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Zute
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The New (new) Conservative

Post by Zute » Tue Nov 27, 2012 9:19 am

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/ ... community/

Man, this guy is WAY interesting. He's been totally shunned by other conservatives because he dared to criticize Bush.

He worked with Regan, Bush, Heritage Foundation. He's totally turned around on Supply-side Economics and is agreeing with Paul Krugman, who he used to vehemently disagree with.
On the plus side, I think I had a very clear understanding of the economic crisis from day one. I even wrote another op-ed for the New York Times in December 2008 advocating a Keynesian cure that holds up very well in light of history. Annoyingly, however, I found myself joined at the hip to Paul Krugman, whose analysis was identical to my own. I had previously viewed Krugman as an intellectual enemy and attacked him rather colorfully in an old column that he still remembers.
For the record, no one has been more correct in his analysis and prescriptions for the economy’s problems than Paul Krugman. The blind hatred for him on the right simply pushed me further away from my old allies and comrades.
He also discusses the Conservative information bubble and how he was banned from Rupert Murdoch's enterprises after expressing dissent from Bush 43.
Among the interesting reactions to my book is that I was banned from Fox News. My publicist was told that orders had come down from on high that it was to receive no publicity whatsoever, not even attacks. Whoever gave that order was smart; attacks from the right would have sold books. Being ignored was poison for sales.

I later learned that the order to ignore me extended throughout Rupert Murdoch’s empire. For example, I stopped being quoted in the Wall Street Journal.* Awhile back, a reporter who left the Journal confirmed to me that the paper had given her orders not to mention me. Other dissident conservatives, such as David Frum and Andrew Sullivan, have told me that they are banned from Fox as well. More epistemic closure.
And then this...
The final line for me to cross in complete alienation from the right was my recognition that Obama is not a leftist. In fact, he’s barely a liberal—and only because the political spectrum has moved so far to the right that moderate Republicans from the past are now considered hardcore leftists by right-wing standards today. Viewed in historical context, I see Obama as actually being on the center-right.
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AbyssalMage
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Re: The New (new) Conservative

Post by AbyssalMage » Wed Nov 28, 2012 9:02 pm

I think they believe they are just disciplining me, hoping I will admit error and ask for forgiveness. They clearly don’t know me very well. My attitude is that anyone who puts politics above friendship is not someone I care to have in my life.
I just thought this was important for everyone, regardless of political views. When we can't debate anymore, when we can't come to a common goal, then democracy is truly dead.

Fyyr
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Re: The New (new) Conservative

Post by Fyyr » Mon Dec 31, 2012 12:18 pm

It's already dead.

Time to bury it, it's drawing flies.

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Re: The New (new) Conservative

Post by AbyssalMage » Thu Jan 17, 2013 1:23 pm

Fyyr wrote:It's already dead.

Time to bury it, it's drawing flies.
Welcome back Fyyr :)

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