Monday, February 06, 2006

Rise of the Authoritarian Right 

'Liberals as conservatives, conservatives as vandals'
Monday, February 06 | by Chris Christensen:
Over the past 25 years, as the political pendulum swung to the right after several decades of liberal sway, the left has moved toward the center as the right has moved to the far right. The result? Conservatism--and I say this with the innate caution of a moderate 65-year-old--has been seized by extremists who have emerged from the fringes of the right wing and dragged that once honorable political philosophy into a swamp of moral degradation. They have twisted its tenets into ugly, unrecognizable rationales for the abuse of power, while trampling on the grave of Edmund Burke, conservatism's founding father.

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"The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion." ~ Edmund Burke

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Far out on the desert to the north dustspouts rose wobbling and augered the earth and some said they'd heard of pilgrims borne aloft like dervishes in those mindless coils to be dropped broken and bleeding upon the desert again and there perhaps to watch the thing that had destroyed them lurch onward like some drunken djinn and resolve itself once more into the elements from which it sprang. Out of that whirlwind no voice spoke and the pilgrim lying in his broken bones may cry out and in his anguish he may rage, but rage at what? And if the dried and blackened shell of him is found among the sands by travelers to come yet who can discover the engine of his ruin? ~ Cormac McCarthy Blood Meridian

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