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  •  Remember, though, the core principle.... (8+ / 0-)

    of Republicanism is veneration of the wealthy.  Everything else, including social issues, is transactional which why the social-issues Republicans insist on claiming it's bedrock eternal stuff.  They know they can easily be dealt away in exchange for whatever population of libertarianish voters might be wooed.  So yes, the Republicans do have some scope for altering their "philosophical underpinnings" and I wouldn't be surprised if they tried that.

    You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

    by Rich in PA on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 09:05:32 AM PST

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    •  It's hard to get 99% to vote for 1%'s benefit ... (10+ / 0-)

      ... without those other superstitions and prejudices to exploit. They might pick a different menu of subgroups to hate and suppress each time around, but the method is usually about the same.

      I suppose they could try to teach a few hundred million Americans to think like one Austrian economist. Seeing some recent textbooks, it seems they might even be trying it now. But that seems like the long way around, compared to the usual, "Look at that shifty outsider coveting your stuff!"

      Why is there a Confederate Flag flying in Afghanistan?

      by chimpy on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 09:40:15 AM PST

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      •  Now that's some good dialectical thinking! (1+ / 0-)
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        I agree that the origin of the social junk was probably their inability to get the masses to sign up for simple plutocracy.  But history repeats as farce and we're due.

        You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

        by Rich in PA on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 11:20:22 AM PST

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        •  I don't mind a good political farce (2+ / 0-)
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          But, I prefer the kind where professional writers hire professional actors, and no actual economies are destroyed in the production. Allowing farce writers to hand half-written scripts to those non-union cut-rate actors in Congress is an unfair externalization of their production cost.

          Why is there a Confederate Flag flying in Afghanistan?

          by chimpy on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 11:29:36 AM PST

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