Tuesday, December 18, 2007

In Defense of Jonah Goldberg

Ha ha. Just kidding. Jonah's one of the stupidest people in our public discourse and from what I saw leafing through the book before the hazmat team took it way did nothing to sway me from that opinion.

Still it is true that there are authoritarian streaks all across the political spectrum. It isn't confined to the right and nor is it confined just to the far right and far left. These days I'd say the most powerful authoritarians are the "centrists" of the Washington Elite Consensus who have never quite gotten their heads around the whole consent of the governed idea. Fake Washington bipartisanship, Unity 08, the collected works of David Broder are all manifestations of this.