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Tuesday, August 16, 2005


Posted by: Hammer / 11:37 AM

I more or less agreed with the first eight sentences into this column. Then it got weird:

  1. If there is one clear lesson from the 20th century, it is that all ideologies are dangerous.
  2. As Russell Kirk wrote, conservatism is not an ideology, it is the negation of ideology.
  3. Conservatism values what has grown up over time, over many generations, in the form of traditions, customs and habits.
  4. Ideology, in contrast, says that on the basis of such-and-such a philosophy, certain things must be true.
  5. When reality contradicts that deduction, reality must be suppressed.
  6. And when an ideology takes over a state, the power of the state is used to accomplish that suppression.
  7. The state's citizens are forced to mouth lies.
  8. One of the new facts the next conservatism must address is the fact that America, for the first time in its history, has become an ideological state.

Boy, he's really taking it to the Intelligent Designers, the censors and scolds on the right, right? He's railing against the Bush administration's fundamentalist commitment to unreality? Right? Right?

Wrong: "The ideology commonly known as 'political correctness' or 'multiculturalism' now shapes the actions of government in thousands of ways." Multiculturalism? I didn't see that coming. What a swerve.

The author's prescription:

Then, when we have the American people behind us, which we will once they learn the real nature of "PC," we need to comb through every law, every government regulation, every federal office and department and weed the cultural Marxism out. The goal should not be to replace it with any ideology of our own -- again, if we are real conservatives, we don't have one -- but to restore a non-ideological American state, which is what we had up until the wretched 1960s.

So, the Republicans control the White House, the Congress, and the Supreme Court. What's stopping them from weeding out this invidious cultural Marxism now? And here's a frightening thought: if Bush, DeLay, Frist, and Scalia aren't conservative enough, what does a real conservative look like?


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