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The current health care fiasco makes me sad, and I find it hard to write anything. But other people are much more awesome, and I must declare this somehow.

I find this post on libertarianism from Tristero at Hullabaloo ridiculously spot on. Especially this:

As a moral philosophy, by failing to recognize an indisputable physical and ethical reality – namely, that the conflict between the one and the many is primary – libertarianism is all but useless. As a political philosophy, especially when it comes to issues affecting the “rights of businesses”, libertarianism is often deeply immoral, providing flimsy rationales for destructive acquisition, thievery, fraud, and greed – typically, and ironically, in the service of the largest corporations, not individuals. When political libertarianism does pursue goals worthwhile to the individual and to society – eg, in calling for the end of sodomy laws – they add no arguments to the debate that liberals and progressives haven’t already expressed.”

I am also loving this from Tiger Beatdown, a blog I started reading maybe a month or two ago. This part was fucking incredible:

Bad news, though: to remedy this, we would actually have to adopt a system of aesthetics that values content over cultural positioning, and a system of rebellion that values resistance to power over nihilistic, self-indulgent acceptance of it. And that is just so out of style.”

Seriously, that is one of the best things I’ve read in ages.

Also, my love for Barbara Ehrenreich continues unabated.

My love for Bob Herbert is also passionate and true. He speaks the truth and breaks my heart.

I wrote, at the time, that there would have been thunderous outrage if someone had separated potential victims by race or religion and then shot, say, only the blacks, or only the whites, or only the Jews. But if you shoot only the girls or only the women — not so much of an uproar…We profess to being shocked at one or another of these outlandish crimes, but the shock wears off quickly in an environment in which the rape, murder and humiliation of females is not only a staple of the news, but an important cornerstone of the nation’s entertainment.”

Thanks to writers like the above, my belief in the goodness and common sense inherent in human beings survives to be bruised another day. Yeah!!

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