Over the last few months, thenation.com has made an effort to foster a robust and thoughtful comments section befitting the mighty intelligence of our readership. We’re pleased to report that the shoe ads are gone, the name-calling is at a minimum and astute and witty commentary is on the rise. Here are our favorite comments from the last week. Let us know what you think — in the comments!
Mbastey: I started reading The Nation because of Hitchens’ Minority Report–I was a lefty who despised Clinton’s administration and there were not many people writing from that perspective then. His contrarian wit and vast ability to pull politics and literature together was unmatched. I respected the way The Nation handled Christopher Hitchens leaving with freedom to say his piece. I learned something new every time I read Hitchens–about art, literature, politics, history and, sometimes, that I don’t have to agree with something just because someone I respect is saying it. There are not too many people out there, myself included, who have not been whipped by hindsight. I did not agree with Hitchens on many issues, but I relished reading those articles the most–and for the same reason I look forward to reading The Nation every week–to challenge my assumptions.
In response to Richard Lingeman’s “Reading Christopher.” December 16, 2011
Areder: Seems to this is a solution in search of a problem. The credit union model works fine. I’ve been using credit unions for years just by virtue of living in the community the credit union serves. In other words, a credit union’s charter can be written such that membership eligibility is simply residence in a particular county or counties rather than, say, employment by a particular company. So expansion of the credit union model would serve the purposes the author writes about. Yes, the big banks and their political allies are trying to undermine credit unions but they’ll do that with any form of grassroots competition. Rather than re-invent the wheel, I think it’s smarter to enroll as many people as possible in credit unions — a la "Move Your Money" — and fight the big banks from there. The biggest reason that most people don’t use credit unions is that they’re not aware of them or not aware that they may be eligible to join one in their community.
In response to Carne Ross’ “Revolution Through Banking?” December 22, 2011
Exeric: There is nothing smart about Ron Paul eliminating the feeble Wall Street regulations that we already have. Ron Paul and Mr. Scheer make the mistake that poor implantation of the present US government means we should scrap government. It is a simpleton’s argument and I would have thought Mr. Scheer would have been the last person to not understand that. Sure, Ron Paul has the right plan about correcting our current interventionist foreign policy. So what? A stopped clock is also correct about twice a day. The government IS us in the plural form. If we can’t get it right then it is our own fault and nobody else’s. The argument for getting rid of government is a silly as looking in the mirror and attacking what you see because it is abominable. We have only ourselves to blame and the sooner we realize this the sooner we will improve the workings of government. As I said, the government is us.
In response to Rober Scheer’s “Marginalizing Ron Paul.” December 29, 2011