President Obama’s Persistent Strategic Error: Mistaking Inside-the-Beltway Reality for “Real” Reality

June 26, 2011


Progressives and others who are concerned about the content of discussion in Washington are now divided on a critical issue:  to what degree should one hold responsible President Obama for errors or failures in the last two years, as well as the strengthening of Republicans after Democrats’ decisive electoral defeats of the GOP in 2006 […]

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

June 18, 2011


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


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 […]

The Choice: Social Solidarity (and Deficit Spending) or Social Fragmentation

May 15, 2011


We, and in particular our government officials, are facing a stark choice in the weeks, months and years to come:  either continue investing in a shared American civilization or engage in a ill-thought-out campaign to withdraw our support from such a common society-wide enterprise with a likely catastrophic outcome.  Over the border to the North […]

Rep. Ryan and the Radical Republican Right are, like Termites, Eating Away at American Civilization

May 3, 2011


I am not someone who ordinarily compares my fellow human being to insect pests.  However, in using this, for me, extreme metaphor, I want to counteract a trend in the media and among the Democrats, of dignifying the extreme Republican right-wing and their ideas with respectful attention and even praise.  I realize that there are […]

Inspired by Libertarianism, Republicans and the Tea Party Choose Short-Sighted Greed Over Long-Term Self-Interest

October 17, 2010


In this blog, I have been defining the 30 year experiment of the New Right as being largely libertarian with regard to its political appeals, theory of how society works, and attitudes toward government and taxation.  To be fair, I have pointed out that the Republicans’ agenda includes two other potentially conflicting influences, social conservatism […]

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

October 12, 2010


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 […]