Privileges and not rights
This is actually an interesting post on voting for emergent parties, but the last part caught my eye:
[I]f you accept a situation where you have access and others don’t, then you are reducing these basic human rights to privileges. The same goes for your right to due process; if you tolerate Obama’s extrajudicial killings, then you are saying that life is a privilege that you deserve and that others do not. In addition to being morally reprehensible, this approach leaves you open to having your own privilege (to health, security, life, etc.) revoked at any time.
I like this formulation much more than the usual "we're all in this together" frame, which (a) has an awful lot of wishful thinking in it (true in practice on the Titanic?), and (b) doesn't clearly point to the implications of not being "all in this together" (as in, "I've got mine, screw you Jack."* Teasing out some of the implications of this way of thinking:
1. All privileges no rights plays perfectly into the divide and conquer strategy that the legacy parties are playing with their different factions (note that "they have no place to go" works just as well, as a tactic, with Paul supporters, who had done to them in 2012 exactly what was done to the PUMAs in 2008). Obama is assembling small slices of the electorate into the smallest and tightest coalition possible, ideally 50% + 1. But that 1 is very tighly bound -- by privileges they fear to lose, not rights. For example--
2. Privileges and not rights are precisely what Obama gave the gays (his personal assurances were never embodied in legislation or regulation) and the Hispanics (the immigration program is totally with Obama's grant).
3. Privileges and not rights is the sign of an oncoming feudal order. So it's pretty shocking to see "progressives" buying into it. I suppose they're blinded because, as a class, "they've got theirs," and they can see this moves as incrementalism on policy, instead of a change in the constitutional order. Sad.
NOTE * A shout out to Vast Left for this formulation:
Given corrupt ACA process, result that cements the core problems, testimonials to it are heart-tugging form of "I've got mine, Jack."
Also D hostage taking. Vote for me or we shoot this small child....