December 14, 2013

Paging Brian Ross

It seems the shooter at the Colorado high school yesterday was ... a socialist:

Thomas Conrad, who had an economics class with [the shooter] Pierson, described him as a very opinionated Socialist.

"He was exuberant I guess," Conrad said. "A lot of people picked on him, but it didn't seem to bother him."

In one Facebook post, Pierson attacks the philosophies of economist Adam Smith who through his invisible hand theory pushed the notion that the free market was self-regulating. In another post, he describes himself as "Keynesian."

"...I was wondering to all the neoclassicals and neoliberals, why isn't the market correcting itself?" he wrote. "If the invisible hand is so strong, shouldn't it be able to overpower regulations?"

Pierson also appears to mock Republicans on another Facebook post, writing "you republicans are so cute" and posting an image that reads: "The Republican Party: Health Care: Let 'em Die, Climate Change: Let 'em Die, Gun Violence: Let 'em Die, Women's Rights: Let 'em Die, More War: Let 'em Die. Is this really the side you want to be on?"

Ace notes that the Denver Post, from which the above comes, has now "stealth edited" out the "S" word -- "socialist." Naturally. The NARRATIVETM, after all. You'll hear not much of this shooting now; that is, not much regarding the shooter's motives, beliefs and associations. All we'll be treated to is the [supposed] popular demand for more gun control.

UPDATE: Via Ace: The Denver Post has an explanation for its editing out of the "socialist" reference -- it didn't want to "apply a label" by a fellow student, especially one he "likely didn't understand." But ... they kept in the reference about the shooter's affinity for Keynesian economics. So the Post thinks these high schoolers don't get socialism, but do comprehend Keynesian theory. Yeah, makes sense a'ight.

Elsewhere at Ace, Gabriel Malor provides us with a brief history of the MSM's penchant for invoking The NARRATIVETM -- i.e. blaming conservatives/Tea Partiers/right-wingers/gun loving nuts/anti-government types -- when it comes to such incidents. The most infamous? Probably the one for whom the name of this post is referenced:

Posted by Hube at December 14, 2013 09:33 AM | TrackBack

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Of course, they're quick to hide the fact that he was a socialist, because they need to keep that right-wing shooter boogeyman of theirs alive. I wish these MSM hacks would do some real reporting. If they were honest, they'd let people know that this loon was a hardcore socialist.

Posted by: Carl at December 16, 2013 01:44 PM

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