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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Was this “professor” genius one of the Duke Lacrosse pot-stirrers?

pain train on July 4, 2014 at 3:04 PM

You know, law professors sure do make a lot of money, don’t they? Especially ones who teach at prestigious universities such as Duke. Made possible by those ever-increasing college tuition costs…sounds like he knows quite a bit about the “Gilded Age”…

ellifint on July 4, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Why bother talking about screwballs like this. He’s a flaming marxist who can’t see past the workers paradise he reads about all the time.

crankyoldlady on July 4, 2014 at 3:10 PM

While we disagree on the issues, I think I’m in favor of the suggested course of action.
Let’s do this thing, you detatched pompous unarmed fool.

connertown on July 4, 2014 at 3:11 PM

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.

He wants to reduce YOUR lifestyle, not his, based on global warming that is simply not happening. He thinks he is inside the club (the Party) and therefore protected.

TarheelBen on July 4, 2014 at 3:13 PM

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.

Good grief. First this clown cites Piketty’s “report” that was already dismantled as another liberal attempt at subterfuge, then he mentions the UN IPCC which has never issued an honest report in it’s entire existence.

The other was the new set of U.N. reports on climate change, which confirmed, yet again, that the problem is real and accelerating.

However, if it’s conflict liberals want … let’s dance. Nothing better than seeing liberal drones peeing in their pants.

darwin on July 4, 2014 at 3:14 PM

I will love to hear him attempt to convince LIV of the planet-threatening climate change about to commence.

vityas on July 4, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Pickety? Oh that that debunked leftist crackpot elites swooned over and is now forgotten.

rob verdi on July 4, 2014 at 3:15 PM

He is not suggesting violence, but what’s a revolution without a little terror?

Maybe not outright, but the underpinnings are there.

rbj on July 4, 2014 at 3:15 PM

How are you supposed to take a guy named Jedediah Purdy seriously?

celtic warrior on July 4, 2014 at 3:20 PM

First, I’d like this well paid leftist clown to explain exactly what “income inequality” is. As with “reproductive rights” … there is no definition.

darwin on July 4, 2014 at 3:20 PM

Looks like we’re forgetting the number one rule…

Why do we care what a lawyer says, exactly?

Seriously, though…what makes this man qualified to talk about this? Because he’s a professor of….constitutional and environmental law? Let me sit here and ponder the great insights this man must have based on his vast experience of the the tribulations of everyday man.

Notice, too:

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

Seems like straight jealousy to me. Poor professionals like Prof. Purdy who only make hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, rather than REALLY cashing in like the evil rich people.

Nob on July 4, 2014 at 3:22 PM

I’m all with him on tort reform. Oh, wait a minute……

butch on July 4, 2014 at 3:23 PM

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.

I don’t think Nancy Purdy and his fellow lefties are going to like the way this whole violent conflict thing works in practice. But whatevs … bring it, sissies.

Jaibones on July 4, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Yet one more example of why I rarely step foot in Orange County.

SteveInRTP on July 4, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Well let’s bring the fight to Duke, then. Any Blue Devil alumni here? Maybe you can agitate to strip professors of tenure. Let’s bring “real conflict” to that issue.

will77jeff on July 4, 2014 at 3:28 PM

I’m not suggesting violence, as the lovely progressive moron in the article suggests. I’m saying however, that I like my side’s chances in such a conflict. I’m pretty sure we are better armed, and the odds of eliminating half of our side by shooting ourselves in the face because we’ve never handled a weapon are pretty slim as well.

USNCVN on July 4, 2014 at 3:31 PM

You know, law professors sure do make a lot of money, don’t they?

ellifint on July 4, 2014 at 3:08 PM

There are 617 total faculty with a rank of professor at Duke University. … The average salary for all male faculty is $236,952.

Research Assistant – Hourly: $11.45/hr:

I guess this clown knows a thing or to about “income inequality.”

pain train on July 4, 2014 at 3:31 PM

“But division as such is not a bad thing.”

Agreed.

Let the blue states leave the union, let them form their progressive paradise on their own. If they’re right, they’ll achieve it without the “drag” of the red states. If they fail, they’ll pay the price alone.

