George Monbiot certainly thinks so.
It’s not as nasty an argument as you might think – Monbiot divides conservative into two divisions: The clever manipulative ones who have created a conveniently self serving ideology, and the not so clever ones who swallow it. While I have many very intelligent conservative friends, I think there is some truth to Monbiot’s assertions. He writes:
Any party elected by misinformed, suggestible voters becomes a vehicle for undisclosed interests. A tax break for the 1% is dressed up as freedom for the 99%. The regulation that prevents big banks and corporations exploiting us becomes an assault on the working man and woman. Those of us who discuss man-made climate change are cast as elitists by people who happily embrace the claims of Lord Monckton, Lord Lawson or thinktanks funded by ExxonMobil or the Koch brothers: now the authentic voices of the working class.
He kinda has a point…
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.