Quote of the week

How the Left, in its zeal to destroy the past, destroys itself:

It is this ahistorical nature of the American Left that is at the root of this incoherent and pointless violence. The Left organized a great PR campaign in response to Charlottesville, but they threw it all away in an orgy of violence over the last week. The reason is they are locked into the moment, a moment bound on all sides by a rage against nature. They can’t think about how today’s action will be viewed tomorrow, because there is no tomorrow for these people. All that matters is the catharsis.

Men have always contemplated their place in the timeline. The Irish used to say that the past is a nightmare from which they never awake. This was, of course, in relation to the Troubles. Faulkner had Quentin Compson, his character in The Sound and the Fury, obsess over his family’s past, which was a stand in for the Old South. The Compson family was the emblem of the old, post Civil War South. Quentin finally smashes his pocket watch, a family heirloom, snapping off the hands, before he drowns himself in the Charles River.

And really, it was worse than that: Quentin was willing to confess to incest with sister Caddy — which didn’t actually happen, Caddy’s pregnancy being the responsibility of a man she would not name — in order to permit the family to keep up a front. But Quentin’s idea got no support from their father, who argued that virginity was severely overrated.

That’s the end for the Cult of Modern Liberalism. What has kept it going for generations was an easy to find collection of devils against which they could rally the true believers in a great cause. They have run out of devils and now they are digging up old graves, in an effort to bring back devils from the past. This rage will end in a great fire onto which they throw the old culture of America. Finally, when they have burned the last of it, they will throw themselves on the pyre, perhaps with some help from the rest of us.

At this point, I’m not sure whether I should bring a bucket of water or a gallon of gasoline.


  1. fillyjonk »

    21 August 2017 · 2:13 pm

    My main feeling is one of, “I’m gonna stay the Hell away from that” and maybe, when it’s all over, rake through the ashes to see if anything worth salvaging is left.

  2. Roger Green »

    21 August 2017 · 5:52 pm

    The left is not monolithic, and I dare say that the Christian Left is alive and thriving, after being all but invisible earlier this century.

  3. CGHill »

    21 August 2017 · 5:59 pm

    I can believe that: most of the Christians I know are a long way from being archconservative.

  4. McG »

    22 August 2017 · 8:11 am

    “Mr. George Santayana, please pick up the white courtesy phone…”

    For a bunch that allegedly wants to prevent a resurgence of fascism and racial slavery, they sure don’t want future generations to learn why.

  5. Holly H »

    22 August 2017 · 9:31 am

    False equivalency is the greatest evil in modern times. While it is always true that activists will include a few idiots, it also true that it is entirely FALSE to equate them with the White Supremacists and Nazis.

  6. CGHill »

    22 August 2017 · 12:25 pm

    I certainly hope so, but nothing gives me much of a reason to think so.

  7. nightfly »

    22 August 2017 · 3:24 pm

    I’m more concerned with the false equivalency of calling millions of decent people Nazis to justify “mostly peaceful” protests that smash their stuff and make them unsafe on the streets of their own towns. Yes, Virginia, Antifa are not activists of any kind. They’re nothing other than a different class of Nazi.

  8. ETat »

    23 August 2017 · 6:14 am

    Nightfly: yes, +100.
    “Different kind of Nazi” has more precise monikers: Reds. Commies. Vulgar Marxists. Red Guards of Mao’s “cultural revolution”.

    “Left Christians” are nonsense – they either are antifa thugs or people donating money to and supporting (included – with their silent approval) antifa thugs.

  9. John Salmon »

    23 August 2017 · 11:56 am

    Nightfly is right. And the idea, much promoted by the Left, that Nazis are uniquely evil is not an intelligent one. The mass killings of the 20th Century should dispose of that notion rather quickly, but then again the Left hates history. Nothing is more important than what happens today, and how they can lie about it.

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