Monthly Archives: March 2014

What Liberals really believe, insensibly or otherwise, is expressed by two of their leading prophets, Bourne and H.L. Menken

“Bourne was in the Berlin crowd when Wilhelm II, speaking from his balcony, declared war. Bourne was enthralled by an entire nation in Kultural revolt against the values of Anglo-America Zivilization. “German ideals,” he believed, were the only broad and … Continue reading

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Another font of Liberalism’s eternal mindset

“Alongside Wells there arose Randolph Bourne, the first prophet of what in the 1960s would be called youth culture. Bourne came of age in the Greenwich Village of the pre-WWI years when the lyrical left was besotted with utopian ideas … Continue reading

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More on the pestilential origins of Liberalism…

“The first articulation of what we would today recognize as modern liberalism was shaped by the lyrical left of pre-WWI Greenwich Village and also by the split within the Progressive movement between those who supported American involvement in WWI and … Continue reading

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‘Thought leaders’ like Croly and Bourne established the Liberal Mindset long, long ago…

“Croly and Bourne hoped for a re-founded regime that would break with the “monarchism” of a totemic Constitution. “Disinterested” intellectuals, as well as poet-leaders, experts, and social scientists such as themselves would lead the new regime.” ***  “Like Wells [H.G.], … Continue reading

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Assessing the mental disorder of liberalism:

“The American thinkers who did the most to carve out the enduring assumptions and mental gestures that streamed into liberalism as an ideology were Herbert Croly, editor and co-founder The New Republic, and Randolph Bourne, a spirited young prophet full … Continue reading

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The genesis of liberal disaffection with and dislike of the American middle class:

“It was Charles Francis Adams’s Brother Henry who, through his book The Education of Henry Adams (first published privately in 1907), became an inspiration to liberals. The Education described Henry Adams’s disappointment with an American society that did not pay … Continue reading

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As to Liberalisms’ Origins, it…

“…was created by intellectuals and writers who were rebelling absent the failings of the rising middle class. They had a quarrel with the industry, immigration, and economic growth that produced unprecedented prosperity in the United States. They recoiled at what … Continue reading

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