Quote Du Jour

Paleo Retiree writes:

From an excellent essay by traditionalist conservative Jim Kalb:

What allows the managerial liberal regime to function are habits of loyalty and sacrifice, and understandings of natural goods and purposes, which it continually undermines and cannot justify or explain.


  • Jim’s very rich website is here.
  • Back at my old blog I did a long q&a with Jim: Part One, Part Two, Part Three. He’s very smart and many of his views are startling — please give the interview a try.
  • I loved Jim’s first book. Haven’t finished his second one yet but I’m crazy about it so far.

About Paleo Retiree

Onetime media flunky and movie buff and very glad to have left that mess behind. Formerly Michael Blowhard of the cultureblog 2Blowhards.com. Now a rootless parasite and bon vivant on a quest to find the perfectly-crafted artisanal cocktail.
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5 Responses to Quote Du Jour

  1. Kalb’s writing is from the traditional Catholic viewpoint that I share.

    The circular logic of the “bigotry” argument is particularly galling. Somewhere in the midst of the gay marriage debate, disagreement with the gay marriage advocates became in itself a form of “bigotry” and the proof that gay marriage had to triumph.

    The great persecution of the gays was a fabrication. Gay men didn’t die by the thousands at the hands of gangs of roaming homophobic straight men. They died as a result of the AIDS epidemic. We know now that the Matthew Shepard martyrdom myth was another hate crime hoax, but to point that out is to be a “bigot.” Straight men have been effectively scapegoated for the AIDS epidemic. Thus, gay marriage was a form of punitive justice for a crime we didn’t commit.

    Lawyers stepped in, overrode the electorate and decided the issue “for our own good,” because we are too bigoted to decide for ourselves. This is the technocratic, managerial method Kalb writes so well about.

    Although I don’t particularly care about the outcome, the process was disgusting.


  2. Toddy Cat says:

    Kalb has a lot of good points, even if you’re not a traditionalist Catholic. And yeah, the whole “gay marriage” business is just a microcosm of how “progressives” got their way in this country, even though most of the population did not want what the elites wanted.


  3. The “bigotry” campaign is having its effect. Since all opposition to any leftist cause is now “bigotry,” the only question in any debate is how long until the leftist starts screaming that his opponent is a bigot.

    Result… I don’t even bother to talk about any political issue in public. The brutality and stupidity that ultimately accrues just isn’t worth the trouble.

    It’s a censorship campaign, and it’s very effective.


  4. Toddy Cat says:

    I have had pretty much the same experience. It’s astonishing how much less free this country has gotten in just the last 6-7 years. It’s astonishing.


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