Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Neocon Matron Calls Civil Society Into Question

The Weekly Standard's Gertrude Himmelfarb, 'also known as Bea Kristol," writes that "the fact that [civil society] was endorsed by people of discordant views and dispositions was itself cause for suspicion" — Civil Society Reconsidered.

Then, suggesting that "because civil society itself has turned out to be a more complicated and ambiguous entity than might be supposed," the authoress suggests "it is sometimes complicit in the problems it purports to solve." Even worse, she writes, "Nor can the state, however egregious today, be entirely absolved of the need to help solve them."

Rough translation: "The mailed fist of the State must be liberally employed to crush anyone daring to voice an opinion not endorsed by my hubby or sonny boy." Mrs. Kristol speaketh with a forked tongue! A more elegant (and deceptive) argument for Statism I have not read, quoting as she does many of the greats of classical liberalism and conservatism as the devil quoted scripture.

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