Sunday, October 25, 2015

Tinfoil: Conservatopia

(an outline, perhaps to be replaced by a more complete post)

A few days ago, I tweeted: "The Republicans and conservative Democrats seem to want another Great Depression the way they want another war in the Middle East." And it's true! So I got to wondering what else they wanted that was totally insane. Here's the list I came up with:

  1. War
  2. Depression.
  3. Widespread debt servitude
  4. Privatization of education.
  5. The constant threat of lethal force in public life, both from the police and private citizens
  6. Arbitrary deportations
  7. Abrogation and repeal of the reconstruction amendments (13th, 14th, 15th) to the constitution.
  8. The reduction of Federal government authority to pre-Civil War levels
And there is nothing in that list that I haven't seen one or another Republican official advocating, sometimes from the halls of Congress.

These would lead to:

  1. The return of the segregated South.
  2. Permanent non-citizen status for the children of non-citizens.
  3. Social insurance at the state level only
  4. The restriction of education to the wealthy.
  5. A resurgence of diseases long controlled.
  6. The collapse of Federal regulatory authority
  7. The emergence of multiple currencies.
  8. No effective law enforcement on very wealth individuals and businesses
  9. No effective regulation of the business cycle.
  10. The collapse of interstate and international trade, as products of unknown provenance can no longer be trusted
  11. National economic collapse.
This makes no sense, unless I imagine the there is a faction in the Republicans that is willing to see the USA destroyed, rather than continue as a powerful and prosperous Republic.

F—, what? I mean, really, what?

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