Libertarian-Free Zone

Thursday, July 23, 2009
Posted in category Diversity Tyranny

Simon Property Group, which owns Concord Mills mall, has revoked the lease of a kiosk seller called the Free Market Warrior because it sells items that are “not politically neutral.” It started with the usual: one politically correct wuss who went crying to mall management because she found the items being sold to be “offensive.” The kiosk sells posters and bumper stickers that say “Work Harder. Obama needs the money,” and other horrifyingly shocking (gasp!) statements. The author of the letter is, as you may have guessed, a female college graduate from UNC-Charlotte, Jennifer Ibanez. This is from the letter she wrote to the Charlotte Observer (emphasis mine):

“Free Market Warrior, a kiosk located adjacent to Bass Pro Shops, specializes in memorabilia embellished with pro-confederacy statements as well as those opposing both the government and President Obama. In addition, these products support ideas such as racisms, sexism, and even slavery. While freedom of speech is a Constitutional right it’s difficult not to believe that something just isn’t quite right here.

“I find it appalling that Concord Mills, North Carolina’s #1 visitor attraction, would condone such a message to be portrayed by their vendors and can’t imagine how the outside visitors’ perceptions of North Carolinians have been skewed by such an establishment.

“It’s hard to stay open-minded when such uncivilized and outdated ideas are endorsed on a daily basis. It’s 2009; please, let’s at least try to put this type of bigotry to an end.”

Note the letter’s typical left-wing, female tone of “oh my, I’m soooo offended.” Miss Ibanez, and most other women her age, have had the standard politically correct, collectivist-reactionary, group-hug mentality shoved into their tiny brains since they attended Head Start, and onward into their college years. These people emerge from the system and they all sound exactly the same and repeat the same tired, old lines about the confederacy (you think she knows anything about that conflict?), racism, offensive statements, bigotry, hate, yada yada. These kids are Xerox copies of one another. But that’s their diversity. Intellectually, they are empty shells. They are helpless, unenlightened milquetoasts, and they represent the bulk of America’s future. They are the reason why freedom may be on its last legs.

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16 Responses to Libertarian-Free Zone

  1. Sal says:

    July 23rd, 2009 at 9:20 am

    The words of Little Ms. Ibanez are where the true bigotry resides. Of course she’s too full of love, compassion and tolerance to realize it.

  2. Steve Haag says:

    July 23rd, 2009 at 10:28 am

    My nephew – almost 8 yrs. old – is a bright kid so it is my hope that he’ll be able to overcome the boilerplate propaganda he’ll be spoon fed throughout his school years. They’re really trying to make him a little eco-warrior, always at the ready to indict his parents for using plastic bags and such. He has already expressed the concern that as global warming becomes more severe we’ll all have to move to Antarctica – and there isn’t enough room to fit us all there! The bureaucrats charged with instilling statist propaganda to young minds who are not yet capable of critical thinking are crushing the spirit of creativity and independence that were hallmarks of America. The only advice I can give my nephew at this juncture is to ‘think for yourself’. To say anything more would risk a backlash within my family – but hopefully I can help plant the seeds of intellectual curiousity within him.

  3. Robin says:

    July 23rd, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    John Taylor Gatto was thinking of the Ibanez types when he wrote the following:

    “Almost all Americans have had an intense school experience which occupied their entire youth, an experience during which they were drilled thoroughly in the culture and economy of the well-schooled greater society, in which individuals have been rendered helpless to do much of anything except watch television or punch buttons on a keypad.

    “Before you begin to blame the childish for being that way and join the chorus of those defending the general imprisonment of adults and the schooling by force of children because there isn’t any other way to handle the mob, you want to at least consider the possibility that we’ve been trained in childishness and helplessness for a reason. And that reason is that helpless people are easy to manage. Helpless people can be counted upon to act as their own jailers because they are so inadequate to complex reality they are afraid of new experience. They’re like animals whose spirits have been broken. Helpless people take orders well, they don’t have minds of their own, they are predictable, they won’t surprise corporations or governments with resistance to the newest product craze, the newest genetic patent — or by armed revolution. Helpless people can be counted on to despise independent citizens and hence they act as a fifth column in opposition to social change in the direction of personal sovereignty.”

