Monday, November 14, 2011

Nowhere Men

Andrew Bacevich says that "the most disturbing aspect of contemporary American politics, worse even than rampant dysfunction borne of petty partisanship or corruption expressed in the buying and selling of influence," is that "[c]onfronted with evidence of a radically changing environment, those holding (or aspiring to) positions of influence simply turn a blind eye, refusing even to begin to adjust to a new reality" — Big Change Whether We Like It or Not.

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Blogger Francis-Xavier said...

In my humble estimation, Bacevich understands what is happening, but not *why*, which is at least as important.

With the euthanizing of the WASP ethos, the United States have become an oligarchy with vestigial democratic trappings and rituals. But ask Republican or Democratic party insiders, and they'll tell you that to get anywhere, you have to sit down with the "business community," and sign your soul away with a pact written in blood. Non-parrots need not apply, bar Ron Paul.

An oligarchy in which oligarchs can avoid noblesse oblige by arguing with meaningless vestigial fig leafs is worse than a bona fide and your face oligarchy.

November 15, 2011 at 11:15 AM  

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