Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Tea Party Movement has it right! -- almost.

Food for thought.

Democracy and the Threat of Authoritarianism: Politics Beyond Barack Obama:

"Under the new authoritarianism, the corporate state and the punishing state merge as economics drives politics and repression is increasingly used to contain all those individuals and groups caught in the expanding web of extreme inequality and powerlessness that touches everything from the need for basic health care, food and shelter to the promise of a decent education. As the social state is hollowed out under pressure from free-market advocates, right-wing politicians and conservative ideologues, the United States has increasingly turned its back on any semblance of social justice, civic responsibility and democracy itself. How else to explain the influential journalist Thomas Friedman's shameless endorsement of military adventurism in a New York Times article? Friedman argued, 'The hidden hand of the market will never work without a hidden fist. McDonald's cannot flourish without McDonnell Douglas, the designer of the US Air Force F-15. And the hidden fist that keeps the world safe for Silicon Valley's technologies to flourish is called the US Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps.'[18] Freedom in this discourse is inextricably wedded to state and military violence, and is a far cry from any semblance of a claim to democracy."

Reduce our social relations to economic ones, and what do you get?



Kevin Scheunemann said...


I see you got the new "progressive" political alert from the top of the progressive movement to stop calling tea partiers names....

So tea partiers are now a smart, cohesive, effective, political force?

If they are, we finally agree on this.

Certainly better than all that slightly childish name calling you used to do to the tea party movement.

Kudos to your intellectual growth on this political issue! (and debate)

John Jost said...

Friedman is a strange mix. Compare this with his column in today's Daily News on, as he calls it, "global weirding". I can only approve, even though Kewaskum natives will get restless.

DanBack said...

"So tea partiers are now a smart, cohesive, effective, political force?

If they are, we finally agree on this."

This has got to be a troll. This is silly even for Kevin.

Kevin Scheunemann said...


No, it's me.

I was just so shocked that Mark would post something complimentary of tea party participants without using sophmoric terms!

Anonymous said...

This week was much better - he's an "up & comer", for sure!

Mpeterson said...

He did get a seat at the table, and the Republican leadership finally let him use the words "my budget proposal."

But Mr. Ryan too believes that there's no difference between social and economic relations. Like most of those sitting around that table.