Monday, April 21, 2014


From Paul Krugman's blog:

There Goes the Sun

What makes it even worse is that one (not the only) reason to like the solar revolution is that it helps fight climate change. So if you’re a card-carrying conservative, who believes that climate change is the biggest, most intricate, and most incredibly successful conspiracy in history — thousands of scientists around the world, and not one of them squealing! — you want to block solar even if it saves money.

More here.

To riff on what my favorite blogger Atrios said when he posted this over at Eschaton, the necessary conclusion that must come from realizing that hating liberals is very likely the most unifying philosophical principle among conservatives today is that there really is no unifying philosophical principle among conservatives.  

I mean, just consider Obamacare for a moment.  It was created by a right-wing think tank, the Heritage Foundation, for the express purpose of being the conservative alternative to liberal health care reform.  That's why Mitt Romney got it passed when he was governor of Massachusetts; it uses a "market solution" to solve a social problem.  And that's why Obama endorsed it, too, in order to head off a great deal of anticipated conservative opposition to health care reform.  But when Obama, who is perceived by conservatives as a liberal, decided to make the health care scheme his signature piece of legislation, all the conservatism that had gone into creating it in the first place was automatically voided within the conservative hive mind.

That is, if a "liberal" likes it, then conservatives must necessarily hate it.  But hate isn't really an idea.  It's certainly not a philosophy.  Rather, it's an emotion.  And that's all the conservatives have left for them these days.  Emotion.  Bile.  Venom.  Anger.  Hate.  Nothing else.  All they've got is resentment and anger.  Certainly not any ideas about how to make the nation better.   

In short, conservatives, the 21st century kind, at least, stand for NOTHING.  Kind of like the nihilists in The Big Lebowski