Rebar on July 4, 2014 at 3:32 PM

It’s just that a tax system that focuses on income from work

wait, this is bad??

Sachiko on July 4, 2014 at 3:33 PM

http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=HN.608012119138699099&w=300&h=300&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0

Lest we forget, they do have a premier weapons master on their side. A couple, in fact.

http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=HN.608026936776917152&w=300&h=300&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0

USNCVN on July 4, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Well let’s get it on. I welcome a clash. I’m betting on the folks in the red states that have guns as opposed to to the Whole foods crowd in the Blue states.

Hummer53 on July 4, 2014 at 3:36 PM

Well I think he’s probably going to get the conflict he’s advocating for. But it won’t be what he expects.

Closet Optimist on July 4, 2014 at 3:36 PM

Dear Professor,

Conflict is available at my house, on either of these topics, at any time. I’ll be looking forward to it.

applebutter on July 4, 2014 at 3:37 PM

It is a threat so great that onerous carbon taxes must be imposed

I think that the threat of the imposition of a carbon tax will be enough for us to – as president Bush suggested – voluntarily cut back on carbon dioxide emissions.

It’s pretty obvious that climate change is here to stay, and most folks will step up to mitigate its primary modern cause.

oakland on July 4, 2014 at 3:38 PM

Oh, and they are also experts on the design and operation of firearms on their side. Come to think of it, we should just surrender now.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=iJmFEv6BHM0

USNCVN on July 4, 2014 at 3:40 PM

The average salary for all male faculty is $236,952.

Research Assistant – Hourly: $11.45/hr:

I guess this clown knows a thing or to about “income inequality.”

pain train on July 4, 2014 at 3:31 PM

INCOME REQUIRED TO BE IN THE:
TOP 1% $383,001
TOP 5% 188,001
TOP 10% 140,001
TOP 25% 89,125
TOP HALF 50,742
BOTTOM 25% 25,411
BOTTOM 10% 12,154

I am certain he would be willing to reduce his income by $180,000 in the interests of fairness.

sharrukin on July 4, 2014 at 3:40 PM

Can you see him in your mind? A professor late at night on the toilet straining to work this all out last winter and now he is ready to gift the world with it? Genius.

BL@KBIRD on July 4, 2014 at 3:46 PM

“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.”

Both of which have been shown to be bogus, by the way.

For f*cks sake.

I agree, let’s have some ‘conflict’ and get this bullshit overwith already.

Midas on July 4, 2014 at 3:50 PM

It’s pretty obvious that climate change is here to stay, and most folks will step up to mitigate its primary modern cause.

oakland on July 4, 2014 at 3:38 PM

You mean faked statistics and scientific fraud?

Midas on July 4, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Don’t worry Purdy. Barry Hussein Obama has figured out a brilliant way to address income inequality in the U.S. — he’s importing a few million more poor folks from Central America. First he puts out the word for them to send their kids here, then once the kids are living here, they chain-migrate in the rest of their families (because it would be evil and raaaaacist to separate and divide poor folks’ families!).

Fighting income inequality by importing more poor people — it’s genius! And apparently, it’s been in the works for several years now. Protein Wisdom’s website had an article the other day about how someone found a 2011 DHS report that Janet Napolitano had commissioned, about how the U.S. could best allocate resources to feed, clothe, house, and transport 50,000 illegal alien minors.

They’ve been plotting this invasion since at least 2011.

AZCoyote on July 4, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Welcome a little conflict eh? I’m game. Let’s set a start date…..say Nov. 4?

JGinGJ on July 4, 2014 at 4:02 PM

The reds are green, or the greens are red! It’s raining. To the barricades!

J.B. Say on July 4, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Why doesn’t the good prof start the revolution at Duke by getting all of the over paid professors to pool their income with ALL of the other employees at Duke, janitors, gardeners, cooks, maids, drivers, security guards etc, and then divide the money EQUALLY among them? Then after it was successful he would then be able to use his experiment as living proof that it works.

inspectorudy on July 4, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Dear Professor,

Conflict is available at my house, on either of these topics, at any time. I’ll be looking forward to it.

applebutter on July 4, 2014 at 3:37 PM

I suspect the professor will not be leading the charge.

