Sunday, April 06, 2014

Tenets of Reagan-Thatcher-Bushism:


1. Destroy welfare state, labor unions
2. Deregulation, anti-protectionism
3. Make tax structure less progressive
4. Portray government, especially federal government and government workers, as incompetent, malicious
5. Exalt nation as object of veneration
6. Exploit middle class resentment against racial minorities, homosexuals, cultural elites
7. Cultivate a plain-spoken, home-spun, rural persona
8. Mobilize, politicize religious conservatives/fundamentalists
9. Imperialistic foreign policy framed as a righteous war against the forces of evil
10. Deficit spending, arms race; use of torture
11. Use of secret operations to weaken foreign governments

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