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  •  I think you're giving them too much credit (3+ / 0-)
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    DBunn, raboof, yet another liberal

    Sure, some of them really do believe in the pony magic of the unregulated free market, creationism, and baby Jesus on a dinosaur, and reject global warming as a hoax. There are always going to be stupid and/or ignorant and/or crazy people in even the most advanced society (witness the Holocaust denialism that still exists in countries like France, Sweden and Germany).

    However, I firmly believe that the majority of people who claim to hold such beliefs as justification for the policies that they advocate for and advance, are little more than lying opportunists hiding behind beliefs they don't understand or frankly give a damn about. They just want to be rich and powerful, or hold on to their way of life and privileges, and could care less how they do that or the consequences of it to others. There's no ideology or belief system there, beyond a superficial one meant to give them cover for their actions.

    Bank robbers don't "believe" in the right to rob banks. They just want the money and don't want to work for it. Sports cheaters don't "believe" in the right to cheat. They just want to "win" and don't care how they do it. Same thing with people who own and run companies that pollute the environment, endanger and exploit their workers and make products that hurt people. They may claim to believe in the free market, but they just want to make as much money as they can they easiest way possible, and it just so happens that the free market is their best ticket there.

    Don't even partially legitimize these cretins with an ideology most of them don't believe in or give a damn about. Perhaps their dumber than bricks and bigoted supporters do, but they don't. They just want the money and power.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 07:49:11 AM PDT

    •  Undoubtedly true for many (5+ / 0-)

      but most? Unlikely. The vast majority of folks who parrot this nonsense aren't even close to being one percenters, nor will they ever be. The effectiveness of the "free market" spiel lies in it's bogus identification with "middle class" interests.

      Underestimating the appeal of this scam ideology is, in part, what has brought us to our current state of affairs. An error in judgement that has ominous historical precedents.

      Nothing human is alien to me.

      by WB Reeves on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 08:38:55 AM PDT

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      •  Perhaps I live a "charmed" life (0+ / 0-)

        But most of the people I know or have met who claim to believe in RW ideology and "values" are transparently opportunistic and just using them for cover.

        I guess we're talking about two different kinds of people. I'm talking about relatively successful and affluent people whose true values revolve around money and self-advancement. I don't doubt that the rank and file are more sincere in their belief in these things. They're morons.

        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 08:55:46 PM PDT

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