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  •  Just so. (34+ / 0-)

    If people genuinely find problems with his analysis, certain lacunae or whatever, that's one thing. But it's important to recognize how universally lauded he was among progressives during the Bush years.

    This has always been his thing: he keeps his critical distance from both major parties, which is a skeptical stance that he probably acquired after years of observing the cynicism of Russia's oligarchical power structure when he lived there.

    It is, in my view, refreshing to see someone be so equal-opportunity in their denunciation of financial oversight by both of the past two administrations. In any event, it's not difficult to see that between the DLC, the circle of Rubin-esque economists that have dominated the Clinton and Obama White Houses, and the primary sources of campaign contributions for Democrats since the 1990s -- it's not difficult to see that the Democratic party has become compromised by its proximity to the financial sector.

    People can say what they please about the perceived "betrayal" of Democrats by figures like Taiibbi. Tne thing we can say with certainty is this: there is a name we give to those who suspend their critical faculties as soon as their own party is implicated in wrongdoing -- we call them "hacks."

    Nothing requires a greater effort of thought than arguments to justify the rule of non-thought. -- Milan Kundera

    by Dale on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 12:33:00 PM PST

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    •  I like Taibbi (27+ / 0-)

      and make no apologies for it - there is no one better at taking all the seemingly disparate parts of a system and making sense out of the whole.

      He sees that the line separating Dems and Republicans at the Village level is a blurred one and that is the part that many here do not like.

      Ultimately it is likely to be people like Taibbi that will save the Democratic party.

      •  Yup. (14+ / 0-)

        I appreciate Thomas Frank for the same reason: he has an unapologetic stance as a classic New Deal progressive on economic issues, and from that vantage point, he is at ease criticizing both the Dems and the Republicans, albeit for different reasons.

        In his most recent book, Pity the Billionaire (which is a critique of the Tea Party movement), he spends several chapters hammering away at the Republicans -- but then kind of impishly wags his finger and tells us, "don't think I'm going to let the Democrats off the hook! The Republicans may be disingenuous, but the Dems have provided them with an invaluable assist, in the form of their less than emphatic emphasis upon economic justice."

        (That's me paraphrasing, not an actual quote. His prose is a lot better.)

        Nothing requires a greater effort of thought than arguments to justify the rule of non-thought. -- Milan Kundera

        by Dale on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 12:55:07 PM PST

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    •  You absolutely cannot solve a problem (12+ / 0-)

      if you are unwilling to acknowledge that it exists.  The people on this site who keep saying we can turn things around by electing more and better Democrats are myopic.  The Democratic Party has become corrupt, and any time a party is corrupt it will fall, so either we tackle this problem head on, like Moyers and Taibbi have been trying to do, or we will watch the Democratic Party crumble the way the Bush administration did during its last year.

      Yesterday I read a heartbreaking article detailing the troubles families are having once they've lost their homes, and then I read an article about the new "glitch" in Obama's healthcare plan that eliminates many families from coverage...and then I read an article about the massive amounts of bonuses (approved by the Treasury) to be paid the criminals on Wall Street.  If the Obama supporters on this site can't realize how misguided his policies have been at times, then there's little hope that anyone will ever be held accountable for the crimes they have committed that have devastated the global economy.

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