November 04, 2005

Useful Idiots... History Repeats

from - smijer

Henderson is as stupid as Kerensky, and for this reason he is helping us. [...]

Furthermore. This is ultrasecret. It suits us that Genoa be wrecked... but not by us, of course. Think this over with Litvinov and Ioffe and drop me a line. Of course, this must not be mentioned even in secret documents. return this to me, and I will burn it. We will get a loan better without Genoa, if we are not the ones that wreck Genoa. We must work out cleverer maneuvers so that we are not the ones that wreck Genoa. For example, the fool Henderson and Co. will help us a lot if we cleverly prod them. [...]

Everything is flying apart for "them". It is total bankruptcy (India and so on). We have to push a falling one unexpectedly, not with our hands.
- V.I. Lenin

And it happens again:

"The wackos get their information through the Christian right, Christian radio, mail, the internet and telephone trees," Scanlon wrote in the memo, which was read into the public record at a hearing of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. "Simply put, we want to bring out the wackos to vote against something and make sure the rest of the public lets the whole thing slip past them." - Mike Scanlon

Yes, that's the way the powerful in government look upon their constituents in the Religious Right... and as the awareness of this begins to dawn on them, there will be defections. The defections won't be to "our" side... unless we can find it within ourselves to overlook the Dobsons and the Falwells and their attempts to demonize the rest of us, and to forgive their flocks for following that leadership, and learn to accept them respectfully into our big tent. If we can do that, and we can make our internal debates about abortion, gay rights, and the separation of church and state high-minded ones - and if they will do the same - then... well, then, LA Mom will have an easier time choosing the right door... And smart people like Jimmy Carter will get a bigger voice in our party.

And that would be a good thing.

H/T - Hippy Dave for the link to LA Mom, and Philocrites for the Jimmy Carter NPR link.


Posted by smijer at November 4, 2005 07:56 AM

This is a confusing post. As for the voice in "our part", I suggest Nick Cohen's recent column on One woman's war: Maryam Namazie personifies the gulf between liberal apologists and those who really want equality

Cohen writes,

Namazie is on the right side of the great intellectual struggle of our time between incompatible versions of liberalism. One follows the fine and necessary principle of tolerance, but ends up having to tolerate the oppression of women, say, or gays in foreign cultures while opposing misogyny and homophobia in its own. (Or 'liberalism for the liberals and cannibalism for the cannibals!' as philosopher Martin Hollis elegantly described the hypocrisy of the manoeuvre.) The alternative is to support universal human rights and believe that if the oppression of women is wrong, it is wrong everywhere.
The gulf between the two is unbridgeable. Although the argument is rarely put as baldly as I made it above, you can see it breaking out everywhere across the liberal-left. Trade union leaders stormed out of the anti-war movement when they discovered its leadership had nothing to say about the trade unionists who were demanding workers' rights in Iraq and being tortured and murdered by the 'insurgents' for their presumption.

univar.jpg Posted by Bill Baar on November 5, 2005 09:03 AM
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