“The most accurate description of the Federal shutdown is an attempted corporate veto of American democracy. We must act accordingly. ” (occupynetwork.com)
I’d call it an attempted coup d’état.
“…one has to wonder about the author’s core assumption, that all of the right wing’s oligarchs want the United States to thrive.”
I doubt there is much nationalist sentiment in the upper rooms of the now globalized plutocracy. In fact, I imagine that a brutal punishment of the uppity US middle class in particular and the working classes of the world in general is pretty high on the agenda.
Despite the fact that a largely PR-driven model of subjugation-exploitation might be far more efficient and profitable, I imagine a deep emotional desire, perhaps fairly unconscious, on the part of the power-mad to wage a zero-sum, scorched-earth campaign against democracy. I think they perceive liberal democracy and self-governance as a far greater existential threat than climate change or the limits to growth in general. Besides, I think they see massive population reduction (survival of the richest) as a good solution to the latter. When the rich own nearly all the assets on earth they won’t need teeming masses to depress labor costs. By then they wont need much labor, period. Large populations will just be in the way, and they will represent the most clear and present danger to the elites.
Brin talks about the culture war as phase three of the US Civil War but it seems much bigger than that. Its a war on humanity. And Brin talks about a war on science but that’s only part of a larger war: a war on Reason. Not only self-government but Reason itself might vanish from the face of the earth for a very long time if psychopaths have their way.
GOP 2014: “FUCK SHIT UP FOR FREEDOM!”
“When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it, and a moral code that glorifies it.” – Political economist Frederic Bastiat, The Law 
- The government shutdown: Lincoln said it best (trending.latimes.com)
- David Brin – Does a neo-Confederate GOP actually WANT to tear down America? (redgreenandblue.org)
David Brin – Is Libertarianism actually helping to bring back Feudalism? (redgreenandblue.org)
- Pondering Pax Americana and the government ‘shut-down’ | CONTRARY BRIN (PRA 2.0)
- Libertarian Fundamentalism (PRA 2.0)
Obfuscate me: media face-plant on shutdown coverage (voiceofrussia.com)
- Jobless claims surge during shutdown (wwlp.com)
- Shocking NBC/WSJ poll: Shutdown decimates GOP as Obamacare popularity INCREASES (themoderatevoice.com)