If the Republican party were an individual it would be diagnosed as exhibiting “thought disorder”;
The symptoms can include false belief about self or others, paranoia, hearing or seeing non-existent things, disconnected speech or thinking, and feelings that don’t match the situation.
This condition arises because the party is the result of a ménage-à-trois which turned into a marriage of convenience between oligarchs (mostly composed of the mercantilistic old guard running and safeguarding the remnants of 19th century modes of production), orthodox capitalists (who profess economic liberalism and free markets) and social conservatives (now called Tea-Party in their perennial reincarnation). The first two have the money but not the numbers and the latter have the numbers but not the money. In a democracy, the oligarchs bestow a relatively tiny fraction* of their capital in exchange for votes from the proletariat (whose increasing relative poverty is turning into absolutely poverty and therefore renders the transaction even cheaper).
*The investment is relatively small because the returns are calculated in hundreds of percent if not thousands. “The Economist”, not necessarily a communist mouthpiece, reports that every $1 spent in lobbying returns $220.
In this three-way arrangement, the capitalists are the odd ones. Their belief-system, in practice, runs against the interest of the other two bed-fellows and hence the symptoms described earlier. Radical ideas such as free-trade and a balanced-budget (a luxury item nowadays) are at odds with the status-quo to which the oligarchs and proletarians cling to.
the Effect of Capitalism on the Working Class
A belief in free-trade means that antiquated and suboptimal modes of production should not and cannot be protected. If goods and services of equal or better quality may be produced abroad and more cheaply, then nothing should prevent the purchase and free-flow of these goods and services. The consequence is that the workers in your home country will be out of a job, the very same ones that vote with you, the capitalists.
The oligarchs on the other hand, do want free-trade when and where they have an advantage, but desire, and obtain, strict safeguards from the state when they see that competition is too strong. In this case again, a partial solution is to dispense with workers.
Since capitalism and free trade should not be partial to this or that industry or interests, the capitalists of the Republican party are de facto in fundamental disagreement with the oligarchs.
THEIR MORALS AND OURS
Further damaging to those capitalists who fundamentally believe in reducing the budget deficit, their party, on average has contributed to its rise rather than fall. In other words Democrat presidents reduced the deficit while Republican ones make it grow. Again, The Economist provides the analysis and data.
MEANS OF PAYMENT
How have these three unlikely lovers been cohabiting till now? The working class, because of its religious beliefs, was easily compensated for physical hardship with a metamorphosis of commodities such as prayers in school, the repudiation of evolution and anything that is not by-the-book.
These hand-outs cost nothing to give, or promise to give, to the ruling classes. Promising to teach that the world was made in seven days and burning Beatles records have no immediate negative effect on GDP.
The only immediate adverse consequence is to the very people who burn these records because it quickly puts them at an economic disadvantage because they become unable to face a science-oriented competition… unless protected by the state. But this again is intolerable for capitalists.
DISCUSSIONS ON THE TRANSITIONAL PROGRAMME
The inconvenient truth about algebra, science and mathematics, is that they do not care for what humans wish to be true. Whether or not we think global warming is caused by humans, whether or not we hope that monkeys and humans share a common ancestor, whether we wish the oligarch won the presidency, the numbers will roll as a column of Soviet tanks in Budapest.
Thus, Karl Rove’s incantations on Fox News were a manifestation of thought disorder. What he wished were true did not match reality.
But humans and parties rarely admit to being crazy and holding contradictory beliefs. Thus, the outside world that is false, no matter what the numbers say!
It is therefore advisable that the capitalists secede from their party. Their utopian beliefs and values along with their scientific methods and goals are destructive when experienced from the oligarchs or workers standpoint. It is only through a superficial smokescreen that they held each other that long.
Divided, both new parties would be freer to be themselves, to speak a language uninhibited by fear of the “other” and attract voters who would now be able to vote with fewer reservations; whether they believe in free trade, the protection of a feudal system or social conservatism.