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Kerry Spot/NRO ^ | 12/14/04 | Anne Kass/jim geraghty

Posted on 12/15/2004 3:36:35 PM PST by swilhelm73

The New Republic continues to run responses to Peter Beinart's "A Fighting Faith." I wonder how representative Anne Kass of Albuquerque, New Mexico is of the Democratic base...

In your most recent article, you noted: "Drum said I never proved my key point — that I never explained why totalitarian Islam is so grave a threat that liberals should make it central to their worldview. He urged me to write another article, a 'prequel.'"

From my perspective, you also failed to explain why communism was so grave a threat to the United States, and, even more basic than that, why you think it is appropriate to link the word "totalitarian" to either Islam or communism. As I see it, it is totalitarianism that is vile, whatever other ideology may accompany it at any given time, including totalitarian capitalism and totalitarian Christianity.

You went on to state: "To say that Al Qaeda's ideology is 'not fundamentally expansionist' is wrong. It is true that, unlike communism, which aspired to guide every nation on Earth, totalitarian Islam only recommends itself to the Middle East." I agree that the expansionism of any ideology should be viewed with alarm, but it is every bit as objectionable when it is capitalism that aspires to guide (or, more accurately, dominate) every nation on earth, or Christianity.

In the December 13, 2004, issue of The Nation, Mike Marqusee writes, in reviewing four new books about communism and the way the United States reacted to it: "Who draws the boundaries of 'American liberty'? How was the Communist Party 'unique' in its challenge to this system? Surely J. Edgar Hoover's reign at the FBI mounted a more sustained and substantial challenge to human rights in the United States than anything the American Communist Party was responsible for." In my view Mr. Marqusee got it right, and rather than today's liberals making concerns about fundamentalist Islam "central to their world view," as you suggest, they should make fundamentalism or extremism of all stripes, including run-amok capitalism and expansionist Christianity, central to their concerns about the well-being of the United States and the rest of the world.

Getting our own house in order should be our first priority. If we served as a model of moderation, perhaps other extremist belief systems would take note.

It is a free country, and Kass is entitled to believe whatever she likes to believe. But I stand slackjawed at the argument that al-Qaeda would pipe down and stop committing mass murder if we were "a model of moderation."

There are none so blind as those who will not see.

UPDATE: Kerry Spot readers are googling ferociously. They find a other comments from Ms. Kass.

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: beinart
I print this crud for one particular reason, as yet another example of the stunning ignorance of the Left.

Ms Kass talks of "totalitarian capitalism", which is an oxymoron.

What, exactly is totalitarianism?

Of, relating to, being, or imposing a form of government in which the political authority exercises absolute and centralized control over all aspects of life, the individual is subordinated to the state, and opposing political and cultural expression is suppressed: “A totalitarian regime crushes all autonomous institutions in its drive to seize the human soul”

By definition, in a capitalist economic system, the government has little to no control over the economy.

As such, it is an impossibility for there to be such a thing as "totalitarian capitalism".

I'm further perplexed at the argument that communism is not totalitarian. The definition of the term could just as easily be used as the defintion of communism.

1 posted on 12/15/2004 3:36:35 PM PST by swilhelm73
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totalitarian capitalism

This goes into file along with voluntary slavery. There can be no such thing as totalitarian capitalism. It simply cannot exist - capitalism is freedom, freedom is capitalism.

2 posted on 12/15/2004 4:13:47 PM PST by garbanzo (Free people will set the course of history)
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