A Must Read From David Mamet

He is a fabulous writer and openly identifies as a conservative

The title is The Laws of Chelm. For those who do not know, Chelm was a shetl (Jewish village) in pre-WWII Poland, in which all the Jews are fools. It is a joke, possibly running for centuries.

Gun Laws and the Fools of Chelm†

† A city in eastern Poland.
Karl Marx summed up Communism as “from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.” This is a good, pithy saying, which, in practice, has succeeded in bringing, upon those under its sway, misery, poverty, rape, torture, slavery, and death.

‘In announcing his gun control proposals, President Obama said that he was not restricting Second Amendment rights, but allowing other constitutional rights to flourish.’
For the saying implies but does not name the effective agency of its supposed utopia. The agency is called “The State,” and the motto, fleshed out, for the benefit of the easily confused must read “The State will take from each according to his ability: the State will give to each according to his needs.” “Needs and abilities” are, of course, subjective. So the operative statement may be reduced to “the State shall take, the State shall give.”

All of us have had dealings with the State, and have found, to our chagrin, or, indeed, terror, that we were not dealing with well-meaning public servants or even with ideologues but with overworked, harried bureaucrats. These, as all bureaucrats, obtain and hold their jobs by complying with directions and suppressing the desire to employ initiative, compassion, or indeed, common sense. They are paid to follow orders.

Rule by bureaucrats and functionaries is an example of the first part of the Marxist equation: that the Government shall determine the individual’s abilities.

As rules by the Government are one-size-fits-all, any governmental determination of an individual’s abilities must be based on a bureaucratic assessment of the lowest possible denominator. The government, for example, has determined that black people (somehow) have fewer abilities than white people, and, so, must be given certain preferences. Anyone acquainted with both black and white people knows this assessment is not only absurd but monstrous. And yet it is the law.

President Obama, in his reelection campaign, referred frequently to the “needs” of himself and his opponent, alleging that each has more money than he “needs.”

But where in the Constitution is it written that the Government is in charge of determining “needs”? And note that the president did not say “I have more money than I need,” but “You and I have more than we need.” Who elected him to speak for another citizen?

It is not the constitutional prerogative of the Government to determine needs. One person may need (or want) more leisure, another more work; one more adventure, another more security, and so on. It is this diversity that makes a country, indeed a state, a city, a church, or a family, healthy. “One-size-fits-all,” and that size determined by the State has a name, and that name is “slavery.”


My grandmother came from Russian Poland, near the Polish city of Chelm. Chelm was celebrated, by the Ashkenazi Jews, as the place where the fools dwelt. And my grandmother loved to tell the traditional stories of Chelm.

Its residents, for example, once decided that there was no point in having the sun shine during the day, when it was light out—it would be better should it shine at night, when it was dark. Similarly, we modern Solons delight in passing gun laws that, in their entirety, amount to “making crime illegal.”

President Obama seems to understand the Constitution as a “set of suggestions.” I cannot endorse his performance in office, but he wins my respect for taking those steps he deems necessary to ensure the safety of his family. Why would he want to prohibit me from doing the same?

I cut a lot of good stuff out, so go to the link.

– Aggie


  1. Buck O'Fama said,

    January 26, 2013 @ 8:58 pm

    I love the way he demolishes the “caring and sharing Marxism” bullturd and shows quite simply how “utopia” ultimately implies totalitarian state power, not a bunch of hippies singing “Kumbaya” on the beach. And of course, history has been proving him right (USSR, China, Cuba, Nazi Germany, North Korea, etc, etc) for decades.

  2. Bloodthirsty Liberal said,

    January 27, 2013 @ 8:25 am


    In your retirement you might enjoy Martin Amis’s book, “Koba the Dread” which is both a history of Lenin and especially Stalin, but a family memoir of his dad’s (Kingley Amis) love of all things Stalin. It is a funny, scary look into the mind of the leftist intellectual, all the pretensions hanging out like grand polka dot bloomers on the clothesline.

    – Aggie

  3. Buck O'Fama said,

    January 27, 2013 @ 5:40 pm

    Thanks Aggie. BTW, I checked it out on Amazon and found four 1-star reviews (out of 69 total), 3 of whose main problem with the book was that Stalin was just a misunderstood nice guy or something.

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