Using Technology to Deepen Democracy, Using Democracy to Ensure Technology Benefits Us All
Saturday, August 11, 2007
It seems that the collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge has finally managed to drive home a point in the popular imagination that even the ongoing Katrina catastrophe flabbergastingly somehow hasn't quite managed to do (I'm sure that racism has nothing at all to do with that perplexing failure of imagination).
Progressive public figures (for example, the always wonderful Rachel Maddow), policy wonks (for example, Rick Perlstein), editorial writers (for example, Nick Coleman), and so on are all openly and insistently making the connection between the Movement Conservative Republican antigovernmentality and the consequent abject failures of Movement Conservative Republicans who actually get elected and then try to make a go at governing (if you can call endlessly lowering taxes, endlessly deregulating corporations, and handing out endless sweetheart deals to unqualified cronies "governing" in any sense of the word). And, stunningly enough, this time around, at long last, they seem to be getting traction when they make this glaring connection.
The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party Is Finally Beginning to Say No Way to the "Third Way." "Reagan Democrats" are sobering up into Fighting Liberals ready for a New Deal 2.0.
The proper response to neoliberal and neoconservative antigovernmentality is to champion uncompromisingly the practical ideal and actual implementation of good, democratic government.