Advertisement

Letters to the Editor

View misrepresented

October 10, 2011

Advertisement

To the editor:

George Will mischaracterized Ms. Warren’s comment about rich folks owing something to society (Journal-World, Oct. 6).  She said a successful person should get to keep a “big hunk” of their wealth and that they should part with “a hunk” to reimburse society for its role in their success. She did not say that “any individual’s achievements should be considered entirely derivative from society,” as Mr. Will put it.

Mr. Will also overstates the liberal view that people can be manipulated by advertising. I am a liberal, and I believe in free speech and individual responsibility. I do not think of “other Americans” as a bovine herd. I do believe that, in our free market economy, unscrupulous people sometimes lie and mislead others to make a buck, and busy people needing to operate in an extremely complex economic environment do not have the time or resources to research every economic move they make. “Let the buyer beware” is neither fair nor realistic in this day and age. 

I wish Mr. Will would stop exaggerating the liberal perspective. He is just knocking down a straw man when he does.

Comments

Getaroom 2 years, 6 months ago

George Will needs to get out of his pressed jeans and intellectual tower and hit the streets. Don't ever expect him to do an article with a positive slant for a Democrat, that would not do now would it? Do you think for instance, he might delve into Brownbackwards true religious beliefs to uncover how he is arriving at his current political activities and why he is dismantling state government to mold it into his own image? Nope. I would challenge the LJW to subscribe to a syndicated columnist who is willing to take on any side. Since we know the one sided slant of the current characters on this blog, how about mixing it up so they have something else to bounce up against. I mean really - given the bulk of blather we read on this blog, you might as well rebroadcast everything FOX NEWS puts out. I suppose the LJW bosses feel that the "anonymous" aspect of this blog puts more eyes on the source, but it also encourages people to say things they otherwise might not. How about upping the quality of this blog and make all of us put our real names up front just like in the letters to the editor. Until it is required by all - it will not happen.

0

grammaddy 2 years, 6 months ago

That's what George Will does..and is paid VERY WELL for it.

0

Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 6 months ago

I am staying out of the first issue mentioned, that is, the tax debate. But, as for the second issue, wow.

"Mr. Will also overstates the liberal view that people can be manipulated by advertising."

It's a fact that many people are easily manipulated by advertising. I can hardly believe that anyone would think otherwise. If that were not so, it would not be a such a huge industry. The estimated budget for advertising and marketing in the USA in 2008 was $412,400,000,000 (yes, 412.4 billion dollars).
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090805095200AAhL2K1 which was sourced from:
http://www.outsellinc.com/

"unscrupulous people sometimes lie and mislead others to make a buck,"

That was old when the pyramids were being built.

"people,,, do not have the time or resources to research every economic move they make."

This is the internet age! Information, which is the only thing you need for research, is only a few mouse moves and key clicks away. It's infinitely easier to do any kind of research today than it ever was before.

I really don't understand the problem. Do people need help to do grocery shopping?

0

Commenting has been disabled for this item.