On Conservative Ideologues And The Vile Marginalizing Of Jeff Goldstein [UPDATED]
For the past two days, Jeff Goldstein, proprietor of the essential blog, Protein Wisdom, has been under a sustained attack on Twitter by a certain type of conservative that, sadly, we have seen too often since the New Right emerged in the 1970’s.
Yesterday and today, Jeff offered his insightful analysis of the attacks and both posts contain links that will let you [if you have the time and the inclination] view the whole torrid [on his enemies part] timeline [also, please see Mr. G’s take on this here].
I offered these thoughts in his Comments section [that’s where I’ve been this evening]:
I have a theory on the Runny Poo Poos [a mocking by me of Bunny Foo Foo’s handle] of this world that have been foolish enough to tangle with Jeff yesterday and today…
Since the 1970′s and the emergence of the New Right, I’ve encountered these types and I’ve come to the conclusion that they are not conservatives in the real sense. They are Ideologues.
Shermlaw made a very accurate observation of these types above:
…It’s difficult to have any sort of reasoned discussion, especially when dealing with an echo chamber. Second, as others have said or implied above, the insistence upon a “team” view, especially when the team’s reasoning is suspect has never been clear to me…. Third, this new crop of self-selected guardians of conservative “virtue,” is more concerned about winning power than they are with principles. That way lies madness….
Physics Geek wrote about their ‘groupthink’ above.
These are all signs of the Ideologue – believing in a system of ideas that brooks no deviation from the script that has been developed collectively.
In Jeff’s case, he dared[the audacity!] question their groupthink, not in a hostile way, but as someone interested in probing the mind of supposed allies. The Hive Mind reacted – as they, as Ideologues, always do – by unleashing a juvenile tantrum upon Jeff [and Dicentra].
As Mark Levin has correctly stated many times, but as Russell Kirk has stated more eloquently [emphasis mine]:
…For there exists no Model Conservative, and conservatism is the negation of ideology: it is a state of mind, a type of character, a way of looking at the civil social order.
The attitude we call conservatism is sustained by a body of sentiments, rather than by a system of ideological dogmata. It is almost true that a conservative may be defined as a person who thinks himself such. The conservative movement or body of opinion can accommodate a considerable diversity of views on a good many subjects, there being no Test Act or Thirty-Nine Articles of the conservative creed.
In essence, the conservative person is simply one who finds the permanent things more pleasing than Chaos and Old Night….
[This applies, as well, to those who prefer the term: Classical Liberal]
Shermlaw expressed the approach of the conservative very well in the example he gave:
…It always gives me pause when someone I respect thinks differently than I do. It necessitates a reexamination of premises and conclusions….
The Ideologue cannot allow himself to do this.
The Ideologue designs a blueprint for how Life must proceed and every material to be used in it is governed by the design. Any deviation and the structure risks becoming unstable. Like a building plan, an Ideology must be followed to the letter and, therefore, it has to dictate the specifications for everything needed to make a building efficient [electrical, plumbing, HVAC, etc.]. Thus, an Ideology must encompass every facet of Life. It must pervade every nook and cranny.
In Jeff’s post from today, he provides a good number of links to old posts he wrote with the purpose being, as he stated: ‘in order to revisit some of the arguments I’ve made on this site over the years’. I look forward to perusing the ones I have not read because I always find that I learn something useful from these kinds of posts of his.
Since 2009, Jeff has been subjected to concerted campaign to marginalize him and his blog. With many who call themselves people of the Right, he is persona non grata.
The treatment Jeff received at the hands of these ‘Illuminated Conservatives’ was disgusting, but it did have the effect of showing, for all the conservative world to see, just who ‘got it’ about the Left In America and who was utterly clueless.
For me, at least, that was important because the stakes were so high for the survival of this country [they, of course, are even more so in this sixth year of the ‘Obama’ regime].
Further, the incident showed that Jeff is a man of principle and Honor.
I am proud that I know him.
UPDATE on 24 APRIL 2014 at 2021:
Stacy McCain’s post on this latest incident is a must-read, especially for his recollection of the first time he met Jeff.