We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Well he admits he's no libertarian and he's not exactly a federalist either, he's all for nanny-state Federal government restrictions on recreational marijuana. Why? To turn one of his pet phrases, apparently because he's smarter than us and knows better than we do what's good for us.
Tucker Carlson shows he is joining the ranks of Edmund Burke. America needs more of this point of view. In Canada it is known as Toryism. In the States you will have to figure out a more acceptable name for this form of conservatism. It is largely invisible to the main parties and to American discourse generally. A non-market conservatism which is not leftist, not progressive, but which emphasizes the health of the nation.
I don't watch television, but I was in the kitchen when this came on yesterday. 15 minutes for an opener! My wife and I watched this, naturally stopping what we were doing as he got rolling, to listen, almost transfixed. He sounded a little like Howard Beale, in Network: Mad as hell, with a preppie accent. [url] https://youtu.be/AS4aiA17YsM [/url]
Carlson frankly calls himself an elitist, with a head nod to his upbringing and family heritage I guess. I don't think we've heard the whole message yet.
I guess I'm not alone; Tucker articulates this case better than I ever could. Our betters traded good jobs for cheap goods. It's a win,win for everyone, doncha know, despite leveling great swaths of America and cutting the ground out from beneath millions of Americans, who had done nothing wrong. Weren't we all supposed to have amazing short term, dead end, service jobs by now?
This, Mitt Romney, is why you got Trump. It is a rejection of the bleak future that you, the Globalists, the Financialists, along with the rest of the skimmers and opportunists have for Middle America.
In any case, I agree that there is more to a human life than just material well being. As for cheap stuff from China, am I the only one who has noticed that many house holds are just buried in cheap crap which is expensive to get rid of, now that our landfills are overwhelmed.
Tucker's commentary reminded me of another discussion from 1994, I think. It is worth a listen. Sir James was prescient.
I'm not sure I agree with every point he makes about the causes but I agree with him on where we are. His comments spur me to think more about where we are and how to get out of it.
What has caused the decline of the middle class that started before the Reagan administration? In the '60s you could live very well on $30,000/yr, but I don't think you could live nearly as well making four times as much. I'm not sure just a factor of taxes or inflation.
Whatever the causes, we need to really find out and fix our situation and I haven't heard anybody else point a light on this till Tucker. We better start thinking about this soon - not to mention the future of automation - or we'll be in bigger trouble.
Meh. Sounds good, but dissolves on contact with reality.
He has no real alternative to market capitalism that does not involve gubmint "helping" or picking winners and losers.... which is how we got here.
I am almost half way into this clip and there is not One.Single.Mention of personal responsibility. So a buncha bankers and Tee Vee execs destroyed the American family from afar with their death rays, eh?
He also mentioned culture being connected to economics - then said NOTHING about how Judeo-Christian personhood has been replaced with Marxist naked-apehood. Again - where is the discussion of morality and personal responsibility?
I agree with you completely. Until personal responsibility once again becomes the underpinning of raising our young and an ideology that rings through the generations, this nation will continue to devolve. Government is now "mama", and most are tied to her apron strings.