There is no point to be a libertarian, if there is nowhere to be a libertarian in.


David Davis (as if you had not guessed.)

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Better to be dead that red “socialised”.

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6 responses to “There is no point to be a libertarian, if there is nowhere to be a libertarian in.

  1. The Russians developed “Internal Emigration.”

    Viz: Vladimir Bukovskiy,”To Build A Castle.”

    “… A king of infinite space.”

    Best,

    Tony

  2. Lew Rockwell has suggested that we form a Neo-Con Expeditionary Force to be parachuted into Georgia to take on Russia (see http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/022347.html). I am sure that all of our media laptop warmongers would be happy to be part of the British contingent.

  3. I’m too old, David!

    Or, I can plead that I would go, except that my wife will not let me. She insists that too. She will not even let me be on the First Ship to Mars, even as a supernumerary scientist….

    But I have decided to do some serious research, while there is a little time left in the summer holiday, into the term “neocon” and why it has become a sort of “neopejorative”. DD

  4. PS glad the system works, what a relief! DD

  5. Thanks for your help, David. Much appreciated. Justin Raimondo over at antiwar.com has put a lot of effort into exposing the leftist origins of the neo-Cons, or the War Party, as he calls them. A good recent example:

    http://antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=13213

  6. Dave:

    Shadia Drury offers a lucid cririque of the “NeoCons” and their Straussian origins.

    See also Adam Curtis’ excellent three-part documentary on google Videos, “The Power of Nightmares.”

    A major cause of the NeoCon outbreak in the US is Norman Podhoretz and his aurhoritarian “Commentary” magazine.

    EVERY ONE of the NeoCons is profoundly hostile to libertarianism and tolerance, as well as to civilized values in political discourse.

    Virtually all of them are cross-linked to some of the worst, racist, nationalistic elements in the Israeli ‘Right’, people who have done more to damage Israel and Israel’s standing in the world than any “Arab terrorists” ever could. And I’m a _supporter_ of Israel as an outpost of Western Civilization.

    Here’s Shadia Drury, from Wiki:

    Shadia B. Drury (born 1950) is a Canadian academic and political commentator of Egyptian Christian origin. She is Canada Research Chair in Social Justice at the University of Regina, in Regina, the provincial capital of Saskatchewan, Canada. In 2005, she was elected to fellowship in the Royal Society of Canada.
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    * 1 Education and academic interests
    * 2 The Straussians
    * 3 Current interpretations
    * 4 List of works
    * 5 Bibliography
    * 6 See also
    * 7 External links

    [edit] Education and academic interests

    Drury was educated at Queen’s University (BA Hons, MA), in Kingston, Ontario, and York University (Ph.D., Political Science, 1978) in Toronto, Ontario. Her doctoral thesis was entitled The Concept of Natural Law.

    Drury has taught Political Science and Philosophy at two western Canadian universities: first at the University of Calgary and now at the University of Regina, where she holds the Canada Research Chair in Social Justice. Her objective in the position is to undertake an extensive publishing program, which includes books on St. Thomas Aquinas’s theory of justice and its relation to the current Darwinian trends, a critique of the rise of populism in Canada, an analysis of the liberal and conservative approaches to tradition (Tradition and Taboo), and a book on the relationship between Western liberalism and the growth of radical feminism.[citation needed]

    Drury has stated her aim as an interdisciplinary social scientist is to temper enthusiasm for social ideals and values that are taken too seriously and which thus threaten moderation and justice. In her opinion, when society starts to believe that its ideals and values are “worthy of every sacrifice, every hardship and every abomination”, moderation and justice are threatened. Accordingly, much of her writing is aimed at a debunking of, or an attempt at critique of, extreme political views, as she sees them.[citation needed]

    [edit] The Straussians

    In Drury’s opinion, contemporary society is threatened by a small school of American academics labeled Straussians,[citation needed] after the German born, Jewish-American political scientist, Leo Strauss (1899–1973). She has not shied away from voicing a critical interpretation of Strauss’ work, linking it to American right-wing public policy. In print and on the airwaves she has stated that Straussians are a “cult” (CBC Radio, Michael Enright interview CBC Sunday Edition), a group of dangerous people who need to be exposed and analyzed not in terms of what they say, but what they do.

