Sunday, March 5, 2017

Quotation of the Day

James Wolcott has had a moment in Vanity Fair. Whatever you think of the rest of his screed, these sentences are worth quoting:

The left’s romance with revolution has always been a reality-blinder, this thermodynamic belief that things need to get bad beyond the breaking point so that people will take the vape pens out of their mouths, rise up, and storm the Bastille. But the history of non-democracies and authoritarian personality cults shows that things can stay bad and get worse for a long time, leaving unhealable wounds. Mao’s China, for example. Putin’s tubercular Russia.


Sam L. said...

It's often called Alt-Left, but Ctrl-Left seems more appropriate.

n.n said...
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n.n said...

And yet it is the liberal West that indulges in denial of individual dignity (e.g. [class] diversity), debasement of human life (e.g. Pro-Choice/abortion, Planned Parenthood), selective exclusion (e.g. "="), progressive confusion (e.g. gender fluidity), social justice adventurism (e.g. elective regime changes from Libya to Syria to Ukraine, extrajudicial trials), catastrophic anthropogenic immigration reform (e.g. refugee crises), conflation of logical domains (e.g. assumptions/assertions of uniformity, linearity, inference, and progress), devaluation of capital and labor (e.g. redistributive change), destruction of human spirit (e.g. perpetual smoothing functions), and baby hunts to marginalize and suppress competing interests. So vain.

Ares Olympus said...

So does this make Steve Bannon a lefty?
He never called himself a “populist” or an “American nationalist,” as so many think of him today. “I’m a Leninist,” Bannon proudly proclaimed. Shocked, I asked him what he meant. “Lenin,” he answered, “wanted to destroy the state, and that’s my goal too. I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishment.” Bannon was employing Lenin’s strategy for Tea Party populist goals. He included in that group the Republican and Democratic Parties, as well as the traditional conservative press.

I admit I don't think you can call Trump a Revolutionary. I think he really believes he can make America great by only tearing down only the things he doesn't think he likes. It's a pretty blind an arrogant idea, but it's good enough to convince people to believe in him.

And the Tea Party revolutionaries are ready to make this country a Christian theocracy like our founding fathers wanted. Soon only white male landowners will be able to vote, as God intended.

Sam L. said...

Rant ON, rant on, rant on, Ares.