“Some call this the closing of the conservative mind. Alas, the conservative mind has proved itself only too open, these past years, to all manner of intellectual pollen.
“This is, unfortunately, not merely a concern for Republican voters. The conservative shift to ever more extreme, ever more fantasy-based ideology has ominous real-world consequences for American society. “
There is a vast difference between putting forth a point of view, honestly held, and intentionally sowing the seeds of confusion. Free speech does not include the right to deceive. Deception is not a point of view. And the right to disagree does not include a right to intentionally subvert the public awareness.
Dave Winer tweets on Gingrich,
Paul Krugman says ‘Only fools and clowns believe Republican ideology’. Newt Gingrich is just the latest of the “fools and clowns”
“I have a structural hypothesis here. You have a Republican ideology, which Mitt Romney obviously doesn’t believe in. He just oozes insincerity, that’s just so obvious. But all of the others are fools and clowns. And there is a question here, my hypothesis is that maybe this is an ideology that only fools and clowns can believe in. And that’s the Republican problem.”
Justice Louis Brandeis warning to the nation: “We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.”
→ …the story of a memo on how lobbyists to the American Bankers Association go about discrediting the Occupy Wall Street movement. Here’s more, and here is the PDF of the actual memo.