Wednesday, January 05, 2005

More Miscellany

Lew Rockwell says that conservatives have turned into fascists.

The most significant socio-political shift in our time has gone almost completely unremarked, and even unnoticed. It is the dramatic shift of the red-state bourgeoisie from leave-us-alone libertarianism, manifested in the Congressional elections of 1994, to almost totalitarian statist nationalism. Whereas the conservative middle class once cheered the circumscribing of the federal government, it now celebrates power and adores the central state, particularly its military wing.

Rockwell's sentiments have been echoed by Justin Raimondo and, to a lesser extent, Paul Craig Roberts. In a blistering critique, Roberts writes:

In the ranks of the new conservatives, however, I see and experience much hate. It comes to me in violently worded, ignorant and irrational emails from self-professed conservatives who literally worship George Bush. Even Christians have fallen into idolatry. There appears to be a large number of Americans who are prepared to kill anyone for George Bush.

The Iraqi War is serving as a great catharsis for multiple conservative frustrations: job loss, drugs, crime, homosexuals, pornography, female promiscuity, abortion, restrictions on prayer in public places, Darwinism and attacks on religion. Liberals are the cause. Liberals are against America. Anyone against the war is against America and is a liberal. "You are with us or against us."

This is the mindset of delusion, and delusion permits of no facts or analysis. Blind emotion rules. Americans are right and everyone else is wrong. End of the debate.

That, gentle reader, is the full extent of talk radio, Fox News, the Wall Street Journal Editorial page, National Review, the Weekly Standard, and, indeed, of the entire concentrated corporate media where noncontroversy in the interest of advertising revenue rules

The neconservatives have successully coopted the populist right as Sam Francis explains in the latest issue of Chronicles:

Today, the neoconservatives have succeeded in attaching themselves to the Middle American Revolution and to at least some of the setiments that animate it, including patritism and moral traditionalism. At the same time, they have managed to paint paleoconservatives who oppose the war as "unpatriotic"--not without the assistance of some on the antiwar right, especially libertarians, who love to wallow with genuinely anti-American icons and images and with dubious characters as Gore Vidal and Noam Chomsky.

Rockwell says that we must "face the reality of the current threat forthrightly by extending more rhetorical tolerance leftward and less rightward." Francis says, "the election should teach the real American right" that "its principal mission is to separate" the neoconservatives from these supposed Middle American Radicals who allegedly want to displace the ruling elite.

With all due respect to two of my favorite writers--what are they talking about? Where are these Middle American Radicals that Francis has been talking about for two decades, and exactly who on the left does Lew Rockwell propose aligning with? Let's see, there's Alexander Cockburn and, hmmm, well, I guess that's it.

More from Sam Francis on how the regime uses anarchy, in the guise of open immigration and multicultralism, to create tyranny.

"Society cannot exist unless a controlling power upon will and appetite be placed somewhere, and the less of it there is within, the more of it there must be without."--Edmund Burke

The Guantanamo Archipelago.

The president is going to ask for $100 billion more to wage war on guerillas in Iraq, but Lindsey Graham thinks we should throw more money at the problem. That'll learn 'em.

One Iraqi general says that the insurgency has grown to perhaps 200,000.


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