Tuesday, February 11, 2003

A Fateful Moment in the Antiwar.com Movement

Part I Setting the Table
Part II The Dinner Party
Part III The Menu


Part I Setting the Table

Today’s broad-based support for a less aggressive approach to Iraq stems from many diverse elements in our society. Certainly the most important reasons for this public reaction are the genuine humanitarian desire to prevent civilian casualties and needless destruction. Such concerns can be traced backwards in time to Vietnam war protests, President Wilson’s desire for neutrality, the Quaker influence on the Founding Fathers, and so forth, but what we see today is largely a product of modern Libertarian action.

In introducing this hypothesis, I will set the table with an overlooked political conference that took place early in the 2000 Presidential campaign season. An assortment of Libertarian cast-offs and hangers-on, like a spent star, met for one brief moment in the brightness of California. The consequence of this singular event, fused by the September 11th attacks, was the intense burst of an underground political super-nova that spewed forth vast quantities of anti-statism, anti-globalism, and anti-multiculturalism – the legacy of which are the stellar winds of the Antiwar movement today…




Subject: "beyond left & right"
From: Doug Henwood (dhenwood@panix.com)
Date: Thu Mar 16 2000 - 11:13:30 EST
http://squawk.ca/lbo-talk/0004/1030.html

[Thanks to Michael Pugliese for sending this. I think I posted something about this earlier, but it bears repeating. Alex C is keeping some very odd company - goldbugs, therapy cultists, crypto-nazis, neo-confederates....]

Antiwar.com Conference
Beyond Left and Right:
The New Face of the
Antiwar Movement

Pat Buchanan ~ Alexander Cockburn
Rep. Ron Paul ~ Lenora Fulani
Harry Browne ~ Srdja Trifkovic
Alan Bock ~ Tom Fleming
George Szamuely ~ Justin Raimondo
Daniel New ~ Jared Israel
Ronald Maxwell ~ James Bisset
Scott McConnell ~ Eric Garris

March 24 - 26, 2000
Villa Hotel
San Mateo, California

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:
PATRICK J. BUCHANAN

Pat Buchanan, Alexander Cockburn, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) and Lenora Fulani - at the same conference? "How did you arrange that, Justin," a friend asked. Well, I told him, it wasn't easy, let me tell you, I answered, but you know: only an issue as vital as the question of war and peace could bring such diverse people to the same platform.

"Beyond Left and Right: The New Face of the Antiwar Movement" is the theme we have chosen for this year's conference, which will take place March 24 through the 26th, at the Villa Hotel in San Mateo, California, and our speakers list reflects this mix of ideologies.

On Friday, March 24. Patrick J. Buchanan gives the keynote speech, a major foreign policy address that will reflect and expand on the conference theme. Joining Buchanan at this conclave will be Alexander Cockburn, Saturday's luncheon speaker, one of the last of the old-fashioned anti-imperialist lefties still left standing. A longtime columnist for the Nation, and editor of the lively Counterpunch, Cockburn will tell us how and why much of the Left sold out to the War Party.

But that is just the beginning of what we have in store for you. Our speakers list includes all the most notable enemies of the War Party:

Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), the conscience of the Congress and the one elected official we can count on to hold up the banner of peace and noninterventionism, on "Fighting the War Party in Congress."

Tom Fleming, the fiery and erudite editor of Chronicles, flagship journal of the antiwar Right, with a look at "The Culture of Imperialism."

Dr. Lenora Fulani, the controversial Reform Party founding member and longtime left-wing activist - who had the courage to break with political correctness and join the Buchanan Brigades - will give us her insights into the how the political process is designed to limit democratic control over the nation's foreign policy.

Harry Browne, Libertarian Party Presidential candidate.

Robert Maxwell, producer of the movie, Gettysburg.

Add to this our Antiwar.com columnists George Szamuely, Alan Bock, and yours truly, and we have the makings of what may well turn out to be a truly historic event. And it's even affordable! Yes, you heard me right - affordable: Usually these conferences are pricey affairs, with high fees going to speakers and lots of fancy frills. Not here! Everyone of our speakers is participating at personal sacrifice. We have a no frills, no meals package priced at only $75.00!

