John Ransom

Critics of Obamacare are missing the point.

They are likely the types who go to U.S. art museums and can’t appreciate “art for art’s sake.” Europeans would never have that problem.

But here in the U.S., yokels expect some moral or message or meaning from art. When it’s missing, they think the artist self-indulgent or even crazy.

Clearly this is a common case: Unsophisticated, middle Americans, who cling to their guns and religion, and view the Bible as a highest form of poetry- because, you know, it’s lasted only over three millennia and is the basis of all that is good in the world- shouldn’t be allowed to pass judgment on the modernist, hip, ultra-urban point of view of art and society.

The “modern” point of view, after all has been around for 200 years - thus has stood the test of time- and look at all it’s accomplished!

Fascism and communism and atheism and materialism have combined to produce more war-related deaths than all the other “isms” combined, in just a scant 100 years. 

Talk about great performance art!

You can almost feel the tension still created by Holocaust, the Great Terror, the several French Republics, Prussian Militarism and a thousand other offerings to the modern point of view. 

And the great thing about the modern point of view, which we’ll call philosophy for art’s sake, is that it’s self-perpetuating.

Philosophy, in the modern sense, doesn’t have to be true or workable, it’s just has perpetuate ideas, which perpetuate more ideas. It allows us to go from "All Men are Created Equal" to "White Privilege," while calling them the same thing, in a generation.  

We have a wonderful example of this from the first post-racial president of the United States: The antidote to racism is MORE racism. And if that doesn’t work, let’s try even more racism.

Racism then transubstantiates into more than just an idea. It becomes institutionalized with all kinds of persistent consequences that create more racism.

Racism is then an end unto itself.

Thus, we find the tie to Obamacare.

If ideas, like say racism, can lead to legislation, especially ideas that lead to legislation that leads to MORE legislation, you have the highest liberal art form. At this point, ideas become optional, maybe even regrettable. 

The important point is creating legislation.

Critics wrongly think that the consequences of Obamacare, like the death of the 40-hour work week and the death of the salary and benefits that go along with it, or the plunging labor participation rates, with the wealth destroying effect on the nation, are problematic.

John Ransom

John Ransom’s writings on politics and finance have appeared in the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Colorado Statesman, Pajamas Media and Registered Rep Magazine amongst others. Until 9/11, Ransom worked primarily in finance as an investment executive for NYSE member firm Raymond James and Associates, JW Charles and as a new business development executive at Mutual Service Corporation. He lives in San Diego. You can follow him on twitter @bamransom.