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Posted by The Happy Tutor
Is The Philanthropic Enterprise inside or outside Wealth Bondage? I suspect that for many conservative thinkers Wealth Bondage is the secret sin that dare not say its name. Instead they pretend Wealth Bondage, the money-love, the business-worship, the love of status, power, and control by which their thinking is dominated, does not exist. Civility means cutting us dead. We are invisible; like the poor: Out of sight, out of mind. Instead the endless striving for the success - but in that line who can equal Candidia Cruikshanks, the enterprising philanthropist, who can buy and sell these docile thinkers by the gross? Even Foster Freiss must bow to her will as goddess of the Free Market. From Ed Fuelner in return for the tank in which she keeps him, The Booted One expects deference and receives it: Ordered liberty. What sadness when these slaves in Bondage to Wealth hold up their gilded chains and ask us to admire them.
Posted by The Happy Tutor
Is there more to philanthropy than business and public policy? Cited by Council on Foundations as a "philanthropy" blogger (since her blog is called The Philanthropic Enterprise, if for no better reason), Lenore Ealy swallows her indignation long enough to castigate all and sundry. She mentions WB, but adamently refuses to link. Symptoms are often easier to interpret than signs. Those in Bondage to Wealth, that is to say, a business-oriented materialism, are caught within a frame they cannot escape. For them, "The limits of my langauge are the limits of my world," to transliterate Wittgenstein, or "There is no 'outside' of Wealth Bondage," to transliterate Derrida. It is great to see that Laurie Morrow and Frederick Turner have been added to the list of contributors at TPE Gang Blog. I link to them often and with pleasure, and have left many cordial comments, though none have gotten past the Censor of Lenore's Ordered Liberty, perhaps a harbinger of what "giving" or generosity of spirit, or collegialty and two way conversation among citizens, will look like when the Philistines plant there Enterpirse (Wealth Bondage) throughout this green and verdant land.
Posted by Dr. Amrit Chadwallah
A naive but earnest reader, who is employed by a large philanthropic organization in a subordinate capacity, writes, "Tell me about Wealth Bondage. The people who post there seem so crass, so full of themselves and so contentious. Are they from Heritage, Hudson, Bradley, or Philanthropy Roundtable?" To which I thought fit to make answer as follows:
Yes, and so to say, No. All those who post on WB are Fetish Action Figures. The site is a Fiction as allowed by law. Specifically, it is a satire in the Augustan Tradition, as I am prepared to certify as an acknowledged Adjunct specializing in 18th Century English Literature with a minor in the Theory of Signs. I am and all the other posters at WB are both flesh and blood - certainly - but we are also Types, Emblems, Parables and Allegories, just like Noah and his wife, Joan of Ark, in the Bible. While some like Tigg and Smoky Joe have been employed in reputable foundations and think tanks, like the Rooster Foundation, Crowing in the New American Century, or the Wealth Bondage Foundation for Civil Society and Philanthropy, that is but the exoteric meaning of WB, or its husk or rind. The hidden meaning, revealed only to the Luminati, who have studied under Tutor in his Dumpster, acquiring what some of us call his Oral Midrash, a teaching viva voce reserved only for those he calls his Puppies, is a satire upon Philistines, Philanthropists, Pundits, Professors, Politicians, Journalists, and Fools and Knaves of all kinds. As the Happy Tutor says, the purpose of WB is "to delight and instruct," by whipping the undisciplined reader, in this case you, into shape. Like a good surgeon he cuts deep but only to heal. Like a good doctor he covers his bad-tasting medicines with sweets that we, like children, will swallow them whole.
Ah, once a Teacher always a Teacher. It is a pleasure to have such bright young students once again. (Though I must say the woman is a writer by trade and it is depressing to see the low level of literacy among recent grads of what was probably a four year institution of higher learning.) As she, by daily and diligent study of WB, acquires the skills of reading and thinking critically, she will be both a better person and a better citizen. The Author Function, may he rest in peace, would be pleased. I only hope that learning to think critically does not put her out of a job. Well, there is always room for one more in the Dumpster.
Posted by The Happy Tutor
The great line of demarcation in modern politics, Eric Voegelin used to point out, is not a division between liberals on one side and totalitarians on the other. No, on one side of that line are all those men and women who fancy that the temporal order is the only order, and that material needs are their only needs, and that they may do as they like with the human patrimony. On the other side of that line are all those people who recognize an enduring moral order in the universe, a constant human nature, and high duties toward the order spiritual and the order temporal.
Where, then, does the Market fit - to make it the expression of a moral order seems a bit of a stretch, not matter how often one quotes Hayek, or cites hard work and idiot shrewdness as human excellence. Where does globalism fit, with moral order, and not disturbing the sanctity of long-established local traditions, in the spirit of Edmund Burke? Where does Leo Strauss, and the gilded lie fit, in this nostalgic myth-making? Conservatism as presented by Kirk has its appeal, if only the one could see in the Neocons the lineaments of a moral order, rather than the Machiavellian manipulation of a people who long for it. The Market has corrupted us as Jesus knew it would, as he overturned the tables of the money changers in the Temple and went after them with a whip, or when he turned his back on the Temptations to wealth and power presented to him by Satan on the mount. The attempt to reconcile faith, hope and charity with profit, power, and preeminence - with empire - is an exercise in sophistry, betraying both faith and reason, Athens and Jerusalem to build Dallas and Wealth Bondage. To restore what we in all our getting and spending have lost - our moral selves - would be Progress with a Roman P, as I hope Kirk would agree.
Posted by Joseph McPatriot
Those who mock "Ordered Liberty" might do well to read Russell Kirk. We all have our proper place in the natural order of things, each of us submitting to something greater than ourselves, right on up to God and the Plumbers Unit. For many of you losers here at Wealth Bondage the misery you have is misery you deserve. There is good reason you live in a Dumpster: shiftless, no account, irreverent and perverted, shunned by all right minded people. You are not fit, Tutor, to kiss my Mistress Candidia's boots. Freedom, as Robert Frost said, is riding easy in harness.