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  •  I would say this is (7+ / 0-)

    one of the top 3 diaries ever written on here, or at least since I joined.

    I agree with those above who say you should consider making this into a full-length book. If you do, I'll try to find a way to get it.

    One point I would make is that, Grover Norquists "drown it in a bathtub" rhetoric notwithstanding, conservatives aren't against government per se. They're first and foremost against democracy. Some deny it. Others will qualify it with "we're a republic, not a democracy". Others, though, state it openly "Democracy is two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner". They hate the idea of any institution purposed to truly act for the common good, to benefit all of us and to maximize opportunities for all of us to have a decent life. They're certainly opposed to the idea of a government minimizing the number of people who experience the Hobbesian "nasty, brutish and short" kind of life.

    They aren't necessarily anarcho-capitalists (assuming that term represents anything mathematically possible). They don't want a stateless society. Corporate overlords need someone to enforce their will, to keep people from overthrowing them. They're even willing to use a state that is democratic, if in form only (even with what passed for elections) to get what they want.

    But even self-styled "libertarians" bye into a top-down type of society in a sense. Ayn Rand was all about who is "deserving" and who isn't. I believe that high  SDOs believe that those under them, and the "riff raff" have no right to be served in any way, but that our purpose is to serve them, to make them rich. We should all feel privileged to have the "opportunity" to serve them. We are only as valuable as we are useful to their accumulating more wealth and power.

    If it were up to them, all of the Earth would consist of several corporate plantations. Even the specter of the planet being destroyed doesn't faze them. Many of them probably really believe that he who dies with the most toys wins, that their hearses will have U-Hauls latched to the back.

    liberal bias = failure to validate or sufficiently flatter the conservative narrative on any given subject

    by RockyMtnLib on Sat Mar 09, 2013 at 02:59:42 PM PST

    •  I'd add that you should put this together in a (1+ / 0-)
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      xaxnar

      "Don't Think of an Elephant" kind of primer - ebook and PDF.

      Amazing piece here, Xaxnar!

      Democracy - 1 person 1 vote. Free Markets - More dollars more power.

      by k9disc on Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 08:43:19 AM PDT

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