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"Progressives" aren't tribal. Hooray!

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This is great news!

Conservatives believe in tribally-shared narrative myths that comfort them in perpetuating a world of inequality, while

Progressives believe in a universalist, critical-empirical approach to creating a world that works for everyone.

This means that tribal elders can't trick us into a bait-and-switch like "public option" or supporting a fake lefty like Barack Obama. It means there are no insider listservs, no price to paid by arguing with BMOCs and BWOCs, and no rationalizations for liberal agendas and constituencies constantly being thrown under the bus.

"Progressives" rool!

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Submitted by lambert on

So, like, only the really smart and sophisticated people can understand it! That's the kind of clear messaging that... That.... That...

NOTE Thanks for making me read that post, VL. Thanks a bunch. This is great:

Progressives believe in a universalist, critical-empirical approach to creating a world that works for everyone.

Except when it comes to cases, like single payer, especially when the OL -- Putting the "pro" in progressive! -- are funded to advocate other policy options. Then the universalism and critical-empirical foofraw shuts down right quick. I haven't read a steaming load like that for some time.

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Submitted by vastleft on

There are some funny citations of the administration saying it, but the first few I turned up were collected at rightwing sites, so I won't link 'em here.

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Submitted by vastleft on

If I had a dollar for every time I was accused of being a Republican plant, the GOP wouldn't have to keep paying me.

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Submitted by gqmartinez on

Great minds in whatever field they are in can communicate clearly and efficiently what they do. Mediocre and unknowlegeable minds cannot explain.

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Submitted by vastleft on

... if you want the peons to accept your failure to solve problems.

It wouldn't do to say "it's actually straightforward and the right thing to do, but I'm not going to do it."

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Submitted by gqmartinez on

Mostly the proggers and their followers. The educated "creative class" elite who shop at Whole Foods and drink PBR. The people lacking fancy formal educations and on lower incomes don't seem to be fooled as much.

For a long time I hated the anti-intellectualism that the right always espoused. My parents grew up poor and for them having their son get a PhD from a fancy university was a moment of great pride for them but the right always made it seem like it was bad to be "academic". Seeing the behavior and rhetoric coming from the "creative" class, its less surprising. However it should be pointed out that these wanna be intellectuals from the "creative" class are not really academics even though they do much to make the real intellectuals look bad.

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Submitted by vastleft on

Merriam-Webster defines "peon" (in the generic, non-region-specific case) as:

a : a person held in compulsory servitude to a master for the working out of an indebtedness b : drudge, menial

Doesn't quite sound like the "creative class" to me.

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Submitted by Valhalla on

because the "creative class" have voluntarily acquired their servitude. What's the word for that? Toady? Lickspittle? Or are those too old-fashioned?