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Steve Kroft and 60 Minutes are partially to blame for this BS. They ran a story in 2013 quoting several attorneys and Senator Coburn as they alleged there was widespread fraud in the SSDI system. It ran again in June of 2014. Kroft accepted these statements at face value and didn't try very hard if at all to refute them.


My concern is that Paul's main message will sound reasonable to otherwise informed, liberal voters as a result of Chana Joffe-Walt's reporting on SSDI last spring for Planet Money and This American Life. Her methodology and conclusions have been criticized by a number of commentators and experts. Nonetheless, bolstered by the authority of "liberal" NPR, the gist of Paul's view will ring true with a population of tote-baggers who have taken that report as received wisdom.

Frank Wilhoit

How in God's Name could you imagine that Senator Paul believes what he said?

No, strike that.

How in God's Name could you imagine that there is any way to know whether Senator Paul believes what he said, or that it matters whether he (as an individual) believes it?

How in God's Name could you think that there is any point in engaging this as if it were rational discourse, when the whole point is that it isn't?

It is propaganda. Propaganda is a form of literature, most nearly related to myth and fairytale. It is neither true nor false; it does not fall anywhere on that spectrum, which is the spectrum of rational discourse, which, again, this a'n't.

Engaging propaganda as if it were rational discourse indicates a colossal failure of situational awareness. It accomplishes absolutely nothing -- except to make you look like you don't grasp what is going on around you.

What destroyed feudalism? Stories. Look up the fairytales. They are all about ogres. The ogre was the landowner. The stories killed the paradigm.

In today's stories, we are the ogre and it is our paradigm that is being destroyed.

Rational discourse was a historical parenthesis. It is over. It is never coming back. It brings no emotional reward. The human race has regressed into earliest infancy, the emotional state of the first minutes of life, totally uncomprehending, fresh off the pain and terror of birth. All it knows is whether it is being hurt or cuddled. The stories cuddle. Reality hurts. Civilization has lost its fan club.

Fight fire with fire. Fight stories with stories or you're not really fighting at all.

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