FRIDAY, JANUARY 6, 2012
Well worth reading: For what it’s worth, we think it’s a positive thing when Republican voters hear Ron Paul talking about the war/empire machine.
We wouldn’t vote for Paul ourselves. But as Glenn Greenwald has been pointing out, citizens rarely get to hear anyone talk about such topics. For whatever reason, Paul is more respected this time around than he was in 2008. This time, he isn’t a figure of ridicule within the Republican party. On balance, we would guess that it’s a good thing when people who don’t assume he’s a fool hear him discuss these topics.
That said, we strongly recommend Greenwald’s recent struggles concerning this topic. The call of the tribe is very strong. Indeed, it’s one of the strongest of all pre-human imperatives.
We’ve been amazed by the way our side seems to love the call of the tribe. Greenwald has been examining this impulse with reference to a different set of issues. For a place to start, just click here.
Cheer up! This doesn’t mean you can’t vote for Obama. Almost surely, we ourselves will.
That said, pre-humans loved the tribe. Many folk love the tribe still.