Monday, January 30, 2012

All you need to know about Conservatives....

Are you pissed off about Newt's demand to repeal Child Labor Laws?

Are you confused by Romney's slavish devotion to corporate profits?

Can you simply not grasp the "vision" of America that the Republican Candidates are trying to sell?

Here's something that will set you straight. In plain, 6th grade level English, Naomi Klein wrote the consummate explanation of Conservative Theory in this article published in Harpers in 2004. It tells us all we need to know about what the "perfect" conservative nation would look like....and why it will never happen.


The honey theory of Iraqi reconstruction stems from the most cherished belief of the war's ideological architects: that greed is good.* Not good just for them and their friends but good for humanity, and certainly good for Iraqis. Greed creates profit, which creates growth, which creates jobs and products and services and everything else anyone could possibly need or want. The role of good government, then, is to create the optimal conditions for corporations to pursue their bottomless greed, so that they in turn can meet the needs of the society.* The problem is that governments, even neoconservative governments, rarely get the chance to prove their sacred theory right: despite their enormous ideological advances, even George Bush's Republicans are, in their own minds, perennially sabotaged by meddling Democrats, intractable unions, and alarmist environmentalists.

Iraq was going to change all that. In one place on Earth, the theory would finally be put into practice in its most perfect and uncompromised form. A country of 25 million would not be rebuilt as it was before the war; it would be erased, disappeared. In its place would spring forth a gleaming showroom for laissez-faire economics, a utopia such as the world had never seen. Every policy that liberates multinational corporations to pursue their quest for profit would be put into place: a shrunken state, a flexible workforce, open borders, minimal taxes, no tariffs, no ownership restrictions. The people of Iraq would, of course,have to endure some short-term pain: assets, previously owned by the state, would have to be given up to create new opportunities for growth and investment. Jobs would have to be lost and, as foreign products flooded across the border, local businesses and family farms would, unfortunately, be unable to compete. But to the authors of this plan, these would be small prices to pay for the economic boom that would surely explode once the proper conditions were in place, a boom so powerful the country would practically rebuild itself.

The fact that the boom never came and Iraq continues to tremble under explosions of a very different sort should never be blamed on the absence of a plan. Rather, the blame rests with the plan itself, and the extraordinarily violent ideology upon which it is based.*

* My emphasis has been added.

The truest words...."the blame rests with the plan itself." Indeed. The modern conservative vision of America is the vision of corporate greed; of the perfect union of corporations and the state. It is, in my opinion a hellish, nightmarish vision that I pray never comes to pass.