Liberals are such sour people. The last remaining innocuous topics of conversation, sports (as in redskins) and weather, are now politicized beyond recognition.

cthemfly on July 4, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Let the conflict begin. The people in this country that know both of his issues are bogus, own all the guns. What are they going to fight with – tofu?

mouell on July 4, 2014 at 4:11 PM

But whatevs … bring it, sissies.

Jaibones on July 4, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Thread winner if ever there was one!

bernzright777 on July 4, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Why bother talking about screwballs like this. He’s a flaming marxist who can’t see past the workers paradise he reads about all the time.

crankyoldlady on July 4, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Because they and their useful idiots are rapidly approaching the critical mass necessary to crush us (and not just at the ballot box)?

Steve Eggleston on July 4, 2014 at 4:15 PM

The left is becoming more and more belligerent and equally militant. They see “conflict” in the form of angry mob rallies complete with drum circles and pot bangers as a means to achieve some end. They have no real concept of true conflict because their critics are more civilized than to address them on those terms.

But I think the good professor is going to get his wish, the left is pushing it to the breaking point and when enough people really have had enough, conflict it will be and I don’t think the left is prepared for that reality.

Dan_NV on July 4, 2014 at 4:16 PM

They called it man made global warming but then renamed it to climate change because they couldn’t fudge ALL the data.

Parmenides on July 4, 2014 at 4:17 PM

It looks like his education has outstripped his intelligence.

307wolverine on July 4, 2014 at 4:18 PM

He is not suggesting violence,

But:

“Let the fireworks begin.”

davidk on July 4, 2014 at 4:18 PM

I’d like to revise and extend my prior remarks…

Because they and their useful idiots they plan to use as the domestic portion of their cannon fodder are rapidly approaching the critical mass necessary to crush us (and not just at the ballot box and in the legal system)?

Steve Eggleston on July 4, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Steve Eggleston on July 4, 2014 at 4:19 PM

But I think the good professor is going to get his wish, the left is pushing it to the breaking point and when enough people really have had enough, conflict it will be and I don’t think the left is prepared for that reality.

Dan_NV on July 4, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Yupper, I am quite confident that I can knock the rust off my USMC marksmanship training in short order.

307wolverine on July 4, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Time for conflict? Bring it.

petefrt on July 4, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Excellent idea, Professor Purdy. Lets give it a whirl.
Our side will bring the guns and experience. Yours can bring the white flags.
Bring bandages and shovels, too. You’re going to need a lot of them.

orangemtl on July 4, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Two quotations from the author of our Declaration of Independence helps us put the craziness of Republicans and Tea Party into perspective

Imagine the kind of ads Dave Bart or Ted Cruz would run against this guy…

“Another means of silently lessening the inequality of property is to exempt all from taxation below a certain point, and to tax the higher portions of property in geometrical progression as they rise.” –Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 1785.

After being president his views on this had not changed.
“The rich alone use imported articles, and on these alone the whole taxes of the General Government are levied. … Our revenues liberated by the discharge of the public debt, and its surplus applied to canals, roads, schools, etc., the farmer will see his government supported, his children educated, and the face of his country made a paradise by the contributions of the rich alone, without his being called on to spend a cent from his earnings.” –Thomas Jefferson to Thaddeus Kosciusko, 1811.

Jefferson that gdamn Socialist…

Ned Pepper on July 4, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Seizing wealth are we? Law professors pensions are an excellent place to begin.

MTF on July 4, 2014 at 4:21 PM

When this country was under the boot of the British crown, King George, Americans were required to quarter British soldiers. Today we are under the fascist Obama boot and required to quarter foreign invaders, something a thousand times more onerous.

VorDaj on July 4, 2014 at 4:24 PM

People who don’t live and work in the real world should be allowed to comment on any real world media.

oldernwiser on July 4, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Time for conflict? Bring it.

petefrt on July 4, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Oh Hell yes.

Purge.

BigWyo on July 4, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Go ahead. Make my day.~Clint Eastwood

davidk on July 4, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Ned Pepper on July 4, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Ummm … that doesn’t pass the smell test.

darwin on July 4, 2014 at 4:29 PM

When De Revolution come, do we get to draw straws for Jedediah Purdy?

Or is it whoever gets there first?

