undermining the Constitution, downsizing America and fundamentally transforming it into its antithesis… after stealing his elections by fraud and deceit.

Chances are still reasonably good, I hope, that we can recover from the economic, military, and perhaps even much of the social damage he has done. But slim are the chances, IMV, of recovery from the damage done to the Office of the Presidency and Constitutional government in this country for generations to come.

petefrt on July 5, 2014 at 12:04 PM

I hope he finds out the hard way.

hachiban on July 5, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Indeed.

BigWyo on July 5, 2014 at 12:05 PM

A whacky professor said something whacky. Pfffht.

You want conflict, professor? Have fun conflicting. I’ll be up here in the mountains.

Meremortal on July 5, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Did it happen? Blame global warming:

Earlier this year, global warming was blamed for the ‘irreversible retreat’ of west Antarctic glaciers.

But now scientists claim that warming of the planet is in fact behind a paradoxical growth in South Pole sea ice.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2680519/Global-warming-creating-MORE-glaciers-Antarctic-sea-ice-reaches-record-high-climate-change-scientists-claim.html

davidk on July 5, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Purdy bad stuff.

Wants to duke it out?

Sherman1864 on July 5, 2014 at 12:26 PM

It is good to know that if there is serious conflict that Jedediah Purdy and his side have already voluntarily disarmed.

12th Legion on July 5, 2014 at 12:26 PM

If this idiot (Purdy) got his wish and the left somehow prevailed in a civil war, true believers like himself would be some of the first to die at the hands of the new regime. But, seeing that Purdy advocates violence against his opposition, it would be a form of cosmic (or poetic) justice…

zoyclem on July 5, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Without bubble-driven illusions of shared prosperity, those who lose out from inequality might demand greater tax contributions from the winners—higher taxes on the highest incomes and taxes on wealth, where the money is. On average, people are richer than they have ever been. It’s just that a tax system that focuses on income from work and treats insanely wealthy people the same as (or better than) ordinary high earners misses where most of national wealth has been accumulating, giving the impression that “we” are sharing a tight period—when, in fact, the burden is disproportionately on the middle class and professionals, who have missed the biggest gains.

Oh Fucc off!

Give all your money to the government, spin your own wool and grow your own food then I’ll think about listening to you.

Right now I am too busy doubling the size of my carbon footprint.

Bubba Redneck on July 5, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Jed’s article is a hoot. It’s truly a cornucopia of bad progressive ideas and stupid ways to implement them. The only idea with any merit at all is that real confrontation now might actually bring about a better future.

Bring it.

ROCnPhilly on July 5, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Another law professor ‘Calling For’ something.

[Yawn]

TimBuk3 on July 5, 2014 at 1:15 PM

I don’t know this fellow, Purdy, but I envision a pencil neck, Walter Mitty experiencing a thrill by veiled hinting at violence (safely on the part of others) yet rejecting it for the record to retain his posturing perch. To be challenged by such as this is to bring on gales of helpless laughter.

Mason on July 5, 2014 at 1:17 PM

I don’t know this fellow, Purdy, but I envision a pencil neck, Walter Mitty experiencing a thrill by veiled hinting at violence (safely on the part of others) yet rejecting it for the record to retain his posturing perch. To be challenged by such as this is to bring on gales of helpless laughter.

Mason on July 5, 2014 at 1:17 PM

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=Jedediah+Purdy&qpvt=Jedediah+Purdy&FORM=IGRE

davidk on July 5, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Purdy thinks America is democratic and is upset with the SCOTUS:

Should a self-respecting democracy have a Supreme Court like ours, with the power to overturn democratic legislation? More and more progressive observers are not so sure. But one thing is clear: we need a more mature relationship with the Court and, through it, a more open and democratic relation to the Constitution.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/06/22/god-save-the-united-states-from-this-anti-democratic-court.html

He doesn’t want a republic; he wants a democracy run by progressives.

I guess he is one of those who think that the majority of voters are libs.

davidk on July 5, 2014 at 1:49 PM

“Get in their faces!”

— B. Hussein Obama

fossten on July 5, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Jedediah Purdy @JedediahSPurdy · Sep 27

We’ve used half our non-catastrophic global carbon budget since the Industrial Revolution. The other half might last til 2040, a generation

davidk on July 5, 2014 at 2:13 PM

ROCnPhilly on July 5, 2014 at 10:12 AM

The aim is not outright confrontation. It’s to collapse the system. They believe that once you cannot access employment, food, water or electricity, you’ll cave and get in the bread line.

