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The whole LGF flap


On the one hand, you have conservatives (fiscal and/or social), and on the other, you have libertarians, hard or soft. With the exception of the SoCons, none of these people necessarily think of the Republican party as their default political party, and in fact most of the soft libertarians would take violent exception to any suggestion that that was the case, mainly due to the presence of the SoCons.

I suspect a lot of the confusion over the recent antics of Charles Johnson, who is seen by many folks in the dextrosphere to be calling in friendly fire on his former comrades, is caused by the inability to differentiate between defense hawks (a species of social conservative, though not necessarily religious) and hard libertarians, most of whom weren't really interested in defense issues or Islamofascism until 9/11. I haven't been following LGF or any of the other blogs involved in the dust up that closely, but it sure seems to me that people are making assumptions about where other folks are coming from, and this has led them into making serious mistakes. Johnson may be right about some of the European conservative parties, which have about as much in common with our (nominally) conservative Republican party as they do with Canada's CPC*, but the way he went about discouraging his nominal allies in the anti-jihadi alliance online was just plain dumb.

I don't have a dog in the fight, myself; as a Falangist, I belong to a party that really doesn't exist and doesn't have more than superficial ties to the Generalissimo's old ruling party, and I vote for Republican candidates only insofar as they satisfy my desire for pro-military, pro-life, libertarian politicians. It does seem a shame that people who nominally share the same views on Islamic fascism can't agree to disagree on some things and move ahead on the things they still have in common, but that's people for you, I guess.

*Not much, aside from defense issues.

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qob
Apr. 22nd, 2009 03:04 am (UTC)
I was banned by Charles
This isn't about the European Nationalists anymore, or about Intelligent Design (his current bugaboo) It's about him. He simply cannot be disagreed with anymore on LGF.People are being banned simply for complaining that he isn't fighting the jihadis anymore.
wombat_socho
Apr. 22nd, 2009 11:56 am (UTC)
Re: I was banned by Charles
So you think he really has cracked?
qob
Apr. 22nd, 2009 01:39 pm (UTC)
Re: I was banned by Charles
sure seems like it. Anyone that disagrees on LGF is banned, and any one outside that he disagrees with is "Kevin Baconed" or lied about. There was a pro-England protest in Lutton the other day. Gates of Vienna has the video. GoV presented it without comment. The video itself was of a multi-ethnic group protesting the islamist condemnation of the British Army. It also had "NF go to hell" signs NF= National Front. So by any measure it was an anti-fascist demo. Charles claimed that this was more proof that GoV supported the BNC and therefore Nazism. A couple problems with that, there was no support stated or implied in the original post, and there was no evidence that the rally was a BNC rally. The connection was that the person who shot the video had some connection to the BNC, thus by showing it GoV supports the BNC.
wombat_socho
Apr. 22nd, 2009 02:19 pm (UTC)
Re: I was banned by Charles
:facepalm:

It's almost as if he's been converted to the Co$ or something.
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