November 20, 2012
Well, it looks like I will have to check out those whom Brooks describes as “paleo-conservatives,” as they are, as Brooks says, skeptical of “bigness,” even in the military. But perhaps it isn’t “bigness” that these guys are opposed to but the results of bigness, that is, the triumph of the urban-industrial mindset and its foundation, a stilted consciousness, one that cannot even see phenomena, e.g., imperialism, that are hidden in plain sight and are inhuman.
But, all in all, there is some stuff here it will be interesting to investigate and Brooks does a pretty good job of not marginalizing any of it. Defeat, like death, sometimes serves worthwhile results or, as my mother use to say, “It is an ill wind that blows no good,” although I would not classify the Republicans defeat as an ill wind! Nor would my mother have done so.