Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A Funny

From Salon:

 As for the libertarian intellectual movement, isn't that a contradiction in terms? How intellectual can a movement be, if it reflexively answers "the market!" to every question of domestic and foreign policy, before the question is even asked?



NutellaonToast said...

I always say pretty much exactly that. Where is my serious pundit hat?

Mr. Wonderful said...

I'm halfway through Lind's piece, and mainly agree, but this:

"The teabaggers are the Yippies of the right."

--is either wrong or disingenuous. The Yippies knew they were a theatrical, provocative movement. Not even a movement. It was performance art as politics (or vice-versa). When those people assembled at the Pentagon to levitate it, they knew it wouldn't really rise. The teabaggers think if they pray hard enough, it will.

The teabaggers are the opposite of the Yippies in terms, not only of "politics," but of style. They're unsophisticated, sincere, inchoate, and they really mean it, whatever "it" is.

M. Bouffant said...

You need the secret password & handshake to get into the Secret Serious Pundit Hat Store. But it's smooth sailing once you're in.

I doubt Lind has much of an idea of what a Yippie was, having been a RW wretch until so recently. He may think it was what hippies decided to start calling themselves.

M. Bouffant said...

Oooh, oooh!! [In full Gunther Toody -stylee.] Those who have or intend to read the Lind thing may want to look at the Hoosier Sage's take, possibly saving themselves some time, & gaining a larf or two in the process.

Susan of Texas said...

Another Car 54 fan!

bulbul said...

Mr. Wonderful,

mainly agree, really? Kristol was a Trotskyist which might be anti-Stalinist, but certainly isn't anywhere near "anti-communist left". "Anti-communist left", by Jove - I had no idea he was a social democrat!
Also, I find this highly suspect:
Recall that the original definition of the neoconservatives was that they fully embraced the reforms of the New Deal and indeed the major programs of Johnson's Great Society
I was always under the impression that neo-conservativism arose in response and as a result of the rejection of Great Society and the perceived ideology behind it. And that's including, but not limited to, the Civil Rights Act.