"The Narrative Of Competence"

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That's George Will's critique of the oil spill in the Gulf: whatever the facts about the matter, the federal government's impotence in stopping it is politically relevant because it reinforces an anti-government "narrative." This charge is, Will concedes, unfair, but he levels it anyway.

Notice how post-modern the right is. You have to abandon your own principles of limited government, then pretend that the advocates of maximal government believes the state should be able to fix deep sea drilling blowouts, and then argue that all that matters in politics is not reality, but narrative.

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