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Progressives are nursing their hurt feeling…

December 26, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

As viewed by Chris Bowers, in an Alternet piece: Marginalized, and impotent, it is slowly beginning to dawn on progressives that they are irrelevant to the Messiah:

Overall, this leaves progressives on the short-end of an ideological divide within the American center-left, with relatively little organizational ability to shift that hierarchy, and facing the very real prospect of being squashed if they step out of line.  This is why so many progressives are frustrated right now.

The pitiful thing is Bowers has absolutely no idea how progressives differ from the Washington mainstream. Waterboard this analyst, and he still could not come up with a single policy difference between the Messiah and his progressive allies. Progessives demand more power be given to Washington over significant portions of the economy, and Washington keeps out-sourcing that additional power to its cronies on Wall Street:

These are the three major examples of the difference between the left-progressive view of government and [Washington’s] view of government.  To solve major problems, from health care to climate change to the financial crisis to education (an example Kilgore discusses in his piece), [Washington’s] philosophy is not for the public sector to take over where the private sector has failed (which would have meant temporary bank nationalization, carbon tax, single payer / expanded public options, and equitable education funding) but instead to use a heavily subsidized and moderately regulated private sector (which meant purchasing toxic assets and loan interest loans to struggling banks, non-auctioned cap and trade, health insurance mandate with subsidies, and charter schools).

So, it all comes down to whether an irretrievably corrupt Washington will educate our children, care for the sick, and protect the environment, or whether it will be out-sourced to the Wall Street cronies of this same irretrievably corrupt Washington.

But, Bowers doesn’t even have the courage of principles to label Washington corrupt to its core. Washington is not engaged in the worst kind of crony capitalism, it is merely committed to relying on private means to accomplish public good. To drive home his point, he quotes another writer:

To put it simply, and perhaps over-simply, on a variety of fronts (most notably financial restructuring and health care reform, but arguably on climate change as well), the Obama administration has chosen the strategy of deploying regulated and subsidized private sector entities to achieve progressive policy results. This approach was a hallmark of the so-called Clintonian, “New Democrat” movement, and the broader international movement sometimes referred to as “the Third Way,” which often defended the use of private means for public ends.

What we are witnessing here, in other words, is not the continued fusion of the most predatory and unequaled economic power with the very machinery of state, to the exclusion of all other human and global environmental considerations, but the mere out-sourcing of good government practices to the private sector.

Okay, fine.

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