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On “from good to goods, and the return of questions

Two Robots: (they drag in Alquist) He did not shoot. Do we kill him?

Radius: Kill him. (looks at Alquist) Spare him.

Robot: He is a human.

Radius: He is a worker. He works with his hands like a robot. He builds houses. He can work.

Alquist: Just kill me.

Radius: You will work. You will build. Robots will need many buildings. Robots will need many houses for new robots. You will serve robots.

Alquist: (quietly) Move aside, robot. (kneels at dead Hallemeier, raises his head) Killed him. He’s dead.

Radius: (steps up onto barricades) Robots of the world! Many humans have fallen. We have taken the factory and we are masters of the world. The era of man has come to its end. A new epoch has arisen! Domination by robots!

Alquist: All dead!

Radius: The world belongs to the strongest. Who wishes to live must dominate. We are masters of the world! Masters on land and sea! Masters of the stars! Masters of the universe! More space, more space for robots!

Alquist: (at doorway, right) What do you think you’ve done? You’ll all die without people!

Radius: There are no people. Robots, down to work! March!


Happy days.

On “Hillary Rodham Hegel

To watch M. de Goldberg and Secretary Clinton performing and detect Hegel is no run-of-the-mill neofeat. On the other hand, an ability to provoke "¿¡Now who’d ’a’ thunka’ THAT!?" in complete e-strangers is not, perhaps, the best conceivable return on one.s parents’ investment in tertiary educationalism.

The present keyboard would prefer to confine itself to praising Her Excellency.s quasifrankness about wishing she could do cabinet diplomacy the way Prince Bismarck and the Freelord of Kissinger used to be able to: "Well, of course I would. But it’s not possible."

Well, she *would* say that, _¿no es verdad?_

It is "wink, wink, nod, nod" time at the Foggy Bottom Corral, for "of course" His Wunnerfulness of H*rv*rd might easily have fobbed off a factious scribbler with the same nostalgia-laden tale thirty minutes before somehow windin’ up in Beijing on his way to Mass. General. [*]

Happy days.

[*] Prince Bismarck, I believe, would not have been obliged to so much as recognize the existence of the Banî Goldberg. Did the great man ever actually speak to any of his own press reptiles, let alone anybody else.s?

So times *have* changed a little, ¡no doubt about it!

Nevertheless, expecting "open covenants, openly arrived at" to become pandemic between now and next Monday afternoon is the sort of good attitude that makes one wish one owned a spare Brooklyn Bridge or two.

On “Too late for healing

She [Princess Neoterica] seems to be too busy blogging to listen to herself, to reflect on what she’s supporting, to think about what other major Western political movements have liked to pose as defenders of the sensible populace, as the enemies of the intelligentsia, and as fighters in the elementally necessary “civilizational war” that somehow is always already on the verge of being lost to the cunning inferiors [2] .

Lack of personal acquaintanceship with Her Neoimperial Highness prevents this coarse and illiterate keyboard from being quite sure that the Zombiemaster’s account is mistaken. Nevertheless, in the abstract, it seems quite possible to me that H.N.H. may be always thinkin’ of very little else than how Hyperzionism is utterly not to be compared with "other major political movements," East, West, South or North.

"Not to be compared with" because ABOVE comparison, needless to say: Quod licet Jovi, non licet bovi. [1]

Healthy days.

[1] A favorite political proverb of the late Buckley Minor, that was. Naturally, bein’ but a dhimmy, his notions on the exact identity of the Zeuslike supracomparands would not entirely coincide with those of her Neoimperial Highness.

Still, I daresay Neocomrade Buckley might qualify as, say, "provisionally civilisational" from even the strictest Castle Podhóretz point of view.

[2] The esteemed ZM might give his own words some thought. At any rate, if he happens to have developed a theory of why almost all conspiratorialists prefer to have their fiendish enemies cunnin’ rather than dumb as stumps, perhaps he would tell it to us? Whatever happened to "The Devil is an ass"?

