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Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Anthropophobia (fear of people or society) 

"We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people."
-John F. Kennedy

From Kennedy's time to the present, the conservative movement in America has defined itself as a reaction against the humanist liberal revolution in American society that Kennedy himself ushered in. He gave conservatives the first clear glimpse of a future where their kind will be relegated to the status of anachronistic oddities. He gave them a glimpse of an evolving reality that--at best--can only be postponed temporarily.

Rather than allow the new liberalism to be judged in the open market--which presumably will inevitably lead to their obsolescence, conservatives have fought to undermine it. Fueled by an inexhaustible supply of boundless pragmatism, over the years their mission mutated to become the antithesis of the vision for America that Kennedy championed. Somewhere along the way, a strategy to undermine became an imperative to annihilate what was once grudgingly accepted--by more sober minds--to be the natural and logical evolution of the principles that the U.S. government was founded on. By crossing this line, 21st century American conservatives have effectively declared war on the very society that produced them. They have willingly assumed the roles of villains in history's never-ending reality show.

"Neoconservatism" is an uber-fascist ideology, couched in the language of America's liberal democratic tradition. History teaches modern tyrants to disguise their intentions--preferably in the language that most people are suckers for: the language of freedom. By destroying the line between truth and falsehood, they have cynically manipulated their nation to fear its people. And now they have the monopoly on power that they always craved.

This has been their golden opportunity to show what they're made of. After 3+ years of fearmongering, staggering incompetence, and lies, it's becoming clear to a majority of Americans that neoconservatism has few--if any--redeeming qualities.

One positive thing that can be said about America's predicament is that the nature of its illness is becoming apparent.

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