Sunday, January 18, 2009
The key political and economic ideological framework in this country is that conservatives like market outcomes and progressors want to rely on the government. This framework is false; the reality is that conservatives have been using the government to redistribute wealth upward. Many times this has lead progressives to rail against markets, which are a useful tool, and conservatives have been using the government to manipulate market forces and distribute wealth upward. Conservatives do not own up to the fact that many of the policies they favor are forms of government intervention. Liberals have accepted the framework that conservatives have given them to argue. This is like letting a football team pick the defensive formation they are going to be competing against in the next game. By accepting this framework, the liberal side of the argument is less effective and backed into a corner.