    Drury has produced a body of work on the impact of Strauss that has placed her in the position of authority for many students, academics and media personalities. In an effort to use political theory to explain modern political practice, Drury has developed a rather controversial position on American politics. She has received criticism as a result of her latest book where she examines “two equally arrogant and self-righteous civilizations confronting one another”.[citation needed] In Terror and Civilization: Christianity, Politics, and the Western Psyche, Drury regards the contemporary political problem as “thoroughly Biblical.” “Each (civilization) is convinced that it is on the side of God, truth and justice, while its enemy is allied with Satan, wickedness, and barbarism.”

    [edit] Current interpretations

    Drury is a scholar of political theory focusing much of her effort on the study of the rise of Straussian philosophical influence in the United States and elsewhere. Critics include Steven B. Smith, author of “Reading Leo Strauss” in 2006.

    Drury has been active in publicly countering members of the Calgary School, a group of right-wing academics at the University of Calgary who have advised the Conservative Party. She often compares American right-wing policy with the Alberta-bred Reform Party-Canadian Alliance Party, one of the predecessors of the Conservative Party formed through a merger between it and the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada which has formed a minority government since 2006, with former Reform Party MP Stephen Harper as its leader and Prime Minister.[citation needed]

    [edit] List of works

    * The Concept of Natural Law, Thesis (Ph.D.)–York University, 1978. Canadian Theses Division, National Library, Ottawa, Canadiana: 790230615
    * Law and Politics: Readings in Legal and Political Thought. Edited with introduction and essay by Shadia B. Drury ; associate editor, Rainer Knopff. Calgary: Detselig, 1980. ISBN 0-920490-12-3
    * The Political Ideas of Leo Strauss, Revised Edition. New York: St. Martin’s Press,(originally published in 1988) 2005.
    * Alexandre Kojeve: The Roots of Postmodern Politics. Palgrave Macmillan. 1994. ISBN 0-312-12092-3
    * Leo Strauss and the American Right. Palgrave Macmillan. 1999. ISBN 0-312-21783-8
    * Terror and Civilization: Christianity, Politics, and the Western Psyche. Palgrave Macmillan, 2004 ISBN 1-4039-6404-1

    Professor Drury’s web page has a great number of links to her work, including many full text articles that are downloadable, as well as link to a CBC Radio interview. [1]

    [edit] Bibliography

    * Canada. Canada Research Chairs. (web site) available online[2] 5 August 2005.
    * Drury, Shadia B. Alexandre Kojeve: The Roots of Postmodern Politics. Palgrave Macmillan: London, 1994. ISBN 0-312-12092-3
    * Drury, Shadia B. The Political Ideas of Leo Strauss. 1st ed. Macmillan: London, 1988. ISBN 0-333-41256-7
    * Drury, Shadia B. Leo Strauss and the American Right. Palgrave Macmillan: London, 1999. ISBN 0-312-21783-8
    * Drury, Shadia B. Terror and Civilization: Christianity, Politics, and the Western Psyche. Palgrave Macmillan: London, 2004. ISBN 1-4039-6404-1

    [edit] See also

    * Political Philosophy
    * Straussian
    o Machiavellianism
    * Neoconservatism
    * Clash of Civilizations

    [edit] External links

    * Official website
    * Shadia Drury: Leo Strauss and the American Right, On Point radio show. May 15, 2003.
    * Matthew Rothschild. Shadia Drury interview: Political Ideas of Leo Strauss, Progressive Radio, 2005.
    * The New Machiavelli: Leo Strauss and the Politics of Fear, CBC, April 27, 2005.
    * Shadia Drury. Leo Strauss and the Grand Inquisitor, Free Inquiry magazine, June 2004.
    * Shadia Drury. Leo Strauss and the neoconservatives, Evatt Foundation, September 11, 2004.
    * Shadia Drury, “Gurus of Endless War”, New Humanist, May/June 2007
    * Thom Hartmann. Book: Leo Strauss and the American Right, by Shadia Drury, Buzz Flash, August 4, 2005.
    * Michael Doliner. Book Review: Leo Strauss and the American Right, Swans.com, October 10, 2005.
    * “Strauss and the Straussians” conservative criticism of Strauss by Professor Paul Gottfried.
    * “Leo Strauss and History” conservative criticism of Strauss by Professor Claes G. Ryn.

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