March 25, 2009

JONAH GOLDBERG: Paranoid Style for Thee But Not For Me. “I just have a hard time listening to liberals grow suddenly high-brow and Ivy League serious about the paranoid style of the American Right. Where were these people for the last eight years when abject paranoid hysteria consumed the left flank of liberalism and threatened to capsize the entire enterprise?”

Meanwhile, here’s a Jerry Pournelle quote from a while ago: “We have always known that eternal vigilance is the price of freedom. It’s worse now, because capture of government is so much more important than it once was. There was a time when there was enough freedom that it hardly mattered which brand of crooks ran government. That has not been true for a long time — not during most of your lifetimes, and for much of mine — and it will probably never be true again.” I may be wrong, but I doubt there was as much of a paranoid strain in American politics 100 years ago.