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Late Night Liberalism

Monday, 17 September 2012 17:04 By Richard Lichtman, SpeakOut | Opinion
The self-indulgent imbecility of Mitt Romney is having the effect of encouraging a set of very stupid and horrendously misleading comments by the MSNBC evening staff.  So, we were informed on Thursday, September 13 that the United States does not restrict free speech (Maddow) - a comment that would be easily belied by simply reading the first amendment decisions of the Supreme Court and reflecting on the current fates of Bradley Manning and Julian Assange; "the president is the person we trust with foreign policy." Has the speaker heard of "weapons of mass destruction" or the Gulf of Tonkin? Finally, we are informed that the current decision of the Federal Reserve to expand the money supply will act to the advantage of the stock market and so to the population as a whole.  No evidence is offered for this assertion and so the implication is that capitalism can solve its very profound problems through the use of capitalist means.  No evidence is offered.
 
This is liberalism at its most transparent.
This article is a Truthout original.

Richard Lichtman

Richard Lichtman is a philosopher who specializes in the relationship between the social and psychological dimensions of human life. His approach is broadly interdisciplinary: he has taught in departments of philosophy (University of California, Berkeley), humanities (San Francisco State University), sociology (University of California, Santa Cruz) and psychology (The Wright Institute, California School of Professional Psychology, etc.) and has been a faculty member of the Council on Educational Development (CED) program at the University of California, Los Angeles. His books also indicate the range of his interests: Essays in Critical Social Theory covers a broad range of topics in economic, social, and political theory, while The Production of Desire is a detailed analysis of the works of Marx and Freud.

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Late Night Liberalism

Monday, 17 September 2012 17:04 By Richard Lichtman, SpeakOut | Opinion
The self-indulgent imbecility of Mitt Romney is having the effect of encouraging a set of very stupid and horrendously misleading comments by the MSNBC evening staff.  So, we were informed on Thursday, September 13 that the United States does not restrict free speech (Maddow) - a comment that would be easily belied by simply reading the first amendment decisions of the Supreme Court and reflecting on the current fates of Bradley Manning and Julian Assange; "the president is the person we trust with foreign policy." Has the speaker heard of "weapons of mass destruction" or the Gulf of Tonkin? Finally, we are informed that the current decision of the Federal Reserve to expand the money supply will act to the advantage of the stock market and so to the population as a whole.  No evidence is offered for this assertion and so the implication is that capitalism can solve its very profound problems through the use of capitalist means.  No evidence is offered.
 
This is liberalism at its most transparent.
This article is a Truthout original.

Richard Lichtman

Richard Lichtman is a philosopher who specializes in the relationship between the social and psychological dimensions of human life. His approach is broadly interdisciplinary: he has taught in departments of philosophy (University of California, Berkeley), humanities (San Francisco State University), sociology (University of California, Santa Cruz) and psychology (The Wright Institute, California School of Professional Psychology, etc.) and has been a faculty member of the Council on Educational Development (CED) program at the University of California, Los Angeles. His books also indicate the range of his interests: Essays in Critical Social Theory covers a broad range of topics in economic, social, and political theory, while The Production of Desire is a detailed analysis of the works of Marx and Freud.

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