Well, he seems to be out to lunch on some of the legislation like the Civil Rights Act that was absolutely necessary to level the playing field and address historic patterns of racism and discrimination in this country. His belief in the free market is laudable in the sense that he seems to favor an Adam Smith version of it that is not dominated by multinational corporations in partnership with the government. But it is naive to assume that our economy is anywhere near an Adam Smith free market; as we see with the oil spill and banking debacle, we need more effective government regulation, not less. Otherwise we don’t stand a chance.
3:26 Comment From ckane
Thu, 20 May 2010 23:26:58 GMT
Comment: Mr. Scheer, who do you see as the Repubs’ nominee in 2012. I think [people laugh at Palin] but we did have Bush for eight years.
3:28 Robert Scheer
Thu, 20 May 2010 23:28:54 GMT
I think Palin is a very effective demagogue, and I would not rule her out. The question really will be whether she finds some inner soul and begins to deal seriously with the problems affecting the ordinary soccer moms and dads that she claims to represent who are really struggling in this economy. Or whether she plays the role of the demagogue as she did with the oil issue—blame foreigners when in fact it was good old Americans like Halliburton that were quite instrumental in this disaster.
3:29 Comment From sweetgrass
Thu, 20 May 2010 23:29:02 GMT
Comment: In reference to your mention of who the victims are, I’ve somehow felt that the terrible state of public education is not an accident, but I do NOT mean it’s a conspiracy. It just fits in to have masses of citizens who have never really been taught to think! I could go on with this subject but I’ll wait for your response. I simply feel that no one is really aware of the dumbing down of the general public which allows others to control with ease.
3:30 Comment From ckane
Thu, 20 May 2010 23:30:14 GMT
Comment: Mr. Scheer I disagree with you. The people do not want the kind of change that you think they want. They want cosmetic change. Obama will not make any kind of change that alters the present system for he is there just to be a manger. People do not want to admit it but the Republicans do represent the feelings of the American public and that is why we have no unversal health insurance and never will and the elite will continue steering this ship until it sinks, Sorry but this is true. Sooner or later reality has to be faced.
3:30 Robert Scheer
Thu, 20 May 2010 23:30:42 GMT
(answering sweetgrass) I think there’s truth to that. I believe the whole idea of an educated person is one who is capable of critical thinking, and we used to respect that in our educational system. That we were turning out people who were more than useful robots for the job market, but rather people capable of being fully functional citizens. That was the dream of the land grant colleges of the big public universities and of universal education.
3:31 Robert Scheer
Thu, 20 May 2010 23:31:10 GMT
... To train people to be knowledgeable citizens capable of participating in all aspects of our life, be it the social, the political or the economic realm.
Thu, 20 May 2010 23:33:01 GMT
We have time for a couple more questions.
3:33 Robert Scheer
Thu, 20 May 2010 23:33:18 GMT
(answering ckane) I think that is a cop-out. I think that the failure cannot be placed on the will of the American public. They have been deceived by the leadership of both political parties and by the mass media, which has basically entertained them to death, distracted them with wars that didn’t need to be fought, developed a false sense of economic prosperity focused on trinkets.
3:34 Robert Scheer
Thu, 20 May 2010 23:34:20 GMT
Thanks everybody. Same time next week.
3:34 Robert Scheer
Thu, 20 May 2010 23:34:44 GMT
I got to run. Good to hear from you all. I’ll see you next week. We’ll have more to chat about.
3:35 Comment From ckane
Thu, 20 May 2010 23:35:12 GMT
Comment: This is a center-right country and it will always be. The Republicans are the true face of America. If you do not believe me just try to enact some meaningful liberal agendas like universal health care, a guarantee income, free public education and you will see that I am right.