After you’ve fed one pigeon (arsenic-laced feed), you’ve fed them all. Allow me, if you will, to post from time to time, as long as the spirit moves me.
The spirit moves me.
I forget where I linked to this reprint* of George Orwell’s famous indictment, but it’s as true of today as it was of January 1941 when it was written. He is reviewing Arthur Koestler’s Darkness at Noon.
Brilliant as this book is as a novel, and a piece of brilliant literature, it is probably most valuable as an interpretation of the Moscow “confessions” by someone with an inner knowledge of totalitarian methods. What was frightening about these trials was not the fact that they happened – for obviously such things are necessary in a totalitarian society – but the eagerness of Western intellectuals to justify them. Correspondents of Liberal newspapers pronounced themselves “completely satisfied” by the confessions of men who had been dragged into the light after, in some cases, years of solitary confinement; an eminent lawyer even produced a theory that the loss of the right to appeal was a great advantage to the accused!
“Western intellectuals!” “Correspondents of Liberal newspapers!” Hey, we know those people! And they’re still pulling the same crap! They justify, lie, cover up—all in the service of ideology. Nice to see that seventy years, and tens of millions of corpses, haven’t blunted their faith in collectivism—or what government “must do on our behalf”.
We joke about Walter Duranty here (and why not—he’s a scream), but he was practically dean of an entire school of journalism. Which was why the Columbia School of same awarded him a Pulitzer—and declined to take it away.
With utmost respect to Jonah Goldberg, Liberal Fascism seems not to be a recent trait of Liberalism, but to have been present at the creation.
Which brings me to my next post (which I guess you’ve already read, above). I’ve been saving them up.
* Ah, here’s who linked to the Orwell: 3quarksdaily