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  •  That's a story that a lot of conservative (1+ / 0-)
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    thinkers like to tell about themselves; you hear it over and over again from different writers on the Right: "When I was young, I wanted rapid change for social justice--but as I grew older I saw that that approach could only lead to threats and chaos and social breakdown that were even worse than the injustices I was originally upset about. And so I became a conservative..."

    A lot of conservatives tell that story about themselves: Depression-era Marxists who wound up helping William F. Buckley revive conservatism in the 1950s, sixties liberal academics and writers who became the first wave of neo-cons in the seventies.

    I see no reason to trust these guys. They're smart enough to know that that America depends on the liberal state for its survival as a democracy. And they're smart enough to know that movement conservatism is rooted in lies and practices deception. But they side with the lies and deception movement anyway, helping it stay in the mainstream of political discourse.

    Co-author of the first political biography of Michele Bachmann: Michele Bachmann's America

    by Bill Prendergast on Sat Oct 27, 2012 at 11:14:50 AM PDT

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