Worth a gander

  1. Zero hour for Generation X
  2. Confederate flags and Nazi swastikas together? That’s new.
  3. America at the end of all hypotheticals
  4. What’s left of libertarianism?
  5. Factual free market fairness
  6. Thinking about costs and benefits of immigration

5 thoughts on “Worth a gander

  1. A fascinating assortment of valuable thoughts here, Brandon, thank you! Of course, we agree with a good deal of it and bridle at occasional assertions we deem less skillfully reasoned–but our admiration for your aggregative finesse is absolute. In fact, we are sufficiently impressed by your ability to weave separately published monographs into a kind of symphonic gestalt that we cannot resist picking out themes and leitmotifs…possibly because we are victims of pareidolia, but more probably, we think, because you are just that good.

    Rather than oblige anyone to review a lengthy recitation of our numerous inferences, we will simply remark that libertarianism, conservatism in general, free speech, and the ‘American hypothetical’ are most conspicuously threatened at the moment by a false dichotomy beloved of the Left and recycled often enough to sow confusion through the generations. We saw it again in Charlottesville.

    We witnessed, objectively speaking, a group of historically-challenged virtue signalers whose political allegiance is to a kind of neo-academic socialism imbibed from professors, community radicals, and brain-dead politicos, collide with a bunch of loutish racists whose aim is to establish National Socialism in America–an undertaking they daftly presume patriotic. It might be unacceptably Machiavellian to suggest that the patriotic solution is to encourage both sides, but still more cynical is the media representation of events in which young idealists are depicted as the victims of “right wing extremists.”

    America has never invested in the “throne and alter” precepts that inform certain elements of the European “Right,” besides which it is impossible to locate an authentic strain of American conservatism opposed to individual liberty or supportive of the fascistic suppression of racial or political groups. Liberals will be quick to marshall examples to the contrary–but such examples are effortlessly quashed.

    Whatever her flaws, Ayn Rand put the point well in “The Fountainhead.” Peter, the hopelessly obtuse and sadly untalented architect tells Toohey, the sinister socialist mastermind, that the war raging in Europe is one between the political left and right, but Toohey knows better and insists the distinction is manufactured. Simplifying matters for his wide-eyed sycophant, Toohey explains: “We’ve fixed the coin. Heads – collectivism. Tails – collectivism.”

    Our news media, our academy, our entertainment industry, and hordes of left-of-center politicians have been fixing the same coin for decades. There was no right wing involved in Charlottesville–only a swarm of totalitarians so hopelessly dunderheaded that much of their Nazi signage was displayed backwards. It was, put plainly, collectivism versus collectivism. The survival of the American experiment depends on correctly operationalizing our terms–which in turn means repossessing our language and celebrating its unfettered application. We applaud your contributions in this cause.

    Your collection of articles exemplifies the power inherent in free speech whenever thoughtful Americans enjoin their fellow citizens to place liberty above the distractions of factionalism and animosity.

    So in other words, thank you!
    –Your friends in the WOOF cave.

    • Thanks homies,

      The Fountainhead is my favorite Rand novel (granted I’e only read two…)!

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