Words of Advice:

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level
and then beat you with experience.” -- Mark Twain

"Stay Strapped or Get Clapped." -- probably not Mr. Rogers

"Let’s eat all of these people!” — Venom

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Thursday, October 13, 2016

David Brooks Has Displaced Doug Feith as the Dumbest Man on Earth

For only now has he figured out that the goal of the far-Right is to destroy democracy and put in place some form of dictatorship.

That's been kind of obvious to the rest of us since about 1981, or at the latest, 1995.

(Source of the title to this post.)


New Jovian Thunderbolt said...


D. said...

In other words, Hydra.

I thought the far-"right" had made their anti-democratic stance obvious with Mussolini, but I guess memories fade and no one studies history anymore.

dinthebeast said...

OK, I apologize up front for the length of this comment, but DFB has been so amazingly wrong, in such amazingly opposite terms, I had to dig this out of Driftglass' archives and post it. I wonder whether he realizes how accurately he describes Republicans with his anti-Democratic slander:

The Collapse of the Dream Palaces

Mass destruction of mistaken ideas.

APR 28, 2003

... Now that the war in Iraq is over, we'll find out how many people around the world are capable of facing unpleasant facts. For the events of recent months confirm that millions of human beings are living in dream palaces, to use Fouad Ajami's phrase. They are living with versions of reality that simply do not comport with the way things are. They circulate and recirculate conspiracy theories, myths, and allegations with little regard for whether or not these fantasies are true. And the events of the past month have exposed them as the falsehoods they are.


Finally, there is the dream palace of the American Bush haters. In this dream palace, there is so much contempt for Bush that none is left over for Saddam or for tyranny. Whatever the question, the answer is that Bush and his cronies are evil. What to do about Iraq? Bush is evil. What to do about the economy? Bush is venal. What to do about North Korea? Bush is a hypocrite.

In this dream palace, Bush, Cheney, and a junta of corporate oligarchs stole the presidential election, then declared war on Iraq to seize its oil and hand out the spoils to Halliburton and Bechtel. In this dream palace, the warmongering Likudniks in the administration sit around dreaming of conquests in Syria, Iran, and beyond. In this dream palace, the boy genius Karl Rove hatches schemes to use the Confederate flag issue to win more elections, John Ashcroft wages holy war on American liberties, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, and his cabal of neoconservatives long for global empire. In this dream palace, every story of Republican villainy is believed, and all the windows are shuttered with hate.

My third guess is that the Bush haters will grow more vociferous as their numbers shrink. Even progress in Iraq will not dampen their anger, because as many people have noted, hatred of Bush and his corporate cronies is all that is left of their leftism. And this hatred is tribal, not ideological. And so they will still have their rallies, their alternative weeklies, and their Gore Vidal polemics. They will still have a huge influence over the Democratic party, perhaps even determining its next presidential nominee. But they will seem increasingly unattractive to most moderate and even many normally Democratic voters who never really adopted outrage as their dominant public emotion.

In other words, there will be no magic "Aha!" moment that brings the dream palaces down. Even if Saddam's remains are found, even if weapons of mass destruction are displayed, even if Iraq starts to move along a winding, muddled path toward normalcy, no day will come when the enemies of this endeavor turn around and say, "We were wrong. Bush was right." They will just extend their forebodings into a more distant future. Nevertheless, the frame of the debate will shift. The war's opponents will lose self-confidence and vitality. And they will backtrack. They will claim that they always accepted certain realities, which, in fact, they rejected only months ago.

Uh, no we didn't, David.

-Doug in Oakland

Borepatch said...

D, it's hard to see Mussolini as a man of the right. He certainly did not see himself that way, nor did Lenin with whom he had considerable correspondence.

Then again, the game of "Just what does anyone mean by Left and Right" is ever green.

todgermanica said...

Driftglass regularly eviscerates David Fucking Brooks-"testicle cosy for the rich"..."Dust his chin for ball-prints". I laughed.

D. said...

Borepatch: That's why, when I remember (sometimes I don't), I put "left" and "right" in quotes.

As for Mussolini, he began as a socialist and, um, drifted over time to what was dubbed Fascism. It's complicated.

"In 1919, Benito Mussolini founded the Fasci Italiani di Combattimento in Milan, which became the Partito Nazionale Fascista (National Fascist Party) two years later."