Adjoran on July 4, 2014 at 4:31 PM

“Real conflict:” the Progressives yammering even louder, with victory for the Enlightened Ones fore-ordained by mutual consent.

PersonFromPorlock on July 4, 2014 at 4:33 PM

He is not suggesting violence,

When a naked man is chasing a woman through an alley with a butcher knife and a h*****n, I figure he isn’t out collecting for the Red Cross.~Clint Eastwood

davidk on July 4, 2014 at 4:34 PM

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:

1) – the disparity of wealth (which is a permanent feature of free societies)

2) – and the weather.

Noah Rothman on July 4, 2014 at 3:01 PM

.
Both these problems can be solved by dispensing with our ‘national sovereignty’, and joining in with all those calling for “one-world government.”

listens2glenn on July 4, 2014 at 4:34 PM

I call for this.

Nothing better you can do for Independence Day, and after.

Schadenfreude on July 4, 2014 at 4:35 PM

I wear my cynicism and skepticism with proud honor.

mjbrooks3 on July 4, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Well, there are some things a man just can’t run away from.~John Wayne

davidk on July 4, 2014 at 4:37 PM

The left is becoming more and more belligerent and equally militant. They see “conflict” in the form of angry mob rallies complete with drum circles and pot bangers as a means to achieve some end. They have no real concept of true conflict because their critics are more civilized than to address them on those terms.

But I think the good professor is going to get his wish, the left is pushing it to the breaking point and when enough people really have had enough, conflict it will be and I don’t think the left is prepared for that reality.

Dan_NV on July 4, 2014 at 4:16 PM

The problem is that the leftist depend on government for everything…..including to enact their otherwise hapless belligerence and militancy. The government is rapidly becoming their weapon against the people, not of the people.

cthemfly on July 4, 2014 at 4:37 PM

I haven’t lost my temper in 40 years; but, [Purdy], you caused a lot of trouble this morning; might have got somebody killed; and somebody oughta belt you in the mouth. But I won’t. I won’t. The hell I won’t!~John Wayne

davidk on July 4, 2014 at 4:40 PM

Oh, and they are also experts on the design and operation of firearms on their side. Come to think of it, we should just surrender now.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=iJmFEv6BHM0

USNCVN on July 4, 2014 at 3:40 PM

Yep. This being the 4th of July and all, I took my Casper brand ghost gun to the range this morning, deployed the “shoulder thing that goes up”, and fired several volleys of “1 second 30 caliber magazine-clips”. It was quite a bit of fun, I tell ya…

climbnjump on July 4, 2014 at 4:40 PM

Fill your hands, you son of a bitch.~John Wayne

davidk on July 4, 2014 at 4:41 PM

I have more guns than band-aids. Bring it on, Purdy. Come through my gate and bring your conflict.

chuckh on July 4, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Fill your hands, you son of a b!tch.~John Wayne

davidk on July 4, 2014 at 4:42 PM

You first Purdy. Time to confiscate his wealth and all his carbon assets. No home, no car, no clothes. He gets to live in a cave, butt-naked with no fire because it causes carbon to enter the air.

Good luck Purdy.

njrob on July 4, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Purdy endeavors to be a non-violent thief. He and those of his ilk scheme to use politics, law and mobs to steal everything they desire, backing down only when confronted by violence. And when violence comes, they’ll proclaim their fallen fellow thieves martyrs and with greater effort, further persecute their intended victims.

It should be apparent to everyone now why people like Purdy push so hard to withhold healthcare from our veterans and, at the very least, ensure those veterans have no rights/access to firearms.

ROCnPhilly on July 4, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Bring it, you limp wristed, panty-waisted, mealy mouthed, beta male mouth breather. Bring your school kids out here, and y’all will get a taste of a good old southern azz whoopin’…Texas style…Bless your little heart…

bimmcorp on July 4, 2014 at 4:46 PM

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.”

The aristocrats should then divest themselves of their wealth FIRST. I don’t think conflict will result in an outcome they expect or desire.

Oh and GLOBAL WARMING IS A HOAX.

dogsoldier on July 4, 2014 at 4:47 PM

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.

Well then, let’s hoist the black flag and commence in earnest…

If an individual seizes another person’s property it is call theft, when the theft is institutionalized, it is called tyranny.

