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May 9, 2010

Most Polite "Go Fuck Yourself" Letter of the Week

Barry "Putz" Popkin

Dear Prof. Popkin:
I propose that all articles and books advocating that government intrude into people's private choices be taxed at very high rates.  Socially irresponsible producers of such "junk" scholarship churn out far too much of it.  As a result, unsuspecting Americans consume harmfully large quantities of this scholarship -- scholarship made appealing only because its producers cram it with sweet and superficially gratifying expressions of noble goals.  These empty intellectual "calories"€™ trick our brains -- which evolved in an environment that lacked today's superabundant access to junk scholarship -- into craving larger and larger, even super-sized, portions of such junk.
The tax I propose would reduce Americans'€™ consumption of this mentally debilitating, university-processed junk that serves only to inflate its producer's egos and consulting fees while it makes the rest of us intellectually flabby and clogs our neural pathways with notions that are toxic to each individual who reads it and to the entire body-politic. -- Open Letter to Prof. Barry Popkin

Posted by Vanderleun at May 9, 2010 5:45 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Most excellent!
A modest proposal indeed.

Posted by: monkeyfan at May 10, 2010 9:16 AM

The WJLA newscasters also panned the idea. They visibly shuddered after airing the piece.

This brings up an interesting issue: Most people who vote Democrat and who claim liberal views are quite sane and down-to-earth. It needs to be pointed out to them -- repeatedly -- that the party they vote for is now run by crazies who like pizza taxes.

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at May 10, 2010 11:08 AM

I love that so much I'm making it an item.

Posted by: vanderleun at May 10, 2010 11:41 AM

Barry "Putz" Popkin should be arrested felonious habadashing.

Posted by: Vermont Woodchuck at May 10, 2010 12:12 PM

Chewing qat makes for a hideously tarnished smile on Professor Putz's punum. I suggest we tax the qat supply, instead.

Posted by: Jewel at May 10, 2010 12:31 PM

I suggest a tax on guys who look like they never got laid (by a girl, that is)in either high school or college.....Remit your check now, "Professor Blumpkin!"

Posted by: Blastineau at May 10, 2010 1:44 PM

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