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Prior to, oh ... about 1975, the US political consensus was for the government to provide Guns and Butter.  Once the economy could no longer afford both the political consensus was to focus on the Guns.  This decision resulted from a fundamental agreement within the US elite and government circles: can't bomb brown people & Steal Their Stuff if you don't have guns.

I no longer expect rationality in the US, much less any vague sense of the Public Good.  The US seems to want thieves, money grubbing greedheads, and batshit insane crazy people setting the limits and terms of National Debate and deciding National Policy.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Mon Apr 12th, 2010 at 03:20:23 AM EST
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I don't think the US really does, but the thieves, money grubbing greedheads and batshit insane crazy people have been winning a well-funded war of political attrition since the end of WWII.

Most of the population is broadly center-left in practice, but has been excluded from policy and the media to create an impression that the US is somewhere between hard right and economic KKK right.

We should stop being polite about the crazies, or accepting their premise that wearing a suit or being published in a serious paper makes them respectable.

The Think Tanks may not dress up in white robes so they can lynch the niggers in person, but they have no problem at all putting them out of work, making them homeless and leaving them to rot.

At least they believe in equal opportunity of a sort - it's no longer necessary to be black and poor to be a nigger who's treated abusively.

And if this rhetoric is offensive - it's not nearly as offensive as the reality.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Mon Apr 12th, 2010 at 06:54:36 AM EST
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... work so hard to come up with rationalizations that say that they are not actually thieves but are instead helping "create jobs" suggests that while a minority of Americans may support the thieving and war-mongering for its own sake, a majority require their information pool to be polluted by lies and misleading conceptual frames in order to support the thievery.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.
by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Mon Apr 12th, 2010 at 10:59:12 AM EST
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