Saturday, October 5, 2013

"Republicans For Revolution," A Study In Anarchic Apocalypticism

Dear Jimbo,

Thanks for the good conversation.

I strongly encourage you to read "Republicans for Revolution."

My introduction is adequate, though arguably marred by theological digression. (Like Chesterton, I believe that "all wars are religious wars." Nor is it necessary that a religion be structured around a traditional god. Money, power, sex, drugs, capitalism, consumerism, bookishness -- any obsessive behavior -- is a deity-in-waiting.)

When you get to Robin's review of Lilla's book, save time by reading the parts highlighted in blue. (You can read the rest later.)

The idea that Republicans would, in fact, destroy The Whole System does not rise to radar because "we" don't think stuffy, pin-striped, church-going Republicans would ever be so reckless... so anarchical.

Anarchy is what Bolsheviks do, not American conservatives.

Republicans are the conservators of history, the caretakers of tradition, the champions of sacred values. 

Or so it has always been.

"Republicans for Revolution" makes clear that "conservatives" have despaired of history, see traditions as irreparably broken, and believe sacred values will only rise from the ash of sacrificial holocaust - The Resurrection of the Dead.

Conservatives have nothing to lose. They are desperate. 

They have even despaired of The Truth that would set them free.

Now is the time to act, before "The Liberal Vision" reaches irreversible fruition -- before Americans grow addicted to the satanic notion that healthcare is a universal right. 

Now is the time for good Christian soldiers to seize "the nuclear option," their Last Chance to devolve America to the 19th century.  

Now is the time to reclaim the "open range" where rugged individualists can construct their "castles," worship at the altar of unregulated Capitalism, and "keep the peace" as befits Real Men -- with six shooters and assault rifles.

"People of privilege will always risk their complete destruction rather than surrender any material part of their advantage."  J. K. Galbraith

"Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction."  Blaise Pascal

The Tea Party is comprised of "true believers" whose uncompromising absolutism is as dangerous and pigheaded as it is brittle and breakable.

"True believers" will not watch their ship go down without maximizing collateral wreckage.




"Jon Stewart Nails GOP Demands For Re-Opening Government"

"The Reign Of Morons Is Here," Charles P. Pierce, The Atlantic

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