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Of misplaced intentions and misguided apprehensions

I got an e-mail from frequent commenter Ken last night.  At least I think I did, because I followed the link he sent to a speech by Bill Moyers at Truthout.org .   But now I can’t find the e-mail and was beginning to  believe the whole thing was some sort of fatigue-induced hallucination, except that I actually did follow the link and read the speech.  I still don’t know whether there was actually an e-mail or not, but I notice tonight that he dropped a link into the comments on yesterday’s post.  (Wrong link, but it helped me find the article, which will apparently appear in a future issue of The Nation.)  It was an interesting speech.  Wrong, but interesting.

Actually, some of his indictments of our current situation are quite good, but then pointing out problems is, after all, what journalists do best.  I just believe his premises as to the cause of the problems (capitalism is bad) and his solutions (more government and “getting the rich”) are wrong.  I don’t have the energy to respond properly tonight, but I offer the following as food for thought:

Why is it that the excesses of individual (admittedly reprehensible) capitalists are an indictment of capitalism itself, but the excesses and corruption of individual “progressives” are aberrations we should ignore and not in any way cause us to question whether “progressive” ideas actually work or not?

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