Still Sad

Well. IOZ rightfully points out that what Herbert imagines as contradiction is actually quite consistent. But I am still sorry to see Mr. Herbert go (see bottom of page). Yeah, he is not quite the model of a rigorous Leftist intellectual, and still seems to believe in a concept of America that had and has nothing to do with oligarchy, imperialism and crony capitalism, one that may have always existed only on paper (though certain decades are better than others), but I always felt like he actually, really, has the interests of average Americans at heart. I never got the impression that his populism was slick and exploitative, like that of politicians, and he certainly never had the intellectual distance of Krugman, who will believe that justice exists only when his pie charts tell him it does.

So thanks Mr. Herbert, for giving a shit.

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