  4. Johnathan says:

    July 23rd, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Strictly speaking, if the kiosk owner voluntarily entered a lease contract agreeing to remain politically neutral, and that the property manager would have the right to revoke the lease otherwise, then there are no Libertarian issues involved. (I know this wasn’t the thrust of your post, but the title sort of implies it.)

    Of course, it’s likely the contract wasn’t this specific, and there might have been a catch-all “if you do anything we don’t like” clause, but the kiosk owner still presumably agreed to this.

    “Freedom of speech” (1st amendment) is a restraint on the actions of government, not private parties entering into contracts.

    Of course, I do share your disgust at the “I’m offended, so I will self-righteously try to impose my standards on everyone else” mentality, which I think was really the point you were trying to make.

    Personally, if I were that pissed off by what the kiosk owner was selling, I would have opened an adjacent kiosk with my own politically correct, don’t-rock-the-boat, meaningless drivel :-) Instead this woman took the bully approach and relied on the property manager’s cowardice to get it to take action against the kiosk owner.

  5. Karen De Coster says:

    July 23rd, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    Johnathan, that was not the thrust of my post – my point being the tyranny of the milquetoast, dumbed-down masses, and how political correctness can absolutely crush free thought. The libertarian solution would be a boycott, of course.

  6. Karen De Coster says:

    July 23rd, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Robin – magnificent.

  7. clark says:

    July 23rd, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Staying out of Simon Property Group malls is exactly what came to mind, and I shall. Now I know why the, “interesting and different” stores were always so bland and run of the mill with nothing more flamboyant than, “Go! Team” or, “Beer U” and other meaningless gothic graphic type images that said nothing on the t-shirts. That letter blew me away, astonishing such close mindedness continues, come on already it’s 2009, enough with the storm trooper attitudes, and enough with the, “It’s the year such and such” as if that slogan hasn’t been used for everything that has no ground to stand on for far too long now. The John Taylor Gatto quote just stunned me in how accurate it is, wow. I’ve read that the generation who graduated before 1963 wasn’t like that at all, and the creep of changing the society was gradual from that point on. I’m half 1963 type and half what Gotto described, no wonder I feel so out of place, especially when I point out or resist the B.S. of how things are the way they are. “That’s just the way things are now.” Ugh! Get me outta this place.

  8. Johnathan says:

    July 23rd, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Karen–yeah, we’re in agreement.

    With respect to the dumbed-down masses, or people like Miss Ibanez–they have to live the rest of their lives inside their own heads, which is worse punishment than anything I could wish upon them. At least I have arranged my and my family’s affairs such that I rarely have to deal with that head on.

  9. Robin says:

    July 23rd, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Steve Haag writes: “My nephew – almost 8 yrs. old – is a bright kid so it is my hope that he’ll be able to overcome the boilerplate propaganda he’ll be spoon fed throughout his school years.” My own nephew was the same age when I leafed through one of his state school textbooks and found this wonderful classroom group activity: Conduct a trial in which a student is charged with an environmental crime. Have the accused explain why he thinks he’s innocent, then have the accusers explain why they think he is guilty. Then have the court decide his punishment! The schools didn’t succeed in turning my nephew into a collectivist moron, mainly because his father taught him to think for himself.

  10. JL Bryan says:

    July 23rd, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    “Have the accused explain why he thinks he’s innocent, then have the accusers explain why they think he is guilty. Then have the court decide his punishment!”

    Did they leave out the part where the judge or jury decides whether the accused is guilty? Creepy.

  11. Chris says:

    July 23rd, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Oh, but didn’t you know? They are all so smart and have all the answers, just ask them…

    j/k. They’ll “tell” you whether you ask them to or not.

