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Tetro Kornbluth
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« on: December 21, 2012, 07:38:14 pm »

It's old but a must read. Seriously, read it.
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« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2012, 09:45:55 pm »

you're a sucker for the 'holdover from cold-war anticommunism' tact
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« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2012, 11:02:31 pm »

you're a sucker for the 'holdover from cold-war anticommunism' tact

Really? Explain.

I see very little on the Cold War in there.
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« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2012, 11:08:43 pm »

you're a sucker for the 'holdover from cold-war anticommunism' tact

I will add here though I'm especially interested in the guns issues as such, I'm not after all American and I don't think I have actually seen a gun (except those held by armed police on the continent) in my life.

What I am interested in though is the US right and its weird transformation into 'movement conservatism' (which o/c comprises many variant strands - not all of which were on the 'right' before Nixon and LBJ or Carter in certain instances) which is by far the most important ideological mass-body in the US right now. On that note, there are several articles (ever read Jill Lepore?) related to this topic that I probably post here.

Also I think adding history into the debate is pretty important and we get none of that when talking about social 'issues' (except the old liberal zombie narrative of 'progress').
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« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2012, 09:28:42 am »

Doesn't fit your criteria perfectly, but maybe someone will enjoy reading these:

"In the wake of the Newtown massacre, I'm struck by parallels between the Slave Power and a force haunting us today: call it The Gun Power." (Atlantic)

"This is not Rambo conservatism but Rimbaud conservatism, betraying less a disregard for death than an insufficient regard for life." (Crooked Timber)

"Those of us who view the events remotely, however, unless we start to evince a newfound appetite for gun-control measures ... are doing little more than displaying and enjoying our own exalted strickenness." (Economist)
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« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2012, 10:25:09 pm »

Have to post this Mark Ames piece.
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