Hands off …my entitlements

August 13, 2011 at 12:23 am (Uncategorized)

Yeah, yeah, I know that at its heart,  Jon Stewart’s critique’s of the Republicans is just empty liberalism, but sometimes it’s pretty funny.

The bash of Fox News’ Megyn Kelly for example.

Megyn Kelly, for those like me who live outside of the U.S and don’t follow the various Fox News personalities, is a right wing commentator. This year she had a daughter and took three months maternity leave. When she returned, her attitude toward maternity leave appeared to have shifted. Arguing with a conservative radio host who suggested maternity leave was a “racket” Kelly shot back,  the United States, as “the only advanced country that doesn’t require paid leave,” is  “in the Dark Ages.”

To account for her shift from the position of “let the free market decide”  Stewart concluded:

“They’re really only ‘entitlements’ when they’re something other people want. When it’s something you want, they’re a a hallmark of a civilized society, the foundation of a great people. ‘I just had a baby, and found out that maternity leave strengthens society, but since I still have a job, unemployment benefits are clearly socialism.”

Watch the clip here (unless you live outside of the U.S. , and then it’s just a google search away)

As enjoyable as watching hypocrisy being exposed is, it ignores a fundamental truth if we explain it as simply hypocrisy.

The truth is that the state is not going to disappear and a “free” market has never existed (nor will it) . For all the anti-government talk of the Tea Party advocates, Republicans or even Democrats, the modern capitalist state is an essential  part of modern capitalism. 

In fact, despite the tarring of socialism as pro-big government  (thank you again Stalinism),  we live in an era of state-capitalism, where as Bordiga noted and I’ve quoted before, it’s not the state that takes over the corporations, but the corporations that take over the state.

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