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  1. MJP says

    Except, instead of holding one umbrella, the top-hat guy is holding two and refuses to give the extra umbrella to the other guy.

    For example, there are about 5 to 6 times as many vacant homes in America as there are homeless people.

  2. peptron says

    @ MJP #1:
    But but, homeless people WANT to be homeless!
    (Seriously, a lot of libertarian types seem to embrace a variation of karmic law: no matter what happens to you, not only do you deserve it, but you actually wanted it.)

  3. redwood says

    The smug fellow assured me of how dry it was under his umbrella as I trudged beside him, at least until it began raining red drops from his throat. His gurgles mixed in with the sounds of the water as it ran through the gutter.

    Wait, did I get this comment mixed up with the two-sentence horror story response?

  4. Chie Satonaka says

    Except, instead of holding one umbrella, the top-hat guy is holding two and refuses to give the extra umbrella to the other guy.

    Also, the guy without an umbrella actually works at the factory making them, but can’t afford one of his own. And the guy with the umbrella’s family has owned the factory for generations, uses federal resources to run their business, but guy with umbrella still thinks he “earned” his umbrella without any help from anyone.

  5. Patrick Phenow says

    The always important alt-text: “Listen, I’m not even 100% convinced that it’s raining. Or that rain exists.”

  6. unclefrogy says

    and so it was until another mam showed up with out an umbrella, soon there were two men sharing an umbrella and one man struggling in the rain
    uncle frogy

  7. screechymonkey says

    Here’s a timely survey:

    Compared to the general population, libertarians are significantly more likely to be non-Hispanic white, male, and young. Nearly all libertarians are non-Hispanic whites (94%), more than two-thirds (68%) are men, and more than 6-in-10 (62%) are under the age of 50.

    Libertarians are composed of a disproportionately high number of white mainline Protestants (27%) and religiously unaffiliated Americans (27%). Only about 1-in-10 (11%) libertarians identify as Catholic, and no libertarians identify as black Protestant.

    I was disappointed to see that there was no data on income (although to get meaningful results I think you’d need to look at parents’ income or else exclude college students). But the survey questionnaire indicates that there were a bunch of questions that have been withheld for future release.

  8. opposablethumbs says

    I’m sorry, I really am. But not quite sorry enough to refrain from the obligatory:

    The rain it raineth on the just,
    And also on the unjust fella.
    But chiefly on the just, because
    The unjust stole the just’s umbrella.

  9. unbound says

    More current info shows the number of vacant homes are at 14.2 million (http://www.realtytrac.com/content/news-and-opinion/americas-142-million-vacant-homes-a-national-crisis-7723).

    The number of 3.5 million is based on people that are typically homeless at any point during a given year. At any given time, the number is about 850,000 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homelessness_in_the_United_States#Other_statistics).

    So for total numbers in a year, there are more than 4 times as many vacant homes as homeless. For any given week, there are almost 17 times more vacant homes than homeless.

    Seems MJP is pretty accurate in his comments.

  10. Alverant says

    I wasn’t denying MJP was correct, just looking for a source because that seemed rather unlikely.

  11. Markita Lynda—threadrupt says

    I suppose it could run either way: he knows he’s a great fellow, therefore he deserves his present comfortable life; or he has a comfortable life now so he must deserve it and therefore he will never be homeless or poor again. One rationalization is soothing to the ego and the other is a cantrip against anxiety.

  12. Markita Lynda—threadrupt says

    Of course, either way there’s no Rational Reason for him to help anyone who is currently in difficulty.

  13. busterggi says

    If only a squirrel had buried an acorn next to them forty years earlier and forgotten it – there would be a wonderful oak treet that could protect them both.

    But that would be socialism.

  14. screechymonkey says

    rationalinks@14:

    I just can’t fathom how someone who has taken advantage of government programs and come out ahead (he was homeless at one point in time) can buy into that nonsense.

    There was some polling data recently that showed that a large percentage of people who claim not to have ever received any benefits from a government program when the question is asked in a general way, will admit to having used specific programs. I think there’s some rationalization going on about what “counts” as government help, and what they “earned.” Sort of like the Tea Party folks with “Get government’s hands off my Medicare!” signs.

  15. says

    That’s his “use” umbrella.
    He has a collection of several hundred diamond-encrusted limited edition ones that he doesn’t use in order to keep them “mint.”

  16. Lofty says

    The not-rich are supposed to aspire to be like the rich and entitled, whom they admire deeply, by working really really hard. That is the fiction the rich and entitled have sold them. If you slave away for 18 hours a day, eventually you will earn your very own umbrella.

  17. MJP says

    There was some polling data recently that showed that a large percentage of people who claim not to have ever received any benefits from a government program when the question is asked in a general way, will admit to having used specific programs. I think there’s some rationalization going on about what “counts” as government help, and what they “earned.” Sort of like the Tea Party folks with “Get government’s hands off my Medicare!” signs.

    A while back, the Daily Show played a clip of some celebrity on Fox News saying “I’ve been on food stamps. I’ve been on welfare. Did anyone help me out? No!”

    I think it’s part of a tendency towards “othering” people on welfare, probably rooted in the welfare queen stereotype/myth. They’re saying “yeah, I’ve been on welfare, but I’m not one of those people.

  18. loreo says

    “I just can’t fathom how someone who has taken advantage of government programs and come out ahead (he was homeless at one point in time) can buy into that nonsense.”

    It seems to me that there is this childish notion of morality at play. Good things happen to good people, and bad things happen to bad people. An amoral universe is just too scary or complex.

  19. Acolyte of Sagan says

    I know the cartoon was just metaphor, or analogy, or figuratively metaphorical (H/T Author) but….sharing a brolly does result in a certain amount of unavoidable body-contact, so if the chap with the brolly had just said that he doesn’t feel comfortable having strangers invading his personal space, there wouldn’t be a problem.

  20. What a Maroon, el papa ateo says

    @25, 26,

    Traditional umbrella sharing is between one man and one woman. Allowing two men to share an umbrella would be a threat to the institution of umbrella sharing.

  21. jimfoley says

    Reminds me of that classic quote about George W. Bush: “Born on third base and thought he had hit a home run”.