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TNR’s John Judis, Then and Now

November 18th, 2013 - 1:10 pm

In his latest USA Today column, Glenn Reynolds notes that there really are two Americas — “One that works, produces value, and overcomes problems, and one that for the most part doesn’t work, consumes wealth, and produces more problems than it solves:”

The America that doesn’t work was very much in evidence this past week, as the Obamacare roll out continued to be — in Democratic Sen. Max Baucus’ memorable phrase — a “train wreck.” Writing in The New Republic, John Judis observed that the Obamacare fiasco should make fans of activist government angry, because it will damage big government’s brand for decades to come. Well, if you support big government because you think that politicians are more competent or honest than the rest of us, yes, it’s a big bummer. Then again, if you really think so highly of politicians, you have more serious problems than that.

And Judis does. As he wrote in the New Republic on Christmas Eve of 2008, at the dawn of the era of Hopenchange, when the left was certain that We Are All Socialists Now,” America was Starting From Zero, and were simply dazzled by the crisp, cool, kabuki confidence displayed by the mystical Office of the President-Elect:

A decade ago, I might have been embarrassed to admit that I was raised on Marx and Marxism, but I am convinced that the left is coming back. Friedrich Hayek is going to be out; Friedrich Engels in. Larry Kudlow out; Larry Mishel in. And why is that? Because a severe global recession like this puts in relief the transient, fragile, and corruptible nature of capitalism, and the looming contradiction between what Marx called the forces and relations of production evidenced in unemployed engineers and boarded up factories and growing poverty amidst a potential for abundance. As capitalism itself–or at the least the vaunted miracle of the free market–becomes problematic, the left is poised for an intellectual comeback.

So, how’s that working out these days? With Paul Krugman predicting Carter-esque permanent recessions, TNR needs something to take their minds off the horrors unfolding before them in the White House. No wonder they have a new article titled “High Times Magazine May Be the Most Influential Publication of Our Era.”

After his Website went 404, I’m sure President Choom wouldn’t mind declaring that it’s gotta be 4:20 somewhere, and sparking up a doober himself right about now.

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Eureka! We can avoid economic collapse in a fragile system by just keeping the economy in the dumps all the time and all of us becoming slaves of the state. It just might work. Has this been tried?

Possible slogan: Because we didn't ruin the Twentieth Century enough!

Or: Marxists: Keeping you safe from economic decline, by grabbing all the stuff for ourselves and forcing you to do work.

Or: Forget "fragile" systems where you might lose money or your job; We've got a robust one where we just take your stuff now and assign your work.

Or: Forget the potential downside of "fragile" capitalism; We offer possible starvation; You can't go much lower than that.
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How many time have the dems been moaning that we need a fed gov energy policy, to get energy self sufficiency. Now it looks like those evil capitalists, due to their development of fracking, have actually achieved it, and not only with no gov help, but with the radical environmentalists and Obama fighting them all the way.
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Is not the federal Government which we revile the same Government we want to enlarge? Are not the same taxes we want to increase the same taxes we, every one, scheme to avoid, the same capitalism we are taught to loathe the same capitalism which allows us to thrive? ~David Mamet
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But of course socialism is far, far more harmful than any addictive drug, even heroin and cocaine.
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"High Times Magazine May Be the Most Influential Publication of Our Era"

Step away from the bong, dude.

Socialism is not the only drug that destroys brain cells.
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"America was Starting From Zero"

Anyone familiar with the blood-drenched history of communism will recognize that phrase.
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Here's the best smack down of Marxism on the web. Utterly devastating.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nt58gg1DQGk
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Remember, Marx thought that everyone would so embrace sharing everything with everyone else, that there would be no need for a government at all. Among the problems with that theory is that in practice, you first have to give massive power to the government, and all that power corrupts on both an organizational (IRS targeting, NSA spying, DOJ suing, etc.) level and on an individual level (revolving door between government and consultancies [sometimes you can even do both at once, just like Huma!])

The people who see such corruption in capitalism never seem to be able to see the same or worse corruption in government.
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Oh, they can see their own corruption. They just think no one else can see it.
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Socialism does not fail, therefore Obama failed socialism.
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