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Self-Love of Thine Enemies

July 13th, 2017 by Patrick Henry

The untroubled self-love of one’s foes, exuberantly manifested, is a truly horrible thing to see.

-thus Nick Land. The whole thing is an interesting bit of political analysis of the current moment. It’s the rare high-level analysis that doesn’t predict either the inevitable triumph of the author’s own ideas, or apocalyptic doom either. “History is moving orthogonally to me” is not the usual.

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Zen
July 13, 2017

Dispassionate discussion is an increasingly rare commodity these days. It might help that the writer was located in Shanghai. I really liked the ending lines,

“Plenty of conservatives hate Trump, and will continue to hate him, probably until the end of his second term in office, if not longer. But the way liberals hate him poses an obvious existential threat to all forms of conservative life. As Martin Niemöller never quite said, first they came for Trump and it was pretty damn obvious I was next in the queue.”


Bookslinger
July 14, 2017

Based on his appointments (starting with Pence), his inner circle of advisors, and most all his executive orders so far, it’s pretty clear that Trump is a conservative. Much more so than the Republican leadership. That Ryan, Mcconnel and Mccain aren’t cheering him on and defending him at his point kind of shows that those guys aren’t real conservatives after all.

I was worried that Trump’s talk during the campaign was just hot air to get himself elected. He had no track record. He was friends with, and gave contributions to, candidates on both sides; and probably moreso with dems than repubs.

But now he does have a team in place who each have their own track record, and now he has a track record of his own… and it all illustrates conservatism.

So why do so many republican insiders and leaders still hate him?

I’m afraid this illustrates one of BC’s major themes: that all political parties were taken over by leftism/PCism. The Repubs were just “controlled opposition” all along, the foils, like the Washingon Generals to the Harlem Globetrotters.


Zen
July 15, 2017

Back on the topic of self-love, while that might be obnoxious, the self-loathing expressed by elites is worse. The latest Planet of the Apes movie, has a review in the NYT.
“We are now, three movies into this reborn franchise, entirely on the side of the apes. The prospect of our own extinction, far from horrifying, comes as a relief. At last the poor planet will catch a break.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/12/movies/war-for-the-planet-of-the-apes-review.html


Vader
July 15, 2017

I still continue to think Trump was a terrible choice for the Republican nomination, and that, in the end, he’s doing to do a lot of damage. You may wish to tone down the rhetoric, Books. Those of us who remain skeptical of Trump, and fail to see the conservatism you do, really aren’t Democratic moles.


Zen
July 16, 2017

Trump reminds me eerily, of trying to wield The One Ring. I don’t trust it, even if it appears to be doing what I wanted. Trump has done some right things, and it might be that his version of corruption will postpone the mainstream rot and corruption temporarily.

A Dark Gandalf or Dark Galadriel with the Ring might even overthrow Sauron and do all the things we want, but we would still be foolish to trust any of them.


Leo
July 17, 2017

I did not vote for Trump (or anyone else running last year) and have had mixed feelings about the Trump presidency. However, the ending lines that Zen cited and the quote from Dreher (a firm anti-Trumper) in the piece ring true to me. If 2016 was a flight 93 election, I am still in coach concerned about the continuing struggle in the cockpit from a considerable distance, knowing there is very little outside of prayer that I can do about it.

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