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Of Paranoid Plots and Ponzi Fantasies

Collide-a-ScapeBy Keith KloorSeptember 11, 2010 8:28 AM


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We all know rational, intelligent people that honestly believe the most absurd things. I know someone who thinks she was abducted by aliens. On a related note, I also know someone who swears he saw a UFO in Miami Beach. And he was with his mother, who saw it too. I know another person who insists that 9/11 was an inside job, sanctioned by the U.S. government. I never know what to say to people who utter such things. So the best thing I can think to say about this Jeff Id post (of a separate article) is that he sincerely believes it. Jeff really believes that Obama is deliberately trying to destroy capitalism so that a Marxist/socialist system can eventually be installed in the U.S. Actually, the best thing that could be said about this comes via a comment left at Jeff's site:

This sounds like right-wing pot-head paranoia.

And just for kicks, here's a recent post by Joe Romm that blames Obama for the ruination of civilization, or something like that, for not tackling climate legislation before the health care bill. What's delicious about this post, though, is Romm's particular citation from his favorite op-ed columnist:

As Tom Friedman wrote last year in "The Inflection is Near?" [Emphasis is by Romm]

"We created a way of raising standards of living that we can't possibly pass on to our children," said Joe Romm, a physicist and climate expert who writes the indispensable blog We have been getting rich by depleting all our natural stocks "” water, hydrocarbons, forests, rivers, fish and arable land "” and not by generating renewable flows. "You can get this burst of wealth that we have created from this rapacious behavior," added Romm. "But it has to collapse, unless adults stand up and say, "˜This is a Ponzi scheme. We have not generated real wealth, and we are destroying a livable climate "¦' Real wealth is something you can pass on in a way that others can enjoy."

I suppose this is Joe's way of letting his readers know that what he says's here about our rapacious behavior is extra noteworthy because Thomas Friedman quotes it. Anyway, Joe's Ponzi scheme musings is the stuff of Jeff Id's paranoid nightmares.

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