[FoRK] "Two faces of the Tea Party"
jbone at place.org
Wed Jun 23 11:05:57 PDT 2010
On Jun 23, 2010, at 11:26, Russell Turpin <russell.turpin at gmail.com>
> On Wed, Jun 23, 2010 at 10:55 AM, Jeff Bone <jbone at place.org> wrote:
>> "Batshit crazy" is evenly distributed in all directions in
>> political space. ...
> I see no reason to think that is the case for any particular nation
> and time period.
Agreed. There are definitely dynamics. Perhaps over a large enough
population and time scale.
I'm being a bit disingenuous, though. I don't fully subscribe to this
point of view, though it *is* the one that motivates the usual
analyses of democracy.
My own skepticisms largely follow Caplan's, amply laid out in his
popular book and other writings.
The whole post was intended a bit ironically. If the effect described
was real, we would always find ourselves in a calm sea of reason.
Instead we whipsaw from Bush-batshit crazy to Obama-batshit crazy, ad
infinitum, a perpetual perfect storm.
Democracy is fashion, not reason. But with profound consequences.
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