Of course, Antiwar.com and CLS, organizers of this conference, operate on a shoestring and do not seek profit - but making money isn't the point. The point is communicating our ideas, and getting the Antiwar.com community together: we are building a movement.

If you want the package with meals (lunch and the banquet on Saturday), you still get a reasonable price: $125. If I were you I would get my reservations in a.s.a.p. -- this is going to be a sold-out, standing-room-only event.

To make sure you get a seat, call Sybil now at 800-325-7257 (8:30 am - 4:30 pm Pacific time) (She can also get you a special rate at the hotel, and make your reservations). Or you can send your check or money order, payable to the Center for Libertarian Studies, to: P.O. Box 4091, Burlingame CA 94011.

It has been nearly a year since Antiwar.com first raised the banner of a peaceful noninterventionist foreign policy in cyberspace, and in that time we have been the locus of a growing movement that transcends the narrow and outdated categories of "right" and "left." Now we are bringing that movement together in what may prove to be an historic conference that you really don't want to miss. Since we first posted the tentative conference schedule, people have been signing up at an amazing rate and we anticipate running out of room in the very near future - so don't delay! Get your reservation in today.




Very Interesting reading I dare say, so would you care to quess how many of the Antiwar Conference speakers are currently listed as "Columnists & Commentators" on the seminal Libertarian web site LewRockwell.com?


Part II The Dinner Party

Alexander Cockburn, the Invited Outsider

Alexander Cockburn, editor of CounterPunch and one of two leftists invited to the Antiwar Conference (the other being Kathy Kelly of Voices in the Wilderness), made this observation; "Justin Raimundo was draped in the sort of gray pinstripe favored by London gents when they want a holiday from blue. But all the same the folks were unmistakably libertarians, not Democrats or Republicans." Alex, usually one for simple t-shirts with defiant slogans, wore plain white to show support since the meeting sought to unify the tired definitions of left and right. Surprised that Raimundo lived up to his promise of providing a fun afternoon, Alex studied the crowd with the eye of an outsider and the ear of a skeptic. On his drive back Berkeley, he imagined the following toast to Antiwar.com; "Alas, not many leftists will ever want to have much to do with them." - http://www.counterpunch.org/leftlibertarian.html

Despite his fatalism, Alex felt a kinship earlier in the day during his speech to the libertarian audience. Noting the desire of the attendees to align the alternative politicos along a renewed axis of isolationism / interventionism, he concluded with a bit of masterful hyperbole that none the less rings true today:

We live in exciting times. There's no question about it. It's been a long process. I think I met my first libertarians back in the early 70s. I've seen these shivering of the old categories go by the board over this period.

I don't know how much will happen this year. These are periods of action, periods of creative effort, We've got two things to do: one is to cement our basic capacities for alert resistance at the next specter of war, have our troops ready, our messages ready, have our propaganda ready, have our alliances and our coalitions prepared.

And beyond that, through functions like this and the stuff that Justin's been organizing, and hopefully something from the left, we have to reforge our ideas and hopes, based on those simple ideas of Chomsky or the French Enlightenment and move forward from there.


Theatrical prognostication aside, there is reason to consider Alexander's call -- for all it's grandeur it does well to explain the force driving the motley assortment of the Antiwar aggressors. Indeed, libertarian pundit and author of The Anti-Electorate Manifesto, Wally Conger believes that such a fermenting of the Left is already underway;

"Konkin and other Libertarian Leftists now interact regularly with New Leftists like Alexander Cockburn, Christopher Hitchens, Carl Oglesby, Jon Rappoport, and Noam Chomsky. MLL has a web page, a busy e-list, and newsletters and pamphlets appear frequently under its banner.

So the ground seems fertile for libertarians to forge alliances with the Left. And who knows? We might even “outflank” the socialists eventually and reclaim the Left for libertarianism!

Now, how do we approach the Left? And whom do we approach specifically?

Obviously, we shouldn’t bother with lefties whose goals are generally hostile to individual freedom. But I think we can work with a growing number of today’s young Left anarchists, with one proviso: abolition of the State must be their primary focus. Much contemporary anarchist literature, sadly, suggests that smashing governments is secondary to destroying businesses and shaping communal utopias. As the hardest of hard-core anarchists, we can’t waste time with such socialist sentimentality. Our first duty is to stamp out all political power. But keep in mind that since we radical libertarians consider corporations creatures of the State and would abolish them to free the market, some of our laissez-faire ideas might intrigue and even persuade potential comrades on the anti-market Left.

