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10 Reasons Why Camille Paglia Is the Champion of the Feminist Right

"And I personally feel as a libertarian that people have the right to free thought and free speech."

Susan L.M. Goldberg


January 23, 2014 - 10:30 am
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She is an unabashed liberal. In a culture increasingly governed by Marxist Nomenklatura masking itself as “liberal”, conservatives should be bold enough to reclaim that much maligned political descriptor as one of our own. We are, after all, the ideological descendants of classical liberals, making the outspoken once Liberal Democrat, now Libertarian Camille Paglia the perfect match for contemporary politically conservative feminists.

Can’t possibly imagine the lady who, even when she smiles, gives you a look that says, “I know you’re full of s**t,” could possibly fit in the ranks of the right wing? Here are 10 reasons why you need to throw out the stereotypical baby with your lukewarm bathwater thinking and get hot for the fast-talking, heavy thinking, pop culture-loving Camille Paglia.

10. Paglia embraces the idea of electing public leaders with military experience.

“The entire elite class now, in finance, in politics and so on, none of them have military service—hardly anyone, there are a few. But there is no prestige attached to it anymore. That is a recipe for disaster,” she says. “These people don’t think in military ways, so there’s this illusion out there that people are basically nice, people are basically kind, if we’re just nice and benevolent to everyone they’ll be nice too. They literally don’t have any sense of evil or criminality.”

9. Paglia is Pro-Individual, Pro-Manual Trade, Pro-Free Market.

“We need a revalorization of the trades that would allow students to enter [manual trades] without social prejudice (which often emanates from parents eager for the false cachet of an Ivy League sticker on the car). Among my students at art schools, for example, have been virtuoso woodworkers who were already earning income as craft furniture-makers. Artists should learn to see themselves as entrepreneurs.”

8. Paglia is Pro-Capitalist and Anti-Socialist.

“…it is capitalism that ended the stranglehold of the hereditary aristocracies, raised the standard of living for most of the world and enabled the emancipation of women. The routine defamation of capitalism by armchair leftists in academe and the mainstream media has cut young artists and thinkers off from the authentic cultural energies of our time.”

“In my view, comparing the evidence of the 20th century, that socialism in a nation ultimately does lead to economic stagnation and eventually of the creative impulse, in terms of new technology and other things.”

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I first saw Camille Paglia interviewed on C-SPAN about 15 years ago. I was knocked out by what an honest, open-minded and insightful intellectual she actually was. PC is the last thing that someone like Paglia wants in her life. She's also tolerant in the true sense, she respects that others can have an opinion different from her own and that's OK. Very few people like Camille around in the world, unfortunately.
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I've discovered one by one certain woman thinkers et. al. that always seemed to possess a quality of a liberal from a bygone age and each has been embraced by the conservative world. Through Larry Eldar, I discovered Jill Stewart. On C-Span i discoverd CH Summers who had a long interview and revealed that Paglia was both friend and intellectual supporter. I'm finding that K Powers in that camp for however I may disagree I trust her honesty.
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I love Paglia. She is a true independent thinker in a field of intellectual conformists.

But is there really a need for the concept "conservative feminism"? How would its tenets differ from those of simply "individualism"?
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For more on the world Libertarian-Liberal movement see the non-partisan Libertarian International.
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