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The Bad Logic of the 2010 Midterm Elections

§ American government is run by and for capital and capitalists.§ Most Americans hate government.§ Most Americans love capitalism and capitalists.Therefore either a. Most Americans really love their government.or b. Most Americans really hate capitalism.§ Contemporary American politics exists in the absurd space defined by the impossibility of openly acknowledging either a or b.
In other election news, we recommend the following pieces from the n+1 archives:Aziz Rana on Barack ObamaMark Greif on Sarah PalinBenjamin Kunkel on swing votersElif Batuman, Keith Gessen, Marco Roth, and others on election memoriesSee you at the polls tomorrow.

The Bad Logic of the 2010 Midterm Elections

§ American government is run by and for capital and capitalists.
§ Most Americans hate government.
§ Most Americans love capitalism and capitalists.

Therefore either a. Most Americans really love their government.
or b. Most Americans really hate capitalism.

§ Contemporary American politics exists in the absurd space defined by the impossibility of openly acknowledging either a or b.

In other election news, we recommend the following pieces from the n+1 archives:

Aziz Rana on Barack Obama
Mark Greif on Sarah Palin
Benjamin Kunkel on swing voters
Elif Batuman, Keith Gessen, Marco Roth, and others on election memories

See you at the polls tomorrow.

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