America's Zombie Politics


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http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/16/opinion/life-death-and-deficits.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0

America’s political landscape is infested with many zombie ideas — beliefs about policy that have been repeatedly refuted with evidence and analysis but refuse to die. The most prominent zombie is the insistence that low taxes on rich people are the key to prosperity. But there are others.

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  1. dodgerfanjohn


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    1   10:49am Fri 16 Nov 2012   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    Lol.

    Propaganda at its absolute finest. Label something in a degrading manner. Cite unknown analysis and studies. State it as though its facts.

    In Russia it was called Pravda. Here it's called msnbc.

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    2   1:22pm Fri 16 Nov 2012   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (2)   Dislike  

    dodgerfanjohn says

    Propaganda at its absolute finest. Label something in a degrading manner. Cite unknown analysis and studies. State it as though its facts.

    The link is from the nytimes, not fox news.

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    3   1:39pm Fri 16 Nov 2012   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    And now the deflection begins of course.

    Argue that is not propaganda by virtue of unrelated facts.

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    dodgerfanjohn says

    Propaganda at its absolute finest.

    DFJ, is your avatar Ted Nugent?

    Anyway zombie ideas can be found on both sides. "Trickle down economics" never worked but it continues in the Bush/Obama tax shift. Americans rejected Obamacare when it was called Hillary's Plan, and before that Clintoncare; the only place it was ever accepted was Massachusetts where it was called Romneycare, but it's national now. Ideas that serve a particular constituency or lobby (e.g. the 1%, or the medical-industrial complex) have a life force separate from the merit of the idea itself, so no matter how many times the idea gets shot down, those who stand to profit from it keep raising it up again.

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    curious2 says

    no matter how many times the idea gets shot down, those who stand to profit from it keep raising it up again.

    Can't you just shoot the idea in the head?

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    6   1:43pm Fri 16 Nov 2012   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    leo707 says

    Can't you just shoot the idea in the head?

    I thought Barack Obama had done that to Hillary's Plan in 2008, but like Poltergeist II, it's ba-a-ack.

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