Being Frederick Jameson
In his latest effort to turn blog excerpts from those he disagrees with into part of some master narrative he’s confident will be picked up by the anti-war, anti-Bush flock and spread like truly patriotic bird flu (dissentbeingthehighestformofblahblahblah…), Glenn Greenwald plucks a few crumbs from this post of mine and runs with it—original context be damned!
(2) In a post condemning Feingold’s censure resolution, Jeff Goldstein predicts that the U.S. is headed for another civil war—at least he hopes so:
But then, todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s liberal-Democrats are nothing but opportunistic and increasingly reprehensible tin-plated Macchiavellians; to many of these people, rhetoric trumps truth; spin is paramount, and power is all.
Never before in my lifetime did I find it even remotely possible that our country could fight another civil war. But IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m beginning to think that a (non-violent) civil war is comingÃ¢â‚¬â€and that, frankly, it needs to happen. How it transpires, I have no ideaÃ¢â‚¬â€though I suspect migration patterns and a strong move to re-affirm federalist principles could provide the groundwork.
The sentiments underlying Jeff’s hopes for a civil war are found in the Comments section. In response to a commenter of his who pointed out that yet another formerly pro-war Bush follower (Greg Djerejian at Belgravia Dispatch) has acknowledged his error in supporting the war, Jeff relieved himself with this outburst:
Me, I say fuck it. Surrender. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m tired of hearing all the bitching and whining from those who, had there been a 24 hour news cycle and a media like we are now blessed with, would have called for us to pull out of WWII on a thousand occasions. Which is cool. I look great in ash.
Jeff thinks he’s going to be zapped into ash if we withdraw from Iraq. For people who have been driven to that level of personal fear and irrationality, is it really a surprise that they will start screaming for the removal of federal judges, the imprisonment of investigative journalists, and “another” American civil war – just for starters?
Of course, in my comment, I noted that had we had a 24 hour news cycle and a media like we do today, we’d have pulled out of WWII 1000 times. Which is where my reference to looking “good in ash” came from. Because, you see, such ACTUALLY HAPPENED to many many Jews—and had Hitler not been defeated, who knows what the world would look like today? As for being fearful of being turned into ash by a defeat in Iraq, well, that’s hardly the case—though I hope it’s still okay to note that I believe a defeat in Iraq will have disastrous long-term consequences, both at home and abroad (and not all of them foreign policy related). Or is that just further “evidence” of my Bush Kultism? So hard to keep all this deep logic straight…
But be that as it may. Glenn is forgiven for using my comment in an entirely unintended way to present me as “fearful” and irrational. Because that’s what he does: he bends and twists and spins and shoehorns any bit of verbiage he can pull from the context of one of his pet Bush Kultists in order to fit it into his master narrative—in this case, the delightfully titled “Cornered Rats”.
Though I weary of doing this, let me just set it out there for posterity. 1) I have never called for the removal of judges or the imprisonment of journalists. 2) And the “soft” civil war I talked about (which I decribed as non-violent) was really just an extension of the so-called culture wars of the last 20 years, which I surmised could show up in migration patterns and a call for more legal appeals to federalism, allowing individual states who wish to do so to adhere more closely to the Constitution as it was written.
In fact, my argument was no more than an extension of what I’ve been arguing for the past two weeks—specifically, that in order to win the war against Islamic terror worldwide, we need first to defeat here at home the pernicious strain of cultural relativism and self-loathing / liberal guilt that, coupled to a collectivist progressive philosophy disguised as the far more agreeable sounding “diversity” and “tolerance” movement, has increasingly insinuated its way into our public policy (and is evident in any number of social engineering programs, as well as, most recently, in our own media’s capitulation to Islamic fundamentalists’ demands that no cartoons of Mohammed be published).
I apologize to Glenn if none of this really fits his thesis willingly, but I’m certainly not surprised that, like some intellectual date rapist, he’s gone right ahead and shoved it in there anyway. Because I can’t remember the last time he was honest.
Just so long as he gets his Atrios or Kos link, all is justified. Because that’s what he’s after: influence.
And of course, Power. In fact, just about everything Glenn writes of late is intended to augment his newfound power as memetic superstar to the administration’s detractors. Glenn has become the L. Ron Hubbard of the anti-war crowd, bless him: he provides the Bush haters with easy soundbite wisdom and gives them their daily affirmation through demonization of the “fearful” and irrational “wingnut” / Kultist / “extremist”—by extension, reassuring his flock that they are none of those things. And they, in return, tithe him with riches beyond his wildest imaginings!
Kos, Atrios, Huffington Post…! Glenn Greenwald, opinion shaper to the STARS!
full disclosure: One of Glenn’s guest posters contacted me earlier this week and asked me to provide her with a number of links that make clear my positions on a number of issues that would show that I am far less of a Bush Kultist than Glenn likes to make me out.
That post was supposed to go up earlier this week, but Glenn bumped it to “cover” the Feingold “censure” story. And, presumably, to pen today’s piece, who knows?
At any rate, his guest poster told me she hoped to try to bring rapprochement to the discourse. And I was happy to help.
I didn’t know at the time that “Cornered Rats” was what they were going for.