by Bodwyn Wook
THE Following ‘link’ is to an article by Michael Lind, in openDemocracy. In it he points out that both progressive internationalists and kissingeresque diplomacy-realists at present unite in criticising the overheated neo-conservative day-dream of ‘stopping history’ at some hypothetical peak of indefinite US global-hegemony.
THE Great difficulty one has with Mr Lind’s proposed synthesis is that, effectively, neo-conservatism is, precisely, whiggery; and, it stands in a direct descent-line from Wilsonianism. Hence, a jamming and oiling-together of conservative Realpolitik and ‘ethical realism’ bids fair to be but more of the same old salvationist soup; only now the more watered-down, to accomodate the larger number of non-historical theorists and ‘policy professionals’, now heaving away at the trough of public opinion
Mind you, one has no objection to non-historicism; where there is intellectual honesty on all sides, that sort of historiographical error may be addressed by the competent historical thinker; and, indeed, in an educative way.
It is when historical thinkers dive head-long into non-historical phantasy that of course one takes alarm.
The great failure, in this context, of specifically late-modern neo-conservative rapture is that it is anachronistic in these first decades of the thus-far inadequately-called post-modern age. And, the great question is, now, eighteen years after the collapse of communism and the pulling down of messrs Reagen’s and Gorbachev’s wall in Berlin:
WHAT Be the actual state of american power in the world, to-day?
[Emmett R Smith all rights reserved 23 September 2007]