The Authoritarian Left
It was when I learned about the Canadian Human Rights Act, during my last crack at law school that I took a close look at what the political left was selling, and firmly decided that I was not buying.
But I digress. We’re looking Stateside right now.
What gets me about these JournoList archive revelations is how much this is like the opening of the Soviet archives at the end of the Cold War — viz., we are learning that the most paranoid right-wing fantasies were not only realistic, but if anything, milder than the true state of things.
First, go see the teaser video of Tucker Carlson on Hannity.
Then, see the listserv messages he is talking about, wherein a law professor and a prominent journalist (supposedly a moderate) at The New Republic call for the FCC to refuse to renew Fox News’s broadcast license.
These are authoritarian tactics — verging on totalitarian, if they would succeed. I knew they wanted to shut down Rush Limbaugh’s radio program with a revival of the Fairness Doctrine or “localism” regulations. I did not — never even dreamed — that they could go after Fox, the number one cable news network.
I’m sorry, right-wing noisemakers — you were right, I was wrong. These people are that evil.
Driscoll mentions Krauthammer’s fundamental law of American politics, which has it that conservatives think liberals are stupid, whereas liberals think conservatives are evil. I now think they’ve both got it wrong: the truth of the matter is that conservatives are stupid and liberals — or at least these particular liberals — are evil.