Yesterday, commenter Cat Lady wrote:
NotW existed for 168 years, and it was gone in one week. The Church, the banks, the full faith and credit of the US, all going down. Some of us knew it was all bullshit, but now it’s becoming common knowledge. We’re being launched into uncharted territories, and we’re going to need a bigger boat.
I’d been thinking for a while that Murdochalpyse reminded me of the scandals in the Catholic Church. The abuse was so widespread and ignored for so long that when it came to light, it was stunning. I suppose the banking collapse was that way too, so many banks doing crazy stuff with subprime crap that any sane person had to know would blow up some day.
I’m having a hard time putting this in a way that won’t sound like an unhinged liberal rant against conservatives, but all of these scandals seem uniquely conservative to me, not just because they all took place within conservative institutions, but because they were driven by an unreflective, faith-based mode of thinking. With the Church, it was God’s on our side, so what we do is right. With the banks, it was the rational market is perfect so what we do is right With News Corp, it was we run the country so what we do is right. With the possible credit default, it’s tax cuts raise revenue, so what we do is right.
Maybe I’m wrong to think that this kind of unthinking belief in self-serving dogma is the hallmark of contemporary conservatism.