Monday, January 10, 2005

Why You Should Try to Be Born on Third Base 

You may recall that the photogenic chap -- what was his name again? Oh, yes: John Edwards -- attempted to draw, shortly before his cigar boat vanished into the Sargasso, never to be seen again, a distinction between work and wealth. Mr. Edwards, in attempting to commit populism, valorized the former at the expense of the latter; his efforts were in vain, however, for in the ascendant Bush cosmology the former is of little value and therefore to be taxed mercilessly, while the latter is of course sacred, untouchable under any circumstances, however dire. For a topographical map of the terrain into which Mr. Bush's philosophical triumph is likely to take us, you cannot do much better than this post from What Alice Found, the blog for which, we continue to insist, the blog form was invented; witness this typically puissant pull quote which pinpoints, if not quite the reason for Mr. Bush's success, then at least its prerequisite:
The tactics of conservatism vary widely by place and time. But the most central feature of conservatism is deference: a psychologically internalized attitude on the part of the common people that the aristocracy are better people than they are ... a social and psychological condition of inequality.

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