Re: the following:
..to me, it boils down to issues of political economy and which side you are on, that of the underdog, or that of the ubermenschen. The ubermenschen pay a lot more to their intellectual harlots, but that is for being thought’s contortionists, not intellectuals, and therein lies the problem, in my estimation.
With the underdog class now inclusive of much of the talented ten percent, the tens of thousands of struggling adjuncts with hard earned PhDs, out of work attorneys and engineers, and anyone else who can be replaced with a counterpart from India, or even a software program, we have reached a point where the word economy (in the macro sense of the term) has become a total anachronism. The problem with Conservatives is that they elevate the micro to the level of the macro, taking care of their own households at the expense of the national household. They have done that so successfully as to kill the golden goose, just as Marx predicted they would.
Thus, I prefer not to tie myself in knots justifying the paymasters’ preconceived conclusions, particularly when I could see their ideas would lead to the sort of disaster we’ve experienced for the past five years. But I had the nation’s interest at heart, not that of the paymasters. I may be poor, but I’m not a whore. And, unlike most conservatives, I can take a clean conscience to my grave.