Don’t get me wrong. I love LOVE the cover art and the graphs are way cool; geeky cool.
But, they are Liberal Leftists from Europe and it just bugs me enough to net out annoyed.
Which only means I love it when they bring the whup-ass.
You see, because at the root of most folks, left of center or not, is the common understanding that this scree of “The Rich Are Ruining The World” rings like Ice Ice Baby memories from college; kinda fun at the time, but not so much in retrospect.
It’s just nice to hear confirmation of that fact from the Economist:
Then I read it again, with annoyance. Mr Herbert wanted to say that American democracy is broken because it’s been hijacked by the rich. This is one of approximately five columns liberal pundits phone in when they are uninspired or feeling lazy. Not that you can sleepwalk through a phone-in! Oh, there’s work to do. First, you’ve got to find a piping hot news hook. This can be accomplished by staring at the headlines until you run across a word that also appears in one of your ready-made gotta-get-to-brunch op-ed templates. So, let’s see… Egyptians have cast out a dictator in hopes of one day establishing a democracy. Democracy! Rich people have hijacked our democracy! Then it’s just a matter of peppering the thing with au courant Pavlovian keywords: “corporate stranglehold”, “Citizens United decision”, “Koch brothers”. Finally, one must summon the energy to loop back to the hook. “The Egyptians want to establish a viable democracy, and that’s a long, hard road. Americans are in the mind-bogglingly self-destructive process of letting a real democracy slip away.” Boom! This is is how they do it in the bigs, folks.
BOOM! Goes the Dynamite!