America’s Cold Civil War

Scott over at PowerLine calls our attention to an article in Imprimis. It is indeed well worth your time and your careful meditation.

Quoting Scott

Charles Kesler is the Dengler-Dykema Distinguished Professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College, editor of the Claremont Review of Books and a recipient of the 2018 Bradley Prize.

Imprimis has now adapted Charles’s lecture at Hillsdale this past September 27 into the essay “Our cold civil war.” It is the best diagnosis of our political situation that I have read. In it Charles articulates my own observations and thoughts not fully formed. Perhaps he captures some of yours as well. Here is the opening paragraph:

Six years ago I wrote a book about Barack Obama in which I predicted that modern American liberalism, under pressures both fiscal and philosophical, would either go out of business or be forced to radicalize. If it chose the latter, I predicted, it could radicalize along two lines: towards socialism or towards an increasingly post-modern form of leadership. Today it is doing both. As we saw in Bernie Sanders’ campaign, the youngest generation of liberals is embracing socialism openly—something that would have been unheard of during the Cold War. At the same time, identity politics is on the ascendant, with its quasi-Nietzschean faith in race, sex, and power as the keys to being and meaning. In the #MeToo movement, for example—as we saw recently in Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation battle—the credo is, “Believe the woman.” In other words, truth will emerge not from an adversarial process weighing evidence and testimony before the bar of reason, but from yielding to the will of the more politically correct. “Her truth” is stronger than any objective or disinterested truth.

You will find the article at Imprimis. I highly recommend it.

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26 Responses to America’s Cold Civil War

  1. Nicholas says:

    I really do not see how the two sides can be reconciled. The differences are so fundamental, so ideological, and the passion of people these days is rapidly squeezing out the cool space that is needed for disciplined, reasoned debate. In the past, the Church was a glue that helped transcend these differences. Even now, in my own church, one of my dear friends is a Labour voter and we get on well together because we try to give God, not politics, the primacy in our friendship. But in so many cases the leftist corruption of the Church itself makes much of that impossible. If I were a Catholic, I’d be petrified of how to cope with the corruption of the episcopacy and the Mass.

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    • Scoop says:

      The effete are petrified and frozen in place in the Catholic Church. Then there are those left-wingers who support that which cannot be reconciled with Church teachings . . . faux Catholics. And finally there are those of us who will not be silent and have vowed to fight this cancer until God grants that our prayers and work is ratified by His Grace and benevolence for His Church. They will lose and we believe that; for Christ has promised this. But it will be ugly and it may be long in coming and we must exercise the patience and the tenacity of Job himself.

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    • NEO says:

      As would I. and for that matter, so am I

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    • the unit says:

      Quoting Nicholas and Scoop…
      “I really do not see how the two sides can be reconciled.”…
      “Yes the cold civil war is raging and was built upon false premises and the overthrow of intrinsically evil practices with equally or even worse intrinsic evils.”
      We at the idiom…”coming to a head.” Pimple gonna get squeezed.
      Meantime, I better shut up, step up, says Mazie Hirono and…


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  2. Scoop says:

    Yes the cold civil war is raging and was built upon false premises and the overthrow of intrinsically evil practices with equally or even worse intrinsic evils.

    I think of the wealthy American ‘fat cats’ exploiting the working poor and especially blacks, women and children for slave wages . . . all of which were corrected in time through the legitimate power of the courts and the laws passed by Congress. General support of the public moved toward giving power to the working classes through the establishment of unions to enter into collective bargaining with the owners of large corporate concerns. All of that sounds like a good thing, and it was, but for a very short period of time. For it was leveraged into a new intrinsic injustices; where the mobsters took control of unions, bought politicians, took the dues of the workers and supported and got elected crooked men who wanted the votes, power and money that was shoveled into their pockets in order to gain and maintain power.

