The conservative UN problemMany modern so-called "conservatives" aren't really conservative at all, and a good many of them don't even realize it. Indeed, many liberals fail to realize that in many cases their hated opposition gets many of their deeply held ideas from-liberalism.
When people on the Left refer to "neocons," they are refering to a particular and peculiar political ideology that has its root on the left, not the right. The founders and patriarchs of the so-called neoconservative movement are a laundry list of the late 50's and 60's American Left. What is amazing is that many of the modern leaders of the movement, such as Irving Kristol and William Kristol admit that they are a movement born on the Left.
Yesterday, another blogger commented to me:
It is the corruption and impotence of the U.N. as presently constituted that true conservatives object to, not the basic idea of the institution itself.
That statement is believed by a great many modern so-called conservatives, but it is patently wrong. True conservatives have objected to the very existence of the United Nations from day one, and were warning of its ability to be used by socialists to dominate world opinion on their behalf. A few readers might be interested to know that it was actually a Mormon writer (which surprised me), the late W. Cleon Skousen, who wrote the two best treatises I know of about just who and what was behind the UN (The Naked Communist and The Naked Capitalist are both out of print, but I am told they can be found on CD-ROM).
It is the intent of socialists to promote the United Nations as the only hope for mankind. If anyone who calls themselves conservative deigns to recognize the UN as legitimate in any way, they are aiding in the spreading of that dangerous mentality.
The problem with many so-called "neoconservatives" is that they want to be selective-they want to embrace the United Nations and the socialists who advocate that organization whenever the "Establishment" does something they like. You can't have it both ways when dealing with international socialists, it is an all-or-nothing proposition. That is something that many "neocons" fail to understand-if they can be called conservatives at all.
(Crossposted from Where I Stand)