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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Communism was evil, and so is Big Government neoconservatism; there is no contradiction there

(By Chris Moore) -- Even though President Eisenhower gravely warned of the growing military-industrial complex on his departure from office, libertarian Lew Rockwell takes issue with the fact that the military-industrial complex was constructed in the first place. Rockwell in The American Conservative:
Eisenhower’s farewell speech was a long and nearly hysterical argument for the Cold War. He presented it as more than a military policy against Russia, but rather as a grand metaphysical struggle that should take over our minds and souls, as bizarre as that must sound to the current generation.

His words were Wilsonian, even messianic. The job of U.S. military policy is to “foster progress in human achievement” and enhance “dignity and integrity” the world over. That’s a rather expansive role for government by any standard. But he went further. An enemy stands in the way of achieving this dream, and this enemy is “global in scope, atheistic in character, ruthless in purpose, and insidious in method.” This great struggle “commands our whole attention, absorbs our very beings.”

Because some crusty apparatchiks are imposing every manner of economic control over Russia and a few satellites, U.S. foreign policy must absorb the whole of our beings? So much for limited government...
It’s easy for Rockwell to dismiss the Soviet threat in hindsight. But the blood on the hands of the Communists by Ike’s era was already in the tens of millions, and would grow. Communism and Leftism was and is objectively and transcendentally evil, and America was historically right up against it.

That doesn’t justify the current, government-induced and cultivated hysteria against Islam, nor perhaps even the extent of the militarization of the entire nation during the Cold War, which has put contemporary Americans at the mercy of Big Government sociopaths running the Establishment.

But let’s not re-frame history in order to undermine current American statist overreach and its leviathan agenda. After all, the current neocon-neoliberal ruling regime and Washington Establishment is Trotskyite in background, influence, and nature, thus emphasizing soulless Communism’s history of mass murder in no way validates it’s heir’s continuous evil ideology in contemporarily insane Washington.

Communism was evil; neoconservatism/neoliberalism/Big Government statist-liberal capitalism is evil; there is no contradiction there.

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