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  •  All Fabulously Wealthy are Neoliberals? (6+ / 0-)

    Gore's private career has insisteed on government forcing businesses to use energy more expensively (at least at first) to cut emissions for longterm survival, with any profit only incidental to the survival. Everyone who leaves politics from as high and as young as he was has gotten "fabulously wealthy" with few exceptions, including Jimmy Carter. This is a man who directly helped invent the Internet that remade the world economy and industries while he was in the White House, and was forced from politics while extremely popular due to insights in tech and environment.

    You're going to have to give more evidence and logic for calling Gore "neoliberal" than just his bank account. Starting with his actions.

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Tue Oct 29, 2013 at 10:23:09 AM PDT

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    •  The Comment I Replied To Suggested (1+ / 0-)
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      that Gore has been acting altruistically since leaving politics. The fact that he has made many millions suggests otherwise. This notion that government must "partner" with business is the core of neoliberal thought. What it really is, however, is a justification for corruption and greed. That is the Al Gore I remember from the 90s, same as Bill Clinton. In Gore's defense, nearly everyone still thought neoliberalism was hip in the 90s. Now we know better. If Gore has changed and now recognizes that Corporatism only benefits the SuperRich (the "savvy businessmen"), his post-poltics actions don't show it. Neither does his silence regarding Obama's abysmal environmental performance.

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        It said that Gore's reasons aren't the same as Cruz's:

        Unless you believe that the past twelve years or so he was educating the world about catastrophic climate change for the same reasons that Ted Cruz went pheasant hunting in Iowa.

        That doesn't suggest altruism, though it does suggest something other than exclusively personal ambition. At any rate it certainly doesn't exclude making a lot of money for doing the right thing.

        The core of neoliberal thought is that government must always yield to business, not "partner" with it unless the partnership is predatory by business.

        Gore has changed, in that his electoral victory was thwarted by corporate interests who also are the biggest polluters. He has accepted that business methods for averting climate change are more effective than merely having government interfere with business.

        Look, you're wrong about what neoliberalism is, wrong about what the comment you replied to said, wrong about how Gore operates. It's obvious that you've got an agenda that's casting your experience of these things, probably consistent with a username like "socialismorbarbarism".

        "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

        by DocGonzo on Tue Oct 29, 2013 at 11:07:06 AM PDT

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