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Video: Dinesh D’Souza on Ants vs. Termites in American Politics

Nature's original rugged individualists and progressive destroyers. A brief excerpt from America, D'Souza's upcoming documentary.

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May 12, 2014 - 11:55 am

Dinesh D’Souza addresses the central divide in American politics using a simple analogy. A brief excerpt from America, D’Souza’s latest documentary, which will open in limited release on June 27, 2014 and expand to wide release on July 2, 2014. Here’s the narration from the above clip:

To understand the central divide in American politics it helps to think about the distinction between the ant and the termite.

Now the Ant is very industrious, I’ve been reading the Harvard scholar E.O. Wilson an authority on ants and he points out that the ant can be an individualist. But at the same time ants like to work together, they will cooperate voluntary to haul food.

Wilson notes that you want to be careful when dealing with the ant. The ant is a leave me alone type of guy. Ants don’t like you to mess with them.

Now the termite by contrast is not so much of a builder. The termite is really a destroyer. I’ve been reading an authority on termites, Alinsky, in his book rules for radicals, and he points out that termites need to be no less industrious than ants in accomplishing termite objectives.

Now it’s easy to be dismissive of the termite and to consider the termite in a purely negative light, but try to look at the world from the point of the termite. If termites could talk, they would call what they do progress.

Much more on America at Dinesh D’Souza.com.

Dinesh D’Souza has had a 25-year career as a writer, scholar, and public intellectual. A former policy analyst in the Reagan White House, D’Souza also served as John M. Olin Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and the Robert and Karen Rishwain Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He served as the president of The King’s College in New York City from 2010 to 2012. Visit his homepage at Dinesh D’Souza.com.

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Democrats are an insult to termites.
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A column by Dinesh D'Souza that refers to Dinesh D'Souza in the third person? Or is it a column by someone else who just slapped D'Souza's name on it? Either way, its kind of sloppy.
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Wow, what a terrible argument – or it would be if there were any argument. In what way are human beings comparable to any social species? In the way Plato and Marx loved, locked into a rigid hierarchy. Pretend friends of liberty are our very best enemies.
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As a termite technician, I think Mr. Sousa has it backwards. Termites use search and use wood that needs to be destroyed as food, ants on the other hand come into your house, take your food, and are just drones.

Well, technically, both are drones, but at least with termites they help clean out forests because we know liberals would love to stop us from cleaning underbrush nationwide if they could.
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"Solinsky, in his book rules for radicals....". Hmmm, I wonder who wrote the transcript? I think D'Sousa meant Saul Alinsky and his book "Rules for Radicals".
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Termites are not parasites.
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It's a clever analogy, but termites destroy stuff that needs to be destroyed. Without them, a dead tree sits around for two hundred years longer than it should, competing with live trees for much-needed Lebensraum.

It's just that humans use dead trees to make their houses, and that makes their destructiveness an issue.

Some things need to be destroyed. Problem is, liberals are the termites of institutions. Many institutions need to be preserved, but the termites are indiscriminate.
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You may've hit on a solution.
Actually, far too many institutions are deadwood that need to be destroyed.

Termites aren't going away, they can't change their nature, can we repurpose them into something useful?
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Democrats are an insult to termites.
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