Steve Sailer on Neoconservatives (and Me on Paraguay)
- As far as I can tell, there's no grand, carefully plotted, centrally controlled neocon conspiracy. There is just a small, somewhat loose network of energetic and overly excitable intellectuals who continue to have far more influence than their track record would suggest they deserve, and far more immunity from criticism of their network and their tendencies than is wise. They have a number of tendencies -- a love of international Rube Goldberg schemes; a love of conspiracy theorizing; dual loyalties; a strong willingness to play the anti-Semitism card to bully skeptics into silence; an aversion to leave well enough alone, to let sleeping dogs lie, and to try to fix things that aren't all that broken; an unhealthy love of violence in the abstract; and so forth. Not all of the neocons share all these tendencies, but there is plenty of overlap. And these problems generally get worse over time, because not only are they backed by powerful and wealthy interests so that they don't suffer much from their world-historical screw-ups like pushing the Iraq Attaq, but they aren't even exposed much to more than piecemeal criticism.
Of all the places this blogger has passed through, Ciudad del Este was probably the shadiest, and Asunción one of the most charming. All I remember of the former is countless motorcyclists crossing the border with TVs strapped on their backs; the latter conjures up memories of business-suited gentlemen drinking yerba mate as they walked down the street, beggars thinking I'd understand the Guaraní language, and older folks dancing cumbia on the streets outside my hotel late until the night. It was the only country I spent less than 24 hours in, and I really wish I had spent more time there.