Friday, January 2, 2015

Is Conservative Hatred For Democracy A New Thing?

This would seem to be a trick question, but here's one guess...250 years!

"American Democracy Under Threat for 250 Years."

"Thomas Piketty raised the Big Questions this year about democracy and inequality. Some students and I went looking for answers.

"2014 was, among other things, the year of Piketty—or even, as ironists said with arched eyebrows, the year of Pikettymania. The French economist’s evidence that economic inequality has been growing for 40 years, and for most of the last two centuries, captured a widespread sense that all is not well. Systems we were told would take care of themselves turn out to be self-undermining or self-immolating: global capitalism produces inequality and crisis, the industrial economy produces mass extinction and climate change. We read Thomas Piketty because we needed to understand these failures to have any hope of grappling with them.

"Piketty, it turned out, was of limited help. His book, Capital in the Twenty-first Century, is an invaluable reconstruction of inequality from a wide range of sources, a triumph of the age of big data. But it does not say where economic inequality comes from: uneven bargaining power, political corruption, globalized labor and capital markets, the ineluctable progress of technology, or what? Piketty only waves his hands around the all-important question of whether economic inequality undermines democracy. He has nothing to say about how much inequality is too much, or which kinds of inequality are worst—in access to education, for instance, or health care, or political power? Without answers to these questions, Piketty’s work illuminated a vast landscape but left his readers with no compass to navigate it.

"Fair enough. He’s already contributed more than most scholars do in a lifetime. But he opened more questions than he answered.

"Spurred partly by this, I decided to spend this fall with the major works of thinkers who have asked the questions Piketty leaves unanswered. With a group of students from all parts of Duke, I re-read Adam Smith, John Stuart Mill, Karl Marx, Thomas Hobbes, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Alexis de Tocqueville, and Friedrich Nietzsche. Writing over 250 years, these characters were watching the emergence of the modern state and the modern economy—what we know in shorthand today as democracy and capitalism. Our goal was to see what we could learn by approaching these old books with Piketty’s open questions in mind..."

Some think that it's a recent phenomenon, and that we shouldn't worry too much about the extremists known as the New American Taliban...

"The 2015 GOP Clown Car: Bigger, Meaner, and More Dangerous Than Ever."

"Another year gone and another string of long-winded, factually inaccurate, and manufactured comments from the clowns in the Republican Party are behind us. With every passing year that the little clown car pulls up it seems to get a little bigger and every year more and more clowns pour out and step up to the podium to obfuscate and pontificate. Nearly everything they say would lead one to believe that they are impervious to reality and yet their statements are made in such a way and with such confidence that it's as if they had received the message from God Himself.

"When you pay attention to the news and politics as much as someone like me does you get to a point that a facepalm is a frequent occurrence. Eventually eye rolls are more common. And hopefully, if you've managed to maintain a shred of your sanity, you get the occasional chuckle out of hearing someone in politics bloviate about something they apparently know nothing about. Having any faith in humanity makes it hard to believe or accept that some of these folks actually believe what they're saying. Common sense would dictate otherwise, but not everyone is blessed with common sense. After all, people vote for morons, usually against their own best interest, and people watch FOX News despite evidence that the channel gets its facts wrong more than 50 percent of the time..."

...but there is a difference between Conservatives and Liberals.

Bigotry is anti-democratic, after all...

Some think it's a matter of opinion...

But that "opinion" is a lure to get you to stupidly vote away your rights in favor of the American aristocracy - it's all about class warfare, isn't it?

So when you come right down to it, the easiest way to tell how much the Cons hate democracy is to see what the Cons say and do..,

...and of course, who they are - a legal crime syndicate!

Do you put labels on them?

If you do, you might just define their billionaire sponsors and have done with it...

Because that's what Conservatives are all about -- democracy killers by criminal means...

And when they tell you that these fellow anti-democratic criminals have unsavory ties...


When we first asked this question it was suggested that Conservatives have hated democracy for 250 years, going back to our Revolution with Conservative Alexander Hamilton and his boys - something that the great Jefferson was well aware of.

"The parties of Whig and Tory are those of nature. They exist in all countries, whether called by these names or by those of Aristocrats and Democrats, Cote Droite and Cote Gauche, Ultras and Radicals, Serviles and Liberals. The sickly, weakly, timid man fears the people, and is a Tory by nature. The healthy, strong and bold cherishes them, and is formed a Whig by nature." -- Thomas Jefferson to Lafayette, 1823.

"Nature has made some men monarchists and tories by their constitution, and some, of course, there always will be." -- Thomas Jefferson to Albert Gallatin, 1817.

After 250 years of failure, isn't it way past time to criminalize Conservatism? (Joyce, Jnr.)


"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral
philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."

John Kenneth Galbraith.