Wednesday, February 28, 2007

"Trotskycons" In Their Own Words

The New Oxford Review's Dale Vree provides a superb treatment of the subject in this 1995 essay: What Is a Neoconservative? -- & Does It Matter? Indeed it does matter. Let us let the neocons speak for themselves.

First, Jonah Goldberg:
    Every ten years or so, the United States needs to pick up some small crappy little country and throw it against the wall, just to show we mean business.
Second, Christopher Hitchens:
    George Bush may subjectively be a Christian, but he -- and the US armed forces -- have objectively done more for secularism than the whole of the American agnostic community combined and doubled.
[Explains the author, "Smashing Islam paves the way for democracy, abortion, homosexuality, pornography, etc."]

Third, Michael Ledeen:
    We tear down the old order.... Our enemies have always hated this whirlwind of energy and creativity, which menaces their traditions, whatever they may be.... We must destroy them to advance our historic mission... It is time once again to export the democratic revolution.
Fourth, Stephen Schwartz:
    [T]hose who are fighting for global democracy should view Leon Trotsky as a worthy forerunner.
Finally, that "worthy forerunner" himself:
    We must rid ourselves once and for all of the Quaker-Papist babble about the sanctity of human life.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neocons are not Trotskyists. Trotsky said of the Shachtman group "If this be Trotskyism then I at least am no Trotskyist." Of imperialist wars against right-wing governments he said "In Brazil there now reigns a semifascist regime that every revolutionary can only view with hatred. Let us assume, however, that on the morrow England enters into a military conflict with Brazil. I ask you on whose side of the conflict will the working class be? I will answer for myself personally—in this case I will be on the side of “fascist” Brazil against “democratic” Great Britain."

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