Watch Out for Charlie Kirk’s Treacle Tart
“There’s many a fly got stuck in there.”
Who is Charlie Kirk? He is the 24-year old executive director and founder of Turning Point USA. Jane Meyer profiled the organization in the New Yorker in December:
Based outside of Chicago, Turning Point’s aim is to foment a political revolution on America’s college campuses, in part by funneling money into student government elections across the country to elect right-leaning candidates. But it is secretive about its funding and its donors, raising the prospect that “dark money” may now be shaping not just state and federal races but ones on campus.
A couple of weeks ago in The Baffler, Maximillian Alvarez described the tactics employed by TPUSA to harass and silence opposition to their “free market” totalitarianism. If you like Tomi Lahren, Sebastian Gorka, Donald Trump Jr. and Sean Hannity, you’ll love Charlie Kirk.
Charlie Kirk is a Charlatan.
Last Friday, the Sandwichman posted Is the “Invisible Hand” a lump of labor? to EconoSpeak and Angry Bear. It received a little over 300 views on EconoSpeak and a total of three comments on both blogs. Charlie Kirk’s twitter video on the “socialist myth of the ‘fixed pie'” was tweeted three days earlier. It has so far received 3,300 “likes” and 1,688 comments.
Just because someone gets rich doesn’t mean anyone gets poor!
The socialist myth of the “fixed pie” is not based in reality
Allowing economic freedom means new wealth can be created out of nothing and everyone benefits! pic.twitter.com/EgnDrhl3Ak
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) February 6, 2018
Oh that pesky Freedom of Speech thing again, updated to include money is speech.. Ain’t democracy great.!
I do not have feathers so I do not tweet. I do read you and often times discuss your philosophy and economics. Sometimes the best of us are not paid attention to in passing.
The Koch Bros were doing the same in Western Carolina University by funding an Enterprise Center with hand selected Libertarian Profs to staff it.
Just ran across this: “A former student activist for the conservative nonprofit Turning Point USA on Monday called the organization a ‘shithole’ with ‘increasing levels of drama’ and “some of the most incompetent, lazy, and downright dishonest people I have ever encountered.” https://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/student-activist-quits-turning-points-usa-shithole-organization
We applaud Freedom of Speech, that all can have their say.
But when a nation’s objectives are mutually exclusive, speech serves only to exacerbate the conflict but can never resolve it.
As Lincoln noted once already:
“A house divided against itself cannot stand..”