Top notch Bleat from Lileks today. There’s a memorable slam at brutal architecture: “No other building material demonstrates contempt for people more than exposed concrete.”
But the good stuff is further down, about a column by the faux-penitent Garrison Keillor, who now bravely admits that the Left’s appeasement of communism in the 1940’s and 50’s was more about peevitating anti-communists than dealing with reality. It was more fun to protest McCarthyism, Keillor admits, than to acknowledge that Communism was illiberal, malignant, and a genuine threat:
This refusal was a reaction against anti-communists such as Richard Nixon — if he said the sun rose in the east, then we would look off to the west and maybe build mirrors there so as to be able to argue the point
And then, something sad happens: because the Left was deluded about the threat of Communism in the fifties, Keillor realizes that…the Right must be deluded today! Of course!
Much worth reading at the link; but I couldn’t help but notice this litany Lileks had excerpted from Keillor’s latest book, whatever that is:
(As he puts it in his latest book: “hairy-backed swamp developers and corporate shills, faith-based economists, see-through fundamentalist bullies with Bibles, Christians of convenience, freelance racists, hobby cops, misanthropic frat boys, lizardskin cigar monkeys, jerktown romeos, ninja dittoheads, the shrieking midgets of AM radio, tax cheats, cheese merchants, cat stranglers, taxi dancers, grab-ass executives, gun fetishists, genteel pornographers, pill pushers, chronic nappers, nihilists in golf pants, backed-up Baptists, Crips and Bloods of the boardroom.”)
It sounded familiar, but not quite–and I remembered he had tried that same Right-is-bad litany back in this ugly rant from 2004:
The party of Lincoln and Liberty was transmogrified into the party of hairy-backed swamp developers and corporate shills, faith-based economists, fundamentalist bullies with Bibles, Christians of convenience, freelance racists, misanthropic frat boys, shrieking midgets of AM radio, tax cheats, nihilists in golf pants, brownshirts in pinstripes, sweatshop tycoons, hacks, fakirs, aggressive dorks, Lamborghini libertarians, people who believe Neil Armstrong’s moonwalk was filmed in Roswell, New Mexico, little honkers out to diminish the rest of us, Newt’s evil spawn and their Etch-A-Sketch president, a dull and rigid man suspicious of the free flow of information and of secular institutions, whose philosophy is a jumble of badly sutured body parts trying to walk.
I’m not sure which is supposed to be the polished version, but I sure hope Keillor didn’t drop “Lamborghini Libertarians” in favor of “chronic nappers” and “cheese merchants”.
Because if by “cheese merchants” Keillor does not intend to target literal purveryors of fromage, but is in fact bashing people who traffic in cheesy programming,well… tu quoque, amigo. Tu quoque.
UPDATE: At least one blog has already taken its name from Keillor’s blatherings.