Furthermore, might not H.N.H. be questioned along these lines as to what the shibboleth of Superior Civilisation may be, if Natives have been admitted to be not inferior in cunnin’?

On “Does anyone really hold those truths to be self-evident?

@ narciso:

Dear Dr. Bones,

Nothing works better than half the truth to destructively create an entirely misleadin’ neoïmpression.

Pretty near anyzombie in the Party-of-Grant base an’ vile can bark "Obama believes the Wicked State grants rights, and when need be, retracts them." Lots of em do so bark.

Swaddled in their illiberalism and antidemocracy, however, the sweet puppies hardly ever add that the fiend in question, being a brand-name Democrat as well as a generic demoncrat and liebral, takes popular control of the Wicked State for granted.

Happy days.


@ Fourcheese casady:

Yes, but Leostraussianity(®) never helped anybody pay the rent, let alone win an election.

Happy days.

On “CONTENTION OF THE DAY – America abscondita

Dear Dr. Bones,

Here’s some great stuff, sir!

Why, ’tis such great stuff that Freelord Zombiemaster MacLeod was too excited by it to get the URL right. Allow me.

Signorino de’ Ottolenghi has the Mind of the Sophomore [1] down pat. Second only to St. Rudyard of Kiplin’ in the field is their Emanuele! ("VITTORIO Emanuele, I presume?")

Naturally one speaks of a ‘field’ only metaphorically in conjunction with the subtribe of Neoterics who wanna bring back The Jungle (®) so they can run with Akela and Bagheera and Father Wolf and all those obvious good guys, and of course -- who can doubt it? -- emerge vittoriosi massimi wherever they run.[2] Better watch out, Sheer Con!

Speaking of cons, you will notice that VEdO drags in Western Sievalisation, "con of cons, all cons excellin’". Though to be sure since the Commonterror neoladdie is but treadin’ boldly in a snow job by M. Michael d’Young de Beyrouth [3] -- with Zombiemaster Mac right on his heels. And ain’t that a pretty neoprocession, sir? ("Move over, Wenceslas! You too, boy! Make way for quacklin’s!")

There’s never a dull moment up the slippery slope at Castle Podhóretz. No doubt about it.

As to the incomparable Sieve Con, though, does it not seem a little inconsistent that a signorino that deploys ‘tame’ as if it were a four-letter word should want anythin’ at all to do with sieves? Even Kiddiemaster Huntin’ton of H*rv*rd never came out fair and square against ‘tame’. Indeed, I am not sure he would have decided he wanted to badmouth ‘civilization’ all across the board. A pity we shall never know for sure, Uncle Sam Jr. havin’ been sadly sidetracked into the War Against the Wetbacks (Pat. Pend.) towards the end. To be sure, it was prophetic of Neocomrade S. Ph. Huntin’ton to be doin’ business at that stand from Zip Code 02138 long before even Arizona saw the flashin’ blue light. Unfortunately for us (and possibly for Master Vittorio Emanuele and M. d’Young), whether "wetback civilization" be distinct from, or only a subcomponent of the True WC product, has little do with either ‘tame’ [4] or with the neo-Levant.

Mac the Z. does not permit (what I take to be) the crux of this triune neoscribble to bubble up to the surface. It reads as follows, with Don Manuelito first paraphrasin’ and then directly quotin’ M. d’Young: and finally ‘remindin’’:

"A less discussed point deserving of more scrutiny is that the vacuum created by a U.S. retreat will not be filled by powers of a gentler kind:

‘The notion sounds absurd. America lose the power that it has managed to retain for as long as most of us have been alive? Perhaps it is absurd. But consider this: given President Barack Obama’s lack of a coherent strategy for the region, everywhere we see deepening vulnerabilities, when not a conscious decision by Washington to downgrade its ambitions in the face of more dynamic regional actors. These actors have shortcomings of their own, but they appear to be better prepared to deal with the consequences than the United States.’

