I was reflecting on a video I saw a ways back of a new device which allows some paraplegics to live a much more normal, and mobile existence.
This thing, called the Tek Robotic Mobilization Device, is a sort of motorized wheel chair, only it allows the users to stand, bend sit, most anything anyone else can do and fits in about the same amount of space as a person with the use of their legs.
In short, for those who can use it, it's a miracle of sorts.
It got me to thinking about all the wonders modern, mostly Western, technology has provided, and the level to which we've become accustomed to them.
It's through the joys of capitalism everything from microwave ovens to iPads and Android phones have been possible.
Yet there's this subset, the useful idiots in the so-called 99 percent movement and their masters in the modern left who would love to crush capitalism.
So many of them think that it's capitalism which is keeping them from having perfect peace and justice and love and free whatever.
And I suppose to some degree that's true. Inasmuch as in a capitalist society, if you want something you have to earn it and they've never earned anything.
What's sad is they somehow think, that should they achieve their socialist utopia, the miracles of modern science which have become so prosaic to all of us will continue to exist.
They truly believe, I think, that they really do live in the universe of Star Trek, where anything can be had simply by wishing for it. That we no longer use money because everyone just does good things for everybody else just because they want to.
Should they succeed in their objective, they will no longer have the iPad they used to type their manifesto. They will no longer have their lattes and frappucinos and electric cars. No more for them their smartphones and laptops, iPods and X-boxes.
In the West in general and in America in particular, we have achieved a standard of living unprecedented in the history of the world. Where education is not just the province of the wealthy and powerful, but where nearly every child learns to read by the time they're out of Kindergarten.
We've done this through the aegis of capitalism. A system in which there are incentives for working hard, for achieving, for inventing.
Should they succeed in creating the socialist paradise they think they want, they will create a dark age which will make the Fall of Rome look like a prep-school bun fight.
None of the useful idiots realize this of course, most of their masters are aware of it to some degree. Their masters believe that they will maintain their standard of living. Of course the rest of us will live as serfs.
They've nearly done this already, with their regulations and rules, agencies and policies.
While I am not sanguine about the coming Trump presidency, I am cautiously optimistic. He's appointing people to head agencies who are ... not fond ... of those agencies. This cannot help but cut back some of the over-burdensome regulation which has been strangling our economy.
All IMHO, of course.
— Patrick Richardson is the managing editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter @PittEditor.