Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

Quoted for Truth (The Status Is Not Quo)

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Three top blogsClimate Progress, Glenn Greenwald, and Duke’s own American Stranger—separately highlight some inadvertently telling passages in the Newsweek profile on Paul Krugman.

By definition, establishments believe in propping up the existing order. Members of the ruling class have a vested interest in keeping things pretty much the way they are. Safeguarding the status quo, protecting traditional institutions, can be healthy and useful, stabilizing and reassuring. But sometimes, beneath the pleasant murmur and tinkle of cocktails, the old guard cannot hear the sound of ice cracking.

In American politics the establishment press is the problem, not the solution, which should mitigate all the late gnashing of teeth over “the death of newspapers.” For a lot of reasons, blogs are not the ideal format for public discourse, but they’ll have to do; the establishment press has blown the mission beyond all repair. Blogs are all we have left.

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