Come See the Museum of Cluelessness

I’m currently undercover deep behind enemy lines in Marin County, CA, with what you might call Energy Seal Team Six (see photo at the bottom), though come to think of it, you can tell how bad California is by reflecting that by crossing the Golden Gate Bridge into Marin County, you’ve actually traveled into a jurisdiction that is less insane than the other side of the bridge.

Anyway, I was looking on the San Francisco Chronicle‘s website looking for an online version of an unintentionally hilarious story I spotted in their print edition, when I stumbled across a different unintentionally hilarious story that is too good not to share with Power Line’s friends and family:

Capitalism Museum Opens in Oakland

You may not have heard, so under the radar have things been thus far, but the Bay Area got its newest museum this week. Situated in Oakland’s Jack London Square, at the intersection of Politics and Art, the Museum of Capitalism opened Sunday, June 18.

The culmination of several years of planning, the startup cultural institution is a formidable effort. Featuring more than 80 artists and artist teams, the first exhibition at the 10,000-square-foot museum is supported by a $215,000 grant from the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation.

Organizers say the museum is “the first of its kind in the United States.” As a pop-up, it’s anybody’s guess how long it might continue past the Aug. 20 closing of the first show. . .

So, will this museum feature exhibits about Adam Smith or Milton Friedman, or great entrepreneurs of the Bay Area like Levi Strauss or Steve Jobs perhaps? The news story nowhere gives many details beyond listing a bunch of no-name artists. So go to the Museum’s website, where you find this explanation:

The mission of the Museum of Capitalism is to educate this generation and future generations about the ideology, history, and legacy of capitalism. . . Our educational work is crucial for establishing justice for the victims of capitalism and preventing its resurgence.

Hand them this at least: this tacitly acknowledges that Oakland at least has just about stamped out “capitalism.” (I’ll just skip over the fact that this museum was funded by a foundation grant made with money no doubt accumulated by some kind of capitalist enterprise.) Here’s a prediction: this museum will fail the ultimate capitalist market test of getting foot traffic beyond sullen assistant professors of oppression studies from local community colleges and Black Lives Matter field trips.


Holy murderer’s row, Batman: What are Ron Bailey, moi, Robert Bryce, Jeremy Carl, and Alex Bezerow doing in Marin? Hint: we’re almost literally chasing after windmills. The libs don’t have a chance.

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