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Porn Kingpin Larry Flynt Broadcasts Political Fantasies in HuffPo Debut

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Posted on August 22 2009 12:00 pm
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There’s a certain irony in the promotions of today’s prominent bloggers over at Arianna Huffington‘s “progressive” media hub Huffington Post.

The first four “Don’t Miss HuffPost Bloggers”: leftist comedian Bill Maher (whose Friday episode of “Real Time” I’ll blog about over the next few days,) pornographer-turned-free-speech-advocate-turned-polemicist Larry Flynt, leftist congressman and perennial “reparations for slavery” promoter John Conyers, and feminist activist/playwright Eve Ensler.

Isn’t that ironic? A pornographer right up there with a feminist?

I won’t be too hard on Flynt, though. I’ve long been a fan of him ever since I first saw “The People Vs. Larry Flynt” and read his memoir An Unseemly Man. His first amendment stances throughout the years have been exemplary and important. He’s also an entertaining figure very much possessed of the radical spirit

Flynt has always had aggressive libertarian and patriotic streaks in spite of his frequent descents into the Left. Check out his first post at HuffingtonPost and one will likely find points to both applaud and challenge.

The American government — which we once called our government — has been taken over by Wall Street, the mega-corporations and the super-rich. They are the ones who decide our fate. It is this group of powerful elites, the people President Franklin D. Roosevelt called “economic royalists,” who choose our elected officials — indeed, our very form of government. Both Democrats and Republicans dance to the tune of their corporate masters. In America, corporations do not control the government. In America, corporations are the government.

This was never more obvious than with the Wall Street bailout, whereby the very corporations that caused the collapse of our economy were rewarded with taxpayer dollars. So arrogant, so smug were they that, without a moment’s hesitation, they took our money — yours and mine — to pay their executives multimillion-dollar bonuses, something they continue doing to this very day. They have no shame. They don’t care what you and I think about them. Henry Kissinger refers to us as “useless eaters.”

But, you say, we have elected a candidate of change. To which I respond: Do these words of President Obama sound like change?

“A culture of irresponsibility took root, from Wall Street to Washington to Main Street.”

There it is. Right there. We are Main Street. We must, according to our president, share the blame. He went on to say: “And a regulatory regime basically crafted in the wake of a 20th-century economic crisis — the Great Depression — was overwhelmed by the speed, scope and sophistication of a 21st-century global economy.”

This is nonsense.

Some of these thoughts here might be sympathetic to those on the Right who have clearly seen a violation of free market principles with the culture of “bailouts.”

Of course Flynt’s solution and his class-warfare inspired vision is just as much “nonsense” as the Obama rhetoric he condemns:

I’m calling for a national strike, one designed to close the country down for a day. The intent? Real campaign-finance reform and strong restrictions on lobbying. Because nothing will change until we take corporate money out of politics. Nothing will improve until our politicians are once again answerable to their constituents, not the rich and powerful.

Let’s set a date. No one goes to work. No one buys anything. And if that isn’t effective — if the politicians ignore us — we do it again. And again. And again.

The real war is not between the left and the right. It is between the average American and the ruling class. If we come together on this single issue, everything else will resolve itself. It’s time we took back our government from those who would make us their slaves.

A national date of not working or buying? Yeah, that’ll work. Good luck organizing that, Larry.

That last excerpted sentence just comes off as absurd coming from a media tycoon who’s a multimillionaire. (In 2001 Flynt claimed his net worth was $400 million.) No one is making him a slave anytime soon. The only slaves he’s involved with are those who get paid to pretend to be them in his company’s videos.

What Flynt ultimately falls for is the Left’s illusion of class warfare — the idea that “the rich” are out to screw over the poor. I submit that this notion is a fiction. In America the poor become rich and the rich become poor. Movement between “classes” is fluid. And Larry Flynt is a prime example of this fact. He rose from rural poverty to his multimillionaire lifestyle. So the question for Flynt to consider for his next HuffPost unloading of class warfare: who bears the responsibility for the poverty into which he was born? Are people poor because corporate taskmasters are trying to enslave them? Or because of a combination of bad choices and bad luck? The answer to these questions is one of the key determinants of whether one ends on the Right or the Left. And Flynt’s answers demonstrate why a libertarian/patriotism-oriented fellow such as him would come to blog for Huffington Post.

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