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  •  Please read one Chapter of Veblen's (1+ / 0-)
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    maisey

    Theory of the Leisure Class. In Chapter Nine - The Conservation of Archaic Traits, there is a short paragraph, two or three sentences, in which Veblen completely explains and contemptuously dismisses one you should instantly recognize as the archetype of the modern American Democratic Party elite, or "limousine liberal." I don't think the paragraph stands entirely on its own, because the entire chapter sets forth, step by relentless step, the problem of the elites' way of thinking - pecuniary culture - and how that pecuniary culture penetrates and suffuses the entire society, even the working class.  That paragraph comes near the end of the chapter - see if you agree with me when you read it, that it is the most complete and ruthless take-down of people like Obama, Summers, Emmanuel, ever.  

    A conservative is a scab for the oligarchy.

    by NBBooks on Sun Apr 03, 2011 at 11:38:47 AM PDT

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