This post on LGM, quoting Siva Vaidhyanathan, perfectly captures the feeling rational people had during the weeks and months after 9/11. Neither the attacks themselves, nor the insanity afterwards, had to happen. Ultimately, much of the blame has to go to the five Supreme Court justices who decided that Bush should be given the Presidency.
But of course, being right seems to be of little value these days. The morally corrupt people whose ineptitude allowed 9/11 to happen and who spearheaded the remarkably disastrous responses are still given a featured role on cable news, while the few brave voices who questioned the insanity remain marginalized to this day.
About this blog:
What if they held a class war and nobody noticed? For decades, liberals and progressives have been bashed for conducting a "class war" every time they suggest that it would be appropriate for the extremely wealthy to shoulder a bit more of the burden of paying for government. Meanwhile, a swarm of far-right think-tanks and political action committees have been working tirelessly to promote the idea that taxes on the wealthy should be lowered further from their historic lows, and that entitlement programs such as social security and medicare are too expensive to sustain (and in any case, immoral). The latest attempts to delegitimize public employee unions are the logical next step in what genuinely appears to be the systematic dismantlement of the middle class. This blog will highlight some of the more extreme examples of this activity that may not always show up in your news feeds.