No, her name’s not a joke.
And yes, this quote of Ball’s would be funny if it weren’t so sad and so scary that this women hosts a show at MSNBC:
For his trouble, Piketty has predictably gotten the full Cold War treatment. The National Review calls his book “soft Marxism” and Lord only knows what they’re saying over at less responsible outlets or the comments section. Even the august and ostensibly economically literate Wall Street Journal tells him to read “Animal Farm.”
Animal Farm,” hmmm — isn’t that Orwell’s political parable of farm animals where a bunch of pigs hog up all the economic resources, tell the other animals they need all the food because they’re the makers and then scare up the prospect of a phony bogeyman every time their greed is challenged? Sounds familiar. Hey conservatives — it’s time to stop the childish Cold War name calling and deal with facts. Either that or be relegated to the kids’ and the crazy uncle table at holiday dinners.
Well actually, Krystal, it’s Orwell’s parable of the evils of Communism, which was no phony bogeyman. But hey, the Cold War is so 20th century, isn’t it? As was Orwell.
Is Ball a knave or a fool? I don’t think you can go wrong with the answer “both.”
She also reminds me of the following passage from “Fiddler On the Roof.” In the play it’s played for comedy, and it really is a funny scene. But what it’s mocking isn’t so very funny at all, because the character “Perchik” is a young leftist revolutionary who has ingratiated himself into Tevye’s household and is employed by Tevye to teach his daughters their Bible lessons. In this little speech Perchik manages to re-interpret the story of Jacob in the light of his political slant and thereby give Tevye’s youngest girls a little leftist indoctrination:
After Jacob had worked for Laban for seven years, do you know what happened? Laban fooled him and gave him his ugly daughter Leah. So to marry Rachel, Jacob was forced to work another seven years.
So, you see, children, the Bible clearly teaches us: you can never trust an employer.
One of Tevye’s oldest daughters, Hodel, overhears Perchik. Hodel’s got his number—although she of course ends up falling in love with him—and asks him sarcastically, “And that is what the Bible teaches us?”
Perchik’s reply: “That is the lesson of the story of Jacob… if you interpret it correctly.”
Indeed. It’s all in the interpretation.