Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Futile fusillade of feudalism

That's what I would call Matthew Yglesias's latest argument against McCain:
There are two ways to conceive of a military establishment's proper relationship to civilian society. On one account, the military exists in order to make civilian society possible.... On another account, civilian society exists in order to make the military establishment possible.... The former conception is what's generally deemed to express the values of a democracy or a republic. The latter conception is what you have in a feudal system.
One way of understanding John McCain's oft-expressed hostility to politicians, his condescending attitude toward businessmen, and his frequent attacks on selfishness and individualism is as expressing that more aristocratic conception....
Question: Did feudal lords usually ride around in a bus and take questions from the serfs?

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