Identitarian Politics: Distinctions without a difference?

I recommend this Claremont Review of Books discussion of fascism’s origins and the comparison to communism, including points about Black Lives Matter and Antifa. It’s well worth reading the whole thing: Fascism in America?But I have some reservations. Fascism... first emerged in Italy under Benito Mussolini, then spread to many other corners of Europe and… Continue reading Identitarian Politics: Distinctions without a difference?

This thing is not like the NFL thing

U.S. Army and West Point both respond about ‘official socialist organizer’ and Army officer Spenser Rapone who is espousing CommunismDistinct rules have been violated.Penalties are clearly spelled out.No question it is, at the least, disrespectful.Trump hasn't Tweeted about it.Rapone's next move will have to be applying for gender reassignment surgery, perhaps from Leavenworth.Scroll down to… Continue reading This thing is not like the NFL thing

Von Mises looks at the "left"/"right" split

I don't think this invalidates my contention that the differences between Antifa and Alt-Right are cosmetic distinctions, but from a historical perspective, Ludwig von Mises points out differences.. Mises tosses off an insight that shakes up everything. Here is the mic-drop moment:Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, the famous German philosopher, gave rise to two schools —the… Continue reading Von Mises looks at the "left"/"right" split

On the Failure to Recognize Patterns

Two from Jonah Goldberg, related to my post Cosmetic Distinctions, below. The Alt-Right Is Bad — And So Is ‘Antifa’ There’s a natural tendency to think that when people, or movements, hate each other, it must be because they’re opposites. This assumption overlooks the fact that many — indeed, most — of the great conflicts… Continue reading On the Failure to Recognize Patterns

Cosmetic Distinctions

The intertubes are clogged with denunciations of the President's remarks on events in Charlottesville. While Mr. Trump displayed his usual crass phrasing, lack of clarity and wretched sense of timing, his argument boils down to criticizing a flawed syllogism:All Nazis/Racists are hatefulHateful people marched in CharlottesvilleAll Charlottesville marchers are Nazis/RacistsMr. Trump condemned the violence which… Continue reading Cosmetic Distinctions

A fake news retrospective

It's May Day in the latest era of fake news. The confluence of a peak in the MSM prevarication cycle and the annual celebration of Communism makes it appropriate to celebrate the most accomplished journalistic liar of modern times - and his employer. No, not Walter Cronkite, Jayson Blair, Stephen Glass, or even Dan Rather;… Continue reading A fake news retrospective