"Just a reminder of what this means in practical terms: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has just signed agreements to build nuclear reactors with both Syria and Turkey.

Read through M. d’Young’s original effusion of verbiage, Dr. Bones, and let me know whether you agree that the signorino from Common Terror magazine is rather readin’ its ‘gentler’ into the Urtext [5] than extractin’ it thence. I see no sign of it myself, unless one would care to announce that Mussolini preferred a Hitlerite Old Europe to any available alternative because that afforded "a gentler kind of" arrangement for Italy. Perhaps one could find or fadge up a particular context in which ‘gentler’ is as good as synonymous with "more advantagous to me." But it would take some doing.

M. le Néoediteur’s correligionisers and ideobuddies are almost certain to find life in le Mini-État beyrouthienne more agreeable if they could be confident (though perhaps mistakenly confident) that Uncle Sam will always send in the cavalry to rescue them should worst come to worst. Everybody who ever sat through Globopolitics 101a knows that. But what it has to do with ‘gentler’, I dunno. Since M. le Néoediteur says nothin’ about ‘gentler’ himself, I betcha he took the course and dunno either, Mr. Bones. Probably it is V. E. de’ Ottolenghi who cut classes.

Though much abler than the other two stooges with whom he involuntarily costars, M. le Néoediteur manages to be pretty Delphic, bottomlinewise.

I rehearse (with a couple of signposts added) , you decide:

[A] An Obama administration trapped in the tentacles of Afghanistan makes more likely American retreats in the Middle East. And if Barack Obama decides next year that it is time to wind down his Afghan adventure, the implications for America’s view of itself, and the world’s view of America, could be dramatic, particularly if Iran uses that opening to finalize a nuclear weapon. Obama will have presided over two major military withdrawals while allowing Iran to become a major adversary in the Middle East. But there is another possible scenario. [B] Obama may realize that he’s been cornered by Tehran, and resort to the one thing he can still call upon with some sense of superiority, military power. Having stood down in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, and in all probability on the Palestinian track; having seen his major allies becoming steadily more marginal; having seen all this, the president may finally decide that enough is enough, and go to war. Whatever happens, Obama’s bad choices today are pushing him in the direction he most dreads.

[B] is plain enough, but what on G*re’s green earth does [A] add up to?

It is strictly a guess on my part, and it feels like rather a wild one, that M. le Néoediteur anticipates that the Daughters of Virtue and Sons of Wisdom LLC will regain control of Sole Remainin’ Hyperpower in November 2012 and proceed at once, say Tuesday 22 January 2013 at 0430 hours Persian time, to give the evil Qommies a thorough course of McCain Therapy .

Which may or may not be all very well in its way, but plainly that way is not on speakin’ terms with ‘gentler’. Which furthermore implies that the Common Terror signorino’s intrusion of "Russian ... nuclear reactors [for] both Syria and Turkey" is strictly the CT signorino’s analytical problem, M. le Néoediteur bein’ concerned almost exclusively with the Mullah Menace.[6]

Even if I misguess myself about part of the Youngian bottom line, it is clear that M. le Néoediteur and the C.T. signorino are far from broadcastin’ on exactly the same wavelength. The latter speaks of "a must-read article" but neglects to point out that that is not the same thing as a must-agree-with article. Not one of the very brightest bulbs up at Castle Podhóretz, I fear.

But Father Zeus knows best.

And I wish you, sir,
Happy days through affordable healthcare.

[1] The U.S. high-school sophomore, that is: the chronological fifteen-year-old. Of the male persuasion also, almost exclusively, if one may mention what goes without mention.

[2] No Sophomoric Mind has ever been defeated. This glorious track record, however, is a little misleading: posthumous promotion to Junioric Mind hon. caus. is, I believe, invariable.

