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Old 04-23-2017   #841
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Re: Trump

Far left? I'm not talking about a far left thing here, just some measure of sanity, though Trump's presence in the White House has occasionally made me crave some huge leftist movement that takes no ####.

This is the degradation of electoral democracy and with him getting North Korea all excited we might really be screwed.
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Re: Trump

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Far left? I'm not talking about a far left thing here, just some measure of sanity, though Trump's presence in the White House has occasionally made me crave some huge leftist movement that takes no ####.

This is the degradation of electoral democracy and with him getting North Korea all excited we might really be screwed.
Describe to me exactly what this "leftist movement" would do on a practical level to cure America's problems.

My own view is that most Americans are not content with a sandwich or hot dog - they want a steak dinner. This includes CEOs, government bureaucrats, and (gasp!) the average American. We're all so very, very spoiled, and very few of us have any genuine desire to become disciplined. It's the Roman Empire all over again. The rest of the world has been laughing at us long before the advent of Trump. They've been laughing at us because we're essentially pigs drowning in our own slop.

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I don't think that Aickman was at all liberal in real life, tho. Like, at all. If anything, I can imagine him being amused by the fact that folks who read him or are inspired by him nowadays tend to be liberal. Back in the day, his fiction was even championed by the likes of Russell Kirk, well known far right ideologue.
By no stretch of the imagination could Kirk be called 'far right', he was a Traditionalist Burkean Conservative.
Russell Kirk's The Conservative Mind: From Burke to Santayana is a masterpiece of intellectual history. I'm more of a wishy-washy centrist than a conservative, but I loved this book. It is just as remote from today's populist, money-and-power-obsessed GOP as it is from modern progressivism.

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I now understand why Borges refrained from politics. It seems a waste of one's precious time.
I ran across a quotation several years ago that I think about from time to time:

"I am not so devoid of all talents as to occupy myself with politics." --Anatole France
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By no stretch of the imagination could Kirk be called 'far right', he was a Traditionalist Burkean Conservative.
50(000) Shades of Conservatism. I'm not the sort of guy who likes to contemplate inner workings of evil, so I apologize if I misplaced the gentleman in question.
I'll tell you this about Kirk, I enjoyed his constantly reprinted "There's a Long, Long Trail A-Winding" for it is atmospheric and beautifully written story. But I am not at all inclined to read anything else of his, and I have precisely zero interest in studying his particular system of assholery.
The refrain from commenting on it? Or better yet refrain from commenting on politics as a whole; If you can't bear to gain an even superficial comprehension of an idea you disagree with it's best to avoid commenting on it in toto.

Think of those Americans of a certain generation who shut down anyone who supports a modicum of state welfare with the cry of 'Commie'.
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Re: Trump

None of the conservatives I personally know like Trump. He represents everything that is hateful and repugnant about modernity and the corporate disinclination towards a strain of traditionalism that cannot be monetised. I am considered a conservative by some for many of my views not regarding economics, but I don't see anything worthy of praise about Trump. I scarcely understand how he is even considered a conservative. Strikes me as partisan American consumerist nonsense. They appear to have elected a Big Mac into office.

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Re: Trump

Trump is another Bush-grade NeoCon, doubt that anyone can deny that at this point. Of course, we now see his followers defending his blatant NeoConry even tho his supposed opposition to it was perhaps his biggest selling point.
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Re: Trump

Well, of course he is, but then they'd have to admit they threw away all they claimed to believe in for the sake of populism.

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Re: Trump

My response to a question Mr. Veech asked earlier--

I admired the Old Time Liberals, the guys who believed in debate and would never shut down an opponent's voice. The guys who knew that Equality was not an absurd ideal if you believed in equality in the eyes of the law, the only equality that counts. The guys who weren't that different from Conservatives like Russel Kirk. Guys of common sense. Guys who hated war but would fight if a time of war ever came.

The new intollerant breed of Leftists grew out of the far left supporters of Stalin in the 30's and 40's as well as the radical student movement of the sixties. They're impossible to debate and have nothing in common with the True Liberal. Insults, not facts, is their first line of defense. They delight in ad hominem attacks. The Old Guys, the Good Guys, are fading. Sad but inescapably true.
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Re: Trump

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My response to a question Mr. Veech asked earlier--

I admired the Old Time Liberals, the guys who believed in debate and would never shut down an opponents voice. The guys who knew that Equality was not an absurd ideal if you believed in equality in the eyes of the law, the only equality that counts. The guys who weren't that different from Conservatives like Russel Kirk. Guys of common sense. Guys who hated war but would fight if a time of war ever came.

The new intollerant breed of Leftists grew out of the far left supporters of Stalin in the 30's and 40's as well as the the radical students of the sixties. They're impossible to debate and have nothing in common with the True Liberal. Sad but inescapably true.
I agree wholeheartedly with your statement, Druidic. As a child of the '60s I've seen firsthand the benefits, and then the perversion of liberalism as it morphed into a rigid Leftist ideology becoming more and more militant with every passing day. I believe that public education played a large part, and was self-admittedly part of the hard Left's strategy. The problem was that nobody took them seriously thinking that a strong parental/familial influence would prevail. As the divorce rate grew and the familial unit weakened this was no longer the case, and children were much more vulnerable to outside influences. Now, if that rate were to drop to 0.0 it wouldn't matter, because the damage has been done. The dumbing down of America and its culture began over fifty years ago.

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I now understand why Borges refrained from politics.
Wasn't he a supporter of some nasty politicians?

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