Exit question: Is Charles Johnson a chicken?
UPDATE: E-mail from a reader in Mobile, Alabama:
Attached is a photo I took on my patio this summer. I thought it was cool. I deleted King CJ a while back, too nutty for me. Reading your blog this morning the Idea struck me, might as well use that picture. As they say a picture is worth a thousand words . . .
While I am currently working on a long, slow, hard, deep response to this problem, interested readers are encouraged to see artful commentary on the latest LGF shenanigans at StopTheACLU and ChristmasGhost.
Meanwhile, keeping in mind that a link is not necessarily an endorsement, League of the South blogger Old Rebel offers his own idiosyncratic of Chronic Degenerative Lizardmania:
Charles Johnson hasn't changed. What's happened is that [Johnson's conservative allies] were fooled. In fact, now that DC's splendid little wars aren't fun anymore, the unnatural coalition that backed them is falling apart. What else but a nation-building crusade wrapped up in patriotic language could induce well-meaning, patriotic Americans to do the bidding of lefties such as Christopher Hitchens, Charles Johnson, Hillary Clinton, and Irv Kristol?Old Rebel here expresses the kind of non-interventionist, anti-imperialist "Old Right" perspective held by Albert Jay Nock among others, and quite similar to Murray Rothbard's stance against the "Welfare-Warfare State" policies of Vietnam-era liberalism.
You don't have to agree completely, or approve of all the opinions of Nock, Rothbard, et al., in order to appreciate how much truth there is in this perspective. When war fever takes hold, wise leaders ought to give thoughtful consideration to the voices of those who warn -- as Nicias tried to warn the ancient Athenians about the Sicilian expedition -- of the potentially disastrous consequences of any war, even a victorious war.
While I agree with Da Tech Guy (now proudly banned from LGF) on the advisability of winning whatever wars we fight, that task would now be a lot easier had it not been for the unwise haste with which the Bush administration mounted the Iraq invasion, at a time when the business in Aghanistan (and, let's face it, the business in Pakistan) had by no means reached a stable conclusion.
My willingness to consider the arguments of people with whom I do not always agree is deeply implicated in my imbroglio with the Mad King of LGF, whose totalitarian theory of Charles Johnson supremacism does not permit him to tolerate the presence of anyone he suspects of doubting his theory. His protestations of his own "tolerance" are just so many more self-serving lies that Charles tells himself to justify his sadistic cruelty toward those who dare disagree with him.
Old Rebel may have many opinions with which I disagree, yet still be a gentleman of goodwill who deserves to be addessed with courtesy. On the other hand, there is the gutless God-hater Charles Johnson, and I will heed the advice of Ernie Anastos (and Clan Cameron) in that regard.