Jordan Page (who is a kind of Ronpaulist Joan Baez) reflects on the “Revolution March,” a July 12th Ron Paul protest rally in Washington DC, in part organized by Adam Kokesh (who of late believes the Washington police are involved in a clandestine conspiracy against him).
Now, I grew up in the libertarian movement such as it was. Although I no longer consider myself a libertarian out of respect for the philosophy, I think I knew it well. My libertarianism was of the rightish sort, but fundamentally a movement for liberty through reason. A movement of the great economists and political philosophers of the Austrian School and the University of Chicago. The movement of Mises and Friedman. But this paranoid, revolutionary rubbish presented by Page as libertarianism, is utterly unrecognizable to me.
Page’s essay is in fact functionally indistinguishable from an editorial in Dissent or Political Affairs; suffused as it is with a language and politics more common to Marxist revolt. All the discreditable aspects of doctrinal ideology Milosz called “the captive mind” can be found within it. The messianic idolatry of the oppressed glorious leader, the paranoid ramblings about all-powerful invisible forces aligned against the enlightened, the Trotskyist penchant for exaggeration to the frontiers of schizophrenia, the mindless orthodoxy of slogans and fear, and the manufacture of an entirely fictive police state in a free society, strictly to serve as an organizing principle.
Dr. Paul is a candidate who has been campaigning against the grain of corporate American imperialism.
I’m talking about a widespread movement to combat the rise of fascism in this country through awareness and public cohesion.
I was inspired and angered listening to Naomi Wolf clearly outline the ten steps that historically bring an open free society into the darkness of totalitarian dictatorship. A process through which America is currently undergoing.
This isn’t a contemplative intellectual movement that seeks limited government and a deregulated society. It’s a ripped off Marxist power cult. A politics worthy of a half-assed delusional rebel movement in a hollow nation-state on the Congo, rather than the United States.
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