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  •  Oh Dear! (0+ / 0-)

    I did not mean to step into the personal conflicts that arise on the KOS, cause those concerns trump everything.

    for what it is worth, the Sirota book you mention actually received a quite favorable review from the Irish Left Review:

    Reading David Sirota’s Back to Our Future – How the 1980s Explain the World We Live in Now – Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Everything, my reaction seems very much of its time and touches upon two of the central planks of Sirota’s argument – the drift to the right of the former counterculture and the express nurturing of a future recruitment pool for the US military via television, video games and toys. Sirota sees the mark of the 80s in all the main social, political and cultural currents of our time, even if, despite the subtitle’s sweeping boast, he has specifically the United States in mind, and not ‘the world’. For him, in the 1980s lie the roots of narcissistic individualism, embodied in the Web 2.0 world of social networking and a sharp decrease in collective participation; the decade also contained the seeds for an aggressive expansion of neo-liberal ideology and markets and an attendant rolling back of progressive legislation enacted from the 30s through the 60s; and in the championing of a view of government as malign, corrupt and incompetent it created the ideological conditions for a phenomenon such as the Tea Party.

    •  meh.. you didnt step in anything new (0+ / 0-)

      Don't know how much you were around back then, but Sirota flamed out on this site back in late 2008 - early 2009.  It got ugly (as things involving Sirota tend to do) but blog pie fights aside, I've met the man on occasion in DC.

      I'll say one thing about the man individual in question: he is authentic.  The pompous snide dick you see on TV and hear on the radio is exactly the same jewel-of-a-personality you get the treat of witnessing in person.

      I worked on K street for many years, so knives-out character assassination of the other side was always casual water-cooler chat but I've rarely seen someone so eager to be an absolute insolent swine to people that actually want to agree with him on many issues.

      ...but that's David.  I wonder if he ever did move out to Colorado like he said he planned on doing.  Somehow I doubt he can stay away from DC for long.

      Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

      by Wisper on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 02:40:21 PM PDT

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