Thursday, February 4, 2016

Rice Bowl vs. Hammer

David P. Goldman, channeling Spengler, writes in the Asia Times about the meaning he draws from the Iowa caucuses. Goldman conceptualizes Ted Cruz as a post-Cold War conservative, in contrast to the neocons whom he identifies with their "godfather" - Irving Kristol.

Kristol is the father of today's William Kristol and, more importantly, of the National Review/Americn Enterprise Institute conservative establishment. This establishment doesn't like Cruz, and the feeling is mutual. About their relationship, Goldman snarks:
Cruz knows that the Establishment is naked, and is willing to say so. That’s why they don’t like him. They aren’t supposed to. They look at him the way a rice bowl looks at a hammer.
Kristol's columns in The Wall Street Journal were my introduction to conservatism, a bright light in the gloom of the bipolar Cold War world. It is hard to think badly of him, but it is possible the movement he helped found lost its way as the Cold War died and was replaced by the Long War.

I feel ready for an overt pursuit of our national interest, narrowly defined, and I'd like to think that's the approach favored by Cruz and Trump. And no, I don't believe all cultures are equally valid so I don't hold with multiculturalism. We'll see what happens.