Thursday, August 06, 2015

Robert Wreck

Robert Reich has some analysis of the opposition against the "ruling class" as symbolized by Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.  Don't worry about it, it's not that different from what you've been hearing elsewhere, if more than usually loaded with bias.

What fascinates me is how he expresses his bias.  I'll ignore his historical analysis (basically he says the public is mad because the government hasn't been leftist enough) and focus on thes unhappiness with our leaders, which he notes "has taken two quite different forms."

First there's the right:

On the right are the wreckers. The Tea Party, which emerged soon after the Wall Street bailout, has been intent on stopping government in its tracks and overthrowing a ruling class it sees as rotten to the core.

So Trump is the Tea Party candidate?  News to me.  And Republicans (Democrats too) have been running anti-Washington campaigns for a lot longer than the Tea Party's been around, but Reich claims this time it's somehow different.

Anyway, got it, Republicans want to stop government and overthrow the ruling class.

And the left? 

On the left are the rebuilders. The Occupy movement, which also emerged from the Wall Street bailout, was intent on displacing the ruling class and rebuilding our political-economic system from the ground up.

Ah, the sweet, reasonable left, as symbolized by the Occupy movement, only wishing to displace the ruling class and rebuild our system.  Who could be against that?

Remind me, please, how you rebuild "from the ground up"?  I'm pretty sure it starts by purchasing a wrecking ball.

So don't forget, when the Right wants a new government, it's to burn everything down.   When the Left wants a new government, it's hope and change, it's fundamental transformation, it's sweetness and light, but never, ever call it destructive.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The victim complex is showing

6:33 AM, August 06, 2015  
Blogger LAGuy said...

Definitely. Reich and others try to hide it, but no matter what they do, it comes across.

9:22 AM, August 06, 2015  

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