We may have more allies than we think we do on the “Right.” Most people on the Right don’t even know what it means. A friend of mine lives in an all-White town in the California Sierra Nevada foothills. Almost every White person there is a Republican, often a very far rightwing type. Fundamentalist Protestantism is really big. Tea Partiers are throwing the biggest political rallies lately.
It could be a rural town anywhere in the US Midwest. You would have no idea you’re in California.
He tells me the most common political question he hears from any of these White working class fools is, “What the difference between rightwing and leftwing?” They honestly do not know. He tries to explain it to them, but they seem like they still don’t get it.
There’s a lot of anger and alienation, but everyone deals with it by watching Glen Beck. There’s quite a bit of lunatic rightwing populism around – Libertarianism, Federal Reserve fearmongering, One World Order, Black Helicopters and UN rule, anti-freemasonry, on and on. It’s ridiculous. Drinking and drug use are heavy, especially meth and pot. The heavy users/drinkers are typically fanatical Christian fundamentalists. It’s a great big heap of stupid out in the middle of the woods.
I agree with everything this guy says except for this:
A free market – or capitalist society – isn’t one where you use the government to enact laws that promote and protect your looting of the people. Those who claim to be “for free markets” and “for the rule of law” are supposed to use the law to put a stop to that crap by prosecuting and locking up the crooks, clawing back the illicit profits and returning them to the people they were stolen from instead of passing more laws and regulations that enable further looting of the people.
Wrong. Free market capitalism is always crony capitalism. It’s not a bug, it’s a feature. It goes with the package. You don’t want the crooked, thieving oligarchic crony capitalism, get rid of the free market crap.
The only thing that has ever constrained capitalism is a healthy degree of socialist regulation in the state and society. Nothing else has ever worked. If you hate socialism and love the free market, then you get the nightmarish, criminal, looting, oligarchic plutocrats and a state that’s part and parcel of them.
The plutocrat-run Washington Post recently ran a poll on Bernie Sanders filibuster. The poll was rigged. 2 out of three questions were snarky hits on Sanders. Nevertheless, responders saw through the rigged poll and voted 87% in support of Sanders speech.
Bernie Sanders is increasingly looking like one of the last honest men in Congress.