There’s been lots of talk since the election describing the new Republicans as pushing a particularly cruel or uncaring version of capitalism. Besides ignoring the increasing important of affect in the performance of conservative masculinity, this line of thought completely misunderstands the vision of capitalism espoused by Tea Party and co. It’s not capitalism red in tooth and claw they favor, but hippie capitalism:
BLITZER: What if they just raised taxes on the richest, those making more than 250,000 dollars a year?
PAUL: Well, the thing is, we’re all interconnected. There are no rich. There are no middle class. There are no poor. We all are interconnected in the economy.