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Conservative is the New Liberal

Time to embrace the seismic shift in our political culture.

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Susan L.M. Goldberg

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April 7, 2014 - 1:00 pm
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Data-loving radicals ensure that the bait-and-switch takes all demographic profiles and predicted outcomes into account. Take Goldberg’s commentary on anti-liberalism within the Right:

…Anti-liberalism is, after all, supremely useful to the right. Some day president Paul Ryan or Ted Cruz or Rand Paul is going to be sworn in, and an ascendant, empowered conservatism will once again try to curtail dissent in pop culture and academia, just as it always does. Public art won’t be taken down because it’s considered triggering—it will be taken down (or covered up) because it’s considered indecent. There might be another #CancelColbert campaign, but it won’t come from the left. Maybe people will be ashamed, then, that this one did.

What hit your trigger? Her accusation that a leader from the Right will somehow squash freedom of expression? Her assertion that the morality of the Right isn’t a good enough method for defining acceptable and unacceptable forms of public speech? Was your first reaction to rise to the defense of Ryan, Cruz, or Paul? Or, to get stymied in a debate over which one is the better conservative? Or to defend the Judeo-Christian morality of America? If so, congratulations: You’ve fallen for the trick. When the next law is passed, you’ll gasp at it just as you would at the rabbit being pulled from the hat.

The first thing we should take from Goldberg’s article is the theory that we must be the watchdogs for anti-liberalism, real liberalism, on both sides of the aisle. Such unity is possible. Take, for instance, the many liberal gay marriage supporters who were outraged by Eich’s forced resignation from Mozilla this week. Need further proof? Leftist Goldberg’s thesis confirms conservative Seth Mandel’s declaration: “Religious Americans and others in favor of natural rights should not be complacent when a specific battle on this front is fought that doesn’t involve them, because the ground is continually shifting beneath our feet.” Now is the time for conservatives and anti-radical liberals to rise up and lay claim to America’s classically liberal roots, distinguishing themselves from the radical Marxists who seek to fester chaos, trigger crisis, and take over, lest we allow ourselves to get hashtagged out of existence.

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Susan L.M. Goldberg is a writer with a Master's in Radio, Television & Film and a PhD in Life who would be happy roaming the fields of Prince Edward Island with Anne of Green Gables, were it not for her strong belief in the axiom "all that is required for evil to prevail is for good women to do nothing." She prefers the career title "Renaissance Woman" and would happily be bar mates with Ann Coulter, Camille Paglia and Dorothy Parker. Her writing tends towards the intersection of culture, politics and faith with the interest in starting, not stopping the discussion. Follow her on Twitter @SLMGoldberg and @winegirlblog.

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I think you've burried the lede on your own theme. We've elected (twice) a President whose idea of leading is exactly these radical themes and tactics. Just yesterday he was on the air, accusing conservatives of "not wanting poor people to have insurance". His favorite positive (sic) themes are of green energy and global warming, the most absurd pseudo-science since the invention of astrology. The Democratic party apparatus agrees with the most radical of all of this. It is the establishment which is broken, not some "trending" outsiders.
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I am going to post this comment until someone does something about it.

The PJ Media site is not working, worse it is working erratically. Comments sections disappear, articles disappear then appear again, comments are posted once and then appear repeated.

I am an unemployed systems person with more than 30 years of actual EXPERIENCE and I can tell either this site is being sabotaged from the inside or in the hands of a very incapable administrator. I am available to work and my systems actually work without a hint of a problem. Some of them have been working since the 90's without ONE crash or inconvenient minor or major.

Try to DO SOMETHING ABOUT it. Of course you can give a speech or do something Liberal about it like saying "this is the price of freedom"

Do your work gentlemen. This does not happen at the Huffington Post.
16 weeks ago
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What hit your trigger? Her accusation that a leader from the Right will somehow squash freedom of expression? Her assertion that the morality of the Right isn’t a good enough method for defining acceptable and unacceptable forms of public speech? Was your first reaction to rise to the defense of Ryan, Cruz, or Paul? Or, to get stymied in a debate over which one is the better conservative? Or to defend the Judeo-Christian morality of America?

No, it was this: …Anti-liberalism is, after all, supremely useful to the right. Some day president Paul Ryan or Ted Cruz or Rand Paul is going to be sworn in, and an ascendant, empowered conservatism will once again try to curtail dissent in pop culture and academia, just as it always does.

