In the Nixon era there was the great bumper-sticker response to William Safire’s line spoken by Spiro Agnew about how the “silent majority” supported Nixon, and not anti-Vietnam war protesters:
The majority isn’t silent; the government is deaf.
Same thing applies to hard-head conservatives and tea-partiers who assume they have God on their sides and so do not need to pay attention to anyone else.
Latest incarnation: Anchor Rising, who send to spam even milquetoast comments that don’t cheer their heresies and blasphemies against the nation.
Is this really so offensive? I said:
People who wish to label things “socialist” do it because they think the word pejorative, not because they understand it, and certainly not because what they label is socialist. By von Mises and von Hayek’s definitions, the U.S. government isn’t socialist at all — no production quotas, no significant control of wages or prices. We do have some regulation of industry, but no nationalization — not even defense quotas any more. Since Eisenhower, we have pushed farther and farther from socialism, and our economy has tanked a couple of times as a result.
We could use some more socialism, a decent safety net for the poor, ill, old, and uneducated. It’s the sort of safety net George Washington would have approved of — and it’s not really socialism.
The questions we should be asking are, “Is this the right thing to do?” “Is this the best way to do it?” “How can we pay for this?”
Labeling things socialist, and then quibbling about the misdefinition, only drives us deeper into the mire.
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Oh, skroom. A reaction that swift suggests no gray matter involved in the decision process. It’s worse than “press 2 for Spanish.”
How many conservatives actually can dance on the head of a pin? Isn’t that pinhead cannibalism or something?
That anchor ain’t rising, and it’s dragging Rhode Island down with it.