Proud denizens of the deviant sphere

There’s not much question which space this blog inhabits:

In the sphere of deviance we find “political actors and views which journalists and the political mainstream of society reject as unworthy of being heard.” As in the sphere of consensus, neutrality isn’t the watchword here; journalists maintain order by either keeping the deviant out of the news entirely or identifying it within the news frame as unacceptable, radical, or just plain impossible. The press “plays the role of exposing, condemning, or excluding from the public agenda” the deviant view, says Hallin. It “marks out and defends the limits of acceptable political conduct.”

Anyone whose views lie within the sphere of deviance—as defined by journalists—will experience the press as an opponent in the struggle for recognition. If you don’t think separation of church and state is such a good idea; if you do think a single payer system is the way to go; if you dissent from the “lockstep behavior of both major American political parties when it comes to Israel” (Glenn Greenwald) chances are you will never find your views reflected in the news. It’s not that there’s a one-sided debate; there’s no debate.

One could quite reasonably add about 80 percent of the views I hold to the deviant sphere, starting with the recognition that Keynesian economics are utter hogwash. Look at how almost every single so-called conservative at National Review supported the Paulson Plan. Did it work? No. Did that harm their credibility with Republican readers in the slightest? Apparently not.

Bruce Bartlett wanted to know who saw the housing bubble coming. Out of curiosity, I checked my blog archives and saw that I wrote this in September 2002:

[T]here can be little doubt that the implosion of the equity markets will soon be followed by the pricking of the credit and real estate bubbles. As great financial houses such as Citigroup and JP Morgan Chase teeter on the edge of bankruptcy, it is well within the realm of possibility that the triple whammy of the equity, credit and real estate implosions will lead to the collapse of the entire global financial system.

Okay, the global financial system hasn’t collapsed yet, but two for three isn’t bad so far. And it’s not as if the triple whammy has finished crashing yet; Obama is still on deck.

Well, that IS the point

Global Warming isn’t actually about the environment anyhow:

Until last week, Carol M. Browner, President-elect Barack Obama’s pick as global warming czar, was listed as one of 14 leaders of a socialist group’s Commission for a Sustainable World Society, which calls for “global governance” and says rich countries must shrink their economies to address climate change.

There’s an easy way to detect when an activist group has an underlying motive at odds with its purported raison d’etre. If it favors the same solution to every potential problem, it’s seeing the solution enacted that interests the group, not solving the problem.

Cthulhu Watch

An ominous sighting in Lincolnshire:

Witnesses near the wind farm described seeing a “massive ball of light with tentacles going right down to the ground” shortly before the 290ft turbine’s propeller was mysteriously damaged. Eyewitness John Harrison said: “It was huge. With the tentacles it looked just like an octopus.”

The Black Goat stalks the night! The Sleeper stirs beneath the antipodean ice as the cold twilight of the Elder Gods descends! “Iä! Iä! Iä! Shub-Niggurath!”

WND: Reinforcing Failure

The column today:

After eight years, it is eminently clear to conservatives and liberals alike that George W. Bush is one of the worst presidents that the United States has ever suffered. His incompetent handling of what were completely predictable economic crises is historically rivaled only by his fellow Keynesian in laissez faire clothing, Herbert Hoover. Like Bush, Hoover inherited an economy just reaching its inflationary peak. And like Bush, Hoover refused to accept the laws of economic gravity, thus turning what should have been a normal recession into what is now known as the Great Depression.

But there is no problem so great that the credentialed experts of the nation cannot exacerbate it.