Re: Sympathetic

Subject: Re: Sympathetic
From: Richard Wentk (
Date: Thu Nov 04 2004 - 16:55:04 EST

At 16:04 04/11/2004 -0500, you wrote:

><soapBox>For more along these lines, perhaps less
>optimistically, see Thomas Frank's new book, What's the
>Matter with Kansas? His premiss is that the Republicans have
>successfully shifted emphasis away from issues that
>governments rightly deal with (economics, foreign policy)
>onto the "culture wars" (Christ in piss, gay marriage, etc.)
>that government's have no business messing with.

Oh yes. Absolutely.

The real tragedy here is that there's no intellectual comeback or
leadership, even waiting in the wings. While culture theory has been
congratulating itself for being everso clever over the last couple of
decades, it's completely impotent against this kind of attack. You can
deconstruct texts as much as you want, but when a nutter with a pamphlet
about banning gay marriage turns up on your doorstep, what are you going to
do? Tell them to read Derrida?

>So the 51% votes for those issues and meanwhile the US economy is
>gutted for the benefit of CEOs.

That's about it, yes. It's a work of evil genius.


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