Speak of the devil

Daniel Weigel writes in Reason: Dispatches From the Culture Wars fundamentally misunderstands politics, pop culture, and the connections between them. By equating aesthetics with ideology, Goldberg makes a common but serious mistake: He thinks you can tell a person’s politics from the music she listens to.

The fact that a Christian Libertarian would write a song about a basically Japanese notion and title it after a Buddhist concept must confuse the smack out of Mr. Goldberg. I like Mozart and Metallica. I like Duran Duran and Dvorak. It signifies nothing, except that the Baby Boomers still haven’t gotten over themselves. Which is hardly news.

I can’t wait for the coming “Dentures are cool!” phase. I swear, that entire generation is 55 going on 16. No wonder the country is so messed up.

A great interview

DRUDGE: What I represent, if I see it correctly, is an independent voice who’s willing to take on presidents and networks, and reveal ratings they don’t want you to see.

PAGLIA: It’s so true. The Drudge Report has dramatized the process of censorship that’s going on, the filtering of the news by established news organizations. I used to think, at the beginning of the ’90s, that we had a relatively free press and that people were out to make their reputations in the Woodward-Bernstein model. But I no longer think that. Most of the reporters on the networks and in main northeastern newspapers are company men — shmoozing careerists who are desperately afraid to rock the boat.

This is one of the many reasons I love Camille Paglia. She isn’t afraid to admit that she can be wrong about things, that she changes her mind. This interview is definitely of interest if you appreciate either her or Matt Drudge.

A note of appreciation

I have to thank both Si and Sarah, who were quite helpful in providing material for next week’s column, entitled The Axis of Liberal. I’d forgotten just how perfectly poisonous dear old Jean-Jacques could be.

Breaking little brains

From the Miami New Times on Drudge: New York’s downtown milieu left a lasting imprint on most people who passed through it, and while the experience may not have transformed them into flaming revolutionaries, it usually left them comfortably within “Bill Clinton’s America” and injected a healthy fear of the “GWB-ies.” To hear Drudge throw in his ideological lot with the latter tribe simply seems unfathomable, particularly when he glides from effusive praise of borderline reactionary Georgia Rep. Bob Barr to singing the lyrics of the house classic “Last Night a DJ Saved My Life” — a veritable gay-nightclub anthem. Drudge says there’s no inherent conflict. “I take this music seriously,” he insists. “In fact I take this music so seriously that I don’t want to see some shirtless freak tweaking. That kind of ruins it for me — club music is the classical music of our age.”

If they can’t wrap their little minds around the fact that Matt Drudge likes club music, I wonder how they’d manage to survive the notion that I wrote three songs that hit the Billboard top 40 dance chart. Because, as we all know, only left-liberals are cool in the city. It’s a degenerate Marxian notion – although in this case, it’s more likely a high school concept – that one is somehow defined by one’s music.

And, of course, the mere existence of the Queer Party Friends would probably make their heads explode.

What it takes

From the Miami New Times article on Matt Drudge: “And it took just two fingers, a modem, and guts.” He then adds with a snarl: “And not giving a shit!” That sentiment is precisely what alarmed many in the media.

Matt is right. While there certainly are efforts on the part of editors and producers to keep voices of the right and other dangerous notions out of the public eye, it is primarily self-censorship on the part of journalists of all stripes that keeps people from learning about the truth of the world around them.

Lack of fear among the serfs always alarms the masters.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK

This one is open to everyone since we’re unlikely to have any genuine defenders, but today is not a day for critiques or sarcasm, just serious answers as if you were attempting to defend the subject under discussion.

Why is it unfair to use the history of the Soviet Union to judge communism? In what ways was the Soviet Union not “true” communism? What would make for a better example of true communism in the real world?