We should, jointly and individually, dedicate ourselves to studying diverse Leftist movements--animal rights radicals, feminists, poverty crusaders, AIDS activists--to determine with whom we have points in common, or with whom we at least share some issues. This means we must tirelessly monitor Leftist magazines, journals, newsletters, and websites. The Nation, Z, and CounterPunch are a good start.

Opposition to war, the undeniable health of the State, is the one barometer we can rely on to judge suitable allies. We should feel free to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with any Leftists at anti-war demonstrations, seminars, teach-ins, film festivals, etc. The anti-war issue is fundamental to our cause.

This may sound elementary, but we should take time to study or refresh ourselves in the insights of Etienne de la Boetie, the civil disobedience of Thoreau, and the non-violent resistance tactics of Gandhi. These ideas are fundamental to consistent non-political libertarian strategy. Possessing a “leftist hue,” they also offer good common ground for reaching out to the Left.

Principled libertarians now stand at a crossroads. The Cato Institute and the so-called “Libertarian” Party, now mere front groups for the warmongering right-wing, have hammered a wedge into the libertarian movement. So I applaud Justin Raimondo’s call for a libertarian rapprochement with the Left. We have a lot to talk about, and I look forward to the coming dialogue.

In the meantime, those afraid to make a sharp left turn and join us should heed Samuel Edward Konkin III’s suggestion to “wake up and smell the tear gas!” And to those courageous enough to shrug off the right-wing, unite with other staunch enemies of the State, and reclaim the Left for libertarians, I say, “Forward to liberty!”

June 18, 2002


To which I leave you with Cockburn's analysis of the typical methodology for initiating foreign action; "In any intervention there's a moment when the intervening power is trying to achieve critical mass in its propaganda." -- ironic considering that it is Antiwar political sect who are the intervening power in international affairs, claiming a false humanitarianism to promote an America First agenda.


Justin Raimondo and Pat Buchanan - The Host and Guest of Honor

During the 2000 Reform Party national convention in Long Beach, Justin Raimondo spoke of his decade long admiration of Patrick J. Buchanan. Stating that as the editor of Antiwar.com he has "no more faithful or eloquent ally" against the "War Party" he professed the basis of his steadfast allegiance:

I’ll tell you why I support Buchanan: because our old Republic is degenerating into an imperial monstrosity, a hyperpower whose rulers have set us on a course of Empire. Will we go the way of Rome, of Spain, England, Russia, and all the imperial dinosaurs whose bones litter the Road to world hegemony? Ladies and gentlemen, the choice before us is clear: it is either a foreign policy that puts America first, or else one that guarantees perpetual war. It is Buchananism – or barbarism.

As far back as 1993, Raimondo had devoted himself to reawakening the isolationism espoused by the "Lions" of the pre World War II generation. In his first book, Reclaiming the American Right: The Lost Legacy of the Conservative Movement Raimondo chronciled the anti-New Deal, anti-interventionist conservatives who believed that FDR was leading the federal government into Socialism. At at time when Stalin and Hitler were in acendency, these stalwarts saw the strength of America -- individualism via civil and economic liberty -- slipping away. Affirming Raimondo's effort and interest, Buchanan penned the forward of the second edition:
Reclaiming the American Right is targeted at the "new generation of conservative theorists and activists [that] yearns to get back to first principles and get in touch with its roots." Many will call this revisionist history of the Right, but even those who work for consensus need to understand how those who do not believe, feel and think. And the timing is perfect. For, suddenly, all the new issues before us, Bosnia, Somalia, foreign aid, NAFTA, intervention, immigration, big government, sovereignty, bear striking resemblance to the old.

