July 30, 2011

About Government

It's not about the debt ceiling or the deficit, it's about demonizing and wrecking government itself. It's about undermining faith and confidence in government by making it unworkable so that the anti-government ideologists finally win a fight they've been waging in one way or another since at least California's Proposition 13. You don't need to get your ostensible populist anti-tax (or whatever) position accepted in the end, you just need to be able to obstruct consensus and agreement as a small minority to cause people to despair and turn away from government to other solutions, no matter how much long-term self-destructiveness that involves, or how much idiotic cognitive dissonance it takes (and there's a lot of that in the right-wing talk radio audience out there).

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