Thursday, April 16, 2009
Philosophy and the American Politics of Regression
The politics of regression are a deliberate backlash against "elitism" and "liberal multiculturalism" ; they are an attempt to return to the foundations, which are viewed as having become hopelessly fragmented and lost. The original Founding Fathers and the Republic, along with the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, are viewed as the mythical womb from whence we have been expelled into a foreign wasteland, and to which we must now return, or perish.
all of such longing is irrational: Much of it makes a great deal of sense. The problem arises when those bellowing about "The Republic" are holding viewpoints which are diametrically opposed to it, and supporting institutions and persons who are its arch enemy. Morevoer, these same are confusing Barack Obama ( who constitutes a return) with some liberal, elitist, post-feminist post-modernist, Europeanized and "Swedish" multiculturalist . They are confounding the Hegelian historical moment, the hero of the apex and reversal of history, with the Clintons. They see Obama through the lens of the 1990s. They are trapped in the mirror of that time. His "socialism" is a smokescreen for his cultural conservatism . His "pragmatic progressivism" is the same.
Jonah Wennstrom, in January 2008, writes his piece, and entitles it, Obama the Conservative : In it, he speaks of Obama's resounding speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2004, and how it stirred the blood of conservatives. Why is he being confused with a radical socialist, a neo-feminist, and a promoter of a radical gay agenda? Obama, the Real Conservative ran an October headline in the online Daily Beast: Why is this missed by supposedly intelligent people on the right? Having ears, they do not hear. Hearing Obama , they do not comprehend the meaning of his words. James Madison and Edmund Burke are not in conflict with him; they are one with him. So why the howling? It is nothing less than the sound of the will to regression, the desire for dissolution and annihilation.
Posted by SM Kovalinsky at 4:17 PM