System collapse = outright confrontation.
Do they really think we’ll allow them to remain in control while the Republic burns….and it will burn in the cities?
This will be the land of the walking dead.
Only those who have prepared for the invasion of the moochers will survive.
III

Sgt Stryker on July 5, 2014 at 2:16 PM

What will be the trigger…..illegals?
III

Sgt Stryker on July 5, 2014 at 9:59 AM

How could the people in 1937 not have seen WWII coming? That is the question I’ve often heard people ask. I think our current era has provided the answer. They didn’t want to see it.

DFCtomm on July 5, 2014 at 2:25 PM

It’s pretty obvious that climate change is here to stay,

oakland on July 4, 2014 at 3:38 PM

.
When did it ever go away?

otlset on July 5, 2014 at 8:29 AM

.
The single greatest “climate change” that happened on this earth was during, and in the years following “Noah’s flood”.
.
When Jesus returns to the face of the earth, the pre-worldwide flood environment will be restored.
The point being, our current climatic condition is NOT “here to stay.”

According to The Revelation of Jesus to John, the climatic conditions are going to get much worse during the seven-year tribulation period.

listens2glenn on July 5, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Sgt Stryker on July 5, 2014 at 2:16 PM

and when the cities burn, the moochers will be carrying out iPods and plasma TVs. Food and water have always been provided; they cannot conceive of not eating tomorrow.

They are getting a taste of it in Detroit. They have appealed to the United Nations for water.

UNHRC [UN Human Rights Council] has received formal allegations that the Detroit water shut-off threatens to violate U.N.-established human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation mandates. According to reports, the UN is planning on conducting confidential policy decisions with the Obama Administration over the issue.

http://www.arabamericannews.com/news/news/id_9049/United-Nations-to-intervene-in-Detroit-water-crisis.html

davidk on July 5, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Just one more PhD. trying to make sure his university pension will be protected. Maybe those private donors should withhold their donations to Duke. Let the lefties start paying their way.

As for climate change, uh, yeah, ever since people began looking at climate but the amount of false info for our kids is flat out lying. When they discover the truth, they won’t want to believe anyone on anything. Bad news for a supposed free society.

And wealth inequality – does the dear professor want to return to pre-free American where there was REAL wealth disparity and NO WAY TO IMPROVE one’s lot in life. How about Chinese, Japanese, Indian, African, Latin American, SE Asian, European aristocracy? In all of those societies, your lot in life was cast for the vast majority of people and it was a subsistent lot. For the record, “professors” in these societies didn’t do all that well and when they disagreed, sometimes they were eliminated. Does the dear professor want to return to that world?

All these lefties who think they can just take and tell the rest of us what to do are really missing the key issue – they wouldn’t be here without a free society.

All changed with this basic concept that founded American: All men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Look what happened – the most prosperous, strong, free nation ever existed and these PhDs think they want to destroy it.

MN J on July 5, 2014 at 3:37 PM

He says, as he could be one of the pigs from Orwell’s Animal Farm.

ProfShadow on July 5, 2014 at 4:22 PM

System collapse = outright confrontation.
Do they really think we’ll allow them to remain in control while the Republic burns….and it will burn in the cities?
This will be the land of the walking dead.
Only those who have prepared for the invasion of the moochers will survive.
III

Sgt Stryker on July 5, 2014 at 2:16 PM

You’d think so, but history and human nature say otherwise. People will come crawling to the statists for help. Speaking the truth will get you killed, either by the mob or the statists. The modern-day American is weak – too weak to pay attention to their country’s downfall, far to weak to do something about it.

BTW, our monetary system has already collapsed. It’s just so reiterative, it’s taking a while for it to unravel.

ROCnPhilly on July 5, 2014 at 4:24 PM

He should be careful what he wishes for.

keioki on July 5, 2014 at 5:53 PM

I have maintained in the past that the left will eventually call for violence against those that disagree with them. I think that this clown is the canary in the mine. Imagine if the head of the NRA advocated ‘conflict’. The outrage of the left and the media would be Biblical, assuming any hold belief in God.

rmkdbq on July 5, 2014 at 7:08 PM

I have maintained in the past that the left will eventually call for violence against those that disagree with them.

rmkdbq on July 5, 2014 at 7:08 PM

That happens when they can no longer deny the truth. They’ll kill so as not to hear, “We told you so.”

ROCnPhilly on July 5, 2014 at 7:39 PM

So the progressive Messiah has failed to establish the Nirvana his followers had hoped for. What’s a good leftist to do? Call for a revolution! Their foot-stomping just gets louder and more desperate as they realize nothing is going to happen to implement their agenda.