Just two years later Raimondo stared Antiwar.com as an alternative news site with an acknowledged libertarian agenda. "Citing a wide variety of sources without fear or favor, and presenting our own views in the regular columns of various contributors, we clearly differentiate between fact and opinion, and let our readers know which is which." As it so happened, it was Pat Buchanan who recieved the lion's share of favor from all the contributors, but none moreso than Raimondo -- the archives reveal 48 articles in which the America-First figurehead is either the main focus or prominently featured:

    1999

  1. 08/16 PAT BUCHANAN: PORTRAIT OF AN AMERICAN NATIONALIST
  2. 09/20 BUCHANAN'S A REPUBLIC, NOT AN EMPIRE – A MANIFESTO FOR THE NEW ANTIWAR MOVEMENT
  3. 09/22 BUCHANAN VERSUS THE WAR PARTY: AN EPIC BATTLE
  4. 09/27 BUCHANAN UNBOWED
  5. 09/29 WILL THE REAL COWARD PLEASE STAND UP?
  6. 10/06 HAIDER, HITLER, AND HYSTERIA: THE SMEARING OF AUSTRIA'S LIBERTARIANS
  7. 10/25 BERGER VERSUS BUCHANAN: THE DEMOCRATS PILE ON PAT
  8. 10/27 BUCHANAN VERSUS PODHORETZ: WHO IS THE REAL HATER?
  9. 10/29 DEFENDING PAT: SMEAR BY HISTORICAL ANALOGY
  10. 11/10 BUCHANAN'S CRITICS – HOW THEY LIE
  11. 11/24 PAT VERSUS DUBYA: THE STATESMAN AND THE SMIRKER
  12. 12/01 HILLARY, THE MAD BOMBER
  13. 12/10 GET US OUT OF THE MIDDLE EAST SNAKE PIT
  14. 12/17 PAT BUCHANAN AND THE NEW HUMANISM


  15. 2000

  16. 01/05 FULANI, BUCHANAN, AND THE SMEAR MACHINE
  17. 01/17 WHAT GOES AROUND
  18. 01/17 WHO’S PLAYING THE TRUMP CARD?
  19. 01/24 BUCHANAN-KEYES – A DREAM TICKET FOR CONSERVATIVES
  20. 02/02 BUSH DEBACLE AUGURS GOP CRACK-UP
  21. 05/15 SEX, LIES, AND NATIONAL REVIEW
  22. 05/22 DUBYA'S KOSOVO DOUBLETALK
  23. 06/05 MUCH ADO ABOUT PAT
  24. 06/09 KOSOVO – A TRAGIC ANNIVERSARY
  25. 06/24 WILD ABOUT HARRY: WHY I AM NOT VOTING LIBERTARIAN THIS YEAR
  26. 06/26 BUILDING AN ANTI-INTERVENTIONIST PARTY
  27. 07/05 ELECTION YEAR 2000 – THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT
  28. 07/19 OUR "ANTI-SEMITISM," AND THEIRS – IN "DEFENSE" OF HILLARY CLINTON
  29. 07/24 BUCHANAN AND NADER – LET THE SMEARING BEGIN
  30. 07/28 OUR SUBSIDIES, AND THEIRS – ELECTION YEAR 2000: FOLLOW THE MONEY
  31. 08/02 CONVENTION FEVER
  32. 08/10 WITH BUCHANAN IN LONG BEACH: THE INSIDE STORY
  33. 08/11 BUCHANANISM OR BARBARISM
  34. 08/18 THE OUTING OF RALPH NADER, AND OTHER ATROCITIES
  35. 08/14 THE BUCHANAN MOMENT
  36. 08/28 INVASION OF THE PARTY-SNATCHERS
  37. 09/18 THE RETURN OF PAT BUCHANAN
  38. 10/30 ROCKEWELL – WRONG ON BUCHANAN
  39. 11/06 BUCHANAN'S "HAIL MARY" PASS MAY WORK
  40. 11/08 THE REAL VICTORS – NADER AND BUCHANAN
  41. 11/13 AL GORE'S BEER HALL PUTSCH
  42. 12/04 NEO-NAZIS AND NEOCONS: AN UNHOLY ALLIANCE


  43. 2001

  44. 04/11 KRISTOL AND BUCHANAN


  45. 2002

  46. 01/21 GUCCI GOES TO WAR
  47. 02/20 POPE PODDY'S PAPAL BULL
  48. 04/17 SMEARING ALEX COCKBURN
  49. 09/16 ATTACK OF THE GREED-HEADS
  50. 11/01 NEOCONS OF THE LEFT
  51. 11/11 JONAH GOLDBERG, BOTTOM FEEDER

