FRENCH, ROMANS, AND COUNTRYMEN
I’d like to preface what
Bill Anderson writes by saying that, as
is obvious, my column,
Rah-Rah for Rioters, is more than sardonic about the French Welfare State, and about state
intervention, in general. Witness the comments about affirmative
action. Or that about the state, not German civil society, being
responsible for liquidating Jews. Can one be more direct than that?
However, the thrust of my writing is not deterministic. Sure welfare
destroys. But people’s actions, good or bad, are not reducible to a
single cause. Some libertarians take the position that it’s all the
state’s fault. More accurately: it’s all the
American State’s fault. What an utterly
unserious stance. Entitlements are available to all who choose them
as a way of life. Ditto violence. People have a
good degree of free will. They can choose to reject both. One
Left-Liberalism if one has succumbed to seeing human motivation as
unidirectional and lacking volition.
Cleese’s delicious (and brilliant)
“What Have the Romans Ever Done For Us” is a spoof just up my alley.
Yeah the Romans were the bad guys, but hell, the Jews could be a
handful. Then again not everyone shares my sense of the absurd.
(Incidentally, Barely a Blog will be going
legit—onto a REAL blog format—this weekend.—ILANA)
From: WILLIAM ANDERSON
Sent: Friday, November 11, 2005 3:38 AM
Rah-Rah for Rioters
Very, very good.
People need to understand—and I think you
do—that the French "system" of suffocating bureaucracy and antipathy
to private enterprise definitely destroys a real future, not only
for the Muslims, but also for everyone else. I had a conversation
with a Canadian in Vancouver a couple summers ago and his point was
that what was left for people like him were government jobs,
something he realized in and of themselves were dead end.
Now, this hardly counts as "oppression"
CNN style, but the insistence that people on the left make that
"economic security," as peddled by the Europeans, is a REALLY GREAT
THING do not realize the longer term implications of destroying
That, however, was not your point. Your
larger issue was that the so-called CNN reasons for rioting were, to
put it mildly, something that emanates from the rear end of a bull,
and with that, I heartily concur.
Jay D. Homnick writes
The Reform Club’s blog. His guiding lights are the prophets of
the Hebrew Testament. They are mine too (it wasn’t always uncool to
look up to a prophet, you know.)—ILANA:
“CALL ME ISHMAEL (WHILE I BURN YOUR CAR)
Is Ilana Mercer an absolute genius or what? What
does it say about the conservative movement in America to have this
level of passion and talent?
Her article today eclipsed my
understanding of the media France coverage, left me feeling like a
rank amateur in understanding the depth of the kulturkampf. I had
contented myself with the lazy observation that the media was
disposed to "excuse" criminality when it wore a liberal-political
Ilana digs much deeper. She explains that the miscreancy is itself
cited as "proof of virtue".
Her brilliant insight hit me like an epiphany. I felt like I could
actually hear Isaiah (5:20):
to those who call evil good and good
evil; who assert that darkness is light and light is darkness; who
assert that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter. (My
POSTED by Jay D.
Sent: Friday, November 11, 2005
Rah-Rah for Rioters
Thank you for your article on the unbelievable
coverage of the French riots. One CNN pundit, with mike clutched to
her bosom called the rioters "lads." I immediately sent my monthly
email to CNN that they again confirmed they are on the side of chaos
and anarchy. Unbelievable.
Thank you again for giving a voice to the unheard.
—Written by Ilana Mercer,
November 11, 2005 (Link)
Letters to Barely A Blog in response to
Dear (Zarqawi) ...
For the Love of Islam. Joy! Not one of the WorldNetDaily
readers who wrote believes any longer in Bush’s war. All agreed that
the twin evils—inviting an invasion by foreigners and instigating
one against them; loving Islam and leveling an Islamic country—are
two sides of the same neoconservative coin. I’m so very happy. I’ve
been pelted since 2002, when I first
exposed Bush’s will to war. No more, though.—ILANA
From: Barbara Grant
Sent: Friday, November 04, 2005
For the Love of Islam
Glad to see your commentary back on a regular basis at
WorldNetDaily.com. You are one of a very few commentators who
combines clear thinking with exceptional insight and fine prose.
Your columns are a joy to read.
The neocons' approach to the Islamic world seems to rely on the
false assumption that regime change can promote a character change
among those upon whom a regime is imposed. This is about as
reasonable as dressing up a man as a woman and proclaiming that "he"
is now a "she." When the makeup wears off, one still has the same
old parts. American Christians' continued support of an
administration that grovels before Islam is even more irrational.