Read the full article for the details of how right has run out of gas. Not that the left is any better. If the fiscal cliff crap is any indication, we, the people are, for want of a better word, fucked.

Nature abhors a vacuum, and as utopianism died out on the left, it found a new home to the right of center. The last generation in the U.S. has seen three forms of demented right-wing utopianism: religious, military and economic.

The religious utopianism was that of the Protestant religious right, which grew in influence in the 1980s and peaked in the 1990s. [...] But the project of remaking a modern, diverse, continental nation on the basis of a book was equally insane, whether the holy book was Marx’s Kapital or the Bible. The religious right faded as a force by the early 21st century, largely because of the growing secularization of younger Americans.

The next wave of utopianism was military. [..] When democratic revolutions ultimately did come to the Arab world, they were brought about by citizen revolts, not by American invaders and occupiers.

As the neoconservative utopia faded, it was followed in turn by the libertarian utopia. [...] To judge by the elections of 2012, in which more Americans cast votes for Democrats for the gerrymandered House as well as in Senate and presidential elections, the public has turned against free market utopians like Paul Ryan, who want to replace social insurance with vouchers and cut taxes further on the rich.

What will succeed the failed utopias of the religious right, the neoconservative right and the libertarian right?



  1. Middle of the Road Centrist says:

    I get really tired of people whining about paying taxes. The vast majority of our taxes pay for schools and universities, police protection, fire protection, roads and road maintenance, a strong military, and protection of the environment we live in. Which one of these critical functions do you want to eliminate from government spending (taxes) so that you can pay for it all by yourself?

    • NewformatSux says:

      Well most of the items you cite are paid for by local taxes, which are easier to avoid, just move to another town.

      People are objecting to federal and state taxes which mostly go towards other things.

      • Captain Obvious says:

        You might want to go through and read that list again buddy.

  2. bobbo, we think with words, and flower with ideas says:

    Rich earnestly says:
    1/4/2013 at 1:15 pm

    Bobbo- what is wrong with you? I can’t tell if you are really that hostile and crude or just trolling. /// I’m for real. Not trolling. I don’t think I’m hostile by intent although any form of disagreement or requesting facts or logic or a link is all too often taken as such. I do recognize that and do not change. Crude?==Yes. It amuses me.

    If this socialist leftist “utopia” continues for much longer, /// Our society is center right. Socialist in parts but the gaps in the social contract are so big and wide, to call us a social leftis utopia is to really depart from reality. A rightwingnut talking point straight from Faux News. Even Hostile, Crude… and worse===inaccurate by any reasonable definition.

    eventually society will break down as predicted, and guess who will emerge on top? Take a guess? /// Is the uppermost reaches of a dung pile properly thought of as “being on top?”

    The reasonable-minded people who tote guns and believe in God (though that’s not really necessary), the strong, the intelligent, the self-sufficient. The true Tea Party types. Society needs a little pruning now and again. /// Silly adolescent fantasies of the type Loser is trapped in.

    Amusingly==your model of the disaster/survivalist Cro-Magnon man if correct would describe what is wrong with our PRE-Disaster/Survivalist society. See the dissonance?

    Loser….. always good for a yuk. Makes strong statements usually by asslicking someone with original ideas but cannot support his argument beyond repeating it. Typical dittohead.

    Prove me wrong.

  3. MikeN says:

    Those who are against Reagan’s tax cuts should be prepared to pay the IRS 50% of all income over $23,000. It’s only fair.

  4. Somebody says:

    What will succeed the failed utopias of the religious right, the neoconservative right and the libertarian right?

    Nice try.

    But you really can’t get away with lumping libertarianism in with the two failures. If you were paying attention during the primaries, you could hardly have failed to notice that libertarianism was offered but soundly rejected by the rank and foul of the party.

    In fact, Romney’s mission was to knock Ron Paul out of action so that the people would have no real choice in the general election.
    It’s the only explanation for why Goldman Saches gave Romney so much money in the primaries after having given so much cash to Obama.

    There is more to libertarianism than throwing Granny out of the iron lung. There’ s that whole end to corporate bailouts and the free ride for the military- industrial- complex that has made it necessary for those who own the media to program you to hate and fear freedom as you do.

    Honest money and the respect for law and human rights – that’s poison to those guys – and too good for the likes of you!