"...it's not the training to be mean but the training to be kind that is used to keep us leashed best." ~ Black Dog Red

"In case you haven't recognized the trend: it proceeds action, dissent, speech." ~ davidly, on how wars get done

"...What sort of meager, unerotic existence must a man live to find himself moved to such ecstatic heights by the mundane sniping of a congressional budget fight. The fate of human existence does not hang in the balance. The gods are not arrayed on either side. Poseiden, earth-shaker, has regrettably set his sights on the poor fishermen of northern Japan and not on Washington, D.C. where his ire might do some good--I can think of no better spot for a little wetland reclamation project, if you know what I mean. The fight is neither revolution nor apocalypse; it is hardly even a fight. A lot of apparatchiks are moving a lot of phony numbers with more zeros than a century of soccer scores around, weaving a brittle chrysalis around a gross worm that, some time hence, will emerge, untransformed, still a worm." ~ IOZ

May 16, 2013

Does it follow?

If movement conservatism's hallmark is hyperbole in defense of a past that never was, does it follow that institutional liberalism's defining trait is hyperbole in the defense of staged retreats from a past that never came into existence?


Jim H. said...

No. It's advancing toward a future that never will be. It's all a matter of where you believe you're Utopia ("no place") is.

Or, as Nathan Adler, in another formulation, put it in "The Underground Stream": "between the dying world and the world not yet born."

Still, thought provoking post.

Jim H. said...

Ahem: 'your'.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

It's seems to be an advance towards the rear, Jim H.

Unemployment has been 7.5% or above since January of 2008, and people defend Obama by talking about how high the stock market is.

tsisageya said...

in defense of a past that never was

This is the hook for me.