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This blog used to be about politics. Not so much anymore as I have worked through my fascination with that subject. It now seems appropriate that with a new president and the end of the Bush nightmare that I move on to new subjects that are more in line with my current interests. I may still occasionally express an opinion about political matters but for the most part I will be commenting on music, photography and personal observations. Thank you for reading.

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Republicanism: In a Nutshell?

So, I work with this young republican type kid. He might be gone in a few months to intern in D.C. - an opportunity he got through a connection.

It got me wondering - if I had to sum up republicanism, as it stands today, in just a few words, what would I say?

I might say that:

"Republicanism is a reactionary political orientation which appeals to a fear of change to maintain those institutions that bestow privilege."

It is, essentially, from my point of view, a reactionary political force that attacks anything and anyone that seeks to change the current social, economic and political institutions that currently provide privilege to a relatively small minority of people. It gains and maintains its support by appealing to a general fear of others and change to convince those people that are not directly benefitting from this system to vote republican.

So while it might not be explicitly racist, it does appeal to a general fear of hispanics and blacks as a threat to the dominant role of white culture in America. This xenophobia extends to other religions, other sexual orientations and any other point of view that might be considered critical of the status quo. In some material I've read even criticism of republicans/the president is considered dangerous.

I can see the appeal. If I were convinced that I would benefit from supporting the current system I might be tempted defend it, that is, if I didn't have a sense of fairness and compassion. I might even start to create elaborate rationales for promoting inequality in the name of righteousness. Posted by Picasa


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