I was looking at the interesting new(ish) blog Traditional Right and was struck by a recent post there by William Lind. Lind was associated at one time with Paul Weyrich‘s Free Congress Foundation and is best known for his role in developing Fourth Generation Warfare theory but has also written on the Culture War and against what he calls “Cultural Marxism.” The post, What’s Wrong With “Tolerance?”, was, I thought, an excellent illustration of the point I made in my own of a couple of weeks ago on the current state of the Culture War.
The point of Lind’s piece was that, while the left claims to promote a an ethic of tolerance, its commitment is really to a
…tolerance for all ideas and movements emanating from the Left, and intolerance for all ideas and movements coming from the right. In other words, when cultural Marxists demand “tolerance,” they are really calling for intolerance toward conservatives and their beliefs….
He goes on to argue that
We [on the right] should… reaffirm the benefits of true tolerance, tolerance as practiced in two of my favorite traditional societies, old England and Prussia. Both were famous for their broad toleration of eccentrics, and both benefited from it. At one point in the 1880s, General Helmuth von Moltke, chief of the Prussian General Staff, ordered the organization to go out and recruit the oddballs and the eccentrics, on the grounds that they usually have the best ideas. That is still true, especially of us eccentrics on the traditional right.
Of course, the left’s refusal to accept the legitimacy of any dissent from the multiculturalist line and its intent to stamp out all opposition is old news. I mention the article not because it offers any new insights into our dilemma, but because of its plaintiveness – its complain that the left is not “playing fair.” Its entire groveling tone – ending with its hope that there will be a place somewhere for “us eccentrics” – is really an acknowledgement of defeat and an implicit plea for terms from an enemy which will be satisfied only with complete and unconditional surrender. Mr. Lind should know better.
(For more of my posts on Lind and 4GW, see here.)
Note – By the way, I suspect that the Traditional Right blog has its roots in the New Traditionalist project founded under the auspices of the Weyrich and the Free Congress Foundation some (10 or 12?) years ago. It was an interesting effort at the time but one which never seemed to really take off, at least as far as I could tell. In any case, I don’t mean this post to be overly negative as far as TR is concerned. There’s a lot there that’s interesting and it is a blog definitely worth following.
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