Political Quote of the Day

Camille Paglia is a touch self-possessed for my taste, but then again, she’s got the cred to back it up, and nicely explains what’s totally farked up about US politics right here:

Capitalism, which spawned modern individualism as well as the emancipated woman who can support herself, is essentially Darwinian. It expands any society’s sum total of wealth and radically raises the standard of living, but it leaves the poor and weak without a safety net. Capitalism needs the ethical counter-voice of leftism to keep it honest. But leftists must be honest in turn about what we owe to capitalism — without which Western women would have no professional jobs to go to but would be stuck doing laundry by hand and stooping over pots on the hearth fire all day long.

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  1. SD

     /  March 14, 2007

    without which Western women would have no professional jobs to go to but would be stuck doing laundry by hand and stooping over pots on the hearth fire all day long.

    This and the post about glorious childbearing really crack me up.

    The posts also make me realize the life we’ve chosen is extremely different from almost everyone else’s in this country. I rarely ponder that.

    I’ve read that our homeschooling puts us in the 1.7% of the US population bracket… wonder what homeschooling, hobby farming, and CD working fom home brings the percentage down to?

    And yet, it all seems so… “gemütlich” in spite of the fact that both of us were raised in “normal” environments.

  2. happycrow

     /  March 14, 2007

    Yes, but the point is, you have a CHOICE. And a lot of leftists tend to forget what brings that point about in the first place. Paglia is a serious, deeply-committed liberal, so it’s not like this is Sean Hannity talking — she really does mean, if it were possible, to give folks on her side of the political line a serious wakeup call.

  3. SD

     /  March 14, 2007

    I understand Paglia’s article is a well-intended wakeup call, but the objective fact is that the majority of good folks in this country have allowed themselves to be persuaded they don’t have a choice.

  4. Russ

     /  March 14, 2007

    True. People pay too much attention to marketing.

  5. Well, it’s hard to have a choice when “keeping up with the Joneses” has become “Keeping up with the Beckhams”. 🙂

  6. A couple of years ago when I came home to be “Mr. Mom,” my wife had a co-worker that kept asking a lot of questions about our decision, like why we did it, how we could afford it, and so forth.

    I learned last week that she and her husband decided to do the same thing and buck the ‘expectations’ that society has placed out there. For the good of their kids he is staying home while she does the nine-to-fiver. Capitalism makes room for choices that can be scary, but it is great to be able to make those choices.


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