Seth Barron


A piece that appeared in the american mind in february begins a curious turn of phrase slipped into discourse over the last few years references to quote unquote. Our democracy turn up all the time lately and even though a computer search shows that the phrases popped up now and then since at least the nineteen twenties its usage has increased a lot recently. It's something that many people probably haven't noticed and it certainly innocuous enough. Our democracy hardly seems fraught with controversy after all. We all have a stake in the political system and it sounds like a nice way to describe the republic. The common thing we share on the other hand it's striking to notice who uses the phrase. Why should you care. That's the reason. We're talking to seth to seth baron his the author of the peace which we posted to the blog entitled. What is our democracy when the left claims something is. There's they mean it. He's a writer and managing editor at the american mind and an author of the upcoming book last days of new york which will hit in. May seth. why should we be concerned with the term our democracy. What does this mean. Well you know just looking at it. Neutrally we shouldn't really be concerned about it at all. I mean it is something that you know. Presumably we all share in common It's the republic. It's something that hours. But i don't know if anyone else's notices but over the last couple of years especially since trump came into office we hear a lot about attacks on our democracy and then after the capitol hill riot. And you know in january. You know the so-called insurrection. We heard being talked about all the time as a direct attack on our democracy and of course we heard this throughout the russia. Investigation that the russians were You know imperilling. The elections and at stolen the elections and there was another attack on our democracy And it's just a curious thing that you only hear from the left Nancy pelosi says that. Ilan omar says it Basically everyone all the democrats repeat us. And i was thinking about it and it and it seemed like when they're talking about our democracy they really mean it. It's it's a democracy anything that i mean. They kind of have a sense of ownership and like a proprietary relationship to Basically you know what you might call the regime like what what's going on in the country right now and so anything that opposes. It is really an attack on them. You know so that something yesterday. And i don't remember who wrote it but it was talking about how what we've witnessed over the last few months really over the last year with the pandemic is this glamorization glorification of government as a comforter a caretaker As as we go into our individual decline of of poor health financially and physically and this idea that the government is powerful. Is that what you think. They mean by. Our democracy is really our government. I you know. I think you're onto something there i and and it's funny because it speaks to something i noticed yesterday The new senator. The senator from georgia jon ossoff. He tweeted out. he's like well. Thanks to the voters of georgia. The senate has just the most generous you know bailout or recovery act or whatever they call like one point nine trillion dollars and i thought it was so funny that he said he called it. Generous generosity indicate that someone is giving something that his to someone else out of the goodness of his heart and presumably something that will affect him. the idea that a senator is being generous or that the senate is being generous to the american people by you know issuing two trillion dollars worth of debt in our name. It really spoke to the perverse in which the left views the people and the left views the government. It's exactly what you were just saying. this isn't jon ossoff money. He's not being generous. The senate's not being generous generous to spend other people's money So yeah it's very strange Relationship is exactly. It's like benefactor to supplicant. My angelo famously. Said when someone tells you who they are believed them. There is the old greek notion that the logos which meant law and language gives us such an insight into into what we mean by how we say it. This language washington post used. The word set said the biden plan was showering money on the american people as if it was cleansing and healthy unhappy in virtuous it's a very disturbing set of terms when in fact they're actually just returning people's money to them but i think your point is the language these people are using is attempting to co-opt the very concept of government from being that which all of us share to that which their tribe shares and their actions reflect. Exactly that mentality. I couldn't say. I couldn't have said it better and especially the idea that showering it's really like like a king You know throwing coins from his balcony. That's the that's literally the way they see it that they are dispensing the booze And what it what it means is that we need to be grateful and and obey. There's i mean an and in the context i mean normally. I guess you could say oh. That's just political rhetoric but given everything that's happened in the country over the last year. It's it's actually kind of frightening. I think it is an in it. It's sort of reflects a consistency of thought and vision. That should disturb people because these are not. They are arriving at separately. It is as if they are reading from the same talking points and that should concern people A great deal. This is a wonderfully written piece. Seth unfortunately up against a break We're going to have you back Seth baroness is associated with the claremont institute. And i got to say we've never had a bad guests from the claremont institute we've posted the peace and we'll have him back to talk about his upcoming book last days of new york very soon. Thank you my man thank you.

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