Neo-conservatives are just the flip side
Posted by aogTuesday, 04 July 2006 at 17:49 TrackBack Ping URL

As I watched one of the Independence Day parade floats with its “USA out of Iraq” and “End the Occupation” banners, I was struck by how much that movement resembles the isolationist movement of the late 1930s.

  • There is the complete disregard of any consequences and focus only on immediate and direct costs.
  • The belief (if for different reasons) that America is / can be immune to the squabbles of other nations
  • The claims of our leaders being sell outs to corporate interests.
  • The fascist air about the beneficiaries of their protests, and a strain of barely repressed admiration for our enemies and their clarity.

Those isloations didnt’ win then, and I don’t think that the neo-isolationists will win now, because their platform is not even the jingoistic “America First!” but “America will finish last”. At least the previous generation of isolations feared America losing, whereas the current generation fears American winning.

Comments — Formatting by Textile
Michael Herdegen Wednesday, 05 July 2006 at 18:05

It’s the “complete disregard of any consequences” that really tweaks me.

It’s thinking like a child, and who in their right minds wants national policy decided by children ?

Post a comment