September 10, 2003


Neil Brown replies to Phillip Jonesí claim that conservatives are neurotic, aggressive, dogmatic, intolerant of ambiguity and sick:

It is on the left that these characteristics are most evident. Or have I got it wrong? In a spirit of compromise and reconciliation, let us see.

Yes, I must admit, there were all those referendums in Eastern Europe on joining the Soviet Union and the free and fair elections that followed.

There was also the subtlety of Stalin's policies and the way he encouraged dissent.

There was the robust free press of East Germany; the open clash of rival opinions under Mao Zedong, the refinements of the Gang of Four and the defence of China against the cruel aggression of Tibet.

There was the boyish good humour of Pol Pot on his nature walks through the Cambodian countryside.

And who can forget the 50 years of cut and thrust of open debate and dissent in Cuba?

Then in more recent times we have had: the vigorous clash of rival candidates and parties in North Korea under its balanced and well-adjusted Dear Leader; question time in the Vietnamese Parliament; the complete absence of any abnormality or neurosis in any left-wing dictator in Africa; and the broadmindedness and flexibility of every Marxist revolutionary movement in Latin America and Asia ...

But hey ... free health care.

Posted by Tim Blair at September 10, 2003 03:25 PM

Whereas, communisto dribblers are caring compassionate souls engaged in unimpassioned objective debate, until the momentone disagrees and says no. What ensues is a live rendition of Hyde turning into Jekyll minus aesthetic merits.
Socialistos' notion of debate is: free to haggle on trivia but not on basic assumptions.

Posted by: d at September 10, 2003 at 05:00 PM

And Hitler loved dogs and gamobolled in the snow laden alps while his henchmen, like Hitler were vegetarians - no beef of methane emitters for them, and loved nature.They also liked realist art which bore than passing resemblance to the wooden art favoured by the communists. And `bread and circuses'. Lovely parades, replete with kitsch floats and fancy dress.As for science, both regimes believed in quackery and over-rode good science.

The difficulty is, it sounds rather familiar - the non-scientific drivel of the greens, bread and circuses by sp st dribblers and so forth.

Posted by: d at September 10, 2003 at 05:32 PM

How to kill a thread without really trying.

Posted by: pooh at September 11, 2003 at 02:45 PM