Topic: Political Theory
The Values War: Don't try to join 'em, try to beat 'em! And, when possible, try to get them to join us...
Rick Brown, the News Guy in Atlanta, is getting to be sort of a regular columnist for Just Above Sunset. He has been quoted - sometimes at length - almost seventy times in issues this year, and about that often the previous year. Along with Bob Patterson, who oddly calls himself The World's Laziest Journalist, and Ric Erickson of MetropoleParis - who has become the de facto Just Above Sunset stringer in Paris - it seems the magazine has developed a staff. And that staff also includes Philip Raines - with eight items, four of them extended photojournalism articles - and Deborah Vatcher with four short stories. (See the left-hand column of the home page for links to the items by Phillip and Doctor Debbie.)
Rick in Atlanta sends along reaction to an item be Michael Kinsley in the Washington Post, which contains the line - "Why do you care, or care so much, whether the people running the government have good values? Wouldn't you prefer a bit of competence, if forced to choose?"
That's a good question. The item is this:
When Ideology is a Value
Michael Kinsley, The Washington Post, Sunday, November 28, 2004; Page B07
Here's the main idea -
And here's the problem it raises -
And then Kinsley launches into example after example to illustrate his point, and that is a litany of foolishness. Kinsley is merciless.
And then the core -
And the conclusion?
Yeah, yeah. It's a funny punch line.
Rick in Atlanta comments -
Ah, Just Above Sunset doesn't demand such lightness. This will do just fine.
Philip Raines has a shot at all this -
And Vince In Rochester -
See August 1, 2004 - Cain's Question for a discussion of Barack Obama, the rising star of the Democratic Party. He's not Richard Daley. Things in Chicago have changed since the 1968 convention.
Well, something is going on here. I sense a wave coming in - just a swell on the horizon now - but maybe this will be a wave that is worth riding.
Heck, maybe it is time to bring decent, sensible people back in to help straighten up the mess we have on our hands. Perhaps many will miss the idealists who scoff at reality - those wild-eyed theorists now in power who merrily ignore the environment disintegrating, and the economy on the edge of a cliff as the dollar drops like a rock and the debts pile up and the dollars that support our realm go elsewhere, and real costs of the war that has made us despised around the world, and the homeless in the streets and the millions without healthcare of any kind, and the poverty that the elderly and unlucky face in the coming decades.
It's a thought. Time to get to work.