- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 24, 2003

Radical truth

“Kathy Boudin walked free from the Bedford Hills correctional facility last week, but the debate over the parole granted to the one-time Weather Underground fugitive continues. …

“What was it that Miss Boudin and her comrades were trying to accomplish when they undertook the Brinks car robbery that culminated in the murder of a guard and two policemen? …

“The goal of the Miss Boudin’s group was nothing less than the destruction of American democracy, which they regarded as bogus, bourgeois and repressive. They sought its replacement with a revolutionary regime, led by themselves, along the model of those headed by men they lionized: Mao [Tse-tung], Ho Chi Minh, Pol Pot, Fidel Castro. Since Americans would not have gone gently into this dark totalitarian night, Miss Boudin and company would have had to kill millions, as did Mao and Pol Pot, and consign millions more to gulags or ‘re-education camps,’ as Ho’s regime called them. …



“Miss Boudin will live the rest of her years enjoying the American freedoms she struggled so violently to abolish.”

Joshua Muravchik, writing on “Boudin vs. America,” Tuesday in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

Green faith

“Being pro-environment, kind of like being pro-family, is a good way to score political points. Who can possibly be against environmental protection? …

“But is some environmentalism a radical ideology or even a form of religious fundamentalism in moderate clothing? This is a charge made by writer and journalist Robert Bidinotto. …

“He quotes an eyebrow-raising comment from John Muir, co-founder of the Sierra Club: ‘I have precious little sympathy for the selfish propriety of civilized man, and if a war of races should occur between the wild beasts and Lord Man, I would be tempted to sympathize with the bears.’ …

“Bidinotto argues that much environmentalism is based on a fantasy of an idyllic and unspoiled Garden of Eden. …

“Some environmental writings have explicit religious overtones. A popular idea among environmentalists is writer James Lovelock’s ‘Gaia hypothesis’ — the idea that the Earth is a living entity with a super-consciousness of its own, of which we are all a part. … Some people who turn away from traditional religion and then embark on a spiritual quest in a need to fill the void say that they find that spirituality in environmental activism.”

Cathy Young, writing on “Eco-worshippers?” on Wednesday in Reason at www.reason.com

Madonna-ism

“Madonna has been roundly condemned for her open-mouthed kiss of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera during a performance at the MTV Video Music Awards. …

“One disillusioned fan wrote in the Orange County Register [that] … Madonna’s antics have ‘pushed us further in the direction where a female’s chance of getting noticed is directly correlated to viewing her underwear.’ …

“In … ‘Justify My Love,’ [Madonna] says, ‘Poor is the man whose pleasures depend on the permission of another.’ This is Madonna applying to sexual expression the belief that man, not God, is the measure of all things. …

“In this view of life, an absolute difference between right and wrong is passe, which is why Madonna could say during her MTV performance, ‘We’re bored with the concept of right and wrong.’”

J. Richard Pearcey, writing on “Did Madonna Go Far Enough?” Sept. 18 in Boundless at www.boundless.org

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