Thing is that it wasn’t enough to topple the take all of the bourgeoisie’s stuff, you then had to take everything from the petite bourgeoisie, and then reach all the way down to the kulaks. And it still didn’t work.

As for AGW Thermageddon, elgeneralisimo figures its got about 5-7 more years before the political hype machine runs out of steam. But he is certain that this kookery will live on in the form of you-tube videos(or whatever may take its place) and obscure websites just like all those raving nutters blithering on about free energy and perpetual motion.

elgeneralisimo on July 4, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Agreed.

Let the blue states leave the union, let them form their progressive paradise on their own. If they’re right, they’ll achieve it without the “drag” of the red states. If they fail, they’ll pay the price alone.

Rebar on July 4, 2014 at 3:32 PM

“The very -existence- of “red” (read free) states is a “drag” on our utopia, comrade.

You’re breathing OUR air.”

http://www.marcuse.org/herbert/pubs/60spubs/65repressivetolerance.htm

/fascist leftist mode

ebrown2 on July 4, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Figure a man’s only good for one oath at a time; I took mine to the Confederate States of America.~John Wayne

davidk on July 4, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Bring it, you limp wristed, panty-waisted, mealy mouthed, beta male mouth breather. Bring your school kids out here, and y’all will get a taste of a good old southern azz whoopin’…Texas style…Bless your little heart…

bimmcorp on July 4, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Out here, due process is a bullet.~John Wayne

davidk on July 4, 2014 at 4:53 PM

When De Revolution come, do we get to draw straws for Jedediah Purdy?

Or is it whoever gets there first?

Adjoran on July 4, 2014 at 4:31 PM

I think it’ll usually be whoever is closest to the most powerful commie mouthpiece at any given time. Some people really believe they can push the mobs toward wealth confiscation and have it somehow not turn violent.

ROCnPhilly on July 4, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Bring it, you limp wristed, panty-waisted, mealy mouthed, beta male mouth breather. Bring your school kids out here, and y’all will get a taste of a good old southern azz whoopin’…Texas style…Bless your little heart…

bimmcorp on July 4, 2014 at 4:46 PM

THIS!!!

bernzright777 on July 4, 2014 at 4:56 PM

This ain’t Dodge City. And you ain’t Bill Hickok.~Tom Selleck Quigly Down Under

davidk on July 4, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Major Ashley-Pitt Purdy:
In our experience, Americans are uncouth misfits who should be run out of their own barbaric country.

Matthew Quigley:
Well, Lieutenant…

Major Ashley-Pitt Purdy:
Major.

Matthew Quigley:
Major. We already run the misfits outta our country. We sent ‘em back to England.

davidk on July 4, 2014 at 5:00 PM

This article shows the real value of an education today. It is literally an example of creating an argument to support a conclusion. The guy is obviously an idiot, and unfortunately is indicative of the lack of real education while holding a degree that is rampant in “higher education” today.

KMC1 on July 4, 2014 at 5:01 PM

We actually talked about this “inequality” bs today on the golf course. Americans are tired of others stealing from them. Go work your ass off like the rest of us if you are concerned about inequality. We live in a nation of equal opportunity not equal results.

Ellis on July 4, 2014 at 5:02 PM

The recent NOAA admission about July 1936 actually being the warmest month on record, as well as their admission that they used model data instead of actual measured data for some surface temps showed the AGW crowd will lie and manipulate data to suit their agenda. By most definitions, that accounts to fraud. IIRC, Piketty used some “model” data as well in a similar move. The whole lot of them are now tainted to any logical mind. Only the truly agenda bound people can take ANY of this noise serious.

BamaXray on July 4, 2014 at 5:04 PM

“Remember the Alamo!!!” – Every able bodied Texican as they administered a blistering azz whoopin’ on the mexxes. We’re ready for another round, if these ‘blue state’ poosies are of a mind.

bimmcorp on July 4, 2014 at 5:05 PM

as to this fool who is very well taken care of in salary and 401K/pension far above the level of the average citizen, I will say that he should volunteer to be the first to have his stuff confiscated. Then the rest of us can observe how the experiment goes. In other words buddy: you first.

warmairfan on July 4, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Jedediah Purdy

Big mouth commie poser.
Start something, or STFU.

