Ed Driscoll

Scratch a Progressive, Find a Reactionary

Robert “I’m not a left-wing person” Redford claims that America “is made up of three categories:”

Traditionalists, cultural creative people and the moderns. The moderns are the hi-tech Silicon Valley people. The traditionalists on the lower end of it are the people who don’t want change, they’re afraid of change therefore they have anger. The fear card is a very big powerful card and when you have people afraid of change; they’ll do anything to prevent it. They’re doing it because they’re limited, frightened of people who are not as limited. I think Sarah Palin, part of her strength is how limited she is.

Of course, in 2012, it will be Redford who will be fighting against change, fighting to maintain the status quo, as a prominent member of elite coastal traditionalists. Not on the lower end of it, judging by the aging environmentalist’s ginormous personal carbon footprint. But certainly a prominent spokesman for “the people who don’t want change; they’re afraid of change therefore they have anger.” Like the president he supports, Redford obviously has plenty of anger towards much of America, as witnessed by his quote above. (Similarly, we know he’s no modern, given his hatred for providing consumers with choice, particularly energy choices.) And given Redford’s oevre and box office returns over the last 15 years or so, he’s the last person who should be using the world “limited” to define his ideological enemies.

But remember, he’s not a leftist.