John Cole calls out another blogger on his condemnation of herd mentality:
… [H]e clearly is not reading this website. Every single front pager here has been screaming for the prosecution of the banksters and the ratings agencies … Apparently We Run the Intertron
This is in response to a "people on the left nit-pick libertarians, but give bankers a pass!" post.
I'm glad to see someone get called out on this. Accusations of herd mentality are a really lazy form of criticism. There's a fair amount of criticism from both the left and the right that Democrats are Obama-bots who give him a pass on torture, bankers, business issues, etc, although this is demonstrably not true through even a cursory review of the literature.
I'm particularly frustrated by accusations that members of the mainstream parties are brainwashed acolytes who mindlessly follow the party line, because my (relatively limited) peek inside the Democrats has shown me an uneasy coalition between folks who, in any country with a parliamentary form of government, would probably be in different parties. Even Republicans are a weird coalition of Tea Party states-rightists, straight-up libertarians, fundamentalist Christians, and anti-regulation businessmen.
What makes people inside the parties different from the people outside the parties is that they have agreed to work together to make pragmatic, incremental progress towards their ideals -- while the people outside seem content to kibitz, criticize, and argue over who among them is more ideologically pure.
The ideologically pure give me the willies anyway. Give me a pragmatist over a "revolution-or-nothing" person any day.