Friday, March 18, 2005

Culture War Reference List, Pt. 1

Good Sense is a Thing all need, few have, and none think they want.--Poor Richard

Two more names to add to the list of culture war theorists: Carl Schmitt and Christopher Lasch.

Paul Gottfried:
"According to Schmitt, political groups are essentially life-and-death associations...a number of Schmitt's disciples have advocated regional and populist solutions to the erosion of nation-states...Until recently democracy did mean...the act of self-government by a people united by culture and history...

On a similar note, Christopher Lasch attacks the wayward American elite that has neither a sense of place nor loyalty to anything beyond career ambition. He attributes the present fragility of the American state to the overthrow of the traditional Western bourgeoisie by New Class social planners...

Lasch believes that only blue-collar Americans have not been touched by the treasonous elites, because of their relative isolation from the yuppie gravediggers of traditional culture and morality...Lasch appeals to Middle American virtue against the entrenched elites...

Lasch is correct in claiming that New Class power is linked to globalist projects which demand the blurring of, among other things, regional distinctions. It may therefore by useful to strengthen such distinctions as a counterweight to New Class power. Within politically viable regions there should be controls concerning the franchise, eligibility for welfare assistance and immigration...there is a genuine call for a politically decentralized America, refounded on self-government...

The populist revolt Lasch calls for cannot succeed within the friend-enemy grouping established and dominated by the New Class."

Paul Gottfried, "Reconfiguring the Political Landscape," Telos, no.103, Spring 1995, pp.111-116.