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Response to Drunken Irishman (Original post)

Fri May 1, 2015, 06:28 AM

11. More manipulative Third Way talking points.

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Again, this Third Way tactic of trying to reframe the rules of political debate to encourage indignation at legitimate political criticism, as though politicians were sensitive guests at a social gathering rather than political representatives charged with defending the interests of millions of people.

It's all part of the deliberate corporate dumbing down of our democracy, this subtle retraining of Americans to see politics as social event rather than civic exercise. To train them not to expect very much in the way of actual RESULTS from elections that have been perverted from important civic events into corporate entertainment divorced from policy. So what if Obama's education policies overall are predatory toward our public schools? You should withhold criticism and be nice, because he is giving some ebooks to poor people! This lowering of expectations is necessary in an oligarchy, where politicians have no real intention of working on behalf of the people in any substantive, meaningful way.

Instead, we are lectured to treat politicians as guests at a social gathering, where, if you can't say anything nice, you shouldn't say anything at all. And we are given the constant, insulting, cynical message, like a drumbeat, that politicians have the right to be offended if we make the critically important observation that small PR gestures like this cannot serve as cover for a larger, predatory corporate policy agenda...like Obama's and Arne Duncan's corporate education policies that hollow out our public schools and turn them into profit farms for oligarchs.





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