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Old 03-22-2010, 11:07 PM
uncle ebeneezer uncle ebeneezer is offline
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Default Re: bhtv heads that no longer get along?

Thanks for that. The best part IMO:
But for Kaus, the question is style points. Jon Cohn and I both focus on social policy, both believe approximately the same things, and both are working towards much the same outcome. But I'm the "far-left." Why? Style. I'm young, I'm partisan, I'm pro-union, I'm insufficiently impressed with Mickey's years in the trenches of neoliberalism. Temperamentally, I'm the anti-neolib. And that's enough. Indeed, it's too much.

That's what's so fundamentally unimpressive about writers like Kaus. Their ideology is underpinned by a grudge, not a belief system. It's aesthetic, characterological, and above all, personal. They hate unions and so they worry about productivity costs, loathe Jesse Jackson and so can't think seriously think about racial justice. Kaus doesn't like me and so I am far left, he does like Jon and so Jon is the future. The substance is immaterial. Neoliberalism was, for some of these folks, an attitude first and an ideology second. In recent years, Kaus has become an embarrassingly public exhibition of that prioritization scheme.

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