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The Willful World of the American Right Wing

March 2, 2012

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Those to the left of center, whether they are liberals, progressives, or socialists, often have difficulty in understanding the appeal to substantial portions of the American electorate of right-wing politicians like Newt Gingrich or pundits like Rush Limbaugh.  The recently and unfortunately deceased Andrew Breitbart made a career of willful distortion of facts and assertions […]

Pathology of the Will: A Theory of the Contemporary Right-Wing in America Part 2

November 6, 2011

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In the first part of this post, I made the case that the contemporary American Right suffers an excess of willfulness, which I described via 11 “signs” or behavioral trends.  In this part I continue by exploring connections between an excess of will and established diagnoses of mental suffering.   A full PDF version can […]

Pathology of the Will: A Theory of the Contemporary Right Wing in America – Part 1

November 4, 2011

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[This is the first of two parts of this post.  A full PDF version can be downloaded via this link.] There are puzzling aspects of the contemporary American right wing which make it difficult for those on the progressive end of the spectrum to understand them.  The right-wing seems to be both incredibly stupid and […]

Pres. Obama, Tea Party Republicans and Deficit Hawks are, Together, Ripping Up the American Tapestry

July 24, 2011

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Today, the debate in Washington about the debt ceiling and budget deficits has been skewed beyond recognition, endangering the viability of government as an effective instrument of popular will.  The intent to cut federal spending in the face of a crisis of demand in the private economy is currently shared by mainstream political actors of […]

Supply-Side Economics and the Return of “Economic Royalism”

June 18, 2011

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The political label “economic royalist” has lived on in current memory via recordings and reading of the speeches of Franklin Delano Roosevelt from the 1930’s.  FDR, drawing on a populist tradition within the Democratic Party, used the label to portray the financial interests and Republicans who opposed the New Deal agenda during the 1930’s as […]

Deficit Hawks Stampede Lawmakers and the Public Using “Smart for One, Dumb for All” Morality

May 31, 2011

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As I have argued here in earlier posts, the debate about budget deficits is a monumental one, determining in its outcome the shape of society and the type of economy that will prevail in the US and other developed nations.  The debate is fundamentally about for whose benefit and in what way government will operate […]

“Augustinian” Theology and the Republican/Libertarian Denial of Society

October 12, 2010

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In the foregoing posts, I chronicle how libertarian ideology has led the Republican Party astray, misleading the American public about the real problems and solutions for our common challenges.  The resurgence of libertarian ideology started during the late 1970’s and the 1980’s when the post-WWII consensus about how advanced industrial societies should be governed came […]