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Monday, January 03, 2005

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 Red-state fascism worrying libertarians

Libertarians are starting to see Bush and his supporters for what they are. Lew Rockwell:
If you follow hate-filled sites such as Free Republic, you know that the populist right in this country has been advocating nuclear holocaust and mass bloodshed for more than a year now. The militarism and nationalism dwarfs anything I saw at any point during the Cold War. It celebrates the shedding of blood, and exhibits a maniacal love of the state. The new ideology of the red-state bourgeoisie seems to actually believe that the US is God marching on earth – not just godlike, but really serving as a proxy for God himself.

Along with this goes a kind of worship of the presidency, and a celebration of all things public sector, including egregious law like the Patriot Act, egregious bureaucracies like the Department of Homeland Security, and egregious centrally imposed regimentation like the No Child Left Behind Act. It longs for the state to throw its weight behind institutions like the two-parent heterosexual family, the Christian charity, the homogeneous community of native-born patriots.

Paul Roberts:

In the ranks of the new conservatives... I see and experience much hate.... 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."...

Like Brownshirts, the new conservatives take personally any criticism of their leader and his policies. To be a critic is to be an enemy. I went overnight from being an object of conservative adulation to one of derision when I wrote that the US invasion of Iraq was a "strategic blunder."

It is amazing that only a short time ago the Bush administration and its supporters believed that all the US had to do was to appear in Iraq and we would be greeted with flowers. Has there ever been a greater example of delusion? Isn’t this on a par with the Children’s Crusade against the Saracens in the Middle Ages?

2 Comments:

Blogger wjoelbrooks said...

A big problem for me has been this: How does a (relatively) liberal, humanistic, atheistic person like me react to the Neo-Conservative Christian Right in a positive manner? I love America based on the principles upon which it was conceived and founded, but those principles seem to be meaningless to these folks. They value exclusion over inclusion. They value crusade over cooperation. They value hatred over love.

I find that even friendly attempts at constructive discussion are met with outright resistance in the best of cases and hostility in the worst of cases. How can we continue to be positive in the face of these obstacles. The refusal to admit falliblility is a dangerous trait in individuals—especially leaders.

I am reminded of Nietzsche: “Madness in individuals is rare—but in groups, parties, nations, and ages it is the rule.” How does someone like me operate in the face of so much growing madness?

11:36 AM  
Blogger Nanovirus said...

You have asked an important question. I don't believe a humanistic morality demands tolerance of anti-humanistic forces.

4:32 PM  

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