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Ways to Cause Me to Not Take You Seriously

August 3, 2009

There are some catch phrases in the dominant ideology, which, if you use them, I will not take you seriously.

First, there is “big government,” which is supposed to carry pejorative connotations. Well, with me it doesn’t. In addition, this isn’t even a serious term in the field of economics. It’s just part of your popular ideology. So get rid of it unless you want me to laugh at you behind your back.

As an aside, I completely agree with Buffy, who recently said in a comment on this post:

I don’t get the mentality of people who insist they don’t what “the government” making decisions about their health care yet don’t mind corporate bean counters doing so.

Second, there is “free market.” Unlike “big government,” this is a legitimate technical term in economics. But I still won’t take you seriously if you use it as if it were an ideal type of all that is good in the world. Although I’m willing to debate about the pros and cons of degrees of market intervention, those people who assume that “totally unregulated=perfectly good” are apparently blind to the numerous negative effects of unregulated markets. That is, of course there are some benefits to free markets, just as there are pros and cons to practically everything in the world. But to assume that there are no costs whatsoever associated with unregulated markets makes you the worst sort of ignorant or blind ideologue.

Sorry for the rant. Today I’m still angry, but moving into depressed. Warm and fuzzy has got to be around the corner; I’m certain of it!

And yes, I’m aware there is a split infinite in the title to this post. Don’t care!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. John permalink
    August 3, 2009 9:22 pm

    Split infinitives are absolutely grammatical!

    But the free market has got to be good! It’s got “free” right in the name! What’s the matter, you don’t like freedom? ;)

    I forgot exactly what we were talking about, but I remember explaining my position on something or other to somebody (I know, I’m so precise) and his response was, “but that goes against free enterprise!” And my response was, “exactly!”

    I run into too many people who think that any form of government intervention equals socialism. Even leftists make this mistake when they say things like “the bailout is socialism for the rich!” What they call “socialism for the rich” is just the government acting on behalf of capital. That’s not even some perverted form of capitalism; a government that supports capital in times of crisis at the expense of the working class is integral to the continued operation of capitalism.

    “Big government bad” and “free market good” are common sense statements that don’t require much to back them up. They can be deployed as easily as “the Bible said it, I believe it!” That armor of ideology is strong and nearly impossible to penetrate.

  2. larry c wilson permalink
    August 3, 2009 10:52 pm

    Those who think an unregulated free market is an unmitigated good are historically ignorant.

  3. August 3, 2009 11:19 pm

    Oooh! Can we add ‘reverse racism’? And ‘political correctness’?

  4. August 4, 2009 7:20 am

    There should be a list of similar items used in the study of early Christianity.

    “rings true of Jesus”
    “radically subversive”

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