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Ve Belief In Nuthink?

Shortly after the bailout legislation was shot down in the House, someone Arnold Kling [1] said, “David Brooks is not going to be happy.” “David Brooks must be horrified.”  He had no idea [2]:

And let us recognize above all the 228 who voted no — the authors of this revolt of the nihilists [bold mine-DL]. They showed the world how much they detest their own leaders and the collected expertise of the Treasury and Fed.

This may seem pedantic, but nihilists are exactly what the opponents of the bill are not.  You may think that they have helped unleash destructive forces, but they did not do so out of some perverse desire to tear everything to the ground a la Bazarov.  Far from being nihilists, the opponents of the bill were persuaded, I think reasonably enough, that they were resisting a dangerous encroachment of government power and an abuse of taxpayers’ money; they believed that they were preserving a system and a part of the modern American way of life.  Perhaps they were wrong, but whatever else they were they definitely believed in preservation, not destruction.

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#1 Comment By Kyle R. Cupp On September 30, 2008 @ 5:31 am

So acting in the case against the will of the leaders and experts makes one a nihilist? That’s interesting. What does that say about the origin of meaning?

#2 Comment By Grumpy Old Man On September 30, 2008 @ 8:08 am

How dare hoi polloi disdain the preachments of their betters! Box them about the ears, I say!

#3 Comment By John Schwenkler On September 30, 2008 @ 8:56 am

You have really outdone yourself with the post title this time … brilliant.

#4 Comment By Adam01 On September 30, 2008 @ 9:26 am

“Give us the money Lebowski!!!”

In a nutshell, that is essentially the arguement for Sec. Paulson’s plan…