Waiting for Righty: Hey, Kids, Three Fun Books on Conservatives!

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Finally, in The Rise of the Tea Party, Anthony DiMaggio does a Social Science take-apart, arguing that the Partiers, inspired by a screaming cable television business news reporter to defend, yup, day traders (!) as the real victims of the economic collapse, are not in fact a social movement, much less a "genuine social movement" but rather a front for top-down GOP revanchists. Big news. Me, I am not even sure they are a "movement" as that suggests cooperation and mutual aid. After all, if everybody is a heroic John Galt, an independent uberman who doesn't need the collective, well, you see the problem. They don't. In a section called "Tea Party Business Elites and the Manipulation of the Masses," DiMaggio helpfully reviews the sordid CV of one typical Galtesque con artist, former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, a key Tea Party leader, and founder of Freedom Works. Armey simultaneously created himself a terrific new job as anti-big guv organizer (with a big salary) while moonlight, incredibly, as lobbyist for TARP bailout dough. Corporate welfare, okay. Social welfare, not so much. Best of all is profiting personally, as bait-and-switch poster boy Ralph Reed of the Christian Coalition, who organized churchy anti-gambling tent meetings while hustling with Jack Abramoff for Indian casinos.  None of this matters to Righties, who can always feel resentment at somebody, good Indians or bad Indians, in their march backwards.
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I've recently attended meetings of a local community group where a stooge for our State Senator, Mimi Walters, blamed an unnamed "San Francisco liberal" for insisting on high fire assessment fees, another where Villa Park Tea Partier Deborah Pauley showed up, ostensibly campaigning for Supervisor but instead solicited signatures for the anti-Dream Act proposition. Recently, local property owner types came out to defend development. Asking wilderness property owners to pay their share for public fire protection, trying to educate Mexican kids, and protecting open space represent big-time potential failures for the Right, and the chance to continue to flail, vigorously, against history. Here's hoping they get plenty more chances.

Pity the Billionaire:The Hard-Times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right. Thomas Frank, Metropolitan Books: 240 pp.,$25.00

The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism From Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin. Corey Robin, Oxford: 290pp.,$29.95

The Rise of the Tea Party: Political Discontent and Corporate Media in the Age of Obama. Anthony DiMaggio, Monthly Review Press: 287 pp.,$18.95

Andrew Tonkovich hosts the Wednesday night literary arts program, Bibliocracy Radio, on KPFK 90.7 FM in Southern California.

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unclesmrgol
unclesmrgol

Really wonder what conservative think, kids?a) We think that if you don't have a dollar to buy a candy bar, you should not slug the rich guy on the street and take one of his dollars to buy it.  Save up and buy your candy bar using the work of your hands, not the work of someone else's.  In terms of Government, this means not printing lots of new money to finance things -- because every new dollar decreases the value of the old ones.  Think of it this way.  If the entire world has 1,000 dollars available, and someone prints 1,000 new dollars and starts using them, what has happened to the value of the old dollars?  A: They are now worth half of what they used to be worth.  What happens to prices when this occurs?  They rise.  If you had 50 dollars of the 1,000, what is your $50 worth now?  A: about $25 "old dollars".  What just happened to the cost of the loaf of bread you need to eatb) Few things done by the Government do not cause damage.  When you get to college, and wonder why tuition is so high, look at how easy it is to get a student loan and think for a moment -- you can't get rid of a student loan through bankruptcy; it's a form of indentured servitude.  You will be a slave to the Government for decades -- long after your professors have retired and are taking their well deserved bi-yearly vacations.  Then wonder why the Government has a student loan program, whose net effect is merely to allow colleges to increase tuition so much that only more Government loans can allow students to complete college. Look at your professors again.  And those who think that throwing money at something makes it better.c) The Government should be a referee of rights -- not an enabler.  If I want freedom of the press, I should not be able to obtain a press from the Government unless everyone else is able to obtain same.  If I want freedom of speech, I cannot expect the Government to give me a megaphone.  Religion -- not only is the Government specifically enjoined from giving me one, but it can't stop me from practicing my own personal religion -- whether that is atheism, Wicca, Islam, or -- gasp -- Christianity!  When the Government favors someone's right to write, or right to speak, or right to practice their beliefs, the Government intrudes on all others who might want to write, speak, or believe differently from the favored ones. d) Government should not be able to compel you to violate your beliefs.  When the Government tries to do this, it is not your friend, and must be restrained.  The best way to restrain the Government is via the ballot box (lucky for us -- we live in a democracy).  In spite of the Constitution -- which gives everybody the same rights to the extent that they exert themselves (you can only have Freedom of Speech if you assert your right to use it) -- there are those who will try to give some rights at the expense of others.  Don't fall into the trap of allowing this.END OF PART I.

bullamakanka
bullamakanka

Wow. Tell us how you REALLY feel about half (or more) of the population. The lede sentence is about as opinionated as any, and there's really no need to go further.

Canyon53ss
Canyon53ss

Thanks for the great reviews. Seems we attend the same meetings. I always wonder how folks so dead set against regulations can be so damn authoritarian.

LIBIntOrg
LIBIntOrg

Thanks for the article.

Rand and Objectivism attracted praise from other second rate philosophers of the last century such as Etienne Gilson, Robert Nozick, Anthony Flew, and Bertrand Russell, along with many Aristotelian thinkers. This is unsurprising, as Objectivism is a modernized form of Aristotle's--another second rate philosopher--approach; and advocated silly positions such as constitutional governance in law, logic in argument based on facts, interdisciplinary preparation for intellectuals, and personal self-empowerment.

For info on people worldwide using those kooky voluntary Libertarian tools on similar and other issues, please see http://www.Libertarian-Interna...  , the non-partisan Libertarian International Organization....

Bill T.
Bill T.

Group Think = Right Think,got it, thanks for the clarification.

People supporting their opinion by claiming that it's the majority opinion are totally unconvincing.

The Bibliofella
The Bibliofella

It is a killer rhetorical opening strategy, I will give you that!  Just fyi Mr. Bib prefers analysis, critique and argument to opinion.  Sorry you didn't find a need to continue.  Will try harder next week.  Thanks.

Roy one canyon over
Roy one canyon over

Are you impressed with your OC Weekly readership yet?I did enjoy the letter from the Libertarian. "Rand is just updated Aristotle, so there."I had no idea.

Athirson
Athirson

The very first recognition of the Third Reich as the legit government of Germany came from the Vatican.  So their affinity for the Klan seems only natural

Rbauer
Rbauer

Love the Klan series--especially the piece on the now-obscure DA. Fabulous stuff that should be taught in schools.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

We boast a proud neo-Nazi audience—just check out the comments over at my Klan series. Why, we have Catholics saying the KKK was A-OK!

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