The Bad Logic of the Midterm Elections

§ American government is run by and for capital and capitalists.
§ Most Americans hate government.
§ Most Americans love capitalism and capitalists.

Therefore either a. Most Americans really love their government.
or b. Most Americans really hate capitalism.

§ Contemporary American politics exists in the absurd space defined by the impossibility of openly acknowledging either a or b.


In other election news, we recommend the following pieces from the n+1 archives:

Aziz Rana on Barack Obama
Mark Greif on Sarah Palin
Benjamin Kunkel on swing voters
Elif Batuman, Keith Gessen, Marco Roth, and others on election memories

See you at the polls tomorrow.

Related Articles

December 15, 2016
Leading Questions
December 15, 2009

Earlier this fall, as part of its “New New York Intellectuals” series at Eugene Lang College, n+1 hosted a discussion with young…

November 7, 2011

The words ecology and economy share a root in oikos, Greek for household.

November 15, 2011

But what is a neighborhood? Who decides what belongs there and what doesn’t? The mayor knows and the mayor decides.