Friday, March 25, 2011

If they lost him...

Reality has finally bitten David Horowitz as he announced that he is no longer a believer in the "neoconservative democratization project". Or rather, that he never really was one...He certainly supressed his scepticism quite well, as Lawrence Auster aptly put it. Horowitz, however, stopped short of saying how he was always at war with Eastasia...

Cynicism and joking aside, this is a welcome turn of events in several aspects. First, it might finally insert into the mainstream the notion of the existance of differences between cultures, peoples and civilizations, differences that sometimes make them incompatible with one another. And that some are even patently malevolent and hostile to others...

Second, it will begin dispell the delusion dominating American policy-making circles that the world can be shaped according to the American model and that this, instead of old-fashioned self-interest, should be the driving force of US foreign policy. There is a quote from Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket" that perfectly captures such a mentality: "...inside every gook there is an American trying to get out." Kubrick did not prophecize, it is a malaise that has been in existance for quite some time now, one that predates the rise of neoconservativism.

Third and perhaps most important, no longer will it be possible to force upon people the false choice between neoconservativism and transnational progressivism, two seemingly different roads that both lead to perdition. Nor will it be possible for those ideologies to maintain their current percieved strangle-holds on anti-jihadism and anti-imperialism respectively which has permitted them to smear and defame those who oppose them from both left and right with near impunity. Common people will finally get a realistic, fact-based explanations for many of the things going on in the world, not oversimplified cliches and heated, emotional rhetoric full of gratuituos ideological labeling.

As you read this, you propably think I am being overly optimistic, that I am making to much from a statement of one man an you may well be right. But it would not be the first time an individual statement swayed, if not public opinion, then certainly public debate. Remember Walter Cronkite's editorial on Vietnam? If neoconservativism lost Horowitz, it is likely to lose the entire American right. Hopefully, Horowitz will not stop at this one statement and will in the coming days further elaborate on the moral and intellectual bancrupcy of neoconservativism as well as their separation from real world, as well as introduce viable, reality-based ideas on how to confront the dangers our world is facing.

UPDATE: Lawrence Auster reproduced this entry on his blog. However, he took exception to my reference of the quote from "Full Metal Jacket". I would like to point out that it was in no way meant either as a "cheapshot" or an endorsement of Stanley Kubrick's political views and I'm sorry that Mr. Auster saw it that way. I emailed him a more detailed explanation of what I meant to express with the reference and I might elaborate further on this in another entry.

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