Quote note (#153)

The Cathedral, masterfully delineated (and in NRO, too — but it is Williamson):

Celebrities came to sit at [Hugo Chavez’s] feet, with Sean Penn calling him a “champion” of the world’s poor, Oliver Stone celebrating him as “a great hero,” Antonio Banderas citing his seizure of private businesses as a model to be emulated in the rest of the world, Michael Moore praising his use of oil for political purposes, Danny Glover celebrating him as a “champion of democracy.” His successor, Nicolás Maduro, continued in the Chávez vein, and even as basics such as food and toilet paper disappeared the American Left hailed him as a hero, with Jesse Myerson, Rolling Stone’s fashionable uptown communist, calling his economic program “basically terrific.” Some of the more old-fashioned liberals at The New Republic voiced concern about Venezuela’s sham democracy, its unlimited executive authority, political repression, the hunting down of government critics, the stacking of elections and the government’s perpetrating violence inside polling places — but Myerson insisted that Venezuela’s “electoral system’s integrity puts the U.S.’s to abject shame.” Never mind that opposition leaders there are hauled off to military prison after midnight raids. […] There is never a reckoning for the Left. An entire generation of American intellectuals found itself enraptured by the brutal, repressive, terroristic political apparatus of the Soviet Union — not only journalistic enablers like Walter Duranty of the Times and the various Hollywood reds and Communist party operatives, but the purportedly enlightened liberals at The New Republic, who were consistent apologists for Soviet brutality at home and abroad at the height of Joseph Stalin’s reign of terror. Scores of Americans, some of them in high government office, were working on behalf of one of history’s most murderous and repressive regimes — and the bad guys in that story are, in the popular imagination, the people who worked to expose that conspiracy, rather than the people who worked to advance it.

Even if Williamson is working for the false opposition, he’s making the case for counter-revolution.

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  • Quote note (#153) | Neoreactive Says:

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  • Derfel Says:

    About the Venezuelan opposition.


    >He studied at the Colegio Santiago de León de Caracas and graduated from the Hun School of Princeton.[24] He graduated from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio in 1993,[25] where he received a degree in Sociology. He subsequently attended Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government where he obtained a Master of Public Policy in 1996.

    >A high-school friend of López’s, HLN anchor Susan Hendricks, described him as having a winning personality during his student years.[29] A college friend, Rob Gluck, said in 2014 that during their student days López had founded a student group called Active Students Helping the Earth Survive. Responding to government characterizations of López, Gluck said: “Calling Leo rightwing is like calling Maya Angelou a racist. It is bizarre. It is the ultimate Orwellian exercise in doublespeak.”

    It seens like two arms of the Cathedral are fighting there in a effort from the high hierarchy to prevent a full populist left singularity from displacing their own disciplined intellectuals from power.


    Posted on March 10th, 2015 at 5:50 pm Reply | Quote
  • Lesser Bull Says:

    Williamson is no surprise to those of us who came to NRx from conservatism. NRx basically takes the core conservative insights and asks ‘what if we acted like we meant them?’


    vxxc2014 Reply:

    OH !! BULLY !! you are now the Greater Bull.


    Posted on March 10th, 2015 at 6:32 pm Reply | Quote
  • vxxc2014 Says:


    Yes he is….advocating just that.


    Posted on March 10th, 2015 at 7:43 pm Reply | Quote
  • vxxc2014 Says:

    Who are the Left’s Disciplined Intellectuals these days?

    I mean I suppose it’s relative …but…


    grey enlightenment Reply:



    SanguineEmpiricist Reply:

    What’s your email? I want to email you about one of your articles.


    grey enlightenment Reply:

    send it to this temp. email


    Posted on March 10th, 2015 at 8:01 pm Reply | Quote
  • Quote note (#153) | Reaction Times Says:

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  • francis Says:

    in any case, americans and isrealis have been constantly thwarting any possibilities for socialist, nationalized success in venezuela. at least *tried* to defend against neo-liberal insurrections. http://www.counter-currents.com/2013/03/two-cheers-for-chavez/


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  • Wade McKenzie Says:

    “There is never a reckoning for the Left. An entire generation of American intellectuals found itself enraptured by the brutal, repressive, terroristic political apparatus of the Soviet Union”

    I’m deeply opposed to the Left–because its central political virtue is equality–so I’m very much in favor of “a reckoning for the Left.” But I think we ought to refrain from making one of our criticisms of said Left its being “enraptured by [a] brutal, repressive, terroristic political apparatus”. Our emphasis should be on communism’s end–equality–and not its means.

    I think this is important because liberalism–by which I mean the philosophic doctrine of rights and liberties that emanates principally from Hobbes and Locke and that is the politico-philosophical foundation of the Anglospheric states–is essentially oriented to the *means*, the legal mechanisms and procedures, that will avert tyrannical government. It is, in a certain sense, a political doctrine where the end is nothing but a means–the means are all that matters and there is no positive, but at best only a negative, end. Thus it is the nihilistic political order par excellence.

    When we decry the complicity of American leftist enablers vis a vis the Soviet Union–and, again, I’m opposed to both American leftism and the USSR–on the grounds that the Soviet Union was an illiberal regime, we find ourselves in the awkward position of being rightist enablers of the nihilistic United States and allied regimes.


    Posted on March 12th, 2015 at 3:50 am Reply | Quote

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