Goodenough Gismo

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    This is the classic children's book, Goodenough Gismo, by Richmond I. Kelsey, published in 1948. Nearly unavailable in libraries and the collector's market, it is posted here with love as an "orphan work" so that it may be seen and appreciated -- and perhaps even republished, as it deserves to be. After you read this book, it won't surprise you to learn that Richmond Irwin Kelsey (1905-1987) was an accomplished artist, or that as Dick Kelsey, he was one of the great Disney art directors, breaking your heart with "Pinocchio," "Dumbo," and "Bambi."

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Are these writers being melodramatic, to envision a heroic role for themselves?

There won't be any heroes in coming years.

Is there a xenophobic, racial streak, a fear that America is about to be (or already has been) drowned in a tsunami of dark-skinned, non-English-speaking aliens?

You know, I find this kind of thing funny. Europeans went to foreign lands and altered or destroyed the native cultures, and this has been called evil imperialism. Hell, the US sells movies to willing foreign buyers and it's called cultural imperialsim, and THAT is considered evil.

Yet millions and millions of foreigners have come here and radically altered the culture (to the point where many jobs in some parts of the country require one to speak Spanish) but THAT is considered to be the best thing ever. More importantly, those that resist this new order are evil racists. This is really tiresome.


Not exactly comparable. Not to argue good and evil, but armed conquest can't be compared to sneaking in at the bottom of the U.S. in search of a living.

Granted it can be transforming (if not as transforming as armed conquest), long-run. But where would you have drawn the line? There was a time when the Irish and Italians were considered "black" and (shudder) Catholic and corruptingly foreign.

OK, draw the line at a) legal and b) speak English, or learn it fast. My Yiddish-speaking immigrant grandfather arrived here at age 10 and was plunged into all-English public school like red-hot iron into cold water. Sink or swim. He swam. I have his COIF key, that's like Phi Bete from law school.


For the record, you still can't become a citizen without speaking English. The 80-year-old mother of some Romanian friends of ours, who have become citizens, has been turned down because she simply cannot learn much English (and loses what little she has in the anxiety of the interview).


These are just fringe elements acting like fringe elements... people unable to deal with the fact that the vast majority of the country doesn't subscribe theories and principles that they treat similar to religious doctrine.

Alan Sullivan

Thanks for the link.

To clarify one point: I think Rand was a lousy writer. And her ideas are not as unique as her keenest enthusiasts seem to think. But she does connect, somehow, for a great many readers who may never have heard of Hayek.

Many libertarians and/or conservatives think excessive federal taxation, spending, and regulation are putting the government on a collision course with the constitution. Obama has just accelerated the crisis.


Not exactly comparable. Not to argue good and evil, but armed conquest can't be compared to sneaking in at the bottom of the U.S. in search of a living.

When they invade you're mother's house with guns in search of taking whatever they can you may have a different opinion of things. To hell with all of them.


"While Obama was mentored by communists and anarchists, I was reading Ayn Rand."

Give me a break.

Of the person who said this I ask: Have you actually read Ayn Rand, or did you pick up her name from Wikipedia? I have read her work. All of it, in fact. Philosophically challenging and intellectually intriguing, it does little to support this kind of radical partisanship and divisive interpretation. She would no doubt be offended.

Oh, and she was a terrible writer in truth. Terrible in the worst way possible. To have so many turning her writs into some religious doctrine is nothing short of shameful and appalling. She'd feel the same way, I'm sure.

And yes, Annie, this kind of gibberish is based upon xenophobia, radical right rights, self before country and English is the language of the gods (or, rather, God). Yawn. No, actually, more like puke then yawn.

Next we'll be advocating shooting people in the face for sneaking up behind us... as armament for the ordeal ahead, I mean.


For the record, you still can't become a citizen without speaking English.

You're also not supposed to be able to vote unless you're a citizen. On the other hand, you can sue if your county hasn't provided you with a Spanish-language copy of the ballot at your polling site, although they made all election materials available in Spanish prior to the election.

I'm thinking, at the very best, the signals we're sending are decidedly mixed.


The signals we're sending are definitely mixed. The irony, to me, and the ultimate mixed signal, is the role "the free market" plays in illegal immigration -- all those NYC landlords, Hollywood stars and politicians eagerly hiring them because the price is right.

I don't mean to run out on this discussion -- feeling like a person who threw a bomb and then fled -- but I have to take J to the swimming pool. Back around 7:30 or 8, hope the damage is not too extensive.


"While Obama was mentored by communists and anarchists..."

