YESTERDAY I first developed my idea of Fake Protest, the idea that any protest accepted with equanimity by the ruling class and its supporters is "fake protest," really the ruling class and its supporters pretending that they are the wretched of the earth, desperately crying for justice, when all they are doing is demanding new privileges and free stuff for themselves and their supporters to be taken by force from the unorganized middle class.
The idea of Fake Protest sharpens my previously developed idea that the left is founded on the idea of advocating for those left outside of the political system. Obviously,on this view, the political grievances of the "left-out" cannot be redressed by the normal process of representative government, because the "left-out" are not represented.
I also argue that the Left is a messianic faith that believes that they are the "chosen ones" called to represent, to lead, to advocate, and even to mount bloody revolution on behalf of the wretched of the earth left out of the system. That is the logic underneath the left's culture of Protest.
Weekly opeds starting in late 2003.
Blog and book. What should America be like in the life after liberalism when civil society replaces the administrative welfare state?
Blog and book. People get into the middle class with the cultural capital of religion, mutual aid, education, and law.
Yearnings for a wiser ruler.
Numbers, charts, analysis of government spending in the US. You can make your own spending charts and download spending data.
Numbers, charts, analysis of government revenue in the US. You can make your own revenue charts and download tax data.
Numbers, charts, analysis of government debt in the US. You can make your own charts of debt over the years and download data.
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Numbers, charts, analysis of public spending in the UK. You can make your own spending charts and download spending data.
Numbers, charts, analysis of public revenue in the UK. You can make your own revenue charts and download revenue data.
Results of United States presidential elections.
Results of United States House and Senate midterm elections.
What went wrong in the nightmare of the Great Depression? For ten long years, American was stuck on stupid.
We all know about TARP at $700 billion and change. But did you know that the total financial bailout of 2008, in spending and guarantees, amounted to over $20 trillion?