A Chat with the Spawn

(This post may be found at The American Culture.)

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Dad, husband, mostly free individual, medievalist, writer, and drummer. "Gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche."
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8 Responses to A Chat with the Spawn

  1. Andrew Stevens says:

    To be fair, today’s left-wing extremists, like the ones you mentioned, are pretty small potatoes. Leftist terrorist activity was extremely high back in the Cold War days, but right-wing terrorists are more dangerous in 2011. I’m sure this will change soon enough.

    • profmondo says:

      Well, ultimately, we need to recall that crazy/evil isn’t really a ideology. But yeah, I think things will get worse on both sides before they get better. It’s Heinlein’s Crazy Years.

  2. Pondering Pilgrim says:

    Left-wing or right, both sides operate from the belief that “the cause” is more important than anthing else. As such, both sides devalue humanity. I know that is obvious, but what concerns me is that many 18-22 year olds don’t get it. Glad the spawn does.

    • profmondo says:

      If I can get all Eric Hoffer here, it doesn’t surprise me that True Believers (of whatever stripe) devalue humanity, as many of them embrace Causes as a way of relieving their own frustration and sense of personal meaninglessness.

      • Pondering Pilgrim says:

        Yes, well it speaks of a society that tends to gaze at its bellybutton rather than the eyes of those on the margins. While you and I both know there are some you just can’t save, caring for oneself instead of others allows such evil to exist.

  3. Kate P says:

    Sounds a little similar to the “What’s ‘voter fraud’?” conversation I had with a high school student when I was student teaching. It’s so interesting to observe those moments when teenagers start to look at the big picture.

    BTW, “Speaking with Semicolons” sounds like an awesome name for a band.

  4. I and many have argued–and indeed a significant portion of “Liberal Fascism” is so devoted to proving–that Nazis are completely a left-wing ideology. Right-wing extremism? Pretty tough to exemplify, as conservatives almost by definition tend not to be extemists. Perhaps the Moral Majority of the 1980s, or the States Rights Above All militias of the late 1980s could qualify, but Nazis are as liberal (national socialists) as it gets.

    • profmondo says:

      Yeah, I think you and Jonah are right on that (and a copy of LF is on my office shelf) — but this was just casual afternoon chat. I’ll lend her Jonah’s book in a year or two.

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