YouTube - "Austerity Road to 19th Century: James Crotty: Right-wing billionaires use crisis to weaken social safety net"

James Crotty: Right-wing billionaires use crisis to weaken social safety net

via YouTube - Austerity Road to 19th Century.

This is almost exactly right.

Where it needs work concerns the divide between the neocons and the libertarians. I am not suggesting that James Crotty is either unaware of that or that he would be unable to speak on his feet about it. I would be surprised were he either of those things. There are simply time-constraints for the Real News on YouTube.

Don't imagine that Paul Jay was asking questions out of ignorance. Paul asks questions the answers to which he often knows (sometimes better than do his guests). He asks them to allow the guest hopefully to enlighten the viewing audience, which certainly happened with this video.

The fact is that Rove and the Koch brothers are not natural allies, far from it. Rove is not anti-government/state. Rove is a fascist — not laissez-faire, not truly Austrian School. The Koch brothers are more monarchical. The Koch brothers want to be left alone to become the monopoly, the sovereign over all they survey, all they conquer. Rove is more prepared to have the elites share the spoils, so to speak. The Koch brothers are more interested in dog-eat-dog and owning their own militia if the rest of us would "allow it."

Right now, the Koch brothers are buying the acceptance for that sort of thing by buying the Tea Party Movement. For all intense and purposes, they already own the (sort of) "libertarian" CATO Institute.

What they share in common is elitism. That's why the libertarians don't work well with the radical left. The radical left is anti-elitism. It is anti-dog-eat-dog. It is anti-monarchical.

The problem with the radical left (aside from the purer anarchists) is that it's every bit as violently coercive as the mass of neocons and libertarian capitalists. I have run into only one pacifist, libertarian capitalist in my life. There are undoubtedly more out there, but they are very rare.


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