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Sunday, April 09, 2006

Quote unquote

Sometimes the wingnuttoblogosphere finds inspiration in the strangest places.

Here, for example, are some quotes from a man whose words were used in one corner of Pajamastan yesterday to lend support to the right-wing élite's jihad against scary evil Godless Mexicans:

"Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell."

"Our 'neoconservatives' are neither new nor conservative, but old as Babylon and evil as Hell."

"The tragedy of modern war is that the young men die fighting each other - instead of their real enemies back home in the capitals."

The author of those words was Edward Abbey, a radical environmentalist and anarchist who is perhaps best known for writing The Monkey-Wrench Gang, a novel whose protagonists would be loudly denounced by today's right-wing élite as "ecoterrorists."

But because Abbey also said, "A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government," he has earned the Wingnut Seal of Approval, as awarded by ultra-regressive Pajamazoid LaShawn Barber, who blandly describes Abbey as a "naturalist and author."

You'd think that a radical "pro-life" activist like Miss Barber would anathematize someone like Abbey, who once remarked,

I guess I'm sort of a nut on the subject of planned parenthood. I think we should plan it a lot more intensively. I'd be in favor or revising the income tax structures in such a way as to reward single people, childless couples, penalize heavy breeders. Make people that have more than say two children pay extra taxes instead of less. Make that a national public policy to encourage small families.

Quick! Break out the Big Godly Smiting Thing!

But because Abbey was also strongly anti-immigration (and, incidentally, pro-gun), he gets a pass. Just as the legendary curmudgeon and virulent anti-Semite H.L. Mencken apparently did, elsewhere in Pajamastan, last week.

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