August 14 2007
August 14, 2007 § Leave a comment
August 14 2007
Starting by ending
David Frum very seriously explains that The Problem With Karl is that he answered the wrong question:
The question he answered so successfully was a political one: How could Republicans win elections after Bill Clinton steered the Democrats to the center?
The question he unfortunately ignored was a policy question: What does the nation need — and how can conservatives achieve it?
THE WORLD’S FAIR: The book is about alternative pathways in science and industry, so I suppose the first question is, what are mainstream pathways?
DAVID HESS: You could think about science and industry as composed of fields in Bourdieu’s sense, where there are dominant and nondominant networks. In scientific research fields the mainstream pathways are the networks of researchers who control the major departments that reproduce the field by editing the journals, producing the graduate students, winning the most grants and awards, and running the academic societies. Of course the networks are very porous, and it is not always possible to characterize research fields in this way, but it is a helpful way of thinking about science, especially for the issues that I want to address. In industrial fields the mainstream pathways are the technologies and products put on the market by the leading corporations in each field.
I need to follow up on the above.
Babbitt In Rousseau and Romanticism , 1919 (often claimed by conservatives as their own) :
“The all-roundness and fine symmetry, the poise and dignity that come from working within the bounds of the human law, were taken to be the privilege not of man in general but of a special social class. Take for instance verbal decorum: the French neo-classicists assumed that if the speech of poetry is to be noble and highly serious it must coincide with the speech of the aristocracy. As Nisard puts it, they confused nobility of language with the language of the nobility. Decorum was thus more or less merged with etiquette so that the standards of the stage and literature in general came to coincide, as Rousseau complains, with those of the drawing-room. More than anything else this narrowing of decorum marks the decline from the classic to the pseudo-classic, from form to formalism. ”
McClatchy Washington Bureau | 08/14/2007 | Prices for key foods are rising sharply
MIDLAND, Va. — The Labor Department’s most recent inflation data showed that U.S. food prices rose by 4.1 percent for the 12 months ending in June, but a deeper look at the numbers reveals that the price of milk, eggs and other essentials in the American diet are actually rising by double digits.
The pain for the lower two thirds in income in frightening. Added to this the problems for undocumented workers. Are we not on the cusp of a real tragedy?
But few people — including his Republican allies — believe Rove succeeded in what he set as his ultimate goal: creating a long-lasting GOP majority in the country that could reverse the course set 70 years ago by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.”
My view is that Rove had no one who really understood his strategy, no one else who wanted to play for keeps. Bush is really beholden to Bush senior and tha Catalyst Group, and Cheney to Haliburton. Rove was really alone.
This is a great survey of editorial writing about Rove. Worth reading.