My Contrarian/Libertarian Take on Tiresome Political Events
Friday, January 30, 2009
How to Sell a Mess: What "stimulus" advocates learned from the push for war with Iraq (Reason Magazine)
This timely article from Reason Magazine:
"How to Sell a Mess: What "stimulus" advocates learned from the push for war with Iraq"
When Washington makes a big decision—to pass the PATRIOT Act, to invade Iraq, to bail out Wall Street, to spend hundreds of billions "stimulating" the economy—the most important stage of the debate isn't the final agreement on what to do, but rather the establishment of an acceptable radius of disagreement, writes Jesse Walker. The goal, as in the current "stimulus" debate, is to establish that dissidents just don't deserve attention: that they're extremists, partisan flacks, or just not "serious." http://www.reason.com/news/show/131332.html