Jeanne Kirkpatrick would have spit at the current crew running the government - even more so on domestic principles than foreign policy ones.Comment Posted By MlR On 12.04.2009 @ 12:55
"Radical right" translation: Conservatives who don't agree with me.Comment Posted By MlR On 12.04.2009 @ 12:23
"I understand the point you’re trying to make, but no need to whitewash the stupidity of the Soviet apologists"
Not to imply you're doing it intentionally, because I know your political opinions too well for that to be the case.
But it is amazing how much of popular history concerning that time period is absolute crap, most of it being written by academics and journalists politically, ideologically, and emotionally invested.
I suspect history books 30 years hence covering the hot-topic events of today will be the same.
Luckily, or unluckily, as a young person I'll probably have the opportunity to read them.
Just don't read Chomsky whose take on some aspects of history - social history - is fascinating. But I made the mistake of reading that piece I linked prior to writing my post which only confused me a little.
ed.Comment Posted By MlR On 3.01.2009 @ 16:47
"I agree with all your points. At the time, however, it was a little murkier and you may recall that the commies were seen as a better choice than the fascists back then. Plus, we didn’t know back then how the communists would take power by sweeping aside all opposition and ruthlessly crack down. That didn’t become clear until after the war when it was repeated several times in eastern Europe."
Were seen (by whomever), of course, does not mean fact. It is also misleading. Plenty of people saw the Communists as they were, at the time, and what they were doing to the Republican movement from the inside. Others also knew what they'd done to the Ukrainian and Belorussian nationalists, Georgians, Central Asians, and every other group and interim government that'd already been demolished and cleansed in the early 1920s following the reversal of Lenin's opportunistic minority policy.
I understand the point you're trying to make, but no need to whitewash the stupidity of the Soviet apologists - who had plenty of evidence available, but didn't want to see, or blacklisted the sources that made it available. Much of course was spread through the efforts of emigres or otherwise "reactionary" origins, though even liberals and social democrats were labeled reactionaries for saying bad words about the intelligentsia's previous opium.
As it was, the Republican movement as a whole was as much to blame for the Civil War as the Nationalists anyway, and hardly a prize to begin with, even before the Stalinists began purging the better elements.Comment Posted By MlR On 3.01.2009 @ 16:39
Rabble, rabble, rabble, racist, hatemongerer, thought-crime, hate crime, enemy of free society, rabble, opposite of enlightened me, rabble, rabble.Comment Posted By MlR On 29.12.2008 @ 23:37
There is a strong possibility that 100 or 200 years from now, people will be laughing at the climate doomsdayers, amazed that supposedly sophisticated people could have believed in the prognostic ability of such people - many of whom obviously have ulterior motives.
But then again, billions of people have, and continue to believe in countless other man-made religions... Part hoax, part conformism, part true-believers - much intellectual arrogance.Comment Posted By MlR On 26.12.2008 @ 22:45
I tend not to comment here unless I've got something to gripe about, so I'll take the time to say this is, frankly, one of my favorite blogs on the net. As a Conservative who's been disenchanted with the Republican Party for some time, it's good to know there are other people who can criticize the Bush Administration without veering off into cuckoo land in the process. The historical perspective shown here is generally superb.Comment Posted By MlR On 27.11.2008 @ 12:42
Sure there is.
You tell them they are full of it. That neither your family nor, even more importantly, you have anything to apologize for. Then you counterattack, as you have done.
The problem is not inability to respond to such demogoguery, it is illogical or otherwise afraid people who fail to. They allow themselves to be browbeaten, even though the majority of people are sick and tired of being leachured to, in particular by someone who sees race everywhere themself.Comment Posted By MlR On 16.10.2008 @ 23:58
Civics 101, governmental power is restrained by the Constitution. We threw that out a long time ago.Comment Posted By MlR On 14.10.2008 @ 17:31
I also think you underestimate the amount of radicals that his Administration's coattails is going to bring into the government, with its history and grassroots connections. That's true even if he himself isn't a radical (and I do find this unlikely itself considering the extent of his associations, though I also believe he himself doesn't realize just how radical he actually is - he isn't exactly the most self-aware person).Comment Posted By MlR On 9.10.2008 @ 22:08
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