- The Washington Times - Monday, December 27, 1999

No respect

“But, you know, ‘feminists’ have just destroyed the world as we know it. I haven’t met a woman lately, and I’m talking about women who work and have a high position, who doesn’t agree with that. It has just destroyed relationships between men and women. Men and women are very wary of each other now… .

“I listen to these … ‘feminists’ rave about, ‘How dare they attack Bill Clinton for having a little consensual sex act,’ but went nuts because [then Supreme Court candidate] Clarence Thomas allegedly made a joke about a Coke can. And the other guy is humiliating his wife and getting [oral sex] while he’s talking about Bosnia to a congressman. Hello? …

“Barbara Boxer is, you know, the most worthless, hypocritical ‘feminist’ loser on the face of the earth… .

“I just loathe … with every fiber of my being, liars… . My second ex-wife was a liar. And Nixon was a liar. And this … Clinton is a liar. I have no respect for him no matter what in the … world he ever does.”

Actor James Woods, interviewed by Ric Gentry, in the January/February issue of Gear

Popular disdain

“In socialist Europe, bureaucrat-ridden Japan, and left-wing bastions across America, proponents of the welfare state, government-run ‘industrial policies,’ and order-giving elites like America’s National Endowment for the Arts … have insisted that … bureaucrats and planners are just what society needs… .

“In the U.S., though, there was eventually a backlash against these attempts to hoard power. Popular disdain first appeared in a visceral way in the presidential candidacy of George Wallace. Americans were ‘fed up,’ said Wallace in 1968, ‘with strutting pseudo-intellectuals lording over them, writing guidelines … telling them they have not got sense enough to know what is best for their children or sense enough to run their own schools and hospitals and local domestic institutions.’ Roaring this raw complaint, Wallace won 10 million working-class votes and shocked the professor/lawyer/journalist/ activist elites of the Boston-Washington corridor, who thought they had won the battle over who was going to run America when they got their way on the New Deal, civil rights legislation, and Great Society programs.”

Karl Zinsmeister, writing on “Centralism Sickens a Century,” in the January/February issue of the American Enterprise

Small wonder

“Most of the ideologies that have bloodied our century … were influenced by Jean Jacques Rousseau. His writings inspired Robespierre, Marx, Lenin, Hitler, Mao, and Pol Pot. Why was Rousseau’s worldview so revolutionary?

“Political philosophy begins by asking what kind of political institutions fit human nature. To locate our true nature, Rousseau said, we must strip away everything that has developed through culture and history, and imagine a ‘state of nature’ that is pre-social, pre-political, even pre-moral. What’s left is the lone autonomous individual … choosing one’s own values and identity.

“And if this self-defining individual is the ultimate reality, then society is contrary to our nature: artificial and confining… . [Rousseau] called on reformers to liberate people from society’s rules, institutions, customs, and traditions… .

“And what would be the agent of liberation? The state. It would destroy all social ties, releasing the individual from loyalty to anything except itself… .

“Small wonder Rousseau’s philosophy inspired so many totalitarian systems.”

Nancy Pearcey, writing on “Century of Cruelty,” in the on-line magazine Boundless at www.boundless.org

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