Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Politico Sloganeering: An Argument With No Arguments

When politicos label opposing views as "anti-science", “anti-growth”, “anti-jobs” or they attempt to close argument by the use of items such as “settled science”, they do so to support policy choices they prefer.

For example, the phrase “anti-science”, a bumper-sticker-sized mantra, sloganeering as it were, when used by politicos, might be best discussed in the realm of public choice theory (Virginia School of Political Economy).

That is, “anti- [enter your term here -à ____ ]” isn’t so much about the subject at hand as is it is about political constituency building exercises with other people‘s money, political time horizons and special interests (factions) of the particular politico.

Moreover, “anti- [enter your term here -à ____ ]” when deployed by politico X, the results thereof that might create the incorrect policy, is of no matter to politico X as the politico pays no direct price for being wrong (other than non-reelection). The price is borne by everyone else in the form of negative cascading unintended consequences that can stretch decades into the future.

Furthermore, “anti- [enter your term here -à ____ ]” is an argument with no arguments. It is a politico’s attempt to deny opponents legitimacy by shortcut, in that, no argument is forth coming, only sloganeering. Politico slight of hand, otherwise known as political dupery and nitwitery is the order of the day.

The next time one encounters politico sloganeering one would be remise if they did not take a moment and consider exactly what the sloganeering represents.