A list equally long could be assembled in which Buchanan is mentioned at least once, all of which demonstrates Antiwar.com's peculiar blend of bias and truth -- call it journatorialism. But it's a distinction apparently lost on the editors who "take seriously our purely journalistic mission." A fine example of this conflict of interest is neatly framed in Pat Buchanan: Portrait of an American Nationalist

(Buchanan) "We got our armed forces spread all over the world, my friends, some places under UN command. They're defending borders in Korea, in Kuwait, in Kosovo. What we need to do is rebuild, re-arm and replenish that military and bring them home. And if you want to defend a border, why don't they try defending the southern border of the United States of America!"

(Raimondo) This is American conservatism at its best: respectful of national sovereignty, mindful and even jealous of it's own, and ruthlessly skeptical of all foreign entanglements. The roar of the crowd, not all of them Buchananites by any means, in response to this nationalist-"isolationist" credo was deeper, and more authentically raucous than the preppy "rah rah rah" of the Bushies and the dweeby fireworks-and-balloons that punctuated a good third of Forbes' halting speech. It was a sound like thunder, full and deep-throated, rolling and building like a wave rising out of the human sea of faces.

In any case, what Ames confirmed, beyond doubt, was Buchanan's stature; standing next to the likes of Bush II, Dole II, and the rest of the zoo, he was truly a giant among pygmies.


But perhaps the most glaring example is Raimondo's casual admission of gerrymandered coverage during the Reform Party presidential nominations:

I MAKE THE NEWS!
I couldn't attend a convention like this without getting involved – I wear a delegate badge but flash my press credentials whenever I really need access. I will be among the four or five delegates who will give official nominating speeches for Buchanan during the convention on Friday. If you're wondering why this whole thing is important – why the editorial director of Antiwar.com is covering the Reform Party convention – check it out.

Even long-after the hanging chad drama in Florida had cooled, the fourth-place Buchanan remained first in affectation. Just months ago, Pat unintentionally drew the ire of those terrorist-tolerant non-American's north of the border.

(From the November 15, 2002 Backtalk! letters page )

(Reader) Justin Raimondo should not be so dismissive of Pat Buchanan's insult aimed at Canada. So we're "only a bunch of Canadians," and "touchy northern neighbours," eh? Raimondo's defense of his buddy ... on the grounds that some other pundit is out to smear the old Reaganite warmonger, is just a touch ironic. The man insulted Canada in one grandiose derogatory phrase ("Soviet Canuckistan"), based on myths, half-truths and establishment lies. He oozes with the typical hubris we've come to expect from south of the border.

(Raimondo) On the "Soviet Canuckistan" remark: maybe you guys need to be a little more careful whom you give "asylum" to. Pat is right that Canada has become a haven for Islamo-terrorists, as well as the World Capital of Political Correctness. Terrorism is indeed a threat to America: which is why we shouldn’t be invading other countries, but protecting our own.

As for being "self-serving, arrogant, insular, insensitive, [and] ignorant" – Pat is certainly not ignorant. But I’ll plead guilty to the rest: what’s wrong with insularity? We could use a little more of it, given the predilection of our anti-isolationists to be "expansive" and "international-minded" at the expense of the rest of the world. Insensitive? Tough. The world’s a hard, mean place, and if Canada is going to harbor every Tom, Dick, and Abdul who claims "persecution," then Canadians are just going to have to live with the consequences – but why or why should we?


