Mis-understanding Moral Monday

Great, great column by NC Policy Watch’s Rob Schofeld on how Republicans just don’t “get” Moral Monday.  It’s pretty short and worth reading, but here’s the awesome part:

So, setting aside the possibility that the attacks are just the desperate dishonesty of a political attack group that would do and say just about anything (something that admittedly remains a distinct possibility), how can one explain such rubbish?

The “rubbish” being the idea that protesters are simply upset because their government grants are threatened  (See here).

Here’s the other most likely explanation: simple ideology-induced obliviousness.

By all indications, the Pope-Civitas people are so enmeshed in the world of market fundamentalist economics – a place in which the personal acquisition and accumulation of wealth and property is endlessly celebrated and assumed as the driving human instinct and predictor of human behavior in all circumstances – that they simply can’t grasp the notion that Moral Monday protesters would be seeking to vindicate something higher – something like…wait for it, morality.

So poisoned are they by the toxic dog-eat-dog doctrines of Milton Friedman, Ayn Rand et al., that they are literally incapable of responding intelligently to a passionate, morality-based movement that’s about fighting for intentional public solutions to serve the common good.

Put simply, the Pope-Civitasers appear to have become blinded by their own propaganda. Like old Soviet-era Stalinists and modern religious theocrats they find it impossible to acknowledge the simple truth that’s painted in living color right before their eyes – namely, that millions of North Carolinians are not buying the snake oil they and their allies are selling and do not want to see the clock of state turned back a half-century or more.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

2 Responses to Mis-understanding Moral Monday

  1. Doxy says:

    I attended the Moral Monday protest two days ago–with my 12-year-old daughter and four other women from my church. Not a one of us gets any grants from the state. I would guess that the vast majority of the several thousand people who were there don’t either.

    I’ll be back too. And others I know who haven’t been before–including my clergy spouse–will be attending in the next couple of weeks.

    They really have no idea what they have unleashed…

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