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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Marxism: Good for Thee, Not for Me

This is classic!

If you've been following developments regarding Ben Stein's "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed," you may be aware that Yoko Ono, wife of the late hippie Marxist John Lennon, is suing Stein for his use of a clip of Lennon's Marxist fantasy song "Imagine" in Expelled.

While use of the short clip falls within the fair use doctrine, Ono seems pretty possessive of the song...despite the values the song lauds:

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world...

Ono doesn't even want Stein to be able to use a short clip from the song? What happened to "no possessions" and "no need for greed" and "sharing all the world"?

Evolution News points to a release from the producers of Expelled which points to this glaring inconsistency.
Premise did not pursue a license for the song and had no obligation to do so. Unbiased viewers of the film will see that the Imagine clip was used as part of a social commentary in the exercise of free speech. The brief clip - consisting of a mere 10 words - was used to contrast the messages in the documentary and was not used as an endorsement of EXPELLED.

But the irony of this lawsuit was not lost on the film's star Ben Stein, "So Yoko Ono is suing over the brief Constitutionally protected use of a song that wants us to 'Imagine no possessions'? Maybe instead of wasting everyone's time trying to silence a documentary she should give the song to the world for free?

Sadly, this kind of double-standard from elitists, especially the Marxist variety, is nothing new. It's the same old kind of "good for thee, not for me" we saw in George Orwell's "Animal Farm," where some animals were "more equal" than others.

It would be the same way if they ever go back to the eugenics and ethnic cleansing we saw across the globe--and even here in the United States--in the 20th Century. While some people will undoubtedly be deemed unfit to breed (and maybe even unfit to consume resources), you can bet for the elites it'll be "good for thee, not for me."


John said...

hello Bob,
Nice of you to mention double standards, but you neglected to mention that Ben Stein was someone who worked in the Nixon administration, the same administration that was trying to expel John Lennon for a number of years, only to use a John Lennon song in his 'documentary' about creationist theory. Isn't that interesting? Yoko Ono as executor of the John Lennon estate has the absolute right to administer songs as she see fit. She has given permission for certain groups to use Imagine for free, others have to pay at her discretion. I'm pretty sure she is laughing at the Marxist tag. John and Yoko greatly enjoyed Marx (Groucho) which would make sense since Lennon sounds like Lenin. Cheers.
ps- Elite- The best or most skilled members of a group. Not such a bad thing to aspire to, eh? Unfortunately it seems intelligence is something that gets looked down upon these days

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