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@FullComment.com: 'Cowering, ineffectual ninnies'

In my latest for FC I look at what's good and bad about the mighty Matt Taibbi's ninja-like Adbusters assault on modern liberalism. If you're interested in what he has to say without reading some right-wing crypto-fascist's petulant gloss on a topic that doesn't even really concern him, you can head straight to his article without stopping off for gas.


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Thanks for that, ma'am!

"... Taibbi seeks refuge in the name of a political movement consisting of race-supremacist cretins who shared fantasies of bimetallism and agrarian dictatorship."

I think you're confusing "progressivism" (urban, often Republican) with "populism" (rural, often Democratic).

Uh, that's because there's rather a lot of overlap there. William Jennings Bryan, Tom Johnson, and Huey Long were all major figures in early "progressivism" (one of the volumes in the definitive Bryan biography is called "Progressive Politician and Moral Statesman"). Bob La Follette's running mate in 1924 was a Democrat, as was Dudley Field Malone, who ran for the Farmer-Labor party in 1920.

randall g:

And its ugly little secret is that it really doesn’t mind being in the position it’s in – politically irrelevant and permanently relegated to the sidelines, tucked into its cozy little cottage industry of polysyllabic, ivory tower criticism.

To the extent that this is true, I think that these liberals understand in an unconscious, or visceral way, that if they got what they claim to want, their lives would be ruined along with everyone else's.

After I read that article, I immediately thought that the most apt metaphor for the seriousness of the Left was to compare the Adbusters-supported Blackspot sneakers (hideous, $60) to the capitalist critique of capitalism, the Starbury (awesome, $20).

The system works!


It's an interesting article - I'm trying to think of the last liberal pundit or commentator who had "blue collar" credibility and I can't think of anyone postdating Mike Royko.


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