There's nothing like being up against the debating tactics of teen-aged girls:

*Always
*Never
*Everyone
*No one

You've got us now, don't you? We always do it. All of us do it. No one on your side does it, do they? In fact, they never do it, which is why it's such a shocker it's happening now, right?

F off. Both of you.
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#liberalzioniststrategies zionists= of course JOOOOOOOOS - jooos did it!!!
here we go again- Dear fellow Jews happy Passover-enjoy USA while it is still a possibility ---b/c from the left and from the right- you will get the same - the same old very oldest HATE
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"[W]hy haves(sic) conservatives been so slow to champion themselves as the true, classically liberal group?"

Precisely how long have you been out of that imaginary grad school where you got your Ph.D. in "life"? These ideas may seem bright and shiny, but your insistence on hectoring and lecturing down to (you imagine it's down) the rubes who make up your audience here is growing old.

Really old. Fast.

And the fantasy world you carry on about in these essays is nonsense. Why, precisely, do you think conservatives in power will suppress free speech without EVEN realizing HOW AWFULLY ironic that would be? You once heard some story about John Ashcroft and that marble breast he covered? Try reading a little less NATION and Alice Echols (Alice Echols, really?) and a little more classically liberal, politically conservative writing before you presume to tell us what we think, or what we're even thinking about, for that matter.

Ashcroft, incidentally, did a tremendous job of doing his job of protecting the Constitution while administering the legal bureaucracy of America, and the reason you apparently don't know this sort of thing about religious conservatives in power is because the media bubble you apparently inhabit just focused dumbly on that naked statue thing.

Which is also probably why you don't realize that libertarians and conservatives routinely discuss their adherence to "classical liberalism." Or that you're conflating libertarianism and conservatism carelessly here. Or that Ted Cruz is probably the smartest person in the upper echelons of politics today -- and not like Newt smart but like Jeopardy smart, or like winning at the Supreme Court smart.

And Michelle Bachmann's no slouch, either, despite being a conservative Christian and therefore according to your last diatribe pretty shallow and non-book-readin'.

Well, now I know where to go when I want to read long passages by radical feminists, regurgitated into accusatory nonsense by someone who has so far succeeded in insulting her readers both on the basis of religion and gender. And with FrontPage kicking it dirty with the hip-hop crowd, we may as well start cutting up our husbands' tightie-wh*ties into flags of cultural defeat.


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“A tool that was once intended to protect democracy from undemocratic movements has become a weapon used by the undemocratic against democracy.”

This is just wrong, it was always a tool used by the undemocratic to silence others,
16 weeks ago
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Holy überchicky yucky! Campus wimmins yakking about campus wimmins, all hissing loudly.
Not exactly Voltaire, then, more of a circle jerk.
Does it get any worse? Yes, sadly -- e.g., pseud's-corner entry from truepeers, below.
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Maybe it's one thing to fail to recognize that most of the great ethical revelations of the West stem from the Bible, when you're living in the mid-18thC and you are too French to see that your Enlightenment is just a further secularization of Protestantism. But to fail to see this in 2014, while the "new" atheists are just mindlessly recapitulating Voltaire, amidst cultural decay, is just dumb. And from a Jewish perspective one wonders if people know how much V disliked us, if indeed they care.
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What's with the Voltaireophilia? The man was a crusading anti-religious bigot. Orwellian, indeed.
16 weeks ago
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Orwell may not have been surprised, but Stalin and Mao would certainly be proud.
16 weeks ago
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I think you've burried the lede on your own theme. We've elected (twice) a President whose idea of leading is exactly these radical themes and tactics. Just yesterday he was on the air, accusing conservatives of "not wanting poor people to have insurance". His favorite positive (sic) themes are of green energy and global warming, the most absurd pseudo-science since the invention of astrology. The Democratic party apparatus agrees with the most radical of all of this. It is the establishment which is broken, not some "trending" outsiders.
16 weeks ago
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I'll state this again, because I think it bears repeating: the fundamental driving ideology behind the latest - and so far worst - manifestation of political correctness is QUILTBAG third wave intersectional feminism.

If you follow all the latest buzzwords to their original source, that's what you come up with. I'm talking about "privilege," "male gaze," "patriarchy," "genderblindness," "trigger warnings," the whole nine yards.

It is an ideology that is as racist, bigoted and supremacist as any neo-Nazi or KKK.

