But “Venn” Is Just So Fun to Say!

A few days ago, I shared this schematic and called it a “Venn Diagram for the New Revolution.”:

One reader responded thusly:

“except the statement in the middle neither says that the government has too much power nor is part of the tea party opinion pool

conclusion: the author neither understands venn diagrams nor political opinions.”

I’m glad she/he did so, because it brings up an important point I should articulate further:

The daily talking points from the Libertarian Party, which I understand is NOT the Tea Party as such but draws form the same well, tows this line: “corporations have too much power because the government has too much power.” Even though strong elements in the Tea Party believe that limited government inevitably means more real power for corporations (and crazily, they’re okay with that), I do believe that there’s an equally sizable pool that agrees with corresponding parts of OWS on the idea that both corporations and the government have too much power, and that the problem is self-sustaining. Yes, a simple diagram doesn’t get at these nuances. But it’s helpful for people who believe as do I and many readers that powerful constituencies in OWS and the TP could collaborate in meaningful ways.

And Now a Word from Our Libertarian Friends

Just got this in the in-box.  Are they right?  Do lobbyists have too much power because the government has too much power?  And if so, which government?  The government of incumbent elected officials? The government of tenured bureaucrats?  And don’t get me wrong, people in both groups do wonderful things.  But who’s really hog-tying the People’s latent political power?  Probably everyone.

A word for our Libertarian friends, for your consideration.

I don’t like the trope that everything can be fixed by shrinking government, nor the promise that all will be well if we simply vote for Libertarians.