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Erik Kain

Erik writes about video games at Forbes and politics at Mother Jones. He's the contributor of The League though he hasn't written much here lately. He can be found occasionally composing 140 character cultural analysis on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar Dan Summers

    One minor quibble — the idea that liberals aren’t free to criticize Obama is nonsense. Witness the criticism he has gotten from the left flank for his tepid support of a public option. Or his inaction on closing Guantanamo. Or his slow pace of reform with regard to gay rights.

    Other than that, I agree with the above.Report

  2. Avatar Louis B.

    I can’t say I’m surprised by this. Beck’s faux-emotionalism was one of the creepiest aspects of his persona.

    Joe Carter is right to say that the conservative movement is not chiefly influenced by the likes of Burke and Hayek, but I wouldn’t exactly describe it (or Ayn Rand) as libertarian populism (more like anything-but-communism). Carter completely glosses over the militarist aspects of contemporary conservatism, allowing him for example to paint Ron Paul (who for all his faults is nonetheless an outsider) as a movement god Whose Words Must Not Be Questioned.

    Did I say “glosses over”? I meant IGNORES COMPLETELY. This is like talking about Idiocracy without mentioning the bell curve.Report

    • Avatar Joe Carter in reply to Louis B.

      As I wrote in the comments section to the original post, it’s not Paul that’s the problem. Like Palin, he has ceased to be a real politician (in the eyes of many of his supporters) and become the embodiment of their ideals. While Paul put himself up as someone who should not be criticized, his supporters often do. (Though to be fair, the Palinistas are even worse. I used to support Palin too. But she is not the person her supporters are making her out to be.)Report

      • Avatar Bob Cheeks in reply to Joe Carter

        Joe, trying to have a conversation with libruls!
        How nice!
        That’s kind-a like talking about the Book of Romans in a whorehouse.Report

      • Avatar Louis B. in reply to Joe Carter

        As a matter of fact, you said that the right had a cult of personality that cannot be criticised (a dubious assertion on its own) and included Paul (and Ayn Rand!) amongst that number. But whatever.

        I simply don’t see what’s wrong with the ideals he embodies, which represent a breath of fresh air compared to the conservative establishment of the past.

        I’m interested in your reasons for completely ignoring militarism as an important (heck, the main) component of movement conservatism.Report

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