Blinking at conflation

An excerpt from a blog on the Washington Post website:

You can wish all you want to be left alone to live your life free of the heated breath of big government, but come on, get rid of government and what you’ll be feeling is the heated breath of ever-larger corporations and the forces of globalization.

This would be a direct example of the progressive view of capitalism, that corporations are on one side & the government is on the other.

An editorial cartoon on the Washington Post website:

This suggests that the relationship between big business & politics is closer to symbiotic than antagonistic.

Problem: both have the same author.  On the same day.  In the same post even.


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3 Responses to Blinking at conflation

  1. Pingback: Things I’m afraid of, things I’m not afraid of « Libérale et libertaire

  2. Todd S. says:

    When people say things like that I always try to make them think about exactly how it would happen. “OK, explain to me just how – without the police on their side – a business is going to make you do anything.”

    That usually ends in their vision of anarchy == chaos where everyone instantly becomes a narcissistic sociopath and starts shooting people at random.

  3. B Psycho says:

    In effect, they’re assuming that sociopathy is the default condition of the human mind. That opens the door to a ton of questions, one of which is “just how the hell did a species with a sociopathic nature form these things we call society then?”.

    There may well be a behavioral neuroscientist somewhere willing to respond to that by suggesting a mutation somewhere within the span of human existence that “flipped the switch” allowing social co-existence. Hell if I know who they are though.

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