The cries on the right about the takeover of the liberals just serve to strengthen their resolve against an imaginary enemy. The same tactic that was used when McCarthy convinced the nation that it was over-run with communists. The real story is that the liberals have promoted a humanist agenda that has always been a threat to capitalism and for liberals who wanted to enjoy the good life and stop having their phones taped, the temptation to tone it down and thus make it irrelevant was too much.
From Cointelpro to the recent raids and persecution of progressive activists made possible by the Patriot Act, there has always been an organized and effective fight against any liberal movement. The government and the corporate order will not go quietly into the night while people wax philosophical about human rights. So buck up America because the left arm is in a cast while the right arm has a gun and is intent on shooting itself in the foot.
I am definitely getting The Death of the Liberal Class. My 3 favorite quotes from the excerpt are below.
- The inability of the liberal class to acknowledge that corporations have wrested power from the hands of citizens, that the Constitution and its guarantees of personal liberty have become irrelevant, and that the phrase consent of the governed is meaningless, has left it speaking and acting in ways that no longer correspond to reality. It has lent its voice to hollow acts of political theater, and the pretense that democratic debate and choice continue to exist.
- The death of the liberal class means there is no check to a corporate apparatus designed to enrich a tiny elite and plunder the nation. An ineffectual liberal class means there is no hope, however remote, of a correction or a reversal. It ensures that the frustration and anger among the working and middle classes will find expression outside the confines of democratic institutions and the civilities of a liberal democracy
- Commercial artists peddle the mythical narrative, one propagated by corporations, self-help gurus, Oprah and the Christian Right, that if we dig deep enough within ourselves, focus on happiness, find our inner strength, or believe in miracles, we can have everything we desire. Such magical thinking, a staple of the entertainment industry, blinds citizens to corporate structures that have made it impossible for families to lift themselves out of poverty or live with dignity.