Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Arguing with books I Haven't Read

There is a book called "The End of Loser Liberalism," by Baker, which seems to be advice as to how progressives can win more elections.

"   Progressives need a fundamentally new approach to politics. They have been losing not just because conservatives have so much more money and power, but also because they have accepted the conservatives’ framing of political debates.   "

     That is from book. Or at any rate from http://www.cepr.net/index.php/publications/books/the-end-of-loser-liberalism.  The webpage also says this:

"    The framing that conservatives like the market while liberals like the government puts liberals in the position of seeming to want to tax the winners to help the losers.   "

     First of all, no one knows what the word "market" signifies. Why do we always assume that we know what a word means, when we do not? Where is "the market?" Who is the "market"? I just do not find it so simple. I don't even know what the distinction is between "market" and "the market." I feel like such a loser. Because: if you don't know what "market" means you're a jerk. Right?
     But wait a minute. What about the transition when something is transformed from state of natural existence into a market condition or market existence? How does something become market? Was the coconut tree always part of the larger market?---of the universe?  If we send a satellite up to Saturn does Saturn then become part of the market when it was not, before? In the very first transition, when some piece of property goes from what is called "use value" (some terms I get) to "exchange value" (same as "surplus value," to me) when did that coconut tree or that piece of land (or chunk of gold?) become a market coconut tree or acre of land? Think about it for yourself.  I've been thinking about this shit for ten years.

     Why then are the conservatives not the "winners"? Whatever the market is, whatever the rules of the game are, face it, some persons are winners and some are losers. It seems to me like the wealthy conservatives did win. They got the gold, man! (I'm sounding like Louis Armstrong, now.) And guys like me are losers.


p.s. his freaking book isn't even real; it's on virtual only. You need a Kindle, which, of course, is made by the wealthy conservatives (?)

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