30.11.04

GET A GRIP. Pejman Yousefzadeh:
Let's put a silly myth to bed, shall we? Contrary to what some believe, American politics is not devolving into a state of fascism.
He continues,
None of this is to say that when it comes to fascism, "It Can't Happen Here." But those who make the claim that America is becoming a fascist state have an obligation to be responsible with the facts, lest others stop taking them seriously. Ironically enough, fascism has its best chance when those who line up to denounce it discredit themselves with one too many false alarms. The next time they sound the alarm, they may have reason to. But few people will be inclined to listen if those who make the claims have proven themselves to be untrustworthy demagogues in the past.
Quite so. John Podhoretz suggests that listeners consider the source, which is wrong on other things as well.
For you see, having passionately opposed the war like so many on the Left, Ackerman has a weirdly vested interest in the failure of American efforts to ensure that the future will be better than the past.

Otherwise, he and his willfully blind brethren will be proven history's fools — which has been the unhappy fate of many on Left who have spent their intellectual capital placing bets against the American creed.
It's a dig at a specific columnist, but the columnist is representative of the school of thought Mr Yousefzadeh is calling to account.

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