If you haven’t seen it, you may find of interest my November 2007 entry on the death of novelist Norman Mailer, and the discussion that follows.

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Alan Roebuck writes:

I’m up to my eyeballs in final exams to grade, but I have to respond to the following point you made:

And so it is, I realized, with all leftist rebellion. It claims to be protesting the loss of some good. But, proving its bad faith, it doesn’t seek the good, it only seeks, in one way or another, to destroy the existing order of society, along with its good.

Indeed. Leftists understand, at some level, that a good has been lost. But instead of seeking to understand this good and fight for its restoration, they try to drag the rest of society (meaning all of us) down into the sewer to join them. If they can’t have it, they’ll despise it.

A related phenomenon is at work among some paleoconservatives. The good of early America has been lost and they respond by hating contemporary America, and seeking, perhaps without being consciously aware of it, to drag America down.

John Dempsey writes:

What a great thread. It was even better the second time around. Thanks for reposting it.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at May 18, 2010 05:21 PM | Send

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