The problem with the winning trifecta of being black, gay, and female is that the sense of invulnerability those identities rely on to protect them has led them to go too far - way too far. If you replace the words "Jew," "black" or "woman" with the words these radical feminist routinely use, they show themselves to be the worst and most organized bigots in the Western world today. The bigotry of today's radical feminists is too obvious for them to skate away from. When mainstream publications are publishing articles about why a woman hates white belly dancers, how women are sick of seeing white men on TV and in books, and how they purposefully read books by gender and race, it's time to hit back.

Radical feminists complain about all that stuff, but they're the only ones doing it.

Today's liberal is way beyond the idea of being the old Conservative. They are the closest thing to Jim Crow and general racial and identity advocacy and supremacy this country has seen since the most radical supremacist die-hards of a half-century ago and more.

This is not rocket science: who has all the segregated awards, web sites, literary anthologies, grants, workshops, and symposiums? Time to start delivering some swift kicks. Better start soon, cuz this ideology has dug itself into our most prominent institutions like ticks in a remarkably short time.

This is going to have to be a grass roots fight - even 4 conservative Presidents in a row won't sort out this mess. In fact, having a Conservative President only acts as a more fertile type of credibility for Oppression, Inc.
16 weeks ago
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I am going to post this comment until someone does something about it.

The PJ Media site is not working, worse it is working erratically. Comments sections disappear, articles disappear then appear again, comments are posted once and then appear repeated.

I am an unemployed systems person with more than 30 years of actual EXPERIENCE and I can tell either this site is being sabotaged from the inside or in the hands of a very incapable administrator. I am available to work and my systems actually work without a hint of a problem. Some of them have been working since the 90's without ONE crash or inconvenient minor or major.

Try to DO SOMETHING ABOUT it. Of course you can give a speech or do something Liberal about it like saying "this is the price of freedom"

Do your work gentlemen. This does not happen at the Huffington Post.
16 weeks ago
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Something is definitely wrong. Other posters' comments are appearing more than once while I just replied to you about the idea of them using Disqus (where spamming posts seem pretty sparse) & it never posted.
16 weeks ago
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Something is definitely wrong. Other posters' comments are appearing more than once while I just replied to you about the idea of them using Disqus (where spamming posts seem pretty sparse) & it never posted.
16 weeks ago
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I wish they'd consider using Disqus. I note that there are seldom those obnoxious spamming posts seen on sites that use it.
16 weeks ago
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Looks like one needs to click on "post comment" only once even though it seems as if the link isn't working; thus, my double post. Website's forum software is definitely twitchy here lately.
16 weeks ago
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I wish they'd consider using Disqus. I note that there are seldom those obnoxious spamming posts seen on sites that use it.
16 weeks ago
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I dunno. While this isn't always a bouquet of roses, it's better than Disqus which almost always behaves for me like you've described this commenting software behaving for you.

Maybe it has something to do with our computers?
16 weeks ago
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I thought of that too, so I dumped my cache. Do note though that it's happening to others as well, so that points to a website problem. Never have encountered this sort of trouble with Disqus; only thing I ever noticed with it is at times it's slow to open (it warns about that too....maybe it should adopt Twitter's whale.....)
16 weeks ago
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I pretty much stopped posting here way back when someone - or something - actually changed a word in one of my posts so that it meant the opposite of what I wrote. It was very cleverly done, and very creepy.
15 weeks ago
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Ew. Not good, to say the very least.
15 weeks ago
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Commenting has been a basket of crap since they implemented the new commenting software. It's time for someone to step up and take charge.
16 weeks ago
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The desired result is the elimination of objective truth, which radicals claim does not exist. We have allowed this to happen by not acting forcefully in return. A while ago on another PJM blog, I posted what I saw at a meeting where educational reform was being discussed. One man was making his point using clear. well documented statistics that backed up his position. While he was talking, another man began calling him "racist, racist, your whole premise is racist." The first man asked him to stop and let him finish his point. The second man kept calling him a racist. The first man then walked over to the agitator, and in a very even voice said, "if you call me that term one more time, I will fight you right here on this floor. So help me, I will punch you right in the mouth." The agitator, who was just as large as the first man, stood there eyes wide in shock, the rest of the room staring at him, and quietly took his seat. The first man finished his point. None of us encourage this sort of thing but if we are to remain a free society, it may take more of these type of confrontations to make the bullies back down.
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