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Goodbye, and Good Riddance, to Centrism

By anonymous following x   2017 Jun 14, 2:29am 565 views   4 comments   watch   sfw   quote     share    


Jeremy Corbyn delivers another blow to the defining political myth of our era. Our media priesthood reacted with near-universal horror at the election in Britain. We panned the result in which Labour, led by the despised Corbyn, took 261 seats and won 40 percent of the vote, Labour's largest share since hallowed third-way icon Tony Blair won 40.7 percent in 2001.

Corbyn's strong showing came as a surprise to American readers, who were told repeatedly that Britain's support for the unvarnished lefty would result in historic losses for liberalism.

The status quo line on Corbyn followed a path identical to the propaganda here at home about liberal politics. Whenever Washington pundits in either party talk about the progressive "base," you can count on two themes appearing in the coverage.

One is that "progressive" voters make decisions based upon their hearts and not their heads, with passions rather than intellect. The second is that such voters consistently choose incorrectly when forced to choose between ideals and winning.

The New York Times perfectly summed up this take a few days after the Corbyn result, describing the reaction of the American left: "Democrats in Split-Screen. The Base Wants it All, The Party Wants to Win."

This has long been the establishment line both here and in Britain. In the U.K., the once-revered Blair's support among European progressives tumbled after he supported the Iraq War efforts of Frum's former boss George Bush. Blair years ago warned that Corbyn was leading his party over a cliff toward "total annihilation."

Whatever you might think of the Occupy movement, it succeeded in pulling a lid back on some of these illusions by popularizing terms like "the 1 percent" and "the 99 percent." Occupy described the numerical majority as dupes of a tiny oligarchy, which allowed the disaffected population to choose occasionally between two parties that are funded by the same tiny group of super-wealthy donors.

More: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/taibbi-goodbye-and-good-riddance-to-centrism-w487628

#Politics #Centrism #YouHaveNoChoiceYouHaveOwners

2   TwoScoopsOfSpaceForce   ignore (4)   2017 Jun 14, 9:04am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

anonymous says

Jeremy Corbyn delivers another blow to the defining political myth of our era. Our media priesthood reacted with near-universal horror at the election in Britain. We panned the result in which Labour, led by the despised Corbyn, took 261 seats and won 40 percent of the vote, Labour's largest share since hallowed third-way icon Tony Blair won 40.7 percent in 2001.

YEP.

anonymous says

Corbyn's strong showing came as a surprise to American readers, who were told repeatedly that Britain's support for the unvarnished lefty would result in historic losses for liberalism.

YEP.

3   NuttBoxer   ignore (2)   2017 Jun 14, 9:09am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

De-centralization is a growing trend. We see it in food, where people are starting to favor home gardens, and local produce over manufactured food. We see it in the exodus from overcrowded cities. We see it in the rejection of government as the solution to all our problems. Personal responsibility is coming back in style!

4   Quigley   ignore (0)   2017 Jun 14, 9:19am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Something about big governments offering utopian solutions to the human condition always trends toward totalitarianism and dystopia. Without individuals choosing to be responsible and productive members of society, things fall to ruin quickly. If the wealthy class chooses to eliminate reasonable options for people to choose rightly, they are responsible for the decline.





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