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Why? Check out Jonah Goldberg's Liberal Fascism for the answer, Ms. Paglia. The left has been pro-statist for a long, long time. As long as they're in power, they are happy to decide how YOU should live (or die).
The Democrat Party has been that way since FDR. Paglia is just growing up (a tiny little bit). She still cannot face why she was ever a Democrat/Liberal in the first place. Hint: it was not about your love for your fellow man, Camille, it was about your self-importance.
When have they been on the side of Liberty? Maybe before they became the party of Slave owners, Like say prior to Andrew Jackson?
They have been a curse on this nation for over 150 years.
I try to tell my friends that I'm "liberal."
They think I'm a "conservative."
I let them know that I'm for the rights of the individual against an oppressive state. That I'm for the freedom to say whatever you like to whomever you wish, especially speaking "truth to power." I tell them that I'm for a watchdog press who keeps a critical and skeptical eye on whomever is in power. I tell them that I believe that each person should be treated as an equal regardless of color or creed. That I believe that giant corporations need to be carefully monitored lest they gobble up the little guy, but, most importantly, because when they get too big they tend to bed down with the government and that road leads to fascism.
Pretty much what I've believed since the 70's.
It's pretty much called "conservative" nowadays.
How times change...
I've always felt irritated at the phrase "speaking truth to power" when it refers to American free speech, which is already protected by the Constitution. It's a phrase popular with the Left, because they want to feel good about themselves. What do they think is going to happen to them if they speak out? If they're the Dixie Chicks, maybe fewer people will buy their recordings. But the Brownshirts won't come to their houses and haul them off to prison. Maybe some of the more grown-up among us will think they're being foolish, but with us grown-ups, we think they're being foolish most of the time.
But it is nice that Camille Paglia is showing signs of reaching toward maturity in her political thought. I like her description of affluent Democrats being "complacently servile" toward authority. Sort of "apres moi, le deluge" isn't it? And that train is heading right toward us.
P.S. By the way, Huey. We haven't had a "watchdog press" since the 1950s. More's the pity.
I agree that we haven't had a "watchdog press," but, I would simply say that we haven't EVERY had one.
There was, for a time, an ILLUSION of one with a few individual reporters who actually attempted to be objective and get to the "truth" no matter who (or which party) it hurt.
scottJ ... They all think they're Woodward and Bernstein, honey. That's the problem.
Correct, Marianne, and therein lies the kernel of the answer to Camille's question: They all march lemming-like toward the precipice of democrat-led fascism because they see reflections of themselves in the leaders they bow to.
And they, as they reflect upon the face in the mirror, know that they would never have anything but the best intentions; ergo, the best results, for America.
Camille Paglia is my favorite liberal/libertarian lesbian (bisexual?) literary critical theorist. Admittedly, the competition is not exactly stiff. Um, per se.
I do in fact like her; she is a free thinker, unbound by any particular doctrine. Althouse points out that Paglia gets pegged by the left as a rightist because she's a dissenter from the dogma and a common sense person - this puts her far to the right of the left, even though she's not what most of us would consider conservative. The main thing I read her for is not political spin but her seeming inability to get spun. She just says what she thinks, and right or wrong, well thought out or spontaneous, I find that refreshing.
" But affluent middle-class Democrats now seem to be complacently servile toward authority and automatically believe everything party leaders tell them. Why?"
Here is a guess based upon very old observations. I don't endure affluent GOP or Democrat circles any longer and prefer to leave the room when either side is explaining the universe.
(I will explain that to myself if I need to know. And can get the security clearance.)
Camille it works like this: There was a summer movie titled "He's just not that into you."
Well, the Republicans are just not that into politics. Unless for party professionals the GOP is somewhat like a country club. You belong, sometimes you attend the affairs, sometimes you don't. You contribute campaign funds and tend to agree with what the party does. But you have no obligation whatever to agree with all of the party line.
In contrast the equivalent Democrats have no off position on their politics switch. Politics is too important to ever shut off. They know the approved party positions and their duty to agree with them.
They also know they must be concerned about the poor and disadvantaged and all sorts of bad stuff that may happen. For concern is what counts. Concern is even more important than actions or examining the facts or whether you try the wrong solutions and do more harm than good.
The Democrat affluent are usually a social duo. Both the man and wife will be politically active.
GOP men are more likely to talk politics separately. The wives are doing something else. And ditto for the women in their discussions.
The social consequences of ditching the Democrats can be devastating. You may well be dead, worse than dead, to your old Democrat friends or associates. You are certain to lose some. People in your office may express outrage, even people you never met before.
And may God help you if you work at a university.
Leaving the GOP disturbs little. You might sense some disgruntlement here and there. If you don't keep bringing the topic up you will hear nothing about it.
"But affluent middle-class Democrats now seem to be complacently servile toward authority and automatically believe everything party leaders tell them. Why?"
Couple of reasons. First, democracy and the Democratic Party have been on opposite tacks for a whole generation, ever since the passing of such decent men as Henry Jackson and party takeover by the likes of Jesse Jackson. Second, the servile and obedient ones are a classical product of the "authentic 1960s leftism," which talked freedom and opposition to authority but in fact acted out love for totalitarianism by propounding ridiculous social theories, supporting tyrants everywhere and steadfastly denying any and all wrongdoings by their chosen darlings (Chavez, Castro, Pol Pot etc.). How many "authentic 1960s lefties" have honestly admitted their denial of, and complicity in, the Cambodian Holocaust, even now, more than 30 years after the fact? Damned few. The real authenticity of 1960s leftism lay in its totalitarian actions, not its honeyed words. The confluence of 1960s leftism and the Democratic Party of today therefore seems natural and inevitable.
Seems that Ms. Paglia mistakenly thought the anti authority rebellion of the 60's and 70's lead by the left was a libertarian movement when it was simply an attempt to overthrow civilization and replace it with fascist/leftist control. Ms. Paglia is bright, but politically naive.