Well that neatly sums up this Chicken Little's point of view right there. The hysterics are running rampant these days. You'd think this country has never faced hard times before. I can tell you one thing. I have read "Atlas Shrugged," God help me, and if that's a guidebook for anything that lies ahead in this country then please point me in the direction of Mt. St. Helens, I'd like to jump in ASAP.


Oh, I should have read the comments before commenting. From Alan (the author of the horrendous and offensive quote in question): "Many libertarians and/or conservatives think excessive federal taxation, spending, and regulation are putting the government on a collision course with the constitution."

Um, hi! Were you in a coma during the Bush years? "Free speech" zones, extraordinary rendition, torture, historic deficits, robbing of freedoms in the name of security, and all that jazz? I mean, come on, you had to be either blind, deaf and dumb, or a Rush Limbaugh conservative to miss all that whilst showing up now to make these kinds of claims and accusations. Really, Alan, what drug are you taking? We should all partake so we could be so daft...

Charlie (Colorado)

Or have they just been listening to the Left for the last eight years and figure this is how the game is played now?

Donna B.

I read "Atlas Shrugged" once. Barely made it through because the writing is painfully bad.

I'd like to see legal immigration become easier, as I think it would encourage assimilation.

Steve Allison

I read The Fountainhead. The characters were contrived and unreal. Or perhaps people like them once existed back in the twenties. But they don't fit with my experience of slightly more than a half century. The book was depressing but I slogged through it. I give Rand points for the sheer energy required to follow through. Her popularity mystifies me.

Alan Sullivan

Jason, I have read all Rand's fiction, and a couple of biographies. You obviously don't know much about her peculiar life.

Danny, I said "Obama has just accelerated the crisis." If you paid attention, you would realize that I disliked Bush also.

With respect to Obama's mentors: Davis, Hawaii, communist; Ayers, Chicago, anarchist. Do you always have these problems with facts you dislike?


I think Alan is saying Ayn Rand is Hayek in visceral, digestible form. It's the romance of her ideas. Certainly she gets an incredible grip on some people. Back in the '60s, when Jacques owned a bar, his partner was Jim Smith, whose father was the treasurer of the J.P. Stevens textile company. He belonged to a group of "Objectivists," Ayn Rand acolytes. They used to meet at the bar, and they were like the anti-Beats; they wore suits and ties even to their informal meetings.


After a life of full-on Nietzsche immersion, Ayn Rand has the wit and sophistication of a barbershop ad inside a matchbook cover. But, hey, if you need a shave...


Well, here's where I am -- I don't see the Obama administration as the end of America or the beginning of totalitarianism. I see big government liberalism, rather, as another strain of Americanism, though one I have come to disagree with on many fronts. FDR was president when we fought and won WWII (although he then ceded Eastern Europe to Stalin when George Patton thought we should've kept marching right on to Moscow; of that I've seen the consequences up close and personal).

I can't comprehend how more spending and debt can be the solution to a crisis brought on by too much spending and debt. I do not get that at all. But I do not see totalitarianism looming. Call me naïve, but I believe we're still a democracy and will vote a correction if shown a coherent alternative that makes sense.

I'm struck by how incoherent, chaotic, and contradictory our nation's ideological picture is all around. I think this hit me when I was over at Right Wing Nut House and Michael Reynolds commented that liberals were more collectivist and conservatives more individualistic. That is true of libertarian conservatives but not at all of social conservatives, who are not statist but are more collectivist in a traditional, communitarian way and regard liberals as me-me-me-narcissists. I almost think it would be more honest and representative of reality to have more than two parties and to have to form coalition governments.


I almost think it would be more honest and representative of reality to have more than two parties and to have to form coalition governments.

I'm not as convinced of that; coalitions can live in magic fairy land also, and don't necessarily seem more honest. I mean, even those countries that are like that are still in the same economic boat we are, we just lead the Parade of Idiots.

Once we find a good metaphor that allows us a way out of the rathole(even if it's a myth), we will start to dig our way out. My respect for economists couldn't be lower at this point...


Two thoughts: 1) we should have kept marching to Moscow? Yes, history tells us that has worked out swimmingly for invading armies.
2)If the lunatic fringe is correct, I do not want to live in their world. They are welcome to come shoot me in the head when it comes to the point for which they're preparing.


Alan, it's calling those people Obama's "mentors" that I take issue with. I think such a statement reveals more about your point of view than about any objective "fact."

On the other hand, I guess I DO have problems with facts I dislike. Who doesn't?

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