    In the meanwhile, the Jim Crow South and the Ku Klux Klan was solidly a function of the Democrats, Southern Baptists and used fear tactics to keep Blacks, Jews, Catholics and Republicans from making any strides in reforming the society whilst the laws on the books were clear. They were the seeds of the rebellious party we see today which emerged from those seeds.

    It became clear after these Democrats were sabotaged by one of their own, LBJ for his personal ambitions, that they had to take a new path, albeit more subtle but just as evil as their overt war on these classes. Women too, were now enslaved as well as their old whipping boys who thought that somehow the Democrats were freeing them and fighting for them. And the whose political scene became corrupted in the, at first, esoteric fight for human rights and later in the intrinsic evil of elevating the status (or should I say standing on its head the order of society); the poor, the blacks, the hispanics, the Catholics the Jews were drawn in and have generally supported the Democratic Party though they accomplished (or quit fighting the existing laws) their emancipation and freedom. But what they did not recognize was the baubles and bangles and scraps being thrown to these ‘dogs’ from the table in order to enslave them by means of envy or malice which the continue to stir up and have escalated exponentially since the Presidency of Barrack Obama.

    The Democratic Party is now a loose confederacy of socialists egg-heads from University and the students they indoctrinated, favored religions and races who deserve and get additional legal protection and are anything less than the ‘egalitarianism’ which they like to spout as some kind of religions commandment and intrinsic good: even though it flies in the face of true justice in the Judeo-Christian ethic but in natural law itself. And the higher the status of these subsets and the use of race baiting is coupled to a promise the American Dream to people for free. You are simply given more, whether you earn it or not, simply because we are rich nation and so it ‘seems’ right that nobody should be without anything.

    But who believes that anymore? It is apparent that they have their enemies list and listed in this long list is whites, men, the accomplished people who have profited materially from their hard work, sacrifices and intelligence and of course the Christianity as a whole; for it disenfranchises the debauched morality that is eschewed by the Part that took all reference to God out of its political platform. And so Utopia is the goal and they are divided on how this Utopia will be formed and what it will look like. Will it be socialism, anarchy, totalitarianism or some other failed ideology yet to be defined?

    It looks more like a subversive, anti-American invasion of thugs, blackmailers and con men everyday who stir up divisions, encourage violence and mob rule and desire nothing less that the destruction of this Constitutional Republic so that they might never lose power again. One gets a sense that if they succeed and if they had the ability or the numbers needed that all who disagree with them will rot in a concentration camp or sent for a cyanide shower. Why anyone with an IQ over 100 would vote Democrat in our present time is almost unthinkable. But that is what happens when you are promised the world individually and will support such change even if it means the annihilation of the country as we know it and if a hot civil war is the result.

    And that is my rambling musings for this day in a nutshell. 🙂

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  3. the unit says:

    I didn’t know how or when the “Living Constitution” idea started. I had a college American history book in ’63 that first called my attention to that. It struck me as odd then, but being young just assumed it so? Of course, I adhere to the originalist idea.
    Noticed words seem to be changing or I guess living as well. Stumbled on this…
    Well, living things do change. Those changes though can be influenced by good and bad habits.
    But all that is good and bad has changed too, according to some. 🙂

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    • NEO says:

      Near as I can see, it first raised its ugly head with Wilson, and stood up with FDR. Trump’s judges will make a difference, but will it be enough and soon enough remains to be seen.

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  4. Scoop says:

    Yes, a changing truth is no truth at all; only for moment in time. I see no value in such manufactured truths to fit a particular society, segment of society or sane individual and this is why Nicholas has his priorities straight. We must re-establish immutable Truths first and if we do not we are only going to exchange good for evil and then evil for a worse evil and these will become the new norm. We seem to be seeing a lot of that lately. 🙂

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  5. the unit says:

    But just now thinking back how I looked upon the “Living Constitution” idea at that time. Being wet behind the ears, I just said…well good, it’s alive, just like the day it was born. Naive me, huh!

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