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 2, 2009

When the coup came, the only surprise was that the US did not have a direct hand in supporting it.

May 31, 2009

All of these books make the Weather Underground… into a crucial component of our national unconscious.

Issue 9 Bad Money
Octomom, One Year Later
April 21, 2016

The issue isn’t whether or not we should have “gun control,” but what kind of gun control we want to recognize as legitimate.