  12. Robin says:

    July 23rd, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    JL Bryan writes: “Did they leave out the part where the judge or jury decides whether the accused is guilty?” I think they included it. But consider: The deliberation of a *juvenile* judge or jury is already a mockery of justice, even on moot court terms, because children do not understand what a “guilty” verdict means in the real world. Moreover, what passes for jurisprudence in this exercise could be grounded only in the grossest legal positivism (e.g., polluting is a crime because the State declares it so). We must presume the exclusion of any Natural Law or Common Law principles, these being anathema in our Prussian-model state schools. The defendant will not be permitted to confront the witnesses against him, let alone have them cross examined by defense counsel. To admit such protections of innocence would encumber the trial with too many complexities (again, well beyond the intellectual grasp of children), but more important, these would distract attention from the enviro-communist indoctrination for which the sham trial is but a pretext. The crowning travesty will be the spirit of the proceedings, the youngsters’ malicious delight in being permitted and encouraged to gang up on a lone child. Yet if the defendant be the class bully, who they are afraid to convict, or the popular child, of whom they are too fond to convict, will the actions of timidity or favoritism impart a less corrupting idea of law? The more you think about this role playing exercise from a libertarian perspective, the viler it becomes.

  13. Phil says:

    July 23rd, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    This is not the first time Simon Properties has tried to create a libertarian-free zone. At the last minute the management of Gwinnett Place Mall in the Atlanta area canceled the July 4 tea party that had been scheduled there. Here’s the story (if your comments manager understands HTML you can click here. Otherwise, just copy and paste the URL into your browser’s address window.)
    Of course, Simon Properties is free not to renew the lease of a tenant, and they are even free to ban a rally on an adjacent piece of property if their easement agreement with the adjacent property owner permits them to do so. But we are free to refrain from spending our money at Simon malls and shopping centers. You can find a list of them several places on the web, and probably on the company’s website.
    Boycott, anyone?

  14. Robin says:

    July 23rd, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    I need to make a partial retraction. In my previous post, I asserted: “The defendant will not be permitted to confront the witnesses against him, let alone have them cross examined by defense counsel. To admit such protections of innocence would encumber the trial with too many complexities (again, well beyond the intellectual grasp of children)…” These protections may be comprehensible to the average 8-year-old. Nevertheless, a child is unlikely to think them necessary, or protest their exclusion, until he himself is accused.

  15. Matt says:

    July 24th, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    “They are the reason why freedom may be on its last legs.”

    Those dim bulbs are merely a symptom of a much larger problem: underlying collectivist principles in action.

  16. clark says:

    July 25th, 2009 at 2:26 am

    Reading this description about how things are today in the Russian population I was struck by how similar the Russian population is to our own especially in light of this post.

    “What struck me, especially with the younger generation … is that they appear to be such conformists. No idealism, no values. They were just ready to cooperate with whomever they saw as their superiors. That’s why ultimately, nowadays, we unexpectedly found ourselves in the position of outsiders, dissidents, even enemies. That’s the way it developed… Conformism is absolutely overwhelming here… You should not distinguish between the Russian authorities and the Russian people. From the unemployed in the provinces, to the top of the hierarchy, conformism is huge. Also within the media, they are all willing to cooperate. It is a reality and it will develop that way, despite today’s economic troubles. It is a typically Russian phenomenon.””

    *Is it really?

    “The Cold War never ended… In the Soviet Union your personnel file followed you whenever you changed from one job to another…The West was just happy that we let go of the names of Communism and Soviet and so on. We changed our vocabulary.”

    *We in America claimed to have held onto everything when in fact we changed everything, and kept our vocabulary. War is peace, freedom is slavery, etc…

    “Moscow has consistently followed the same line of policy. What is misleading for many people is that the material military presence is not there anymore. We don’t need so many tanks. The question is what sort of design, what sort of strategy you have in place… The important thing is manipulation and influence instead of direct control.”

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