Joss Whedon: Now that I poop $100 bills, let’s embrace socialism

Joss Whedon directed the newest Avengers movie, which has pulled in roughly $1.5 billion around the globe. He has enough cash to flush buckets of it down the toilet, if for no other reason than because he can. Having attained success beyond his wildest dreams, he now denounces capitalism. Classic.

Joss Whedon has so much money that when he has a bowel movement hundred dollar bills come out of his butt. When he has diarrhea, mutual funds and bonds and other liquid assets now end up in his gold-plated toilet. And so, having reached such a profound level of critical and financial success, he is now comfortable telling the rest of us that we should either board the socialism-train-of-dignity, or consider ourselves “off the reservation.”

“We are watching capitalism destroy itself right now,” he told the [Comic-Con 2012] audience.

He added that America is “turning into Tsarist Russia” and that “we’re creating a country of serfs.”

Whedon was raised on the Upper Westside neighborhood of Manhattan in the 1970s, an area associated with left-leaning intellectuals. He said he was raised by people who thought socialism was a ”beautiful concept.” …

We have people trying to create structures and preserve the structures that will help the middle and working class, and people calling them socialists,” Whedon said. “It’s not Republican or Democrat, conservative or liberal […] it’s some people with some sense of dignity and people who have gone off the reservation.”

To be clear: If you look at $16 trillion of debt and think to yourself, “This is going to end really, really badly if we don’t get this under control,” Joss Whedon probably doesn’t think you have much dignity. Whedon says that capitalism is destroying itself, and yet the Congressional Research Service has admitted that there are so many federal regulations that it can’t even tally them upThe masterminds in Congress (of Joss Whedon-type sensibility) have managed to create so much red tape that even those tasked with keeping track of it are reduced to guessing games.

The number of criminal offenses in the U.S. Code increased from 3,000 in the early 1980s to 4,000 by 2000 to over 4,450 by 2008. …

Scores of federal departments and agencies have created so many criminal offenses that the Congressional Research Service itself admitted that it was unable to even count all of the offenses. The service’s best estimate? “Tens of thousands.” In short, Congress’s own experts do not have a clear understanding of the size and scope of federal criminalization.

Last week I detailed how Christopher Nolan creates more jobs than Barack Obama, but perhaps I should have substituted the Batman franchise with Whedon’s Avengers, so that the message may have penetrated into his socialist skull like a blast of gamma radiation.

Joss Whedon advocates on behalf of Keynesian economics, never realizing that a more expansive federal government means more crony capitalism. More rules, regulations and centralized power begets more lobbyists and corrupt politicians and backroom deals (e.g., the pharmaceutical industry leading up to the passage of Obamacare) — and yet, the Avengers director blames corporations for acting on the incentives that the federal government creates. It’s like making deal after deal with Loki, and then blaming Thor for the calamities that ensue.

As I said before, our debt is at $16 trillion. And counting. We are dealing with a basic math problem here, and at some point in time the accounting tricks will run out. When they do, we will have few options. Those include:

  • Repudiation (see Greece and Spain for a preview)
  • Massive cuts to entitlements within a short amount of time
  • Inflation
  • War

All of the above are likely outcomes of an out-of-control federal government that has stolen the wealth of future generations for the sake of a few votes at the ballot box. The savings of the elderly will be slashed through inflation. The standard of living will be lower for your children and grandchildren. People will have to put off major life events like getting married, buying homes and starting families — and none of it will be because of the decisions of Disney or Warner Bros. or Apple or Microsoft.

It will, however, be because of bloated governments with an insatiable appetite for spending other people’s money.

Having made more cash than he could have ever imagined, Joss Whedon will be shielded from the impact of financial collapse like he was using next generation Stark technology. Oddly enough, he’ll probably continue to blame corporations and write leftist rhetoric for his movies. That’s okay though, because conservative comic nerds have econ’s Professor X — Milton Friedman — on our side.

Hat tip for this blog post: Carl’s Comics

Milton Friedman vs. the Netroots nuts

The Netroots Conference attendees have apparently never listened to Milton Friedman, who said: “As I see it, the fundamental value in relations among people is to respect the dignity and the individuality of fellow men. To treat your fellow man not as an object to be manipulated for your purpose, but to treat him as person with his own values and his own rights. A person to be persuaded — not coerced, not forced, not bulldozed, not brainwashed.”

One of the reasons I generally dread campaign season is because the last thing I want to do is get drawn into the mindless minutiae, tit-for-tat, small fry potato stuff that gets people distracted from $16 trillion dollars of debt. Luckily there are annual gatherings of Progressives, where people like Colin Mutchler or Jenifer Fernandez Ancona inadvertently make the case for conservatism.

Colin has been under fire for likening economic growth to “cancer,” but I think conservatives should really give Jennifer Fernandez Ancona a hand (an invisible hand?) for making the case for supply-side economics.

“The big insight was that on the conservative side when you really decode what they’re thinking the economy is and what they’re telling people it is, it’s a natural system, a natural force that is like beyond our control; it’s like the weather or ocean tide, it‘s like this force that we have to be afraid of that is basically taking it’s orders from God (laughs). So it’s like if you mess with it, you are, like, messing with the moral order of things.”

“The way that the left economists actually think about it is like a machine, or more specifically a vehicle. Like a thing that is supposed to take us to a destination. A thing that we built, that we actually know how it works. And we can tweak it, we can make it work for us. We know that it’s out of balance, or we know that the carburetor is broken, or whatever, I don’t know anything about cars. But, it’s like that. So we’re actually in charge of it, and we know that kind of instinctively.”

Actually, the economy is a lot like God — complex and beautiful, in many ways its intricacies are beyond human comprehension. The U.S. economy is the final result of hundreds of millions of individuals making billions of decisions each day. Each person has his own wants, needs and desires. Indeed, people are like machines, but each one isn’t the kind of lug nut liberals would have us believe, but an elegant machine with free will. And that free will has been frustrating central planners for ages, because it is a spark that can not be harnessed. The conservative knows this, and so he seeks to create an environment where the voluntary interactions of millions of individuals can take place largely unfettered. The result, in the aggregate, is usually something special.

By contrast, take a liberal like Jennifer. She likens the economy to a car. She admits she doesn’t know a thing about cars, but believes she and her friends should play mechanic with the economy. She says that this car is supposed to take us to a destination — but she has no idea where. Even the language she uses (i.e., “the carburetor is broken, or whatever,”) should tell the passing observer that these are not the people you want tinkering around with the “engine” of the economy.

Jennifer doesn’t know if she wants the economy to grow or shrink, and Colin Mutchler wants to go to the destination called “happiness.” If Jennifer wants her personal economy to shrink, she could always start by making really bad life decisions. If Colin wants happiness, limited government provides him with the most amount of choices with which to find it. We find happiness when we do what we love, and the free market is the best system ever created for putting people in a position to do just that. It’s not perfect, but it’s exponentially better than the centrally planned auto dealership for “carburetors” and “whatever” that Jennifer and her liberal friends want you to put faith in.

Remember: You have the power of choice. Don’t let anyone ever take it from you.

Now watch, as Milton Friedman tells you exactly who these people are, what they think of you and why you should shun their vision for the world.