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I'm an opponent of the blind, deaf, and dumb chic ideology of the decade

Posted by: DonS ( USA ) on August 18, 1999 at 12:56:15:

In Reply to: Go ignore some more evidence or something, will ya? posted by Samuel Day Fassbinder on August 02, 1999 at 12:00:13:

: First of all, you have me confused with somebody who thinks they can create some utopian solution ("anarchism, socialism, statism") to the problems of the world as it is. Let's try some negative psychology here, since the positive stuff seems to have failed: keep confusing me with those people. You're doing a great job buttonholing me.

Don: More likely, I've confused you with someone who has ideas they are willing to defend. This is at least partly your fault, since you have given the suggestion that you agree with RD's ideas of socialism. The more I read your writing, the more I realize that you are one of those people who attack ideas without having any of their own.

: For everyone else: mostly I'm an opponent of the blind, deaf, and dumb chic ideology of the decade, the belief that the imposition of the "free market" upon the world will cure everything from Russia's depression and Brazil's insolvency (which such imposition caused) to the gout. I have to believe that it was no conincidence that minimal literacy and redneck mentality have become extremely fashionable attitudes in the same decade. I can only expect things to get worse in the next century, as the weather grows hotter, conflict over resources becomes more severe, and life grows weirder, while the ideologues scratch their butts, dumbfounded as to why, while rejecting explanation out-of-hand.

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