I put Middle Earth Journal in hiatus in May of 2008 and moved to Newshoggers.
I temporarily reopened Middle Earth Journal when Newshoggers shut it's doors but I was invited to Participate at The Moderate Voice so Middle Earth Journal is once again in hiatus.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Feudal Economics and the Republican Party

I meant to comment on this opinion piece by Jonah Goldberg yesterday:
Ron Paul isn't that scary
It's important because it tells us what the Republican Party is all about and what it fears the most. Goldberg attacks social conservative Mike Huckabee because he is an economic progressive.
What's troubling about The Man From Hope 2.0 is what he represents. Huckabee represents compassionate conservatism on steroids. A devout social conservative on issues such as abortion, school prayer, homosexuality and evolution, Huckabee is a populist on economics, a fad-follower on the environment and an all-around do-gooder who believes that the biblical obligation to do "good works" extends to using government -- and your tax dollars -- to bring us closer to the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth.


And therein lies the chief difference between Paul and Huckabee. One is a culturally conservative libertarian. The other is a right-wing progressive.
Yes, the Republican Party stands for feudal economics - to them the "ownership society" is where less than 5 percent of the population owns 95 percent of everything. Where owning a house for most means you are an indentured servant until you make that last payment if ever you do. What they hate the most is the New Deal and what they fear the most is a new New Deal just when it looked like they were turning things around. That's why many in big business support Hillary and fear John Edwards. That's why Libertarian Ron Paul does not frighten the Jonah Goldbergs as much as a "right-wing progressive" like Huckabee. Paul my cut down the war machine but he won't use the federal government to help the serfs.

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