Plane Crasher’s Note

In the wake of the media coverage of the man who intentionally crashed a plane into an office building with several IRS workers inside, the Smoking Gun Web site has posted a copy of  Andrew Joseph Stack’s manifesto of sorts explaining the sources of his anger. The most interesting part of the note is that his ideology cannot be easily pinned down. He rants against government, businesses and the Catholic church.

One particularly interesting part of the note comes at the end:

The communist creed: From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.

The capitalist creed: From each according to his gullibility, to each according to his greed.

Something to keep in mind as the media may try to selectively report on the note and blame the ridiculous actions of this disturbed extremist on a certain political ideology. They’ve done it before.

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5 Responses to Plane Crasher’s Note

  1. I talk about this same issue in my blog, though you and I seem to come to the same conclusion from completely opposite starting points. I found that intersting.
    And incidently, Marx, who at worst was a Utopian, took the phrase you pull from Stack’s letter from the book of Acts (14:32-35)

  2. I’m sorry that was a typo. I meant Acts 4

    • Adam Fowler says:

      Oh, OK. Thanks.

      My understanding of that passage is that the church at that time was relatively small and had to be close-knit because of persecution. Also, this wasn’t a government-imposed form of economic redistribution. It was voluntary.

      The passage describes the voluntary behavior of the early believers in that area at that time. Nothing in the passage necessarily contradicts other parts of scripture, such as the Old Testament command to not steal and II Thessalonians 3:10: “… if any would not work, neither should he eat.”

  3. I don’t disagree, only pointing out that many believe that the phrase, for which Marx was actually the 3rd or 4th socialist user, originated in Acts.
    I’m all for those that can work going without if they don’t work.

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