Pass the Anti-dog-eat-dog-Rule: Fair is Fair

16 Jan

Some on the Left are using the tragedy in Tucson to call for reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine. Since we’re reaching into the dark recesses of Ayn Rand’s prophetic vision, Atlas Shrugged, to reintroduce the Equalization of Opportunity Act (aka the Fairness Doctrine), I say we keep going. Let’s pass the Anti-dog-eat-Dog Rule.

In 1969, the US Supreme Court upheld the Fairness Doctrine (later abolished as unconstitutional by Executive Order of Ronald Reagan) with the following statement:

“A license permits broadcasting, but the licensee has no constitutional right to be the one who holds the license or to monopolize a radio frequency to the exclusion of his fellow citizens. There is nothing in the First Amendment which prevents the Government from requiring a licensee to share his frequency with others … It is the right of the viewers and listeners, not the right of the broadcasters, which is paramount.”

In the pages of Atlas Shrugged, the Equal Opportunity Act declared it unfair for one person or corporation to own more than one business; in order to give the little guy a chance. In both laws, the principle is the same: the good of society is paramount over the rights of the individual. This is especially attractive if you get to decide what’s good for society.

The fictional Dr. Pritchett, in Atlas Shrugged, defended it like this:

“But I believe I made it clear that I am in favor of it, because I am in favor of a free economy. A free economy cannot exist without competition. Therefore, men must be forced to compete. Therefore, we must control men in order to force them to be free.”

Prichett’s defense of the Equalization of Opportunity Act is more honest than the US Supreme Court’s defense of the Fairness Doctrine.

Now for the Anti-dog-eat-Dog Rule; Rand writes:

“The Anti-dog-eat-dog Rule was described as a measure of ‘voluntary self-regulation’ intended ‘the better to enforce’ the laws long since passed by the country’s Legislature. The Rule provided that the members of the National Alliance of Railroads were forbidden to engage in practices defined as ‘constructive competition’; that in regions declared to be restricted, no more than one railroad would be permitted to operate; that in such regions, seniority belonged to the oldest railroad now operating there, and that the newcomers, who had encroached unfairly upon its territory, would suspend operations within nine months after being so ordered; that the Executive Board of the National Alliance of Railroads was empowered to decided, at its sole discretion, which regions were to be restricted.”

If we simply replace “National Alliance of Railroads” with “Media”, “railroad” with “broadcaster”, and “Executive Board of the National Alliance of Railroads” with “Sinclair Broadcast Group”, we’re good to go.

Ed Schutlz, a host on MSNBC, at an April event organized by Al Sharpton, said that 90% of the media is controlled by conservatives. Bill Davis, a professor of Media Communications (I’m not making this up) at Webster University, says conservatives control programming in 9 out of 10 radio stations. The Washington Times agrees with the 90% figure. Some believe that Jews own 96% of the media.

Applying the Anti-dog-eat-Dog Rule, by liberal consensus, without anti-Semitism, liberals shall, henceforth, be forbidden to control more than 10% of the media.

Fair is Fair.

Now, you might ask “Aren’t these two rules contradictory?”. Silly you! There are no absolutes. The trick is to define Fairness based upon the outcome you’re seeking. Then, you can apply each law as selectively as you wish.

If I’ve lost you with all of this you might want to brush up on Atlas Shrugged. If you haven’t read it, you might want to do nothing else until you have. Todd Watson presents a well-done and chilling commentary on the contemporary relevance of Rand’s magnum opus at Stephen Moore, in The WSJ, offers a similar piece.

Atlas Shrugged is not just coming soon to a theatre near you – it’s here.




Posted by on January 16, 2011 in Domestic, Politics


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5 responses to “Pass the Anti-dog-eat-dog-Rule: Fair is Fair

  1. Brian

    January 24, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Wtf? Are you actually supporting this fictional bill that Ayn Rand created as an example of everything that is devaluing the country and led to it’s ultimate distruction in the book? If so, read again my friend, because you seemed to miss the whole point. She didn’t write that so people would think it’s a good idea. She wrote it to show how hypocritical and unethical a bill like that would be. I honestly am having to read this page a few times to make sure you aren’t kidding.

  2. Brian

    January 24, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Furthermore, the excerpt you used from Dr. Prichett’s defense is completely hypocritical. He states he believes in a free economy, but supports a bill which restricts freedom, in order to force people to compete, and force them to be free. Most people can look at the statement and know it dosnt make any sense, which is why Rand wrote it that way, to demonstrate the lack of common sense in a bill such as that. When Hank Readen, creator of Rearden Metal, was forced to comply under the Equalization of Oppurtunity bill, he had to give away his coal yards, his iron ore mines and his other resources that he created and used to make his product, which was the only business he was allowed to keep. He then had to purchase the iron ore and coal from incompetents that he gave the business to, who all betrayed him. It shows how with the governments power to restrict freedom, the one who works that hardest is punished while the ones who don’t work for anything are simply granted it. Now I don’t think our society is set up like this. In fact, it is mixed in a sense that some of the richest people get out of paying taxes and some of the hard working poor people, who work for corporations, are treated unfairly. This is where much of the books criticism comes from, these hard working, frustrated Americans who blame the corporations for taking away benefits and gradually supplying a worse product to Americans. The thing of it is, if you tried to fix this problem by creating socialist ideas such as the anti dog eat dog bill and the equalization of opurtunity bill, you compound the problem and make it worse, by eliminating the chance of someone actually making a good product and being able to compete. So is there an answer? Yes! And best of all, it dosnt lie with the government it all! It lies with the people, in the form of the good ole fashion boycott. Mcdonalds produces terrible addictive food, where as another, less popular resturaunt producings delicious organic food, but can’t do it nearly as cheap. The solution, buy the organic food! Let competion in this country work. Embrace the free market, it’s the only way to maintain our freedoms and not end up as slaves to the corporations.

  3. Bill

    February 23, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    Brian, are you really so stupid that you can’t tell the author is being facetious? He is comparing the Fairness Doctrine to the Anti Dog Eat Dog Rule to demonstrate that both are egregious violations of the principle of personal liberty. Professing yourself wise, you’ve become a fool.

  4. Brian

    February 25, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Pardon me for taking what someone says literally. The failed attempt at sarcasm really shows off some bad writing skills, starting the whole thing off with “Let’s pass the Anti Dog Eat Dog bill!”. Furthermore, you can criticize me all you want, as I can criticize the author’s article. But I think in content we are all in agreement so who gives a d–n anyways?


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