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Behind the Crack-up of the Right

Paulus Textor Wrote: Jun 22, 2012 10:31 AM
Heroic Pat Buchanan nails it. As a libertarian, I am very sympathetic with what is called "Old Right" or "Paleoconservatism." I have ZERO sympathy with Neoconservatives, who are basically Trotskyites. Neocons don't argue too strenuously for issues like the free market, or limited central government, or an end to central banking (this last they don't argue for at all, since it is their magic candy machine that finances, they hope, unending war). They DO argue very strenuously for the insane, utopian quest of "reshaping the world." They succeed in misleading many conservatives through their fake appeal to patriotism, as defined by them.
True Conservative! Wrote: Jun 22, 2012 11:32 AM
Give it a rest, Paulus. As for "unending war", what the hell do you think we've had for the past 4000 years? I don't think the "neocons", whoever they are, were behind all of that. So, it's just an excuse for you self-identified "paleocons" to despise another group, and one that's very close to your conservative values! It's no wonder the world is such a mess when you despise your allies!

In introducing his new book, "Leo Strauss and the Conservative Movement in America," Paul Gottfried identifies a fundamental divide between neoconservatives and the traditional right. The divide is over the question: What is this nation, America?

Straussians, writes Gottfried, "wish to present the construction of government as an open-ended rationalist process. All children of the Enlightenment, once properly instructed, should be able to carry out this ... task."

For traditional conservatives, before the nation is born, "ethnic and cultural preconditions" must exist. All "successful constitutional orders," he writes, "are the expressions of already formed nations and cultures."