Monday, April 14, 2008

The Paranoid Style in Pantload's Politics

Hold on, America -- don't burn those philosophy primers just yet. Sure Jonah Goldberg's book has its own blog. But let's not get carried away, shall we?

...Of course some of the philosophers and intellectuals on the receiving end of my indictment [in Liberal Fascism] were valuable and worthwhile.

Paul Tillich was a brilliant theologian. Erich Fromm had much to recommend him. William James was a profoundly decent and insightful philosopher. Even Richard Hofstadter was admirable in many ways — foremost his writing skill. And of course anyone who simply dismissed Nietzsche and Rousseau wholesale is making a grand mistake.

On the other hand, American liberalism from FDR through LBJ and MLK you may safely dispense with.