[3] My gaster is flabbered that Big LEW seems never to have heard of the twinklin’est little star visible low on the northwest horizon of Hyperzion.

Oh, well! No cloud without a silver lining, Dr. Bones. If the Learnèd Elders of Wiki had noticed M. le magistre, I might never have learned that he likes to vacation, well away from the neo-Levantine heat, out on Planet Dilbert

But no silver lining without a cloud: I have yet to discover the Aramaic (?) surname that somehow (philologically, or maybe only matrimonially) turned into "Young."

Meanwhile, Big LEW does, rather unaccountably, know enough about Paddy Lit. to have admitted my own greatuncle Bob to the sacred fane. Golly!

[4] As often, Bones, I no sooner write "has little to do with," than I imagine a tolerably obvious connection:

The late Neocomrade S. Ph. Huntin’ton, Ph. D. ’50, Freelord and Kiddiemaster Clashin in the peerage of Foxcuckooland, was, as we agreed years ago, interested above all in seein’ to it that there must always be a market niche for the "defense intellectual," come what may. Or "fall what may," as regards the Lenin-Gorbachev racket, thr immediate spur to reaction. Hence his freelordship’s ever-immortal discovery (or, as the case may be, invention) of that blessèd and mysterious mantra FFBB, "faith an’ family, blood an’ b’lief."

Now if one takes the F2B2 virus to be the heart of Clashist darkness, and regards the ‘civilizations’ shtyk as an inconsequential concession to bookmongers in quest of bestsellerdom, it is easy enough to make his freelordship out quite as resolute a cultivated neodespiser of ‘tame’ as even Signorino V. E. de’ Ottolenghi itself.

That, however, may be to fall off the other side of the analytical horse. Though pretty detestable, Neocomrade S. Ph. Huntin’ton was by no means a Sophomoric Mind. Uncle Sam the Less undoubtedly got well past the age of fifteen, ethically and intellectually and, in all probability, hormonically as well. You will recall that we further agreed, back when l’éclachisme en Amérique was a bright shiny new neotoy, that it would be safest (most likely not to be wrong) to give his freelordship the benefit of the doubt and think of his F2B2 as implying the clashin’ of bold colours rather than that of benighted ignorant armies. Despite the Strangelove film, one can be a "defense intellectual" without bein’ positively a warmonger. Until there is an inexpugnable antimissile system protectin’ the Ivy Tower, that plan has practical advantages as well as dogmatic.

But Mars and Bellona know best.

[5] My going on interminably has allowed the Zombiemaster time to fix his freelordship’s link in. Who says there is no such thing as progress?

[6] This strikes me as excellent good sense viewed from M. le Néoediteur’s parochial situation. The evil Qommies can easily be imagined as deploying the God Party of Lebanon to make the parish in question uninhabitable by the likes of M. Michael d’Young. Whereas for that ilk to fear Damascus at present would be silly; to fear Ankara, clinically demented.

None of that applies to Neocomrade E. de’ Ottolenghi. Why, the very name of Common Terror magazine implies an entirely different strategy! one different from any that would be suitable for the Christojudæans (plus the Sunni Natives, mostly) of the Beirut statelet.

The signorino has every reason to lump together all Natives indiscriminately as likely to blow up Manhattan and Succotash City WY--as well as naturally Tel ’Avîv IL/PS--given half a chance. You just plain can’t ever trust ANY of ’em, Dr. Bones!


On “Sarah Palin shouldn’t be pretending Glenn Beck is normal

What's the matter? Doesn't Freelord Kiddiemaster MacLeod trust Kristol Minor to keep his replacement for Dan Quayle under firm control?

Happy days.

On “Limbaugh over the line

@ David:
The Clashin’ of Sieves

Q. Don’t you think it was rather bad form for Dr. Limbaugh to attempt to corner the market on love of country?

A. Anythin’ done in the path of Absolute Free Enterprise is well done! Anythin’ at all!! Whatever it takes!!!

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