Kenosha Kid on July 4, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Purdy, “Are you gonna pull those pistols or whistle ‘Dixie’?”~Clint Eastwood

davidk on July 4, 2014 at 5:08 PM

davidk on July 4, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Forgot the best one.

“I won’t be wronged. I won’t be insulted. I won’t be laid a-hand on. I don’t do these things to other people, and I require the same from them.” – John Wayne

sharrukin on July 4, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Please please please start a conflict against conservatives. Oh please!! We can finally end this plague.

The Notorious G.O.P on July 4, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Oh, and those scary UN climate change reports? They always look dire when you “adjust” your historical data to fit your desired outcome.

These weather scientitians and political grinder monkeys should all be jailed.

ROCnPhilly on July 4, 2014 at 5:11 PM

We actually talked about this “inequality” bs today on the golf course. Americans are tired of others stealing from them. Go work your ass off like the rest of us if you are concerned about inequality. We live in a nation of equal opportunity not equal results.

Ellis on July 4, 2014 at 5:02 PM

I’m guessing that the target audience for the message of rising up against “the wealthy” is not the folks who play golf. The grounds crew perhaps but the whole thing here is to convince those who have less that they are entitled to steal whatever the hell they want as a right.

Happy Nomad on July 4, 2014 at 5:11 PM

“You may all go to Hell, and I will go to Texas.”—Davy Crockett

bimmcorp on July 4, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Redistribution: Victori spolia.

davidk on July 4, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Are there adherents of the faith to which Purdy declared fealty? Of course, but their ideas have been defanged by the admonitions of history.

The admonitions of history have not reached the faculty lounge of any academic institution. Especially a second-rate establishment like Duke Law.

Happy Nomad on July 4, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Witness the Progressive Chickenhawk.

Someone get this man a gun. I’ll fight him.

EvilMonk on July 4, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Professor Purdy has all the intellectual maturity of a 16 year old. His philosophy amounts to mommy and daddy need to give me more money. So in the spirit of that immaturity and Independence Day I say to Purdy bring in it on. Not ten years from now, not next year but right now. Our side has the guns, your side has Shannon Watts. I like those odds.

jerryofva on July 4, 2014 at 5:18 PM

“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.

LOL! Piketty’s finding has already been exposed as fraud.

As John Hinderaker noted a few weeks back, when he deconstructed Piketty brick by brick:

I find it entertaining that as to the U.S., Piketty has fabricated data for the years 1870 through 1960, where none exists. I would note, too, that the data sources Piketty uses are themselves far from unimpeachable. Some, like Ed Wolff, are leftists who have devoted their careers to trying to magnify inequality.

-snip-

Perhaps, as the debate unfolds, Piketty will be able to salvage some remnant of his work. At this point, however, Capital In the Twenty-First Century looks like an economics version of Piltdown Man.

Del Dolemonte on July 4, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Witness the Progressive Chickenhawk.

Someone get this man a gun. I’ll fight him.

EvilMonk on July 4, 2014 at 5:17 PM

He’d use the wrong end and his family would prolly sue you for wrongful death or something like that.

bimmcorp on July 4, 2014 at 5:19 PM

I suspect the professor will not be leading the charge.

cthemfly on July 4, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Oh, give the guy a break. Such heavy duty theorizing can only be done from a position of safety and comfort.

The dirty job of trying to round up all of us kulaks is something that is going to be passed on to the people far below his paygrade.

SubmarineDoc on July 4, 2014 at 5:19 PM

I wonder if this guy is thinking clearly.

Although typically a last resort of the right … conflict is beginning to sound very appealing instead of just having the government steal more and hammer us everyday with more laws and more restrictions. Not to mention trying to silence it’s critics.

darwin on July 4, 2014 at 5:19 PM

or just stand there and bleed

Kenosha Kid on July 4, 2014 at 5:20 PM

I’m guessing that the target audience for the message of rising up against “the wealthy” is not the folks who play golf.
Happy Nomad on July 4, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Nope, it’s their kids who are fed the workers paradise BS the moment they set foot ion private school.

V7_Sport on July 4, 2014 at 5:21 PM

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