As regular readers know, one of the sites that I frequent is that of The Saker. I find his commentary on geopolitics and empire very worthwhile and insightful. Of course, I do not agree with him on all topics, but I do not allow this to handicap my ability to become informed.
He has written a piece, with a title sure to shock: “First they came for the Nazis and pedophiles…” He does something you are not allowed to do: rationally look at the term “Nazi” and the emotions that this term evokes. In some ways, it corresponds to my views recently presented here.
But this is not the “common ground” to which I refer. Instead, this, from his “Conclusion: the last groups of resistance” (emphasis in original):
So that leaves only two groups who are still capable of thought and these are the paleoconservatives and the libertarians. They are not exactly my cup of tea with their economic ideas and myths, but that really is irrelevant at this point. What matters is that they are the last ones standing for the following basic principles:
- Support for Constitutional freedoms and civil rights
- Opposition to empire and foreign wars
- Resistance against the social and political agenda of the “coalition of minorities”
It is this last point that might give some hint as to just which libertarians the Saker is speaking of.
I think that by now most paleoconservatives and libertarians have understood that “the Trump presidency is over” as Bannon put it. Trump is a crushed and neutered intellectual midget in the hands of the Neocons. But what Trump stood for during his election still deserves to be fought for. Forget the man, but remember the values, the ideas, the principles which got him elected. These values are all that stands between us and a life of servitude to the Neocons and their AngloZionist Empire. This is also all that stands between mankind and a possible world war.
When Trump first began to gain traction, I noted that his was a continuation of the Ron Paul campaigns in the previous two cycles – not in terms of consistency and intellectual depth (as if this need be said), but in terms of that which was presented as the enemy.
…in the US context these are the only two political forces left which are mentally capable of resistance.
I believe that the Saker describes himself as being from the left – the real left (as he calls it), of which he says no organized movement can be found north of the Rio Grande.
What the Neocon propaganda machine has been doing is to try to place the paleoconservatives and the libertarians into either the category “Putin agent” (Ron Paul) or Nazi (Pat Buchanan). If they succeed, then it’s really the end, folks.
I say the Saker has this pretty much nailed.
Speaking of the mental capability of putting up resistance (HT Unhappy Conservative):
Sorry alt-right but the American media is an amazing national treasure, regardless of your ideological outlook. The free market in information has produced the best media industry in history.
The media that is nothing more than press agent for war, destruction and empire – this is an amazing national treasure for some, but not for those who embrace freedom. I don’t believe Tucker is the type of libertarian of which the Saker speaks, the type who is the last hope against empire, the type who is capable of thought and mentally capable of resistance.
I understand individuals, even adults, making meaningful changes in their political and cultural outlooks. Yet I cannot apply this to Jeffrey Tucker, who has completely transformed his outward appearance since leaving the Mises Institute.
Given how intellectually mature he was at the time of his transformation, one is only left with the possibility of questioning his integrity.
It is interesting with whom I hold common ground.