As Long As I’m On The Subject of Liberalism

By John Farnam

Persons who morbidly fear personal responsibility gravitate toward these jobs. It is no wonder that education, government, & the media have been overwhelmed by liberals.
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Ft Collins, CO –-( “Capitalism harnesses human self-interest. Socialism exhausts itself trying to kill it. Leftist politicians, who seize and dole-out other people’s assets, initially see themselves as humanitarians.”

“Eventually, they conclude they are a superior class, and treat themselves accordingly.”

“They make laws to which they are not subject. They vote themselves, and their stooges, exclusive privileges and benefits. They no longer ‘serve.’ They rule!” ~ Bowles

My last Quip on the subject of liberalism generated comments, as you might imagine. A particularly sage one follows:

“In their chosen work, many Americans face serious, direct consequences for their actions, on a daily basis. A design engineer who contrives an airplane wing, for example. When he makes an error, innocent people will die, and he will be a permanent disgrace, both to his profession and to his family. Entrepreneurs, doctors, truck-drivers, farmers, and LEOs thus accept full, personal responsibility for their work, work with real consequences.

The majority are politically conservative.

Conversely, self-declared ‘intellectuals’ are people whose only product is ‘ideas,’ and they are judged by whether those ideas ‘sound good,’ but only to other professing intellectuals. The only serious consequence for these academics comes from not publishing enough to get tenure.

For media types, ‘poor entertainment value,’ and thus poor ratings, are the only things that generate genuine dread.

Bureaucratic ‘policy-makers’ also routinely escape consequences of their work. Damage that follows bad policy comes years later, and responsibility is always hopelessly defused. Few ever face meaningful, personal consequences.

Who morbidly fear personal responsibility gravitate toward these jobs. It is no wonder that education, government, and the media have been overwhelmed by liberals.

Serious learning makes one vulnerable. There is real discomfort in confronting truths that run counter to one’s existing beliefs. Who habitually, indeed instinctively, avoid these risks have a learning disability, and the most dishonest among them cover it up with condescension and arrogance.


For all the media whining about hacked DNC emails, not a single person has claimed they are not absolutely genuine. The DNC’s condescending contempt for Americans who work, repeatedly expressed, is shockingly sincere!

Had it been RNC emails, media charlatans would be hailing these very same hackers as ‘champions of truth and transparency.’”


Who is too vain to admit he is wrong, cannot repent of his mistake. Who cannot repent of his mistakes, cannot learn from them. Who cannot learn from their mistakes, are doomed to repeat them, forever!

“History repeats itself- first as tragedy, then as farce.” ~ Karl Marx


About John Farnam & Defense Training International, Inc
As a defensive weapons and tactics instructor John Farnam will urge you, based on your own beliefs, to make up your mind in advance as to what you would do when faced with an imminent and unlawful lethal threat. You should, of course, also decide what preparations you should make in advance, if any. Defense Training International wants to make sure that their students fully understand the physical, legal, psychological, and societal consequences of their actions or inactions.

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Stephen C. Gregory

Spot on, dude. If anyone was ever in a government position and had an original idea you were lucky to survive in your career if you kept pushing it. If you ever got that idea successfully pushed through against the will of your immediate chain of command, you ended up a pariah and were passed around to various organizations and jobs in an effort to get rid of you. Sheer willpower and obstinance was the only way to survive. How dare one put forth extraordinary effort toward accomplishment and make all others look facile in their efforts.


If, somehow, someway, politicians of all stripes, elected or appointed, could be held personally and financially responsible for their behavior, that behavior would change in a hurry.


How’s this for the next big liberal or progressive idea: a U.S. Employee Ownership Bank which would receive federal funds and give loans to groups of workers to take over majority ownership of their workplaces via employee stock ownership plans or worker-owned cooperatives. A Bernie Sanders idea.


JJ, you and Bernie are putting the government right at the front door of business and a stumble would cause the govt. to be intrusive into that business. Does any of this smell like socialism? H*ll yes it does. Keep govt. out of the business of any business. They would screw it up for sure.


Could this be the big new progressive or liberal mantra in the next few years: the push for employee/worker ownership of businesses? Including federal funding? Bernie Sanders, as far back as 2003 when he was in the House of Representatives, introduced a bill that would have established a U.S. Employee Ownership Bank that would give loans to groups of workers to purchase majority ownership of their workplaces through employee stock ownership plans or worker owned cooperatives. In the Senate, he reintroduced the same bill in 2007, 2009, 2012, and 2014. To those who say that is communism or Marxism: the… Read more »

Todd Noebel

Where would the funding for those government loans come from? Seems the government would use tax dollars. And as the holder of those loans, does the government not become a priority creditor if the payments aren’t met? And thus foreclosure would put the government in an ownership position.

And we haven’t even addressed what businesses would be subject to these new ownership schemes. Could an entrepreneur be forced to open his business to sale under this scheme?

Stephen C. Gregory

Had you put your sweat, blood, and tears imto birthing an idea, and thence grew it into a thriving business through more of the same compounded by grit, determination, and a fully vested personal fortune, how easily would you allow an outside entity, with no vested interest whatsoever, arbitrarily waltz through your doors and start parceling it out to your employees? This is what you are advocating. Your small little mutli-million dollar operation is subject to being forced by the government to be sold to all five of your employees using the taxes your ingenuity paid for, at a price… Read more »


People with ideas are a dime a dozen. People with ideas that transform into something practical are as rare as they are priceless.