Monday, April 29, 2013
Worshipping at the Altar of the Free Market...selectively
Granite Grok used to be a GOP blog, but in recent years they've devolved into a peppy little cheerleading squad for Teabaggers and Free Staters. They lost broad appeal after getting caught on air making homophobic slurs, so they've developed a niche for themselves with the angry white guy wearing a tinfoil tricorne hat crowd.
Grokkers claim to worship at the altar of the free market, as one can see at the video at that link, which was posted by Skip, one of the head dudebros at Grok. In November 2012, Skip said that this video is from one of his favorite economists, Dr. Walter E. Williams from George Mason University. Skip expresses his admiration for capitalism, as opposed to the socialistic turn the nation is taking - hence posting this video.
One of the things Dr. Williams says in the video is: "The free market implies voluntary actions on behalf of human beings."
Now, the Grokkers are always wont to express their ire at gummint or anyone else telling bizness what to do. That's one of those things that freemarketeers get quite indignant about.
Except when they get mad at bizness for doing things that gore their tender little oxen. Skippy and the dudebros got all upset because a company made a business decision THEY didn't approve of. It seems that Williams Sonoma, purveyor of expensive cooking equipment made the decision to pull pressure cookers off their shelves, temporarily, in the days after the Boston Marathon bombings.
No admiration for business making their own independent decisions here! So much for voluntary actions! Instead Skip gets downright ugly, accusing Williams Sonoma of being "cowardly" and "Political Correctness junkies." (sic)
Apparently one need only worship at the altar of the free market when it is convenient.
h/t to Tom Tomorrow for Invisible Hand of the Free Market Man
Posted by susanthe at 5:35 PM