Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Lazy classification

Richard Murphy, of that crazy Tax Justice Network, displays a perfect example of lazy political classification here. In a response to DK, who points out reasonably enough that the neo-cons are quite different from libertarians (both of whom would in any case probably object to being classified as 'right-wing in any event), Murphy says:
But how wrong you are! The far right are the far right - and if they wish to argue with each others defintions of ‘rightness’, so be it. The world will still ignore them.
The dismissal as 'right wing' of people with whom you disagree is tiresome. I'm with the great PJ on this:
I am a little to the right of ... Why is the Attila comparison used? Fifth-century Hunnish depredations on the Roman Empire were the work of an overpowerful executive pursuing a policy of economic redistribution in an atmosphere of permissive social mores.
UPDATE: there's some lovely stuff in that article by the way:
Ann Coulter, on the cover of Treason, has the look of a soon-to-be-ex wife who has just finished shouting.
Approached by someone like Michael Moore, a conservative would drop a quarter in Moore's Starbucks cup and hurriedly walk away.
There's supposed to be a lot of liberal advocacy on TV. I looked for things that debased freedom, promoted license, ridiculed responsibility, and denigrated man and God—but that was all of TV. How do you tell the liberal parts from the car ads?

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