You can pick it apart, sure, but it’s a fun way to think of the darker tendencies in American conservatism. Disassemble the Constitution is more apt, I think. Certainly there are some amendments they’re very fond of, not to mention Federalism itself. But the last circle is interesting, if a bit frothy:
Repeal the Enlightenment:
Several groups can be found here. There’s of course the anti-science folks, of a religious, corporate, or confused bent, who ran many agencies under Bush. The most rabid of theocrats push a Counter-Enlightenment agenda. Most dangerous are probably the plutocrats and Randians, pushing for a neo-feudalist system to undo most of the best ideas of America’s founding, and to eliminate all of the progress achieved since then. They’re a spiteful crowd, and don’t believe that everyone is created equal or deserves basic rights. Theirs is a highly regressive agenda. The economic neo-feudalists are a callous, reckless bunch, but the legal neo-feudalists that flourished in the Bush administration are even scarier. They are probably best described by their ruthless and sometimes violent opposition to the reality-based community. It’s not accidental that they borrowed torture techniques from the Spanish Inquisition. It’s not that they don’t know better; it’s that, like O’Brien in 1984 (which they regard as a how-to manual), they just don’t fucking care.
Hm. Food for thought. Which is scarier? The will to power or magical thinking? Randians and theocrats are opposed at the core, but they’re bedfellows in the post-war Republican party. (Thanks, William F. Buckley!) We liberals have our plutocrats too, but Randism, (and to some extent, libertarianism) is all about self-love and can never sustain a relationship to theism, except as a cynical tool. Ultimately though, I’m a lot more scared of theism—one has to respect that kind of track record.
Now who will do one for liberalism?