The Borg, The Draft And Dana Milbank

    I was fortunate enough to spend several years as an officer in The United States Army Reserve. You could say I was a nice enough guy, but never quite made it to Colonel.* Even given that somewhat limited background, I feel I learned sufficiently what an army does well and what an army should not be used for. Suffice it to say that the true purpose of an Army is to blow up our nation’s enemies or be powerful enough to command the respect of others to the point where they check their animosity towards us at the door. An army is not an institution that should ever be used for social engineering. Thus, a recent article by Dana Milbank** had me imagining an American version of Pinochet. Milbank opines below:

    As I make my rounds each day in the capital, chronicling our leaders’ plentiful foibles, failings, screw-ups, inanities, outrages and overall dysfunction, I’m often asked if there’s anything that could clean up the mess….But there is one change that, over time, could reverse the problems that have built up over the last few decades. We should have mandatory military service for all Americans, men and women alike, when they turn 18. The idea is radical, unlikely and impractical — but it just might work.

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    Matthew Yglesias endorses key point of Liberal Fascism.

    Background: in the course of trying to boost what has been generally conceded to be a not-particularly-good Second Inaugural speech made by Barack Obama yesterday, Yglesias wrote: Summing up the ideological brief, Obama even indulged in American liberalism’s favorite ideological tic—the insistence that it’s not an ideology at all, but simply a pragmatic response to changing circumstances. Which, if you’ve read Jonah Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism, | Read More »

    Are Leftists Today Really Proponents of “Change?”

    Jonah Goldberg writes in his book Liberal Fascism that there is a well-defined distinction between the left and right of the political spectrum.  “Broadly speaking,” he writes, “the left is the party of change, the right the party of the status quo.” (59)   This is a perfectly acceptable observation, insofar as a broad, global history is concerned.  But when it comes to America today, | Read More »

    Militarizing America: The Nick Kristof Plan

    So often, the problem with the New York Times op-ed page is not just the left-leaning politics, but the poor quality of the contributors, despite the fact that they occupy some of the highest-paid and most-visible perches in the punditocracy. And the hallmark of poor quality punditry is the failure to think through the implications of one’s arguments. So it is with today’s column from | Read More »

    Militarizing America: The Nick Kristof Plan

    So often, the problem with the New York Times op-ed page is not just the left-leaning politics, but the poor quality of the contributors, despite the fact that they occupy some of the highest-paid and most-visible perches in the punditocracy. And the hallmark of poor quality punditry is the failure to think through the implications of one’s arguments. So it is with today’s column from | Read More »

    The Temptation of Totalitarianism

    As we come to the end of Liberal Fascism, Goldberg first provides us a quick review before providing a warning to Conservatives. There are two passages that, to me, sum up both how we got here and the dangers involved. Here is the first: [L]iberalism in this country succumbed to the totalitarian temptation: the belief that there is a priesthood of experts capable of redesigning | Read More »

    LF Afterword and My Final Thoughts

    In the final chapter of Liberal Fascism, Mr. Goldberg provides a warning that fascism has shown up from time to time on the right side of the aisle.  Conservatives can get into trouble when we start attacking the free market system or when we start legislating “compassionate conservatism”.  Whether it’s President Bush’s faith based initiative, or McCain’s campaign finance reform, conservatives aren’t immune to the | Read More »

    Kulturkampf And The ‘Tragic Wrong Turn’

    [The] larger point behind the effort to cast opponents of change as fascist: to make change istself the natural order by ridiculing the very notion of a natural order. The underlying dogma … is that social and gender roles are not fixed, that tradition, religion, and natural law have no binding power or authority over the individual’s will to power, and that the day we | Read More »

    LF 10: The Fascism of the Green Movement

    Liberal Fascism‘s Chapter 10 is full of good information.  I feel like I could probably write three different entries on this chapter alone.  However, in honor of the talks at Copenhagen this week, I thought I would limit my entry to the “Green Fascism” discussed in this chapter. Recently, “climate-gate” has exposed a number of problems with the “science” behind the global warming movement.  Those | Read More »

    LF 9: The Religion of Government

    From the diaries by Erick. Chapter 10 next week. But it’s worth looking at Reich as a true acolyte of the religion of government. When I came to the above sentence, it occurred to me that the same could be said for many of the most prominent liberal / progressive / statist politicians in today’s world.  “Man-made global warming” is obviously one of the religions | Read More »

    Liberal Fascism: Chapter 7

    Geez. I read this chapter last week and totally dropped the ball on writing about it, in part because it is so meaty. We probably should have divided this chapter in half there’s so much.Chapter 7 gives me one of my good laughs. I remember a speech Jonah gave in Atlanta last year in which he talked about Barack Obama standing before Planned Parenthood praising | Read More »

    Net Neutrality Update

    I’ve been held underwater by work lately and am just now catching up with this thing called “posting,” so forgive me if this post is light on links and details, but I want to give you all a heads up on what’s coming down the pipe in the Obama/Google administration. The big project after Net Neutrality is supposed to be a National Broadband Plan. In | Read More »

    Lib Fascism Chapter 5

    “The 1960’s: Fascism Takes to the Streets” Favorite Chapter Quote: “Western civilization was saved when the barbarians were defeated, at least temporarily, in the early 1970’s. We should be not only grateful for our slender victory but vigilant in securing it for posterity.” Pg 199 First let me say how refreshing it is to find publications which dispel the current nostalgic patina of peace and | Read More »

    Liberal Fascism – Chapter 4

    Confession: We have a liberal troll who, when I don’t get a post up on Monday, sends me needling emails about what losers we all are for even attempting this. If nothing else, his email serves as a good reminder that I need to post. But this week I did not read. I got busy at the SPN Conference, then came home sick. Luckily, Warrior | Read More »

    RS Book Notes, Week #4 – Woodrow Wilson and the Birth of Liberal Fascism

    Reading the Third Chapter of Jonah Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism then posting our thoughts about it is our 4th week’s assignment in Red State’s Book Notes project. Chapter 3: Though I’m an amateur student of history and have long considered Woodrow Wilson to be the worst President the U.S. has ever had (though the current resident of the White House might outdo him, and Jimmy Carter | Read More »