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phantom power Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:47 PM
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The crosses are gone, replaced by the confederate flag and paeans to John Galt.
To some extent, a newfound suspicion of government was probably inevitable as soon as Democrats took power. At the same time, with the implosion of the Christian right's leadership and the last year's cornucopia of GOP sex scandals, the party needed to take a break from incessant moralizing, and required a new ideology to take the place of family values cant. The belief system analysts sometimes call "producerism" served nicely. Producerism sees society as divided between productive workers -- laborers, small businessmen and the like -- and the parasites who live off them. Those parasites exist at both the top and the bottom of the social hierarchy -- they are both financiers and welfare bums -- and their larceny is enabled by the government they control.

Producerism has often been a trope of right-wing movements, especially during times of economic distress, when many people sense they're getting screwed. Its racist (and often anti-Semitic) potential is obvious, so it gels well with the climate of Dixiecrat racial angst occasioned by the election of our first black president. The result is the return of the repressed.

http://www.prospect.org/cs/articles?article=the_return_...


Yes. The crosses are gone, replaced by the confederate flag and paeans to John Galt. And the repression of the poor put-upon majority Christians is replaced by the poor put-upon majority white people. Same people, different symbols.

We are living in some fascinating times aren't we?

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2009/09/producerism-by-d...
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Windy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 01:44 PM
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1. we have the bigots and the tim mcveigh conspriacy nut/paranoids now...
Much worse... and the fundies are still there too... bad times for the country
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booley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 01:49 PM
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2. Using John Galt Deeply Ironic
Edited on Thu Sep-17-09 01:52 PM by booley
Since in the book, Galt was one of the people that kept the economy running by producing.

The tea baggers are shills of the insurance companies and others that get rich by not producing anything. And they put down the working poor who do most of the work in this country and get very little in return for it.

But by all means if these guys want to move to a secret island and become industrial hermits.

Those of us that have been supporting their dumb asses while being being pushed down as "Leeches" would greatly appreciate it.
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