The NYT sees a “permanent political class” as a problem? That “corporate crony capitalism” corrupts both Republicans and Democrats? Who’d have thought!
Mr. Giridharadas observes the following:
The political conversation in the United States is paralyzed by a simplistic division of labor. Democrats protect that portion of human flourishing that is threatened by big money and enhanced by government action. Republicans protect that portion of human flourishing that is threatened by big government and enhanced by the free market.
What is seldom said is that human flourishing is a complex and delicate thing, and that we needn’t choose whether government or the market jeopardizes it more, because both can threaten it at the same time.
Well, DUH! That is the essence of the Tea Party Movement you dolt!
It gets even better though as he concludes with:
On one side would be those Americans who believe in the power of vast, well-developed institutions like Goldman Sachs, the Teamsters Union, General Electric, Google and the U.S. Department of Education to make the world better. On the other side would be people who believe that power, whether public or private, becomes corrupt and unresponsive the more remote and more anonymous it becomes; they would press to live in self-contained, self-governing enclaves that bear the burden of their own prosperity.
I wonder if he realizes that the “other side” is embodied by the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. You know, those old pieces of paper we Tea Party folks have the audacity to believe in.