I didn’t build this blog post, Richard Dawkin’s, Barrack Obama, Mitt Romney (maybe), and a few thousand people on the internet (definitely) built it. I take no credit.

Of course, that’s bullshit. As was Obama’s accidental confession deliberate and considered opinion that he has no respect whatsoever for the sweat and toil of business people. According to Obama, because you walked on a road paid for by the state you don’t deserve any credit and don’t deserve an absolute right of property.

Just as this blog post would not have been written but for my discovering and synthesising its contents, people use the ideas and infrastructure around them to plan and run businesses but make an essential contribution. At a very least, people must absorb some knowledge about the state of the world to know that there is a problem for their business to solve, but at the very least a successful business requires a novel strategy and the irreplaceable hours of its owners life. In undermining the importance of that contribution Barrack Obama wishes to undermine the spiritual property of millions of entrepreneurs, to spiritually rob them of a part of their life, and justify the theft and control of their physical property.

I feel I’m late to spotting this one, but the memes that grew up in reaction to this are awesome. Take this example:

Steve Jobs clearly did shepherd iPhone into existence. Juxtaposing Barrack Obama is a straightforward rebellion against Obama’s claim that society owns Steve Jobs and everyone like him and they they owe one to “society”. Obviously Jobs didn’t do it alone, but he did it by building and guiding a team that could. He built it through honest trade. He traded with the proprietors and agents of component manufacturers, he traded cash for the talents of top designers and engineers, he made mistakes and took responsibility for them. He set out a vision of what he wanted and fought to make it happen.

I’m also reminded of what Rob Waller said about the importance of discovering slogans and memes. He argued that the slogans used by the left sound harmlessly nonsensical but they carry broader more abstract concepts with them that are perceived wordlessly by the consumer. This wordless perceptions allows them to sneak into a mind without thorough criticism. Strategically then, this is a Good Meme. It carries with it the concept of proprietorial pride and rebellion against claims on your life.

I didn’t build this one, but libertarians need many more like it.

  4 comments for “Memetastic!

  1. Tim Carpenter
    Jul 20, 2012 at 6:22 am

    Hear hear!

    Some of these representations of Obama’s fraud are priceless.

    Obama is trying to perpetuate a very clever meme himself, and one that contains very subtle and dangerous themes. It is a half-truth that acts like a full one.

    Further, even if somebody did not make every single aspect of everything they produce, what makes the State so sure it has a claim? For you can bet your bottom dollar it aims to.

  2. Jul 20, 2012 at 10:29 am

    There is now a collection linked from the top paragraph.

    I notice the left are trying to paint this as a mistake in Obama’s delivery. I also, charitably assumed this was the case until I saw a couple of different videos of it and was left in no doubt what he was trying to say.

  3. Jul 21, 2012 at 11:03 am

    I read the full piece the other day. And the ‘Context’ doesn’t make it any better. Essentially Obama is just trying to promote the idea of the State as the ‘Great Provider’. Even though, as we all know, everything the State ‘pays’ for is expropriated from the hard work of private individuals.

  4. Paul Marks
    Jul 22, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Good post Simon. Barack Obama is vile – even by the low standards of politicians. In him the toytown (“cultural”) Marxism of the Frankfurt School has met (and merged with) the vomit inducing corruption of the Democrat Chicago Machine.

    Also your post managed to make me smile – and I have not smiled a lot recently.

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