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““The real damage is done by those millions who want to ’survive.’ The honest men who just want to be left in peace. Those who don’t want their little lives disturbed by anything bigger than themselves. Those with no sides and no causes. Those who won’t take measure of their own strength, for fear of antagonizing their own weakness. Those who don’t like to make waves or enemies. Those for whom freedom, honour, truth, and principles are only literature. Those who live small, mate small, die small. It’s the reductionist approach to life: if you keep it small, you’ll keep it under control. If you don’t make any noise, the bogeyman won’t find you. But it’s all an illusion, because they die too, those people who roll up their spirits into tiny little balls so as to be safe. Safe?! From what? Life is always on the edge of death; narrow streets lead to the same place as wide avenues, and a little candle burns itself out just like a flaming torch does. I choose my own way to burn.””     Sophie Scholl

December 22, 2006

The market at work…

by Jason Pye

Che Guevara was a murderer and promoted slavery, I’m glad that this has been pulled:

Target Corp said on Friday it had pulled a CD carrying case bearing Ernesto “Che” Guevara’s image after an outcry by critics who label the Marxist revolutionary a murderer and totalitarian symbol.

Target had touted a music disc carrying case for Che admirers emblazoned with the Argentine-born guerrilla’s iconic 1960 portrait by Alberto Diaz, or “Korda.” A set of small earphones was superimposed on the image, suggesting he was tuned in to an iPod or other music player.

“It is never our intent to offend any of our guests through the merchandise we carry,” Target said in a statement. “We have made the decision to remove this item from our shelves and we sincerely apologize for any discomfort this situation may have caused our guests.”

I truly hope that Guevara is burning in hell next to Hitler, Pol Pot, Lenin, Stalin and other collectivist dictators…make room for Castro.

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  1. Only the collectivist dictators? I didn’t think there were any benevolent dictators.

    Comment by VRB — December 22, 2006 @ 7:13 pm
  2. You know what I mean…

    Comment by Jason Pye — December 22, 2006 @ 7:16 pm
  3. “The market at work” my butt. The market-based solution is where people “vote with their wallets”… ostracizing hippy t-shirts to the realm of 19-year old vegan students, who in 99% of cases will outgrow that phase by the time they land their first real job.

    A handful of busybodies sitting behind their computer screens and writing their little letters, and the chickenscratch corporations that kowtow to the faintest trace of controversy, is hardly the invisible hand of the market at work. Instead, it’s the reason why you can’t find ANY decent music in a Wal-Mart. It’s the reason I have wade through a million blog posts about K-Mart selling “Brokeback Mountain”. It’s the reason I have to tune-out endless talk-radio drivel about whether Target wishes me “Happy Holidays” or a “Merry Christmas”.

    It’s all incredibly lame, and would be completely unnecessary if busybodies would just mind their own business and leave the market alone.

    Comment by Steve Perkins — December 28, 2006 @ 8:43 am

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