Tuesday, July 07, 2009

A wry, revealing quote by a neo-con in an article about WIlliam Appleman Williams

Williams was a very interesting lefty foreign policy guy. The article is Here, and is very comprehensive and good.

The Quote: " "Can a generation raised on the teachings of William Appleman Williams and Walter LaFeber believe that the alleged sins of neoconservatism--excessive idealism, blinding self-righteousness, utopianism, hubris, militarism, and overweening ambition, and throw in if you want selfishness and greed--are somehow new sins?"

Exactly. Neoconservatives in the wake of 9/11 played their hand, came right out and said what they believed, what they wanted, how they thought about the world, but people didn't recognize it for what it was. The writer, Robert Kagan, is in this quote linking Neoconservatism with a long history of American imperialism, writing approvingly of it, and writing that, yes, that's what they're fully consciously putting out there. Only, of course, they don't see anything wrong with it.

The post-9/11 flurry of conservative commentary revealed what was always concealed behind the velvet glove: the pro-capitalist, anti-democratic, autocratic, expansionist agenda...with religion thrown in to add some spice, and ultra-patriotism of course as well.

It's we, or at least you guys (and gals), the American public in general that was surprised when they came right out and said it. Folks familiar with the true history of the United States weren't all that shocked, were shocked if it all by the force they pushed it with rather than with the sentiments themselves.

And as a consequence, after eight years of Bush, the American public decided that it was time for a change.

1 comment:

Kevin Carson said...

Well, obviously they're not new. Classic neoconservatism is just warmed over "corporate liberalism," the "sensible center" of Art Schlesigner and other Cold War liberals. And since the central focus of the New Left was deconstructing that ideology, of course they're aware of the nature of neoconservatism.

Kagan's remark qualifies for a resounding "Duh!"