Liberal democracies are facing an existential threat from a new generation of authoritarians borrowing old, discredited ideas. But is it accurate to characterize that threat as “fascist,” and if so, why does it matter?
If we can’t recognize the complexity of ordinary people, the capacity of indifference to spawn horror, then we won’t be prepared to halt its rise.
To quote Bart Simpson, they folded faster than Superman on laundry day.
Say what you will about the Heaven’s Gate cult members, but at least they were only interested in their own suicide. The evangelical death cult in its modern form is serving up their poison for everyone.
Conservatives across the globe have embraced the logic of the suicide bomber. They will destroy a nascent new order even if they must burn down their own home, and yours.
We lost our chance to build the future. Those opportunities don’t come along every day, and we may not see another.
Rubio is writing his own indictment, tweet by tweet, acknowledging the imperative to challenge a Kleptocrat while propping up his own Kleptocrat.
We needed another Russell Kirk for the Age of Globalization. What we got instead was a series of amateur entertainers performing cartoon antics on their YouTube Channel to “own the libs.” We got the class and character of conservative leadership that the market was prepared to reward.
Now that the world has seen how feeble and vulnerable Trump is, the sharks are coming.
The Civil War isn’t over, and the good guys haven’t won yet.