Saturday, August 8, 2009
Lincoln’s appeal to Marxists

Christopher Hitchens, like many other Neocons, is a former Trotskyite, which means he came to realize that the ultimate goal of a global revolution could never be accomplished by socialism. Crony capitalism is a far better engine for revolution, and that revolution will be accomplished through transforming what’s left of traditional America into the embryo that will one day become the multicultural, one-world government Trotsky dreamed of.

As we’ve documented many times before, Lincoln is a mythical figure in the Neocon worldview. It only makes sense: Revolution and Reconstruction require the machinery of a centralized state, and it was Lincoln who strangled the Jeffersonian Republic and replaced it with a regime that Robert E. Lee characterized as "sure to be aggressive abroad and despotic at home" — in other words, exactly what the bankers and industrialists in the Northeast dreamed of. So in his review of Michael Burlingame’s new Lincoln biography, Hitchens embraces Lincoln as the essential forerunner of the Neocon ideology. Notice how Hitchens (like Lincoln!) perverts the language and meaning of our founding documents as justification for centralizing the Union into a unitary nation-state:

Before Gettysburg, people would say “the United States are …” After Gettysburg, they began to say “the United States is …” That they were able to employ the first three words at all was a tribute to the man who did more than anyone to make that hard transition himself, and then to secure it for others, and for posterity.

One thing you have to admit about the Neocons: They’re logically consistent. I have argued until I’m blue in the face with "patriotic" Southerners and conservatives who despise Lincoln but cannot grasp that supporting an aggressive, centralized, open-borders government endorses Lincoln’s agenda against the South. If we are to stop the slow bleeding of our liberty and our society, the first step is to understand the philosophy and agenda of our enemies.

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