On the Left: The Sound of Crickets

Cuz the Left is all about Speaking Truth to Power, doncha know.

  • j. blum

    There is a “left” in the wilds beyond the bounds of the Democratic Party, even beyond the dreams of The Nation. The likes of Z, Counterpunch, the World Socialist Web Site, James Petras, Noam Chomsky. These people and groups are, often for different reasons, but not always–as with the assasinations or the contributions mentioned above to Mexican violence, as anti-Obama as anyone on the so-called “right” and more consistently than the thoruoughly mainstream “right” of talk radio and a certain vulpine media empire.

    • Timbot2000

      There is a “right” in the wilds beyond the bounds of the Republican Party, even beyond the dreams of National Review. The likes of Antiwar.com, LewRockwell, the American Conservative, John Zmirak, Tom Woods. These people and groups were as anti-Bush as anyone on the so-called “left” and more consistently than the thoroughly mainstream “left” of print journalism and a certain subsidiary of Microsoft.

      • Mark

        Is it bad that I wasn’t aware until right about now that The American Conservative is considered an extreme right-wing magazine?

        • Andy, Bad Person

          And John Zmirak? Actually, I think Timbot was speaking with tongue firmly in cheek.

          • Irenist

            He may have been, but he’s still right. Outside the fringes of right and left, it’s mostly partisan hacks. ‘Twas ever thus.

          • Mark

            Lew Rockwell and Tom Woods are definitely fringe silliness though, The American Conservative doesn’t deserve to be lumped in with them.

            • Timbot2000

              “Lew Rockwell and Tom Woods are definitely fringe silliness”
              Citations please.

              • Mark

                I used to read LewRockwell.com and Mises.org regularly before I slowly realized how ignorant and heretical they were. For the record, I’m referring to the constant expounding of Austrian libertarianism and anarcho-capitalism, not just criticism of Bush.

              • Irenist

                Lew Rockwell:
                ” In the Rothbard-Rockwell Report they started in 1990, Mr. Rothbard called for a ‘Right Wing Populism,’ suggesting that the campaign for governor of Louisiana by David Duke, the founder of the National Association for the Advancement of White People, was a model for “paleolibertarianism.”
                ‘It is fascinating that there was nothing in Duke’s current program or campaign that could not also be embraced by paleoconservatives or paleolibertarians,’ he wrote.

                • Michael

                  Oh, come on. A New York Times hit piece misrepresenting the writings of a man who is not alive to defend himself is your citation to defame Tom Woods?

                  • Mark

                    Well, if you want defame Tom Woods, there’s more than enough on The Remnant and Distributist Review to blow a hole in his liberalism.

            • Timbot2000

              “George (HW) Bush should have been hung on the White House Lawn” (for the 1st Iraq war): Silly Fringe Whackjob Russel Kirk
              “Most Americans aren’t the sort of citizens the Founding Fathers expected; they are contented serfs. Far from being active critics of government, they assume that its might makes it right.”: Fringe Whackjob Joe Sobran

  • victor

    You know, now that I’ve thought about it, more protest signs really should be illustrated in MS Paint and printed with MS Comic Sans.

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  • Richard Johnson

    Not to mention that there has been consistent opposition to many of Obama’s policies from the Green Party and media outlets such as Pacifica Radio, Democracy Now, TruthDig, and other groups. Of course, since Mr. Shea has never heard of or listened to any of these outlets, they do not exist, and therefore he hears the sounds of crickets where others hear voices.

  • Dan C

    There are few pro-Obama Catholic Workers.

    There are still individuals getting arrested for civil disobedience protesting the wars.

  • Very Bad Episcopalian

    The rest of the left doesn’t want people like me hanging around. People capable of seeing how much of Bush’s evil has continued under Obama are so despised by the mainstream left/liberal crowd that I am entirely over it. That doesn’t make me a plain Jane conservative, although apparently in some quarters I’ve been diagnosed as a KKK member. Anyway, I’ve started patiently explaining to liberals that I am a conservative after the manner of Wendell Berry and to conservatives I patiently explain that I am a liberal but after the manner of Wendell Berry. This serves to annoy people who need annoying and to advertise one mighty fine Kentuckian-American.

    • Irenist

      That sounds like a good way to go.

    • Faith

      Very Bad Episcopalian, I like your style!

  • j. blum

    Well done, Mr. Timbot. I was, as it transpires, aware of this mirror you held up to my first remark. The point is the same. Romney is not “the Right,’ Obama is not “the Left.”. Our host’s term Caesaroligarchs sums up both men and their parties.