The Moral War Started in the 70s

“I’m referring, as you might guess, to what happened during Monday’s G.O.P. presidential debate. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked Representative Ron Paul what we should do if a 30-year-old man who chose not to purchase health insurance suddenly found himself in need of six months of intensive care. Mr. Paul replied, ‘That’s what freedom is all about — taking your own risks.’ Mr. Blitzer pressed him again, asking whether ‘society should just let him die.’

“And the crowd erupted with cheers and shouts of ‘Yeah!’

“The incident highlighted something that I don’t think most political commentators have fully absorbed: at this point, American politics is fundamentally about different moral visions.”
Free to Die, by Paul Krugman, NY Times, September 15, 2011

Dr. Krugman, the American Moral War started in the mid-70s when LA DJs joked about the Immoral Majority vs. the Moral Majority. No clear winner has emerged, but war is only thirty-six or so years old.

Plutocracy has given the serfs a new motto: “It’s okay as long as it’s not me.”

Is this bad? Yes. Is there one cause and an easy solution? No. Are we doomed? Maybe.

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