Which is why the libertarian antiwar movement needs stealth to hide its true agenda. Having been soundly rejected at the polls, their latest strategy is to win the hearts and minds behind a common foe. George W. Bush Jr. serves that purpose only because his conservative strategy is interventionist, not because it is not humanitarian. So as antiwar movement expands, so to do the hopes of the Raimondo-Buchanan libertarians -- hopes that define the American majority as dangerous:

Among the antiwar left-liberals, the UN has the status of a sacred totem: it is the deus ex machina of their little morality play, always an unconvincing plot device that may necessitate a surprise ending. The inspections procedure itself could become a flashpoint for war: a Gulf of Tonkin-like incident would be easy enough to engineer under the present circumstances. The liberal multilateralism that energizes the “give inspections a chance” crowd is just as aggressive—and potentially dangerous—as the unilateralists... what kind of foreign policy is proper for a free and prosperous America? Is it one driven by an unrestrained messianism, the worship of global “democracy,” the imposition of Western values at gunpoint throughout the world? Or is it based on the traditional wisdom of the Founding Fathers, who counseled us against “entangling alliances” and warned that hubris, and the quest for empire, would be the downfall of our old republic?

Indeed, that is the management behind the antiwar movement -- politics as ususal, even if it comes out of the left and right fields.


America First means U.N. Last
A brief explanation of the libertarian-antiwar agenda:

Libertarians are bitterly opposed to any global action undertaken by the United States other than free trade, and are terribly afraid of the U.N. whom the view as the penultimate "Big Brother." Instead they abide by the principle of live and let die -- more commonly referred to as Jefferson's warning against "foreign entanglements." As for Iraq, the libertarian view (not often discussed in public) is that any regime change must be dictated by the Iraqi people alone. They must choose between inciting rebellion or accepting misery and we must respect their decision. Any other response would be meddlesome, arrogant, and almost certainly brutally "benevolent," and would only intensify global anti-American sentiment.

Likewise, any U.N. sponsored action would ultimately lead to the erosion of sovereignty for all nations including Iraq and the United States. Therfore moral conduct dictates that Isolationism is the only reasonable course of action, and America's only concern should be what is in its best interest to the exclusion of all others -- the only humanitarianism worth offering is what we give to ourselves.


Part III The Menu

Chicken with white whine

In a critique of Buchanan's America First agenda from last July, Franklin Foer of The New Republic concludes that Reform Party candidate has found a home on the fringe-Left despite being marginalized by mainstream-Right:

There is, however, one group that shares the Buchananite docket of suspicions--of Wall Street, capitalism, Zionism, American power: the anti-globalization left. Indeed, Buchanan has fitfully wooed them. He marched in the streets at the 1999 Seattle protests of the World Trade Organization, and he has spoken at labor rallies against free trade. During his 2000 presidential bid, he said he hoped to turn the Reform Party into the "Peace Party." Some of his aidesde-camp have gone further, taking Buchananism to its logical left-wing conclusions. Justin Raimondo, an adviser to Buchanan's 1996 campaign and a historian of the old right, runs Antiwar.com. The site posts screeds against American interventionism that complain about "empire" and "increased military spending." And by lifting the language of the left, he has acquired an audience on the left: The Nation's Alexander Cockburn has published a column on the site, and Salon and alternative newsweeklies plug his work. For his part, Raimondo is unabashed about his ideological transformation. Last month he wrote on his site, "The only voices of dissent are heard, today, on the Left. ... This is where all the vitality, the rebelliousness, the willingness to challenge the rules and strictures of an increasingly narrow and controlled national discourse has resided."

And Raimondo is not the only one trying his hand at far-left/far-right synergy. On the University of California, San Diego, campus, David Duke's supporters have distributed flyers on "Israeli genocide." Lefty Pacifica Radio broadcasts right-wingers who rail against elites, including recordings of the late conspiracy theorist Anthony Sutton. Thomas Fleming, the editor of the paleocon Chronicles, told me, "I agree with environmentalists on chain stores, fast food, and the Americanization of Europe. I don't even bother calling myself a conservative anymore." Over the course of the '90s the anti-globalization critique that started on the right with Buchanan's 1992 and 1996 presidential runs migrated left. And 9/11, which has forever linked opposition to globalization to opposition to the war on terrorism, was the final straw. The Buchananites may not want to admit it, but in the post-9/11 era, as during the cold war, the prominent critiques of American internationalism will come from the left. TAC contributor Sam Francis says he has already privately advised the new magazine "to forget about the social issues" that divide them from their anti-globalization comrades on the left. Announcing the magazine in a New York Press column, Taki wrote: "Our motto for the magazine is that we are traditional conservatives mugged by the neocons." He'd be better off trying something different: closer to, say, "Workers of the world, unite!"


