Friday, June 19, 2009

And on the other hand

Andrew Sullivan is much more gracious to the neocons than I would be. No doubt many of them are as well-intentioned as he says. I, of all people, understand how annoying it is to be represented by narcissists and fools. But I think that neoconservatism is an ideology built off of faulty assumptions, a flawed model of humanity, an ignorance of history, and an ideology that begins and ends with platitudes. I don't really want to get into the whole thing now, but just because one is well-intentioned doesn't make one any less responsible for the wreckage that America has left behind for the past few years. And it doesn't make the thinking any less imperialist.

The Man, The Myth, The Bio

East Bay, California, United States
Problem: I have lots of opinions on politics and culture that I need to vent. If I do not do this I will wind up muttering to myself, and that's only like one or two steps away from being a hobo. Solution: I write two blogs. A political blog that has some evident sympathies (pro-Obama, mostly liberal though I dissent on some issues, like guns and trade) and a culture blog that does, well, cultural essays in a more long-form manner. My particular thing is taking overrated things (movies, mostly, but other things too) down a peg and putting underrated things up a peg. I'm sort of the court of last resort, and I tend to focus on more obscure cultural phenomena.