The audio of Glenn Beck and friends using a fake southern accent to mock the poor man who didn’t understand that Hayekian free market principles preclude fire departments from just putting out fires….it put me in mind of something about teahadists that doesn’t get enough attention: teahadists view themselves as intellectuals.
Representative Paul D. Ryan, Republican of Wisconsin, alluded to “The Road to Serfdom” in introducing his economic “Roadmap for America’s Future,” which many other Republicans have embraced. Ron Johnson, who entered politics through a Tea Party meeting and is now the Republican nominee for Senate in Wisconsin, asserted that the $20 billion escrow fund that the Obama administration forced BP to set up to pay damages from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill circumvented “the rule of law,” Hayek’s term for the unwritten code that prohibits the government from interfering with the pursuit of “personal ends and desires.”
Justin Amash, the 30-year-old Republican state legislator running for the House seat once held by Gerald Ford in Michigan, frequently posts links to essays by Hayek and Bastiat on his Facebook page, his chief vehicle for communicating with voters. “There is no single economist or philosopher I admire more than F. A. Hayek,” he wrote in May. “I have his portrait on the wall of my legislative office and the Justin Amash for Congress office.”
Teatards don’t generally see themselves as “get’r done types”, they see themselves as the only people with the brain power to grasp the elusive truths spelled out by the intellectual giants of yesteryear.
Update. This is a succinct explanation:
Otto: Apes don’t read philosophy.
Wanda: Yes, they do, Otto. They just don’t understand it.