Months later Brendan Bernhard of the LA Weekly asked Taki (writer for and financial backer of The American Conservative - TAC) why he chose to work with Pat Buchanan when their lifestyles are polar opposites?"We were shut out, starting with myself, because of my strong opinions about the Palestinians, and multiculturalism, and political correctness. So basically we got together as people who were out of the loop, because of our politics or because of the way we think." At another point in the convseration Taki remarked that on several issues, particularly foreign policy, he and Buchanan felt more at ease with the Left. Perhaps their most profoundly shared belief is Israel's influence on American foreign policy, especially with respect to Iraq, is not surprisingly the main fare at TAC. Their collaborative rhetoric is specifically targeted at the "people who count" -- the influential in Washington. "We're sending it to every fucking policy wonk in Washington. I've had my run, I've had 35 years as a journalist, and now I want a little bit more gravitas."

But like Buchanan's Christian-branded policy that deems homosexuals as deviants, Taki's old-fashioned conservatism (or neo-libertarianism) is marked by ugliness. Brendan noted these two candid remarks from the Greek playboy's earlier society columns:

A 1997 Spectator piece he wrote denouncing New York's notoriously rowdy Puerto Rican Day parade so enraged then-Mayor Giuliani that Hizzoner (unaware the writer was an American citizen) tried to have Taki deported. "There has never been — nor will there ever be — a single positive contribution by a Puerto Rican outside of receiving American welfare and beating the system," Taki wrote. "Why in hell should the taxpayer carry the load for a bunch of semi-savages to march down Fifth Avenue?"

and...Perhaps all you need to know about Taki is that he was the favorite columnist of both Jesse Helms — no surprise there — and Joseph Heller, the leftist author of one of the funniest books of the 20th century, Catch-22. That Heller was a fan is something Taki learned only recently, when he met the novelist's widow at a party. When he asked why Heller had liked him so much, he was told: "Because you hate everybody! You hate the modern world!"


If the sour aftertaste of the Antiwar core is to leave one impression, it should be that a skilled cook can get you to swallow anything if there is enough sauce to flavor what is foul. So if you want to really want to know what is in your food, you must brace yourself and take a good long look.

After Dinner Mint
Recent news reports on the antiwar-libertarian connection
Protests for peace
By Julia Duin
The Washington Times

Special Report
America's newest anti-war movement, which began as a grass-roots effort bolstered by a cluster of sympathetic Web sites, blossomed this weekend into demonstrations in an estimated 150 cities around the country, including a mass rally in the streets of New York yesterday...

The upcoming conflict is emerging as America's first Internet war, bolstered by a host of Web sites: citiesforpeace.org, commondreams.org, antiwar.com, wagingpeace.org, moveon.org, and epic-usa.org. They can get anti-war bulletins out more quickly than during previous conflicts. Case in point: the legal tug of war during the past week concerning yesterday's demonstration in New York. A federal judge ruled Monday that protesters were not allowed to march through the city but could only rally at a fixed point...



Anti-War Conservatives Bash Hawks on Iraq
By Rene P. Ciria-Cruz
Pacific News Service

Opposition to war in Iraq comes from the Right, too. In fact, writes PNS contributor Rene P. Ciria-Cruz, unlikely Left-Right alliances and fiery denunciations of war in "paleocon" and libertarian media could further fracture the American Right...

The Antiwar.com site in Sunnyvale, Calif., gets 2 million page views a month, 35 percent from visitors outside the United States, according to webmaster Eric Garris, a Republican and "small 'l'" libertarian.

At peace coalition meetings in San Francisco, Antiwar.com staffers "get some static from old-style Stalinists," but otherwise feel welcome, Garris says. He laments that conservative speakers have yet to be invited to the big national protests.

Buchanan and columnists like Robert Novak, Charley Reese, Paul Craig Roberts and Georgie Anne Geyer regularly skewer Bush on Iraq. So do Right mainstays like Lew Rockwell Jr., Alan Reynolds, Joe Sobran and Justin Raimondo, whose opinions appear on Townhall.com, Worldnetdaily.com, The American Conservative, the Chronicles, Americans Against World Empire, and in publications by the Cato and von Mises institutes.