I am not nearly as concerned about concentrating wealth as I am about the ridiculous prices I just paid for my groceries and the $4 a gallon gas in my town. Fix THAT and you will have the nation at your feet!

rockmom on July 5, 2014 at 7:58 PM

Duke Law professor calls for ‘real conflict’ in USA over inequality, climate change

If he ends up with his a$$ kicked, I’m all for it.

Ward Cleaver on July 5, 2014 at 10:21 PM

Too bad Duke didn’t get sued out of existence for lynching their lacrosse players.

Perspicacious on July 6, 2014 at 1:08 AM

{sigh} Some people — such as the _esteemed_ prof purdy ( hey, I use those paintbrushes!) apparently have not only too much time on their hands, but also have the gall to Dictate/ impose their ivory-tower isolated fantasies on others. Suggestion would be, get a Hobby…

KissMyAmericanFlag on July 6, 2014 at 4:05 AM

If real conflict comes, I’m heading to the nearest university/college and bring it intimately to these wise and fragile professors.

jukin3 on July 6, 2014 at 11:41 AM

If Climate change is really as critical as “they” say, then everyone signs on…………every country…BUT realize that no matter what they do…..the climate will change……its been proven over and over and over in history…if you can’t predict the weather with 100% certantiy for tomorrow…………you can’t expect me to believe you know what will happen in years ahead………sorry, I am not biting. 1 Atomic weapon, one volcano explosion, one south American rainforest fire and we are back to square one……every time….sorry, I am not biting.

Pigletrios on July 6, 2014 at 8:40 PM

It is a constant source of amusement to me that these are the idiots, typically people without privately owned firearms, who are always calling for conflict, violence and even succession against those who do privately hold firearms.

Remember the “Jesusland” graphic?

These people should not voice their love for conflict and succession, they should be quietly concerned about explusion.

Cricket624 on July 7, 2014 at 9:50 AM

It’s pretty obvious that climate change is here to stay,

oakland on July 4, 2014 at 3:38 PM

We’ve known that all along. The climate has always been changing, just look at medieval history and you’ll see that! Why are liberals so damn slow at coming around to seeing logic?

Oh, you mean THAT climate change **wink, wink, nudge, nudge**.

Yes, the science of how to scam grant money by fudging data and lying about it, is definitely here to stay…

dominigan on July 7, 2014 at 11:42 AM

It is a constant source of amusement to me that these are the idiots, typically people without privately owned firearms, who are always calling for conflict, violence and even succession against those who do privately hold firearms.

Remember the “Jesusland” graphic?

These people should not voice their love for conflict and succession, they should be quietly concerned about explusion.

Cricket624 on July 7, 2014 at 9:50 AM

I’ve similarly never understood why some conservatives on blogs (who are apparently pro-life) have called for conflict, violence and even succession against people who are pro-choice.

jim56 on July 7, 2014 at 2:24 PM

I’ve similarly never understood why some conservatives on blogs (who are apparently pro-life) have called for conflict, violence and even succession against people who are pro-choice.

jim56 on July 7, 2014 at 2:24 PM

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IF . . . . . this issue comes down to a genuine ‘shooting’ civil war … then that’s a whole ‘nuther thing, altogether.

Otherwise, I agree with you.

Blowing up clinics, and killing Medical Professionals who engage in performing abortions IS NOT HELPING THE PRO-LIFE CAUSE.
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BTW, what the hang is “succession” as you used it, above ?

listens2glenn on July 7, 2014 at 2:50 PM

BTW, what the hang is “succession” as you used it, above ?

listens2glenn on July 7, 2014 at 2:50 PM

The original poster must have meant secession, not succession. I just used his/her own words.

jim56 on July 7, 2014 at 3:54 PM

BTW, what the hang is “succession” as you used it, above ?

listens2glenn on July 7, 2014 at 2:50 PM

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The original poster must have meant secession, not succession. I just used his/her own words.

jim56 on July 7, 2014 at 3:54 PM

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Oh … that makes much more sense.

it happens.

listens2glenn on July 7, 2014 at 6:48 PM

Blowing up clinics, and killing Medical Professionals who engage in performing abortions IS NOT HELPING THE PRO-LIFE CAUSE.
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BTW, what the hang is “succession” as you used it, above ?

listens2glenn on July 7, 2014 at 2:50 PM

But it is one less baby killer.

davidk on July 7, 2014 at 7:17 PM

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